Glenn Beck is predicting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE will beat Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE to become the next president.
“Here’s my prediction, and I stand by it: Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States,” Beck said Wednesday on his radio show, according to a transcript on his website. "And I don’t think there’s any way around it. I believe Donald Trump will beat Hillary Clinton.
“And here’s why: Hillary Clinton is such a flawed candidate. I’ve said this for a long time. My shoe would beat Hillary Clinton, right? Anything — a rock would beat Hillary Clinton.”
Beck said Trump’s celebrity would attract enough supporters from outside the GOP to make up for the loss of conservatives who have joined the Never Trump movement.
“The key to success here is star power. And somebody from the outside that is going to shake things up," Beck said.
“After looking at the [West Virginia] exit polls last night … I believe the number was 30 percent of Democrats that said they will cross over and vote for Donald Trump,” he added.
“But if you can get 30 percent — when was the last time you ever saw a poll that said that 5 percent of Democrats would vote for a Republican? Certainly not 30 percent in an exit poll that say they would cross over. That just shows how weak of a candidate [Clinton] is.”
Beck said Trump's popularity has little to do with the Tea Party.
“Those people who are supporting Donald Trump are, most of them, who have been on the bandwagon before, are not constitutionalists, not people who actually believed in the principles of the Tea Party,” said Beck, who supported Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Republican politicians: Let OSHA do its job O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report MORE (R-Texas) for president before Cruz ended his campaign last week.
“Some of them were Tea Party goers, but they have been so badly beaten and disenfranchised by the GOP, by the entire government, by culture, that they just want somebody to stop the madness.”
Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Congress must address the looming debt crisis MORE defeated Clinton on Tuesday in the West Virginia Democratic presidential primary.
Exit polls showed that 47 percent of Sanders’s supporters in the state would vote for Trump over Clinton in a general election.