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

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Thursday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 RyanJuan Williams: Trump fans the flames of white grievance Ex-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report 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 CruzTed Cruz: 'Fox News went all in for Trump' 2 Republican senators introduce resolution to label antifa as domestic terrorists Ted Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50' MORE (R-Texas) during the GOP presidential primary and briefly considering backing Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller 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.