On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts mocked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for looking like an "orange racoon" and wondered how he obtained his unnatural hue. In an attempt to figure it out, they planned an experiment for today in which they would smear crushed-up Cheetos on their faces "to see if we can get our face close to the face of Donald Trump."
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Classic conspiracy theories like the supposed threats of Chemtrails and Agenda 21 reemerged this week, along with some new ones, such as the possibility of a nuclear war with Russia sparked by Target’s new trans-inclusive policies. All that and more this week on Paranoia-Rama:
5) October Surprise
On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone appeared on Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory radio show, where Jones and a caller asked if “the establishment” could pull off a stunt — such as deliberately crashing the economy or faking an attempt on President Obama’s life — to postpone the election in a last-ditch effort to stop Trump.
Stone, naturally, agreed with their fears: “I think they’re capable of anything, including martial law.”
Jones said nefarious actors may try to thwart Trump because they know he is a candidate who “unites us all.”
“What would you be doing if you were them?” he asked Stone.
Stone replied: “Well, they could stage an international incident in which everybody has to rally around the president and then use that as a pretext to cancel the election.”
While Jones is worried about the prospect of an anti-Trump October surprise, he was delighted to read Chuck Norris’ latest column about chemtrails.
“How many plane-dropping chemical cocktails have already been sprayed around the world in the name of securing public health?” he asked, wondering if the government is using planes to conduct “mass vaccinations or some other devious plot.”
“It’s time again to wake up, America.”
3) Nuclear War
Conservatives aren’t only blaming transgender people for sexual assaults and rape — at least one far-right commentator is claiming that they might be the cause of a nuclear war.
“Doc, God is going to use the Russians to bring down Sodom and Gomorrah if there’s no repentance in this land,” he told his co-host Doc Burkhart. “Listen, these freaks are going to get us all killed. They’re going to get us all killed.”
One Montana newspaper reported that Happel believes that Agenda 21 will “involve relocating most Montanans to some large city, like Seattle, where they would be housed like sardines in compact housing developments, deprived of automobiles, and basically held hostage to some job in the city. Meanwhile vast areas of land would be reclaimed for wilderness to be used by the rich oligarchy.”
1)Ted Cruz or Disaster
Glenn Beck, the supposed author of the dystopian thriller “Agenda 21,” is such a big fan of Cruz that he told his viewers this week that if the Texas senator doesn’t win the presidency, it means lights out for America.
Glenn Beck spent a segment on his radio program yesterday ripping the foreign policy speech that Donald Trump recently delivered in which he declared that "'America First' will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," because the phrase "America First" also happens to be the name of an anti-Semitic, isolationist political party that opposed U.S. involvement in World War II and urged appeasement of Adolf Hitler.
Beck said that this is the sort of information that can be learned through a simple Google search and the fact that nobody on the Trump campaign knew this or bothered to look it up means that Trump is totally unqualified to be president.
"You would think that someone would do a little bit of homework," Beck said. "Can somebody Google search? ... That is the bare minimum everyone should do. Google search."
"If you can't do a simple Google search, you're not qualified to be president," he continued. "You're really not."
Earlier this month, we noted that Ted Cruz has been trying to rewrite the history regarding his appearance last year at a conference organized by radical anti-gay activist Kevin Swanson, who openly advocates imposing the death penalty for homosexuality, by falsely claiming that he was not aware of Swanson's views before he attended and that he immediately denounced them once he learned about them:
When Beck's own daughter confronted Cruz about his appearance with Swanson, Cruz lied to her face and feigned ignorance, claiming that he chewed out his staff for allowing him to appear with someone like Swanson, at least according to Beck's account of the conversation.
As we said before, "if nobody on the Cruz campaign was aware of Swanson's extreme views, it is only because they didn't bother to check since Swanson's long history of unrepentant bigotry has been well documented."
A simple Google search would have easily allowed anyone on the Cruz campaign to discover Swanson's extremism, but apparently nobody bothered to "do a little bit of homework," which makes Cruz, according to Beck's own standard, unqualified to be president.
Ted Cruz's announcement yesterday that he would name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate despite the fact that he is trailing badly in the Republican presidential primary race was widely seen as a desperate move to boost his struggling campaign.
And since Glenn Beck has transformed his daily radio program into little more than an arm of Cruz's presidential operation, it was entirely predictable that he would kick off today's program by conducting a softball interview with Fiorina, which he introduced by admitting that the campaign's unusual move was indeed an act of desperation ... "because Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are desperate to save the Constitution."
"They are desperate to save the economy. Desperate to create jobs. And so am I," Beck said. "They are desperate to stop the crucifixion of Christians by ISIS. And so am I. I think you are, too ... They are desperate. Indeed, they are. They are desperate to make sure that our children aren't spied on and listened to. They are desperate to make sure that the IRS isn’t used as a weapon anymore."
"And if you're not desperate," Beck concluded, pointing directly into the camera, "then you're not in the real world. If you're not desperate, then they have no chance of winning. But if you believe this is our last call, if you believe we are in deep trouble, you're damn right you're desperate. You should be desperate."
If there is any question about the extent to which Glenn Beck has turned his daily television and radio programs into nothing more than an arm of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, today's broadcast ought to dispel any doubt.
For months, Beck has been campaigningfor Cruz at great personal cost, carrying water for him and repeatedly stating that the Texas senator has been anointed by God to save this nation, so, naturally, after Donald Trump swept several Republican primaries last night, Beck went all out today on his radio show today to mobilize his audience to continue to support Cruz, especially in the upcoming primary in Indiana.
"Indiana, hear me, Cruz supporters, hear me," Beck said. "The election will hinge on you."
Saying that the traditional big-money Republican donors are sitting on the sideline this election, Beck openly urged his audience to visit Cruz's website and donate to his campaign and then do everything they can to help Cruz win in Indiana because "you know the republic is at stake."
"This is the moment," he stated. "If we drop it at this moment, we lose. And let me tell you something, you lose freedom for all mankind. I'm convinced of it. This is the moment. Don't be on the sideline. Don't be discouraged."
Glenn Beck spent a good bit of time on his radio program today railing against criticism of anti-LGBT laws that have been enacted recently in places like North Carolina and Mississippi before turning around and complaining about how the entire issue is just a "circus" meant to distract from the fact that "world is on fire."
"This is just the new circus and cakes," Beck said (he meant "bread and circuses"). "This is just the new Colosseum. Get them to talk about the bathrooms so they're not talking about Syria, so they're not talking about the debt, so they're not talking about corruption, so they're not talking about Hillary's server. Get them to talk about the bathrooms. This is the new cakes and circuses and it's brilliant because it works."
Then, seemingly realizing the irony of complaining about people talking about this issue after he just spent several minutes talking about this issue, Beck attempted to pivot his way out of his own hypocrisy by going after Donald Trump and President Obama.
"If Donald Trump goes in, he will put us out of business that fast," Beck said, snapping his fingers. "He is not going to put up with people who question his authority. Barack Obama didn't; he put people in jail. Listen to me again: he put people in jail, Barack Obama did, who are in our business for coming out and saying this is what the government's doing. Whistleblowers. More whistleblowers were put in jail than any time since Woodrow Wilson. You don't think this guy's going to do it?"
On his radio program yesterday, as part of his crusade to get right-wing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist removed from the board of the National Rifle Association for supposedly being a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood, Glenn Beck interviewed the Family Research Council's Jerry Boykin, who is a longtime Norquist critic and anti-Islam activist.
Following the interview, Beck literally begged the NRA members in his audience to vote to remove Norquist from the organization's board, warning that this is the last chance to stop him.
"If this works, his empire really falls apart," Beck said. "If it doesn't, no one will ever touch him and his influence will expand and so will the Muslim Brotherhood, at the highest levels."
Beck then likened Norquist to the protagonists of the television show "The Americans," which is about deep-cover KGB spies in America during the Cold War, which he cited to praise the efforts of Joseph McCarthy.
While McCarthy was "wrong in presentation and he was the wrong messenger," Beck said, history as proven "that what McCarthy was saying was true."
"If you watch that show 'The Americans,' that happened, that's true,' Beck declared. "Grover Norquist is the modern-day version of that KGB handler, if you will, whether he knows it or not. But the infiltration has happened and he's the doorway to it."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck suggested that the Republican presidential primary race is going to be dragged out all the way until the national convention because God wants to allow everyone to have their say before He removes his hand of protection from his nation (presumably for failing to nominate or elect Ted Cruz as president.)
As he explained, God is "making sure all of us are accountable" for what happens to this nation, saying that while presidential primary contests are usually settled relatively early on, things are different this year because God knows that the fate of the nation is at stake.
In America today, just as in the Old Testament, Beck said, "the people cry out for a king and God and the prophets stand up and say, 'Don't do it, don't do it.' And the people cry out for a king and God and some people stand up and say, 'Don't do it, don't do it.' But those people who are standing up are always in the vast minority; 'Don't do it, you don't want a king.' And then, usually, the third time they cry out for a king and God's like, 'Whatever. You got a king.' He doesn't stop your free choice; you have free choice. Because we have a covenant with God that started with George Washington, because we have a covenant, I think before He withdraws His protection, He just wants you to be clear and He doesn't want New York to decide for you, He doesn't want New Hampshire to decide for you, Florida, Iowa."
"This thing is going to end at the convention," he stated, "but it is going to end with each one of us having to decide and writing our name down, do you want a king or not?"
Glenn Beck spent most of his radio program yesterday freaking out about criticism of anti-LGBT laws in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, as well as the supposed rise of Satanism in America, which prompted him to warn yet again that this nation is engaged in Moloch worship.
At one point, Beck declared that he is going to bring together a group of historians to help him write a contemporary history book so that when America is lost forever should we fail to elect Ted Cruz as president, there will be a true record of how this country imploded.
"I'm going to find some history professors," Beck said, and "we're going to write a history book of the last, probably, 50 or 60 years. Because, I'm telling you, the history of the last 20 years will all be gone; it's going to be written by the winners and I got news for you gang, this election is showing us — honestly, if Ted Cruz doesn't win, progressivism is the way forward and the country will be lost as we know it. We'll still be the United States of America, just not the way know it. We're going to have a different world and everything that happened will be distorted, capitalism will begin to look [like] it never worked, freedom never worked. Somebody has to document this and really document it well and put it on the shelves of every home."
As Brian noted yesterday, conservative activist and musician Pat Boone was outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called "God is a Boob Man" that poked fun at the Religious Right's persecution complex by parodying movies like "God's Not Dead."
And since Glenn Beck is always on the cutting edge of what is hip and cool, he brought Boone onto his radio program today so that Boone could warn all those involved that they have committed an unpardonable sin and are bound for hell.
Boone is not looking to receive any sort of apology from SNL or NBC for the skit, he said, but simply wanted to issue a very sobering warning by citing the story of "Korah's Rebellion" from Numbers 16, in which hundreds of Israelites who rose up to challenge Moses' authority were swallowed alive by the earth.
"When you speak against God and his purpose, we don't have to ask for an apology," Boone said. "We need to stand up for what's true and right, but then step aside because they're answering to Him, not to us. That's outright sacrilege and, as you know, I don't think people will be offended by this, Jesus said that every sin a man can commit can be forgiven except against blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Well, the Holy Spirit is God and that sin is not to be forgiven in this world or the world to come. So my feelings now are not so much anger as sadness for what I fear is ahead for the people that are doing these things."
Saturday Night Live used to be such a good show but it has lost its way, Boone insisted, saying that he'd like to ask if the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, would find it funny if somebody did a sketch that "portrayed his mother as a diseased whore."
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to once again promoting his ongoing campaign to get right-wing anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist removed from the board of the National Rifle Association on the grounds that Norquist is supposedly a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Predictably, Beck brought right-wing activists Kenneth Timmerman and Frank Gaffney — who, just this week, was blasted by former NRA president David Keene as an unhinged conspiracy nut — onto the program to make the case against Norquist.
Beck went to great lengths to try to bolster Timmerman's credibility by mentioning three times that he had once been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Timmerman "is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee," Beck said in opening the show, so that gives him "some real credibility."
In case viewers weren't convinced, Beck mentioned it again — twice — during his introduction.
"Just so you know, he comes to the table with a little bit of credibility," Beck said. "He was nominated a few years ago for a Nobel Peace Prize."
Of course, just about anybody can be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, so simply being nominated doesn't automatically mean that the nominee is credible, now does it?
Glenn Beck dedicated his television show last night to laying out the timeline of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, which, not surprisingly, he concluded was criminal and ought to result in jail time.
After hauling out multiple chalkboards — and repeatedly insinuating that Clinton's fainting episode and concussion in 2012 was part of some cover-up to allow her to avoid having to testify about Benghazi — Beck concluded his show by saying that it'll require "God's help" to ensure that Clinton goes to jail.
"This is criminal activity," Beck declared. "Will anyone have the guts to actually pursue this, bring it to trial and, if she is guilty, send her to jail? Only with God's help."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck sat down with Drew Ryun, political director of the pro-Ted Cruz Trusted Leadership super PAC, where they assured everyone that the notoriouslyuniversallyhated Republican presidential candidate is actually really nice and funny and well-liked.
Young people, in particular, love Cruz, Ryun asserted, because "he is one of the most likeable people you will ever meet" and "he resonates with them."
Beck was in complete agreement, saying that young people on his staff are constantly telling him that Cruz "is the nicest guy [they have] ever seen, and funny."
In a Washington Post poll released yesterday, 50 percent of young adults and 53 percent of voters overall had an unfavorable opinion of Cruz.
Earlier this week, Glenn Beck broadcast his radio program from home because his good friend Ted Cruz was visiting, hanging out and using Beck's home to shoot footage for his presidential campaign.
As Beck noted when he returned to the studio the following day, it's pretty weird that someone who might become the president was just hanging out in Beck's kitchen.
"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit with Ted Cruz," Beck stated, "and it was really a remarkable day. At one point, they were shooting some things for the campaign, they used my yard to shoot some things outside and I was standing there, I'm watching the crew work and they're working on the language in his speech and everything else and I'm just standing back on the driveway and I'm just watching this thing happen and I look at my wife and I said, 'I can't believe that the guy who might possibly be the president of the United States is at our house, is on our lawn."
"It was just bizarre," he stated. "I've been friends with him for a while, but it's weird to think that this guy might now be the president of the United States and you know him. And so he was walking back into the house and I said, 'Ted, I don't mean to be weird here, but it's really weird to think that you might the president of the United States and you're in my kitchen.'"
On his television program last week, Glenn Beck lamented that nobody can understand the Moses-like burden that Ted Cruz carries, knowing that he's been called by God to run for president. Earlier this week, our video clip of Beck's comments got picked up by the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, whose post was then linked to by the Drudge Report.
Beck has been in something of a feud with Drudge for severalweeksnow, repeatedly accusing the powerhouse right-wing website of engaging in anti-Christian bigotry by mocking his seemingly nonstop declarations that Cruz has been raised from birth and divinely anointed to save America.
Naturally, Beck was upset that Drudge again supposedly attacked him for his faith by linking to an article about his Moses comment and took issue with it on his radio program yesterday.
The interesting thing about this that we want to point out is that Beck initially didn't even remember making the statement but recalled having said it once the audio was played for him. Around the 3:40 mark, Beck said that he remembers saying it during last week's television show where he interviewed right-wing evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez and then proceeded to explain how this attack on him is really an effort to discredit Rodriguez because he is so influential.
"Now I remember that," Beck said. "That was with Sam Rodriguez. You know what this is? They had to destroy this. This was a powerful episode. A powerful episode and Sam Rodriguez is one of the heads of the Hispanic caucus; he oversees 40,000 churches in America, he is a Time 100 most influential people in America. I mean, he is a big, big deal. You had to destroy this interview. You had to."
That is an interesting theory ... unfortunately for Beck, it is entirely wrong, since he made the Moses comment while speaking to his studio audience last Thursday night, which was the night after his discussion with Rodriguez:
This is a case study in the fact that even though Beck doesn't know what he's talking about, he's not about to let that stop him from spinning a conspiracy theory out of his own ignorance.
Earlier today, we wrote a post pointing out that Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is not being honest about his response to his attendance last year at a conference organized by radical anti-gay activist Kevin Swanson, falsely claiming that he was not aware of Swanson's views before he attended and that he immediately denounced them once he learned about them.
Ben Carson, on the other hand, reportedly dropped out of the conference because of Swanson's notorious extremism.
Now, Cruz is attempting to rewrite history and, in doing so, apparently lying to Glenn Beck's face about it.
On his radio show today, Beck revealed that Cruz was at Beck's home yesterday for several hours, just hanging out and shooting footage for campaign commercials, when Beck's daughter asked him about his decision to appear at Swanson's rally.
Beck was obviously only vaguely familiar with the controversy, judging by the fact that he wrongly claimed that it took place in Ohio (it was in Iowa) and falsely said that Swanson made his outrageous remarks defending the death penalty for homosexuality the day before Cruz even spoke at the rally (actually, Swanson made the case twice; once just before Cruz spoke and again the day after.)
According to Beck, when his daughter asked Cruz about his participation, Cruz declared that Swanson and his views are "reprehensible" and that he "chewed [his] staff out" for allegedly not knowing about Swanson's views and for allowing him to appear at Swanson's conference.
Beck reported that Cruz told his daughter that "not only did I not know that, I think that was absolutely reprehensible, bigoted, despicable, I want nothing to do with him or any kind of alliances to people like that."
In our post this morning, we noted that Beck himself declared just last week that he had never seen Cruz lie in either his public or his private life.
The feud between Glenn Beck and Alex Jones is extremely amusing for us here at Right Wing Watch, considering that they are two of the most prominent faces of paranoid, conspiratorial thinking in the conservative media. But, according to Jones, their similarities are no accident because Beck is an actor who was trained to present himself as a “mixture of Oprah Winfrey and Alex Jones.”
“The cult leader, Glenn Beck, he is now an official religious cult leader,” Jones said. “He’s the false prophet and his messiah is Ted Cruz.”
Jones called Beck a “cynical, twisted, weirdo” who “will end up destroying himself. He is an egomaniac, super-narcissist, probably psychotic, in my view, and he’s insane and wants to be a cult leader.”
“Moses has returned, you didn’t know?” Jones said sarcastically. “The two prophets of Revelation, it’s Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck, you didn’t know? He says it’s a priesthood he’s starting. Oh yeah? Oh really? The liberal, hardcore shock jock that was hired right before 9/11 and gotten ready to come out to be the synthetic Alex Jones? I’ve been told that by the executives involved where they sat — and he’s an actor — and watched weeks of my videos and shows and said, ‘Take this and mix it with Oprah.’ That’s what I was told by the executives that used to run his operation. He’s a mixture of Oprah Winfrey and Alex Jones, all in a big, weird doughboy’s body. A cult leader. A Nellie high priest. Scared to death, by the way, dozens of security people.”
On his television show last Thursday, Glenn Beck spoke with a woman in his studio audience who was frustrated that she has been unable to convince her friends to support Ted Cruz for president and was seeking advice from Beck on how best to respond to their claims that all politicians are liars who cannot be trusted.
Beck, who is close personal friends with Cruz, assured her that unlike all other politicians, Cruz never lies.
"I have never seen Ted Cruz lie. Never," Beck told her. "I've not seen the man lie; not personally or professionally have I seen him be anything but 100 percent straight up."
Allow us to call Beck's attention to our post from yesterday in which Cruz repeatedly lied about his appearance at last year's National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa that was hosted and organized by anti-gay extremist Kevin Swanson.
Swanson's extremist views and his belief that gays should be put to death were well-known and publicized before Cruz and other Republican presidential hopefuls attended the conference and Cruz himself was confronted about his participation by CNN's Jake Tapper the day before he was scheduled to appear.
Cruz dismissed Tapper's concerns and appeared on stage with Swanson at his conference and then, when others in the media tried to get Cruz to explain his participation, his campaign dismissed them as well. At one point, Cruz's campaign spokesman told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Swanson's repeatedcalls to impose the death penalty for homosexuality from the stage were simply "not explicit" enough for the campaign bother commenting on or condemning.
But, as Miranda reported yesterday, that is not the tale that Cruz is telling now, as he's falsely claiming that he was unaware of Swanson's views before attending and that he publicly denounced those views once he learned about them.
"He was an individual I didn’t know, I'd never met him," Cruz said of Swanson. "I went to a conference on religious liberty because it is an issue I care very much about. After the conference, his comments were drawn to my attention and I denounced them at the time, I think they're wrong, I totally disagree with them. I didn’t know this fellow and when I saw what he said, I came out publicly and said I disagree with what he’s saying."
Cruz's claim that he was unaware of Swanson's views before attending his conference and that he immediately and publicly denounced them as soon as he learned of them are both unequivocal and demonstrable lies.
So if Glenn Beck wants to continue to insist that he's never heard his good friend Ted Cruz openly lie in either his personal or political life, we'd love to hear him explain this ... along with several of Cruz's otherfalsehoods and bogusclaims.