Glenn Beck: Trump ‘another Republican who said stuff and didn't mean it’

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Thursday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE’s recent policy reversals, saying Trump "looks like another Republican who said stuff and didn't mean it."

The president this week flipped to new positions on four different policy issues, backing off of campaign promises on the usefulness of NATO, whether to label China a currency manipulator, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and the Export-Import Bank.

“Tonight, at least, it looks like the president is on the verge of beginning to look like another Republican who said stuff, didn’t mean it and turned into Reince Priebus or Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE, and that’s not good,” Beck told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, referring to the White House chief of staff and Speaker of the House, respectively.


Beck opposed Trump throughout the campaign, supporting Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R-Texas) during the GOP presidential primary and briefly considering backing Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE in the general election before deciding not to support either major-party candidate. 

In October, Beck told Time magazine that backing Trump would not be moral.

"The Donald Trump mentality, which is the alt-right, this vicious, angry, make-them-pay, fall-in-line-or-you’ll-pay-for-it, that mentality is not going away,” Beck said at the time. “He will play to a very small crowd of rabid fans.”

But Beck seemed pleasantly surprised with Trump's new direction in his Thursday interview.

"My worst nightmare was that the president would ... go down this populist 'burn it to the ground' ideology," said Beck.

"The good news is he's not going that way."

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, after months of scathing criticism of the president, similarly said Thursday that Trump "is finally doing what we've been hoping" in terms of the policy and posture changes.