During his radio broadcast Thursday morning, Glenn Beck outlined eight predictions he made starting in 1999 — all of which, he says, have come to fruition.
The first, Beck says, was in 1999, when he was a radio host on
WABC-AM, and he predicted that the now-deceased al-Qaeda founder Osama
bin Laden would attack the United States.
“In 1999, I said, ‘Are you ready to fight terror? It’s a
completely different world. Osama bin Laden — there will be blood,
bodies and buildings in the streets,’” Beck said.
9-11 2001 happened a couple years later
From there, the conservative firebrand continued to build his list of past predictions.
Beck said he saw the “downfall of the GOP” coming in 2003 or 2004, when he started to feel “something isn’t right.” “If anybody is a long-term listener,” Beck said, “they remember that I
would talk on the air and say to everybody in Washington, ‘Do you
realize what’s happening? Do you realize that you’re disenfranchising
During the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004, Beck said
he was predicting the bursting of the housing bubble and the banking
crisis, which came in 2008. The radio show host said he told listeners, “Don’t take out these loans.”
Beck’s radio show co-host Stu Burguiere chimed in, saying Beck was
focusing a lot on radical Islam at that time, too. “Yeah, that was the
rise of Iran,” Beck agreed. “I was the only one — remember how everybody said that we were crazy
when I said, ‘Wait. We’ve got to start talking about the Mahdi. We have
to start talking about the Twelfth Imam,’” Beck said.
In 2008, Beck said he predicted what he described as “the hatreds of
the ’30s,” the rise of Nazism and anti-semitism, specifically in Europe.
Anti-semitism has been a growing problem in Europe since the start of
the Syrian refugee crisis last year. British Justice Minister Michael Gove said Thursday
during a speech at an inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating
Anti-Semitism Conference in Berlin, Germany, that “modern anti-semitism
finds a home in far too many hearts.” “Europe is on the verge of complete collapse,” Beck said.
Beck went on to say he also predicted the rise of socialism in the
United States and the “unmasking of the Marxists.” Radio show host Pat
Gray pointed to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders
(Vt.), a self-avowed democratic socialist, as proof of that prediction. “In 2008, I said, ‘They’re going to start admitting that they’re Marxists and socialists,’” Beck remarked.
Beck then said he predicted the rise of the “Bubba Effect” — a common
theme for the radio personality — in 2008. The “Bubba Effect” is when
people begin to feel they have been pushed too far by an overbearing
government and begin to respond in violence. Beck credits the “Bubba Effect” for the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, along with last week’s violent protests in Chicago ahead of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s canceled rally.
Lastly, Beck said he predicted in 2010 the rise of the Islamic
caliphate in the Middle East, which today is the Islamic State. “They
mocked and mocked and mocked on that,” Gray said.