Glenn Beck

Beck: 'ISIS Is The Fruit Of Obama'

Glenn Beck dedicated a good part of his radio program this morning to laying out his case that the Obama administration is directly responsible for the rise of ISIS, the establishment of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, by extension, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Relying entirely upon one heavily redacted Defense Intelligence assessment from 2012 that was released back in May, Beck entirely misrepresented its findings to declare that the Obama administration sought to use Al Qaeda in Iraq, the precursor to ISIS, to foment a proxy war in Syria in order to topple the Assad regime and allow the creation of a "Salafist Principality" in Eastern Syria.

"Now, I want to make this very clear," Beck said. "I'm charging that this president was the architect behind much of what was going on. I am charging that the president was not surprised by this at all. I'm charging that the president knew clearly these things would happen."

"ISIS is the fruit of Obama," he declared. "No good fruit can grow from a bad tree ... In reality, they saw ISIS coming, they wanted ISIS to come. Would Paris have happened if we would have destroyed ISIS in the first place rather than contain them, rather than arm them, rather than coddle them? This president sowed these seeds. We are now reaping what has been sown by our own president. Do not allow him to plant any more seeds!"

Beck's entire argument relies upon his false claim that these were "key goals" of the Obama administration when, in reality, the intelligence assessment asserted that these were merely "future assumptions about the crisis." The assessment simply noted that the on-going Syrian civil war could evolve into a proxy war, with the Syrian regime getting support from Russia, Iran, and China; not that this was in any way the goal of the Obama administration, as Beck asserted. 

In addition, the assessment noted that Syrian "opposition forces will try to use Iraqi territory as a safe haven for its forces" and that "if the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria." Such an outcome was not, as Beck claimed, the administration's goal. In fact, the assessment notes in the very next bullet point that such developments would carry the threat of "dire consequences" for the region by providing Al Qaeda in Iraq an "ideal atmosphere" to thrive and by giving it "renewed momentum," which would represent a "grave danger" to efforts to unify and stabilize Iraq.

Glenn Beck Warns That Campus And BLM Protesters Are 'Working Hand-In-Hand With ISIS'

Glenn Beck dedicated a good portion of his radio program yesterday to warning his listeners that "zero hour" is now upon us and soon everything that he has been warning about for the last decade will come to fruition and the world will go up in flames.

In order to help his audience prepare for what is coming, Beck provided a handy argument for them to make around the Thanksgiving table when their college-aged relatives start defending things like campus protests or Black Lives Matter: You are working hand-in-hand with ISIS.

Citing a recent issue of Al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine which encouraged supporters in Western nations to stir up racial tensions and carry out assassinations of political and economic leaders, Beck, mistakenly conflating the rival terrorist groups, asserted that protesters in America are literally carrying out ISIS's work for them.

"Whether the universities know it or not, they are working hand-in-hand with ISIS," Beck said. "For any millennial that will sit and your Thanksgiving table, I will give you information that you need to get into their hands. They're going to call you an old fuddy duddy, they're going to call you call kinds of names, but I'm going to give you the information that comes from ISIS itself and I want you to have that at your dinner table so when they sit down at your dinner table and they start talking about the strife and all of the things that they're fixing with Black Lives Matter and everything else, I want you to pull this out and say, 'This comes from ISIS, this is an ISIS document. Whether you know it or now, you're working hand-in-hand with ISIS. Congratulations on that.'"

"Your kids," Beck continued, "when they come back to the dinner table, they will know you are doing exactly what ISIS wants you to do, whether you know it or not ... Those similar goals are now putting the pressure for the bottom to rise up and the top to come down and to turn us inside out. We are at zero hour and the world is a mess."

Beck: America Is 'Ripe For Assassinations' ... Or Maybe Not, 'I Don't Know'

Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to recounting how he has supposedly accurately predicted the course of global affairs since 9/11, right down to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Utilizing at least six chalkboards, Beck recounted a host of predictions he has made over the years which, he claims, have all come true.

Given his amazing track record, Beck then went on to warn that 2016 is going to be a reoccurence of 1968, in which America will be plagued with social unrest and assassinations of political leaders ... or maybe it'll happen in 2017 ... or maybe it'll never happen, he doesn't know. 

"I hate even saying this," Beck said, "but I'm telling you that I have a very strong feeling that next year will be 1968 all over again. We are going to be ripe for assassinations. Massive instability is coming our way. It might be next year, it might be 24 months, it might never happen, I don't know, but we have a pretty good track record."

As usual, Beck conveniently hedged his bets so that if anything like this does happen, he can claim to have predicted it, while if it doesn't happen, he can just ignore it, as he does with all of his predictions that never came true.

Glenn Beck Declares Paris Attacks To Be The 'Final Fulfillment Of The Chalkboard At Fox'

Glenn Beck reacted to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris by once again claiming that everything he has been warning about since 9/11 has now come true.

Conveniently ignoring the fact that he has been repeatedly declaring that World War III has begun since back in 2013 and that all of his previous warnings about the arrival of his predicted global chaos have always come in response to incidents and situations that have nothing to do with the current crisis, Beck is positive that this time, he's been proven right about it all of it!

The "first shots in World War III" were fired "in France on Friday," Beck stated. "It's not going to be declared by anybody to be World War III yet ... But make no mistake, you're at the beginning of a global war."

When future history book are written, Beck predicted, the Syrian refugee crisis "will be seen as a Trojan Horse invasion by the Islamists in Europe" that was aided by the United Nations and "socialists worldwide."

"What happened on Friday was a final fulfillment of the chalkboard at Fox," Beck proclaimed. "It is now finished."

"I said it to my kids this weekend, now I'll say it to you," Beck warned. "I am sorry kids, but everything I have been talking to you about since September 11 — I know that we've had signs here and there that it was beginning or that it was getting closer — but I'm sorry, kids, everything that I have seen coming, the storm has now arrived. It's time to grow up."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/13/15

  • Glenn Beck has now completely dropped his principled opposition to the use of boycotts, declaring on his radio program today that "the time has come for boycotts."
  • Speaking of Beck, isn't his assertion that Ted Cruz possesses an "audiographic memory" that allows him to exactly repeat anything he hears verbatim because it "imprints on him an audio file" somewhat undercut by the fact that Cruz was unable to perfectly reenact a scene from "The Princess Bride"?
  • Burt Prelutsky says that "more and more, as you look around the world or at our own political landscape, it seems to be the case that Satan has thrown open the doors and furloughed the worst offenders, perhaps following the lead of his friend and close associate, Barack Obama, who is doing his best to release killers, rapists and terrorists from our prisons and from Guantanamo."
  • Bradlee Dean blasts the "American people who have tolerated those who have committed the crimes of a foreign, Third-World dictator in their own country."
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera says that "in most cases open homosexuals who gain elected office end up promoting homosexuality, because they have this desperate need to rationalize their sexual sin."

World Congress of Families Closer Everett Piper: WCF Critics Hate God

The closing keynote address at the recent World Congress of Families conference in Salt Lake City was given by Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. As we noted in our overview of WCF, Piper did not abide by the standard suggested by the conference’s opening keynoter, Mormon Elder Russell Ballard, who said, “We demonstrate our discipleship when we refuse strident tones, when we refuse derisive labels, and when we enter the public square seeking fair outcomes through understanding and mutual respect.”

Piper, by contrast, enthusiastically embraced strident tones and derisive labels in his closing keynote. Piper may have been trying to interest conservative Christian parents in sending their kids to his school, which commits itself to honoring “the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.”

Piper spent much of his time denouncing a culture and approach to education that promote bad ideas and sexual promiscuity, and values clarification rather than moral absolutes. Early in his speech he set the tone:

Imagine that we live in a time and a place where the wise and learned in our courts, and in our classrooms, and, unfortunately, even in our churches, actually work to remove a man’s soul and expect him to stay out of hell.

Piper had harsh words for the educational establishment, which he said “is known not for pursuing truth, but rather for celebrating tolerance, and in the name of tolerance they then tell us that our intolerance is intolerable.” Citing a litany of examples of ideological intolerance against conservatives on campus, he declared it undeniable that there is a “war against Christians” in the academy and the broader culture.

Piper slammed gay rights advocates and other liberals for “ideological fascism,” declaring, “The result of this nonsense is that the rainbow banner of tolerance has become the dark flag of tyranny almost overnight.” And he went after President Obama harshly:

Where is our president in the midst of this? Where is the leader of the free world? Christians are losing their jobs, losing their businesses, losing their tenure, losing their education, and losing their freedom and he says nothing. He lectures us about the crusades rather than defend us in the courts. Christians are being enslaved and burned alive and beheaded across the Middle East and he is silent. Christians are being threatened and intimidated and sued and sequestered in the middle of America and mum’s the word.

For decades, Piper said, “we’ve sent our kids off to sit under the tutelage of faculty who have panned the Judeo-Christian ethic and praised its antithesis.”

“Why are we surprised now,” he asked, “that we have a White House that’s seemingly more aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood than Franklin Graham?”  The Muslim Brotherhood zinger was recycled from Piper’s appearance at the “Future Conference” organized by anti-gay activist Jim Garlow in June.

More from Piper’s WCF rant:

Our judges can’t find the word ‘marriage’ in the dictionary. Our State Department thinks the way to stop terrorists is to give them jobs. Our president says he appreciates the legitimate grievances of the terrorists who are crucifying children. Why are we surprised to see tens of millions of women buying the lie of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ when colleges have been promoting Sex Weeks on their campuses across the land, teaching these same women the virtue of bondage and dominance for the past several decades.

Piper concluded with a prayer, in which he asked God to forgive America for a long list of the kind of things he spent his speech blaming the liberal establishment for, among them “the foolishness of expecting cultural sanity while removing a culture’s soul” and “worshiping government more than God.”

“Please,” he asked, “rescue us from the ugly hell of our own making and give us liberty within the bounds of your law and free us from the bondage of our licentiousness.”

Piper repeated some of his gripes about education on Glenn Beck’s show, which was recorded the day before his WCF speech and broadcast a few days later. One of Piper’s talking points is that “opinions are dangerous; truth sets us free.” Among the dangerous people who had opinions, he notes, were Pol Pot, Mao, Robespierre, Chavez, Hitler and Mussolini. Piper has also appeared on David Barton’s radio show.

The week after the World Congress of Families wrapped up, Piper took to his blog to decry WCF’s critics, especially those who labeled the WCF a hate group.

The bold-faced duplicity of those condemning those who love the family is indeed hateful. Intolerance in the name of tolerance. Bullying while decrying bullying. Exclusion in the name of inclusion. Dumbing down the human being while arguing for human rights. Pretending to be pro-woman while using women as pawns and products. Hate under the banner of anti-hate… These ideas do not come from love, but rather from disdain: Disdain for children, disdain for family, and disdain for truth. Such ideas come from a hateful people who hate anyone who dares stand in their way of hating God.

If you like what Everett Piper has to offer, you’ll probably get plenty of opportunities to hear more of it. In the program book for the WCF gathering, he is listed as chair of the “SWAT Team” in charge of “Strategic Planning for the Future.”


Michael Brown Joins List of Religious Right Endorsements for Ted Cruz

In August, we asked whether Ted Cruz was winning the Christian Nation primary, with fracking billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks pumping $15 million into a pro-Cruz super PAC and political operative David Lane promoting Cruz’s anti-Planned Parenthood efforts. In September, Religious Right “historian” David Barton was tapped to take over a Cruz super PAC, and CNN reported that top officials of Online for Life are “playing a growing role in the super PACs backing Ted Cruz.” Yesterday, Glenn Beck declared that Cruz “was truly raised up for this purpose at this time.”

Now Cruz has announced the endorsement of another Religious Right activist, Michael Brown, a North Carolina preacher and author of “Revolution! The Call to Holy War.” Brown participated in the anti-gay “Stand4Truth” conference that was held as a lead-in to the World Congress of Families last week.

Brown is scheduled to appear, along with David and Jason Benham and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, at a Cruz-organized “religious liberty” rally at Bob Jones University on November 14. As we noted a few weeks ago, “the ‘religious liberty’ Bob Jones is most famous for defending was its long insistence that its segregationist policies were mandated in the Bible.”

Brown has already been portraying marriage equality as a dire threat to religious freedom in America. Back in June, when the Supreme Court released its decision affirming marriage equality nationwide, Brown wrote a snarky note to Justice Anthony Kennedy to thank him “for confirming what we have been saying for many years now, namely, that gay activism is the principle threat to our freedoms of speech, religion and conscience.” Brown also thanked Kennedy “for bringing unprecedented religious persecution to the shores of our nation,” adding, “Despite the darkness and pain ahead, this will only cause the Church to wake up and grow stronger.” 

Beck: Ted Cruz 'Was Truly Raised Up For This Purpose At This Time'

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck revealed that a documentary about Ted Cruz was being filmed for the GOP hopeful's presidential campaign at Beck''s television studio in Texas last week and Beck was so moved by what he saw that he simply had to interrupt its production so that he could tell everyone involved that Cruz has been supernaturally raised up at this moment in time to save this nation.

"I interrupted the director," Beck said, "and I looked at the audience and I said, 'Maybe this is me, but is anybody feeling what I'm feeling?' That this man was born at this time — it was with him and his dad — was born at this time and the parallels between Barack Obama and his father, who shaped him and shaped him as a Marxist, and Rafael Cruz, who was a Marxist ... but then he raised this boy up?"

"Is anybody else feeling this?" he continued. "That this guy was truly raised up for this purpose at this time? Everybody in the audience said yes. There is something to Ted Cruz way beyond, and when you get to know his story and his father's story, there is something really unique and special about that story."

Gee, we imagine that the other GOP candidates must just be clamoring to attend an "unbiased" presidential debate hosted by someone like Beck while he is openly proclaiming that one of their rivals was "raised up for this purpose at this time."

What Could We Expect From A GOP Debate Organized By Glenn Beck?

A few weeks ago, Glenn Beck floated the idea of launching a temporary church for the express purpose of exploiting a Republican National Committee loophole that allows churches to host "discussion forums" with Republican presidential candidates since the RNC was refusing to allow his network to host any sort of official GOP debate. 

As Beck made clear at the time, he didn't want to invite Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Donald Trump or any of the other candidates whom he dismisses as "progressives" to participate in his debate because he despises them and has repeatedly and openly attacked them on air. In fact, Beck despises the Republican Party as a whole and has, for years, been urging his audience to "defund the GOP" and refuse to give the party even one dime of support in an effort to break its back and destroy it.

Now, in the wake of the RNC's decision to cancel an upcoming debate that was to be hosted by NBC after its candidates performed miserably at a CNBC debate last month, Beck is demonstrating his trademark consistency and integrity by sending a letter to the RNC begging to be allowed to host this debate on his own network instead:

We’d like to make our audience your audience, by hosting the ninth scheduled debate on February 26th. We are prepared to produce a new kind of debate, in both substance and distribution. In fact, this will be the first truly cross-platform, digitally engaged debate in the history of American politics, and one that we are confident will reach one of the largest blocks of conservative voters in history.


By selecting TheBlaze TV to produce this debate, you honor and recognize the value of a critical voting bloc. And you need to know that we are committed to a fair and honorable production that will make every candidate, the party and our voters proud. But most important, at the end of our debate, voters will know not just where our candidates stand, but why, and how they intend to accomplish their goals. 

We both know that the time for theatrics and hyperbole is over. These are serious days full of both promise and peril. My audience and I urge the Republican National Committee to make the February 26th debate meaningful, thoughtful, and responsive to the issues of not just conservative America, but to all Americans. Placing this debate on TheBlaze TV will fulfill that promise.

Aside from the insanity of allowing an avowed enemy of the GOP and a significant number of the current Republican candidates to host an official Republican debate, we cannot even begin to imagine what a debate hosted by a unhinged conspiracy theorist like Beck would even look like.

Would candidates be asked what they would do to stop that sociopath and dictator President Obama from fomenting revolution in order to round up conservatives and stick them in internment camps? Or about Beck's concerns that Obama is trying to start a race-based civil war and has been seeking to confiscate weapons in order to re-impose slavery and eventually start killing American citizens?

Would they be asked to go on record vowing to stop revolutionaries from pulling people from their cars and executing them in the streets and from secretly murdering Beck himself in the middle of the night?

Will they be expected to comment on Beck's belief that this nation is "the stink on the crap pile" and that it is has now become a badge of "eternal dishonor" to be an American because our society has gone completely insane and become a danger to the entire world?

Would they have to weigh in on his theory that the missing Malaysian airplane had been hijacked for use in a terrorist attack against America, his warning that immigrants crossing the southern border would lead to an Israeli/Palestinian-type of conflict in the U.S, or his conviction that a measles outbreak was nothing but a "hoax" designed to increase government control?

Would they be asked if they share Beck's conviction that Common Core is the "biggest story in American history" because it is an evil plot to turn school children into cogs living under a police state?

Will they be asked what they think about the Associated Press having raped Bill Cosby, or about how the Ebola outbreak caused race riots all over the nation, or how the government engaged in a massive cover-up of the truth about the Boston Marathon bombing?

On the other hand, can the RNC risk stiffing Beck when he is a prophet who has been sent by God, especially at a time when America has become engaged in full-fledged demon worship and our days are numbered because society has gone insane and been engulfed in darkness?

In retrospect, perhaps a GOP debate led by Beck is exactly what this nation needs, given that his audience, after all, is the modern day civil rights movement and consists of the very people forseen by God and the Founding Fathers who would one day rise up and save this nation.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/2/15

  • Glenn Beck, who has spent months openly attacking Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Donald Trump and the entire GOP, is now asking the RNC to allow his network to host a GOP primary debate in February. 
  • Bad news for Andrew Shirvell: "The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former lawyer for the state of Michigan who lost a defamation lawsuit filed by a gay student at the University of Michigan."
  • Liberty University appears to be relaxing some elements of its hardline code of conduct for students.
  • Beware of the "atheist Gestapo," which is trying to put "an end to Christian activity in sports."
  • Finally, Rafael Cruz is giddy that David Barton is leading one of Ted Cruz's super PACs because Barton "is a man of unquestionable integrity" and "a man that America highly, highly respects."

Ted Cruz: 'Climate Change Is Not Science, It's Religion'

Glenn Beck dedicated a portion of his television program last night to the remainder of his one-on-one interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, in which the GOP presidential hopeful declared that those who believe in climate change do not bother to cite facts in support of their position because, for them, it is a religion.

Pointing to a recent congressional hearing in which he grilled the president of the Sierra Club about the supposed lack of data and evidence for the existence of global warming, Cruz told Beck that "climate change is not science, it's religion."

"Look at the language where they call you a 'denier,'" he said. "Denier is not the language of science. Look, I'm the child of two scientists ... The essence of the scientific method is to start with a hypothesis, then look to the evidence to disprove the hypothesis; you're not trying to prove it, you're trying to disprove it. Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he's not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, 'denier' is the language of religion, it's heretic, you are a blasphemer. The response from the Sierra Club, 'We have decreed this is the answer, you must accept it.' And so he didn't know his facts because he just knew his religion."

World Congress Of Families Swag: Skousen's '5000 Year Leap'

It’s not surprising that the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City would have a particularly Mormon flavor, given that the city is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The conference's opening session on Tuesday morning included a keynote by Mormon Apostle Russell Ballard during which he played a video of children singing a song about Mormon theology and explained how the church’s commitment to “traditional family” is grounded in its religious beliefs about eternal marriage.

WCF registration bags included a copy of the Church’s 1995 “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” which argues marriage is essential to God’s eternal plan. It also promotes conservative ideas about the complementarity of the sexes, saying, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” The proclamation states,

By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.

Also included in the registration bag was a copy of right-wing Mormon author W. Cleon Skousen’s “The 5000 Year Leap,” a 1981 book that zoomed to the top of best-seller-lists in 2009 when Glenn Beck discovered it and began gushing about it on his show. Alexander Zaitchik wrote about it for Salon:

What has Beck been pushing on his legions? “Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recast the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades (and where Beck spoke at this year’s annual fundraiser).

But more interesting than the contents of “The 5,000 Year Leap,” and more revealing for what it says about 912ers and the Glenn Beck Nation, is the book’s author. W. Cleon Skousen was not a historian so much as a player in the history of the American far right; less a scholar of the republic than a threat to it. At least, that was the judgment of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which maintained a file on Skousen for years that eventually totaled some 2,000 pages. Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen’s own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.”

As Beck knows, to focus solely on “The 5,000 Year Leap” is to sell the author short. When he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen had authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy. It is a body of work that does much to explain Glenn Beck’s bizarre conspiratorial mash-up of recent months, which decries a new darkness at noon and finds strange symbols carefully coded in the retired lobby art of Rockefeller Center. It also suggests that the modern base of the Republican Party is headed to a very strange place.

Sarah Posner noted Skousen’s connections with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch:

When the elder Skousen died in 2006, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), paid tribute to him on the Senate floor, and even included a poem he wrote about his friend. Hatch detailed how Skousen helped launch his political career, sending a letter to 8,000 "friends," urging them to support Hatch's 1976 Senate candidacy. According to a 1980 account in the New York Times by the inimitable Molly Ivins, Skousen's Freeman Institute was active in several other Republican campaigns as well, including one to unseat Sen. Frank Church, the Idaho Democrat who chaired the Church Commission that investigated intelligence abuses in the wake of Watergate.

"From that first campaign," Hatch went on in his tribute on the Senate floor, "to every day I have served in the U.S. Senate--Cleon has been there for me, through highs and lows--buoying me up, giving suggestions, discussing principles and issues, and above all else being a true, supportive friend. I can never overstate what his support has meant to me throughout my years of service." Hatch added that Skousen's writings, including The 5,000 Year Leap, "have been used by foundations, and in forums across America for many years. His writings and words leave an indelible legacy of knowledge and beliefs that have touched many people and will continue to inspire and educate generations to come."

The Hatch connection brings us full circle, as this morning’s session at the World Congress of Families ended with a, um, memorable rendition of a song written by Hatch

Ted Cruz: Obama 'Letting Millions Of People Into This Country Illegally' To 'Fundamentally Transform This Nation'

Yesterday, Glenn Beck sat down with Sen. Ted Cruz to discuss his presidential campaign and the Texas Republican boasted that he is uniting conservatives of all stripes behind his candidacy by acting as a leader “who will do what they said they would.”

Cruz also criticized more moderate Republicans for their stances on “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, calling it “a defining issue in this election.”

“Barack Obama meant it when he said he wants to fundamentally transform this nation by letting millions of people into this country illegally from all over the world, making them citizens and doing to America what was done to California,” he said. “He wants captive voters.”

Obama, of course, never said anything close to that. In a speech delivered five days before the presidential election in 2008, Obama told supporters that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” by pushing Wall Street reform and “policies that invest in our middle class.”

However, many conservative activists have falsely claimed that the remark was really about bringing immigrants into the U.S.

If Obama is planning to bring people in “illegally” so they can then become citizens and therefore be eligible to vote, he’s not doing a very good job of it. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has leveled off during Obama’s presidency and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill endorsed by the president would make eligible undocumented immigrants wait about 13 years before they could become eligible for American citizenship.

Ted Cruz: 'If An Extra 10 Million Evangelical Christians Show Up On Election Day,' I'll Win In A Landslide

Glenn Beck dedicated his entire television program last night to a one-on-one interview with Sen. Ted Cruz in which the GOP presidential hopeful once again declared that mobilizing right-wing Christians is they key to solving this nation's problems, proclaiming that if his campaign can mobilize 10 million more Christians to vote in the 2016 election, he will win it in a landslide. 

Beck noted that Rafael Cruz, Ted's father and chief surrogate, is out on the campaign trail on his behalf, working to motivate pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote because supposedly "54 million Christians didn't vote last time around" and so the key to a Cruz election victory lies in "waking the churches up."

"Absolutely yes," said Cruz. "Imagine in 2016, only 44 million Christians stay home. Now, if that happens, we have done a horrible job; I mean, what a miserable failure if 44 million stay home. But if an extra 10 million evangelical Christians show up on election day, we will not be up at two or three in the morning wondering what happened in Ohio or Florida; they'll call the election at 8:37 PM. That's the difference!"

the Texas Republican went on to assert that his father's efforts, coupled with David Barton's work to restore the "Black Robe Regiment," is paying dividends because he is "seeing more and more pastors waking up and being energized."

Cruz has been heavily courting Religious Right leaders, as Politico reported just today that he is now working with former Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler and has been courting activists such as Tony Perkins and Bob Vander Plaats.

For more than a year, Cruz has aggressively courted social-conservative leaders such as Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, who has not endorsed yet but will appear next month with Cruz at a South Carolina rally for religious liberty. One critical movement convener, Paul Pressler, on whose ranch Christian leaders gathered in early 2012 to throw their support behind Rick Santorum, has already backed Cruz. And the Cruz campaign expects two other influential Iowa leaders — The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats and Rep. Steve King, whose son is working for Cruz’s super PAC — to line up behind him. “I think it would be a stunner if they didn’t,” said a senior Cruz operative.

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/23/15

  • David Nir @ Daily Kos: GOP conspiracy theory eviscerated: IRS never targeted tea party groups, and DOJ won’t file charges. 

Five Of The GOP's Craziest 'Benghazi Cover-Up' Conspiracy Theories

The 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was viewed by some on the Right as the subject of “the biggest cover-up in history” and a sign of the coming apocalypse, so it came as no surprise that House Republicans eventually organized a special committee to investigate the attack, which had already been examined by several other congressional and executive panels.

Republicans have tried for years to use the terrorist attack — which led to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens — to go after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is testifying before the committee today. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently admitted that the special committee was formed to bring down Clinton’s popularity in advance of the 2016 presidential election.

Of course, uncovering facts has never been the GOP’s primary motivation when it comes to Benghazi (or much else). As these five instances show, Republicans and their allies in the conservative media have been much more concerned with creating bizarre scenarios to claim that the administration, and fellow Republicans, are suppressing the truth of the attack.

1) ‘No Evidence’ But What The Hell…

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch unveiled an elaborate conspiracy theory earlier this year, alleging that the Obama administration wanted Libyan militants to kidnap Stevens in order to then do a prisoner swap for terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in the U.S. for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. However, the compound attackers botched the job after Stevens died, Fitton said, and therefore we can never know if the administration was actually ready to release Abdel-Rahman.

Fitton conceded in an interview with WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi, a fellow Benghazi truther, that there is “no evidence” to support his theory.

“Given what we know now, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the terrorist attack on Benghazi could have been a kidnapping attempt aimed at releasing the Blind Sheik,” Fitton said.

He noted, however, there is “no evidence” that the Obama administration may have been complicit in any kidnapping plot related to the Benghazi attack.

And since he can’t find any evidence to substantiate this claim, Fitton is pretty sure that there must have been a cover-up, insinuating that the State Department was trying to stop his group from receiving corroborating information.

2) Cover-Up Of The Cover-Up!

When President Obama first proposed bombing the Syrian regime after it used chemical weapons on civilians in Ghouta, Glenn Beck knew that Obama didn’t want to stop such war crimes — but instead wanted to cover up what really happened in Benghazi.

According to one conspiracy theory, Stevens was actually organizing an operation to transfer weapons from Libya to Syria to aid Islamic extremists (which of course raises the question of why these extremists would then want to attack the American post in the first place).

Seizing on that conspiracy theory, Beck speculated that it wasn’t the Assad regime that used the chemical weapons in Ghouta, but rebels using weapons delivered from the U.S. via Benghazi. Now, Beck reasoned, Obama wanted to bomb Syria because he was “covering the trail of the lost weapons from Benghazi.”

Beck later claimed that David Petraeus stepped down as CIA director not because he leaked classified information to his mistress but because he was about to blow the Benghazi scandal wide open. Beck’s theory ran into a slight hitch when Petraeus publicly praised Clinton’s response to the attack.

Beck has also alleged that the administration “let them die” in Benghazi after issuing a stand-down order, an accusation refuted on his very own news website.

3) ‘I Don’t Have Any Proof’

The arms-running conspiracy theory cited by Beck emerged in the right-wing outlet WorldNetDaily, a home of credible journalism such as “Is Obama Biblical ‘Lord of the Flies’?” and “Does Bible Code Predict President Romney?.”

While we weren’t surprised that Beck would pick up a conspiracy theory from such a website, it was a bit more shocking when a U.S. senator brought up WND’s conspiracy theory in a hearing with Clinton. At a 2013 hearing, Sen. Rand Paul demanded that a dumbfounded Clinton tell him if the U.S. was transferring weapons from Libya into Syria via Turkey.

Paul admitted that he didn’t “have any proof” before suggesting that the gun-running scheme was what was really happening “and the cover-up was an attempt to massage and get over this issue without getting into the gun trade.”

Investigations, including one led by Republicans, have found that Stevens was trying to find weapons, but in order to keep them out of the hands of extremists, with no evidence at all that he then sent those weapons to Syrian groups.

4) Marijuana A Benghazi Distraction!

Ben Carson is very upset about the Obama administration’s push to reform American drug laws. The GOP presidential candidate told Joseph Farah, the editor of WorldNetDaily (notice a theme?), that the administration’s push to liberalize laws on marijuana, along with its stance on the trademark of the Washington Redskins, is all part of a plot to “distract people” from the Benghazi attack.

Carson told Farah last year that most people now just think Benghazi “is a singer.”

“And these people vote and they have no idea,” he lamented.

Carson isn’t the only one to latch onto the “distraction” theme. Conservative activist Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union dedicated a column in the Washington Times about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s since-lifted suspension by insisting that the “Deflategate” scandal was part of an effort to distract people from Benghazi. Iowa radio broadcaster Steve Deace similarly wonder if NFL prospect Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet was also just a Benghazi distraction.

5) Benghazi Special Committee Is Part Of The Benghazi Cover-Up!

Since every single official committee, including ones led by Republicans, that has investigated the Benghazi attack has ended up debunking the conspiracy theories percolating through the right-wing media, a group of conservative activists has launched the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi to find the real truth.

This unofficial committee has embraced so many conspiracy theories surrounding the attack that its members even believe that the GOP-led Benghazi Special Committee is aiding the cover-up!

One member, Ret. Navy Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, told, guess who, WorldNetDaily, that committee chairman Trey Gowdy needs to go, lamenting that “this is a continued cover-up.”

'And Then The Race Riots Start': A Look Back At Glenn Beck's Ebola Predictions, One Year Later

One year ago, many Americans were riddled with anxiety over a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus in his nation after a handful of healthcare workers contracted the disease while treating an infected traveler from Liberia.

Predictably, Glenn Beck was among those relentlessly whipping up such fears at the time, dedicting program after program over the course of several weeks to inducing panic among his audience, telling them not to listen to anything that the government said and eventually melting down in a screaming frenzy as he called upon listeners to descend on Washington, D.C., and demand that the government ban all travel from West African nations.

"Are you out of your minds? ... This is about you being so unbelievably incompetent, you are putting the lives of millions of people at stake," Beck shouted as he went completely off the rails:

Beck's nightmare scenario never came close to materializing and after the Ebola panic waned, Beck simply moved on and conveniently forgot all of the dire false warnings that he had issued in the midst of the crisis. 

But we have not forgotten. In fact, we have been saving two videos from one year ago, when Beck's panic was at its peak, in which he warned that if the government did not completely ban travel from West African nations, infected individuals would continue to arrive in America and spread the disease throughout poor, black neighborhoods in large cities. In response to widespread outbreaks, Beck warned on October 3, 2014, officials would have to barricade off those areas and quarantine everyone living within them  ... and "then the race riots start."

This was not a one-off prediction, as Beck issued a similar warning a week later, saying that once the quarantines are imposed, "then you've got another Ferguson on your hands."

Obviously, these predictions turned out to be totally wrong, but had anything even remotely like this actually occurred, Beck would have immediately claimed to have foreseen it and would continue to cite it for years to come as proof of his prophetic gift.

But since nothing of the sort ever came true, Beck simply ignores these demonstrably false warnings because nothing can undermine his belief that he is "an oracle" with an amazing ability to accurately predict the future.

Two Years Ago, Glenn Beck Said He Was 'Definitely' Two Years Away From Being Forced Out Of Business

Nothing seems to irritate Glenn Beck quite like people who mock or dismiss his self-proclaimed prophetic ability to predict the future. Whenever anyone dares to do so, Beck is quick to respond with a rundown off all of the things he claims to have predicted years before they came to fruition, ranging from 9/11, to the 2008 economic crisis, to the rise of "the Caliphate."

Just last weekend, Beck fumed on Facebook that if someone was able to predict the stock market as accurately as he has been able to predict the future, that person would he hailed as "an oracle":

I can tell you what happens in the next five years. But no one has asked me.

Wouldn't someone who nailed the stock market this accurately be called an oracle even if he was wrong on other things?

If he predicted the 08 market crash (which by the way I did beginning in 04), wouldn't someone want to know what he says is coming next?

Beck could tell us "what happens in the next five years," he says, if we would just be willing to ask.

That is an interesting boast, especially since today marks the second anniversary of a screaming meltdown in which Beck warned that America was "definitely" two years away from a time when he would be forced out of business as the nation descended into a dystopian nightmare.

"I think a year from now, definitely two, most Americans are going to be working part-time," Beck said on October 15, 2013. "There will be some IMF global tax that will add an extra 10 percent on everything and people like me will be out of business."

The elite, Beck went on to warn, would have access to things like Google glasses while the rest of society would be reduced to "little worker bees" who, through Common Core, would be trained to serve as nothing more than cogs for the corporations.

"This isn't science fiction, this is science fact!" Beck screamed. "You pieces of garbage, you people in the press, open your damn eyes!"

Somehow, none of that has happened despite Beck's prophecy that it was all "definitely" just two years away, which is difficult for us to comprehend, especially since Beck has also assured us that he is always two years ahead of everyone else in knowing what is coming just around the corner.

Barton: Churchgoers Are 'Unanimous' In Wanting To Hear Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Sermons

One of the most interesting aspects of monitoring David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who is currently running one of Ted Cruz's presidential Super PACs, is watching how the claims that he makes become more and more dishonest as the misinformation that he spreads goes unchecked by his audience and associates.

A few weeks ago, Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's television program to promote a new survey conducted by Christian pollster George Barna, which they all falsely claimed had found that the vast majority of churchgoers wanted to hear their pastors preach against things like legal abortion and gay marriage.

As we pointed out at the time, "92% of the total respondents" of Barna's survey were conservative Christian activists, meaning that it really only represented the views of "spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views." But despite the fact that this survey was absurdly biased and represented only the views of a narrow segment of the Christian population, Barton has been hard at work falsely claiming that it represents the views of all churchgoers as he seeks to encourage pastors to start preaching on the issues that are central to his right-wing political agenda.

Last night, Barton appeared on Beck's television program again to misleadingly promote this same survey, which he did this time by claiming that it shows that churchgoers are "unanimous" in wanting to hear these sorts of right-wing issues preached from their pulpits. 

Barton, without a hint of irony, stated that conservatives tend to remain quiet on contentious cultural issues because "they're concerned about truth" and often don't feel that they know enough to be able to comment intelligently on such issues, unlike liberals, who don't care about the truth at all and "will just throw stuff out all the time."

He then proceeded to explain his theory that 20 percent of the population will "oppose everything all of the time," which means that if a survey finds that 80 percent of people support something, then it is essentially unanimous. As such, he said that Barna's survey, which supposedly found that upwards of 80 percent of all churchgoers want to hear anti-abortion and ant-gay sermons, means that American congregations are unanimous on these positions.

"It's a landslide," he said. "When I see a poll that has 80 percent, that tells me it is unanimous. You';re going to have 20 percent of the people who don't think the sun comes up in the east and goes down in the west, so you'll always have 20 percent who are loudmouths on the other side. When you get 80 percent, you're talking unanimous."

'We Will Beg The Lord Above To Destroy Us': Glenn Beck Freaks Out Over The Removal Of Ten Commandments Monument

Doomsday prophet Glenn Beck issued a dire warning to America on his radio program today, declaring that this nation will soon beg the Lord to destroy us simply so we can escape the evil that we have unleashed upon the world.

What set Beck off this time was the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from outside the Oklahoma state capitol earlier this week, which, for some reason, he falsely conflated with the installation of a statue of Satan in Detroit back in July.

Beck literally read from this Time Magazine article, dated July 27, about the satanic statue as he repeatedly insisted that its unveiling had taken place last Saturday night, just days before the Ten Commandments monument was removed in Oklahoma.

The (false) juxtaposition of these two events, Beck warned, is proof that America has crossed a line into pure, unadulterated evil.

"I warn you America," he stated, choking back tears, "you will be the darkest nation to ever, ever exist on this planet. Evil will not destroy us, it will pervert us, it will use the technology and the strength that we have, it will use us for dark purposes. In the end, we will beg the Lord above to destroy us! We will beg for destruction to stop the evil that we will bring to this earth."

The fact that nobody cares "that there is a statue to Lucifer that has been erected last Saturday in Detroit" is outrageous, Beck said.

"Let me tell you, it is a big deal," he warned. "God will not be mocked on his own land, by his own people."

Allow us to also point out that immediately following this extended rant, Beck then interviewed Sen. Marco Rubio about his presidential bid.

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