On the June 4 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck said of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and his wife, Elizabeth Harper Kucinich: "How did that happen? ... You think it's dope?" Beck went on to speculate whether she was under the influence of "some sort of ... date rape drug." Beck described the drug he had in mind as "not powerful enough to actually knock you out, but it's powerful enough to, like, make you think that you're not standing next to Dennis Kucinich and making out with him." Beck continued: "I was thinking cyanide. That would be the only thing that would really dull the senses enough. Even then, your dead body would be like, 'Dennis Kucinich has his tongue in my mouth.' " Additionally, Beck compared Kucinich to Gollum, a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Beck said: "You take his shirt off and put him in a loincloth, and he's Gollum."
As Media Matters for America has noted, ABC News recently hired Beck as a "regular commentator" on Good Morning America. He also hosts a talk show on CNN Headline News. Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Beck's radio show, says the program is heard on more than 230 radio stations nationwide. According to Talkers Magazine, the program reaches more than 3 million listeners each week.
From the June 4 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, with executive producer and head writer Steve Burguiere, who is known on-air as "Stu," and producer Dan Andros:
BECK: OK, so I guess we did, you know, make that -- [unintelligible] sees the tongue ring. You see the tongue ring and, and then you're starting to think of things with Dennis, and I don't want to go there.
STU: I don't think you're the only one there, Glenn, but I, you know --
BECK: Dan, show me the picture of her again.
ANDROS: This is her right?
STU: She is very tall compared to Dennis.
BECK: No, Dan just said in my, in my ear, isn't she about eight feet tall? No, she's not about eight feet tall. He's two feet tall. He's Gollum. You take his shirt off and put him in a loincloth, and he's Gollum.
STU: She's probably only like three-foot-nine. But next to him, you know.
BECK: He's --
STU: And that might also be --
BECK: How did that happen?
STU: It might be part of the reason she looks good, too, because she's standing next to him.
BECK: You think it's dope?
STU: Do I think? I don't know. I don't understand the question.
BECK: I'm wondering if it's some sort of, some sort of, you know. What's that date rape drug? What is -- what's the one? What's --
BECK: Yeah, but it's not powerful enough to actually knock you out, but it's powerful enough to, like, make you think that you're not standing next to Dennis Kucinich and making out with him.
STU: I, maybe it's some other form of that.
BECK: What would be the -- what would be the drug that would be just powerful enough to not -- to make you not really realize that you're making out with Dennis Kucinich?
STU: That's called alcohol.
BECK: I was thinking cyanide. That would be the only thing that would really dull the senses enough. Even then, your dead body would be like, "Dennis Kucinich has his tongue in my mouth." I -- maybe it's just me.
STU: I'm sure they have a lovely relationship.