At one point, Elizabeth Lee Beck had a semblance of credibility. In July 2015, the New York Times reported that she and her husband Jared, two lawyers from Florida, had grilled Donald Trump in a foreclosure deposition. When they took a break so that she could pump breast milk for their then-three-month-old daughter, Trump called her “disgusting.” This story has continued to circulate for years now as further proof of Donald Trump’s misogyny, including earlier this month, when she retold it on Ari Melber’s show:
I had written about Beck and her husband last summer, after their laughably thin lawsuit against the DNC for “defrauding Bernie Sanders voters” got thrown out of court, so when I first saw her on Melber’s show, I rolled my eyes. Fortunately, she came off as pretty affable, leading me to think that maybe she had her act together. These good thoughts didn’t last long, as last Friday, in an appearance on CNN, Beck blew up whatever credibility she had left with the mainstream media.
According to her tweets afterwards, Beck came to a Miami studio to make two appearances on the network, one with Brooke Baldwin at 2:00 EST, and one afterwards at 3. When she got to the studio, she claimed she had not been told she would appear on a panel, tweeting, “I TOLD them I don’t do well in panels.” But appear on a panel she did, with former Robert Mueller assistant and CNN correspondent Michael Zelldin, and CLC lawyer Walter Schaub.
The panel begins with Baldwin questioning Zelldin and Schaub, who discuss the revelations concerning Trump’s attempted firing of Robert Mueller last June. They both give informed, reasonable answers concerning Trump’s conduct and what this means for the investigation, while Beck, in the bottom corner, darts her eyes around the screen as though she’s literally trapped in a box and can’t find the exit. Then, two minutes and fifty-one seconds in, Beck utters the fatal words that will consign her to the fringes of independent media for the rest of her career: “Why are you subjecting me to this?
With these words, Elizabeth Beck spoke for every fringe left goon who has railed against the Russia investigation, the Democratic National Committee, and the mainstream media itself. She immediately had her mic cut and her second appearance cancelled, so she left the studio and spent the rest of the day attacking the network and her co-panelists on Twitter:
And it gets worse. On Saturday, Beck accused CNN of slacking on investigating debunked conspiracy theories, such as Uranium One, the collapse of Building 7 on 9/11, and the “Soros funded riots” relating to Black Lives Matter. She capped it off with this piece de resistance, forever proving Jean-Pierre Faye’s horseshoe theory that the furthest tips of the far left and right meet in a center of crazy:
What did CNN expect from a woman who openly sobbed on InfoWars when questioned about the witnesses in her DNC case who had died? What did they expect from someone who has appeared on channels by other far left nut-jobs like Tim Black and H.A. Goodman? Did they not look at the debates she inspired among other Florida lawyers over attorney free speech rights when she attacked judges on social media?
What indeed. Beck may be free to make remarks like the ones she did on CNN and Twitter, and has already received plaudits from far left outlets like Disobedient Media for her so-called “bravery.” But in reality, she is nothing more than a crank who harbors beliefs described best by a word our President has used against her – “disgusting.”
Jeremy Fassler is a writer and journalist living in Brooklyn, New York.