On his radio show yesterday, Glenn Beck continued to complain that America has become so polarized that people are being ruthlessly attacked by their own side for daring to disagree with the party line on any issue ... which is, he said, exactly what happened to Bill Cosby.
"Consitutionalists [within the GOP] are now the black population for the Democrats," Beck said, insisting that African Americans who refuse to support the Democratic Party or its agenda are targeted for destruction and now the same thing is happening to "constitutionalists" within the Republican Party.
"I contend Bill Cosby would have gotten away with everything that he did his whole life had he not rocked the boat at the end and started talking about his community and saying, 'We've got to look at our own community,'" Beck said. "Basically, what was he saying? The same things the Democrats don't want to say about the family, the same things that they don't want to say about Detroit; that the things that we've been doing and are being told to ignore are the problem."
"You can't have anybody think, you've got to shout them down," Beck said.
Glenn Beck has been issuing direwarningsaboutchaosandcollapse for years and none of his predictions have come true, but that has not in any way dampened his faith in his own prophetic gifts, which is why he kicked off his radio program today by warning that we are heading for the imminent "catastrophic systematic collapse of the entire Western way of life."
Regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected president, Beck said, the world is headed for a complete meltdown within the next four to eight years and "you are not going to be able to stop this."
We are headed for a "catastrophic systematic collapse," Beck stated, that will give rise to "global war unlike anything we have seen since World War II," which will result in the collapse and disintegration of nations around the world.
"I believe those things are going to come to our doorstep and in our homes," he predicted. "And I believe there is a chance that we fall or are transformed like the USSR."
Americans will soon have to choose between fascism, communism and constitutionalism, Beck warned, "and I can guarantee you [that] if we don't stop the hatred, we will only choose between fascism and communism; there will be camps and people will be rounded up. I guarantee it."
When End Times Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program last year, it was to warn that America was going to suffer a massive calamity—possibly an economic meltdown, possibly a terrorist attack, possibly a natural disaster—on September 13, 2015.
Obviously, that didn't happen, but that hasn't rattled Beck's faith in Cahn's prophetic gifts, so he brought him back on his radio program today to promote his latest book, "The Book of Mysteries," and to warn that the world is now living in the End Times.
In the last days, Cahn said, the Bible warns that "before the end comes, there will be a great falling away from the faith, now we see that ... It's a civilization falling away from the ways of God. Well, we're watching it, we're talking about it."
"In the same days when you see culture falling away from the ways of God," he said, "you're going to see ... man departing from the state of manhood, women departing from womanhood, marriage departing from the state marriage, family from the state of family, all of these things we are watching. You want to know the reason why we're hearing all these things, why the news, the blending of gender, all of these things? It goes right to the word that was hidden 2,000 years ago."
When Beck pointed out that just about every generation of Christians throughout history has been convinced that it was living in the End Times, Cahn insisted that this time is different because "we've never seen a falling away to this degree. I mean, we're seeing things that even Sodom and Gomorrah didn't see. So we're seeing things that are unprecedented."
The actual record, of course, shows otherwise, as Beck is generally wrongtimeandtimeand timeagain, which might explain why he is now insisting that he is merely called by God to warn about what could happen, not what will happen.
"I'm a catastrophist. You know that if you've ever listened to this program," Beck said on his radio show today. "I look at the worst possible scenario and I do it through the lens of history. I can make great points and I could beat you in a debate, if it's an honest debate based on the facts of history, that it could happen, not that it is."
"My job is to warn and ring warning bells based on what I believe and what I see and what I know from history and what I know from doing my own research on today's events," he said. "That's my job. That's my job."
Obviously, literally everyone is capable of issuing dire warnings about what could happen in the future, so that is not a particularly unique or useful skill. Frankly, we expect a little more from someone like Beck, who claims to have been called by God to serve as a watchman for this nation.
Glenn Beck is among those being sued by the father of Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested last year for bringing a homemade clock to school. Gee, who could have seen that coming?
Joseph Farah reacts to last night's debate: "I hate to say it, because I truly believe the election of Donald Trump is profoundly important for the future of the country, but Hillary cleaned his clock in the Great Debate."
Rick Joyner sees things differently and says that Trump won: "Another factor seems to be that Trump is right when he said that his temperament is an asset. There is such a growing revulsion to political correctness, and the constant embarrassment and retreat of America on almost every front, that people are seeing the need for a strong, decisive leader that really loves America."
Dutch Sheets is organizing a pre-election "Appeal To Heaven" prayer conference because "America's narcissistic independence from her Creator has left us spiritually and morally bankrupt."
Finally, Rudy Giuliani says that Hillary Clinton is "too stupid to be president."
During his appearance on Dana Loesch's program last night, Glenn Beck revealed that his experience campaigning for God's chosen candidate, Ted Cruz, during the Republican primaries and his betrayal when Cruz endorsed Trump has dissuaded him from his plans to run for office.
Beck said that he will never again endorse a candidate. He also revealed that he told his wife last year that he was thinking of retiring from radio and television and running for office in a future election.
"I want to pray on it," Beck said he told his wife, "because maybe in 2020, 2024, maybe I'll run for something ... Not necessarily for president, I don't know, but I want to prepare myself to be worthy enough to run."
But after what he has seen, Beck said that he wants nothing to do with politics because "it's an absolute cesspool."
Glenn Beck appeared on Dana Loesch's program, which airs on his TheBlaze television network, last night to discuss his outrage and disappointment in Ted Cruz for endorsing Donald Trump. He speculated that "the smarmiest of the smarmy" within the Texas GOP had threatened to destroy Cruz's political career and derail his bid for re-election in 2016 if he didn't endorse Trump, which caused Cruz to cave because he lost faith in divine providence.
"I think he had a moment of doubt, not of the people, of the protection of divine providence," Beck theorized.
Beck said that if he lost his entire company and wound up in jail, he would trust that divine providence would ensure that he still had a voice because even "Nelson Mandela had a voice because he was in jail."
"If you really know your principles and you say, 'I believe in the protection of divine providence, whatever is supposed to happen and get His message out, He will get it out,'" Beck said, "I believe in that. What Ted did was, I think, is what all of them do, 'I've got to be there so I've to to triangulate, this will work and this won't work and I don't see a way of that working.'"
"Well, I don't see a way that any of this works. I believe that will work," Beck said, pointing to heaven.
On Friday, Ted Cruz officially endorsed Donald Trump and the news did not sit well with Glenn Beck, who had campaigned for Cruz during the Republican primaries on the grounds that he had been anointed by God to save America, and who has vowed never to support Trump.
Cruz appeared on Beck's radio show today to try and justify his decision and it did not go well for Cruz.
Beck grilled the Texas senator on what could have changed about Trump to convince him that he can now support the man he once called an utterly amoral pathological liar. Cruz defended himself almost entirely by citing Trump's latest promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court, which Beck wasn't buying because Trump first made that promise months ago and yet Cruz still refused to endorse Trump when he spoke at the Republican National Convention in July.
"I'm asking you for new information," Beck said. "Why now?"
Upon returning from a commercial break, Beck unloaded on Cruz and his disingenuous justification for endorsing Trump, declaring that Cruz had said things during their interview that Beck personally knows to be untrue.
"For the very first time, I heard Ted Cruz calculate and when that happened, the whole thing fell apart for me," Beck said, declaring that he blames himself for thinking that Cruz was a man of principle instead of just another politician.
Eventually, Beck's fury got the better of him as he worked himself up into a bellowing frenzy.
"We have become PETA. Shame on all of us," Beck fumed over being repeatedly told by Cruz that this election represents a "binary choice" between Hillary Clinton and Trump, outraged that on every issue, the only thing that seems to matter now is that you agree with the people on your side. "Why not, if you won't vote for Hillary or you won't vote for Trump, why not just cover me in a bucket of blood?"
"Why not just shame me in the public square?" Beck thundered. "There is no difference between the two teams any more ... Which one is for the idea that all men are created equal? That all men have a right to pursue their own happiness and make their own goddamn decisions? Which one? Which one? I contend neither of them and so we will just soak each other in buckets of blood. We'll be a happy little bumper-sticker community that shames one another to make sure you walk in goosestep with all the other Hillary supporters or walk in goosestep with all the other Trump supporters."
Glenn Beck is predictably heartbroken by the news: "Profoundly sad day for me. Disappointment does not begin to describe."
Paul Hair says that only a nation in "the grips of evil" would tolerate "Barack Obama and all of the terrible things he has done. Furthermore, it may elect a woman just like him as his successor."
Cliff Kincaid wants to know why the new National Museum of African American History and Culture won't have displays on "Unpatriotic black sports figures" or "Martin Luther King Jr.’s womanizing, plagiarism, and communist advisers."
Finally, Tim Wildmon says that "what is going on is a country in rebellion against God Almighty. This is about putting the final touches on the sexual revolution. The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is unnatural, immoral, and unhealthy. Everyone knows that a man who thinks he is a woman has a mental disorder, not to mention a spiritual one."
Glenn Beck was outraged by President Obama's remarks at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner over the weekend, where he said that he would consider it "a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election."
Beck, who beagn attacking Obama as a white-hating racist just months after he took office but now has the gall to say that Obama is personally responsible for failing to solve the issue of race relations in this country, said that the black community has no reason to listen to Obama on this issue because his presidency has been responsible for setting back race relations in America by decades.
"Why should people in the black community give him a good send-off?" Beck asked, claiming that things have only gotten progressively worse for African American's during Obama's time in office. When his co-host, Pat Gray, said that Obama "set back race relations in this country 40 years, 50 years," Beck readily concurred.
For years, Glenn Beck has been telling his audience that they will go down in history as the oneswhosavedAmerica when everything collapsed. But now that time has come, he told his studio audience last night, and so they had better be prepared.
Beck predicted that regardless of whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the election, America is headed for utter chaos and destruction, during which members of his audience will emerge as the leaders whom future generations will build statues of and credit with restoring this nation. Most importantly, he promised, they will be richly rewarded by God in heaven.
"You're going to have to be leader," Beck told them. "It's a huge responsibility but it's good" because, if they believe in eternal life, they now "have the big opportunity to step up and really be a person that returns home with honor."
"They will build statues of people from these days some day," Beck said. "Historians will read about us. Not everybody has that opportunity. That's a glorious opportunity given to us."
Since the future of the Supreme Court has been the central justification the Religious Right has used for supporting Donald Trump, the prospect of him naming the "first openly gay member of the Court" must be rather alarming to them.
David Barton is not happy that the word "gender-fluid" has made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Jane Chastain says that Tim Kaine is "what Lenin referred to as 'useful idiots.'"
Finally, FRC prays that "God's people [will] recognize that mass persecution of Christians in America is immediately ahead unless God fearing men and women are elected to a majority of public offices across America in November."
Back in late 2014 and early 2015, Glenn Beck issued several dire warnings, predicting that the United States would destroy the internet and drive him out of business if it implemented net neutrality.
America deserved "to be destroyed," he proclaimed, if we were such "morons" that we couldn't see that we were ruining the internet, and with it, the last bastion of freedom in the world.
Beck's opposition to net neutrality, of course, was rooted entirely in his own ignorance about what it actually was. In fact, it has now been in effect for over a year and Beck is still on the air, despite guaranteeing that "voices like ours will be gone" if it were to be enacted.
Given Beck's willingness to spout off about things he clearly doesn't understand, it was no surprise to hear him kick off his radio show today by warning that President Obama "is giving away the internet" and handing it over to Russia, China and Iran.
Beck was, predictably, supporting Sen. Ted Cruz's dishonestcrusade against plans to allow oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to transition to an international body at the end of the month.
As PolitiFact noted yesterday, ICANN is simply tasked with ensuring "that the domain names we use for websites and emails are globally consistent" and while "the U.S. government is set to no longer have a contract to oversee certain internet-related duties having to do with all of us finding websites [these] tasks will continue to be handled through a California nonprofit that’s been in place since 1998" that will now be overseen by a multi-national advisory panel.
Beck clearly did not understand anything about this, which is why he spent the entire opening segment of his radio program today warning that this is all part of a plot by George Soros to "grab control of the internet."
Last night, Glenn Beck unveiled one of the new formats that he'll be using for his nightly television program, which has now changed its name from "The Glenn Beck Program" to simply "Glenn." Beck intends to have different formats for every night of the week and last night's program was the first of his "Think Tank" episodes in which he and several staff members sit around and discuss the news of the day.
They kicked things off by attacking President Obama for supposedly trashing America when he was on his recent trip to Laos, playing a clip of him saying that "America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination and it still has its own problems; it should worry about its own problems. And I agree with that."
"I can't take it," Beck said, as one of his staff members wondered what happened to Obama to make him hate America so much.
"He grew up, a lot of time, over there with a monkey and a parrot," Beck responded, "and then he moved over with his communist grandparents and the communist Frank Marshall Davis."
Beck's crew, of course, took Obama's comments wildly out of context.
If you bother to listen to what Obama actually said, he was saying that sometimes other people say America has no right to criticize the civil rights records of other nations because America still struggles with discrimination and its own problems. Obama agreed that we "still have problems we have to work on" but argued that "we have learned from our experience" and are seeking to overcome those issues:
And I'll be honest, everywhere we go, including here at ASEAN, sometimes people say, "Ah, why are the Americans talking about these issues? This is none of their business; they shouldn’t be meddling in other people's business. And also, America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination. It still has its own problems. It should worry about its own problems."
And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on. We still have discrimination, we still have situations where women are not treated equally. But I think that, over the long term, the only way that humans are going to be able to work together and interact and prosper and deal with big problems is if we are able to see what we have in common with each other, and treat everybody with dignity and respect. And that means that we have to have some principles that are not just based on our nationality, they're not just based on our tribe or our religion or our ethnicity. Otherwise, at some point we're not going to be able to get along, and we'll have more war and we'll have more conflict -- because that's been human history.
And this is why we talk about these issues when we travel to other countries, as well. It's not because we think we're better than other people, it's because we have learned from our own experience that if you don't respect all people, or you don’t respect all religions but also make sure that no matter how religious you are, you respect other people to have a different idea -- we've learned that if that doesn’t happen, then we have conflict.
And if you look at what's happening now in the Middle East, for example, that's not a -- the problem in the Middle East is not primarily a problem of the West versus Islam; the problem increasingly is, Shia thinking that Sunnis are following the wrong path, and vice versa. And in Syria, if you're an Alawite or you're a Christian, then you're worried about what the Sunni Muslims are going to do. And that -- the same in Africa, where-- a place like Rwanda, where in a matter of just a few months you saw a country kill hundreds of thousands of people just because of those differences. And that's been true in all parts of the world. So we have to fight against that. And that means that we have to be able to promote principles that rise above any individual religion, nationality, race. And that's what we've been trying to promote -- not always successfully. Not everybody in America agrees with me on this, by the way. I'll leave it at that.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Glenn Beck launched a crusade to prove that the United States government was covering up what "really" happened during the terrorist attack.
According to Beck, Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian student who was injured in the bombing, was not simply a victim but was really an al Qaeda "control agent" who had recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the attack. Though Alharbi had briefly been considered a person of interest in the early part of the investigation, he was quickly cleared by investigators. But Beck nevertheless spent days accusing Alharbi of having played a direct role in organizing the bombing and accusing anyone who didn't believe him of having been duped by a government conspiracy to cover up Alharbi's involvement.
Eventually, Beck's entire conspiracy theory collapsed when one of his own experts told him that his theory "doesn't make sense," but that didn't stop Beck from continuing to assert that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the bombing.
In 2014, Alharbi sued Beck for slander and defamation and Beck has been fighting the lawsuit tooth and nail. When the federal judge overseeing the case ruled last month that Beck and his company must reveal the names of the confidential sources upon whom they relied in leveling the unfounded accusations against Alharbi, Beck vowed to go to jail rather than do so.
But it seems that Beck's grandstanding was all for show, as yesterday, he agreed to settle the lawsuit with Alharbi for an undisclosed amount:
Conservative media personality Glenn Beck and several related companies have reached an out-of-court settlement with a Saudi Arabian student Beck accused of involvement in financing the deadly 2013 bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The settlement was disclosed Tuesday in a brief order from U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris dismissing the case. No dollar amount was revealed.
"The parties in this matter have reached a settlement of the pending action. The terms of the settlement are confidential," both sides in the suit said in a joint statement.
"No party has admitted any fault, wrongdoing, or responsibility as part of the settlement. Defendants have agreed to settlement of the pending action in furtherance of fundamental principles of journalistic integrity by preserving the confidentiality of their sources consistent with their rights and privileges under the First Amendment. The Plaintiff has pursued this action for the reasons set forth in his Complaint and believes those interests have been served by this resolution," the statement said.
Glenn Beck says that 9/11 was "the morning our nation's childhood died."
Right-wing activist Philip Zodhiates is set to go on trial next week for his role in helping "ex-gay" Lisa Miller kidnap her child and flee the country.
Theodore Shoebat has some thoughts about Hillary Clinton: "Besides everything else that she is, her evil springs from her being a heretic. That is the bottom line. This is why back in Christendom, they used to burn heretics and witches at the stake."
Jan Markell says that "ISIS is literally praying every day that Hillary Clinton would win this election."
Finally, Bryan Fischer warns that "while God is a patient and forgiving God, there are limits to what he will endure. I don’t know how much more of America’s flagrant sexual debauchery God is prepared to tolerate, but it’s best for us to repent before we find out."
On Thursday, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he cannot vote for Donald Trump in November because only if he and others refuse to vote for Trump will there will remain a righteous "remnant" in America whom God can continue to bless.
"We're the dumbest people alive," he said. "We are the people that we used to make fun of when we read the Bible" because we are openly and willfully violating God's laws but cannot understand why we are under His judgment.
"We're those people," Beck said, "but the good news is, this time, I think [there is] a remnant and this is one of the reasons why I cannot vote for Donald Trump" since voting for the "lesser of two evils" is still a vote for evil and God cannot bless a nation that chooses evil.
"Have more faith in God," Beck told his television audience, "that a righteous people will select something else and God will make up for the difference and, if it doesn't work out, He will protect a righteous people. I can't vote for evil, what I think is evil, or the lesser of two evils; I can't vote for the destruction of freedom and I do believe that's what we would be voting for. And so, I trust in the Almighty, I trust in the protection of divine providence, but the only way we get divine providence is if you deserve it."