On his radio program today, Glenn Beck laid out a new theory about the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton that he admitted he had just made up 20 minutes earlier and was probably entirely wrong ... but which he proceeded to float nonetheless.
Acknowledging that he was making this up off the top of his head, Beck asserted that the Obama administration has tried to cover up every scandal it has been involved in except for this one involving Clinton, which he speculated was because she is not radical enough for President Obama and so he's trying to destroy her presidential campaign in order to benefit Bernie Sanders.
"I think it's wrong," Beck said of his own theory even as he unveiled it, declaring that Clinton, unlike Obama, is not a full-blown radical Marxist and so the president is trying to sink her campaign.
"I think you could make a case, a bad case," Beck said, "that he's looking for an ideologue to replace him. He's done the work of bringing this country to the brink of Marxism and he's not going to have it flushed away by Hillary Clinton."
As such, Beck said, Obama may be trying to tank Clinton's chances so that the Democrats will nominate Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and finish the job.
Beck admitted that his theory was entirely implausible and that he has been wrong about everything for the last year, but said he was just "thinking out loud" because "anything is possible."
Whenever Glenn Beck's candidate of choice fails to become president, he responds by literally going back to the drawing board and dreaming up ambitious plans to fundamentally reshape America from the ground up.
After President Obama was re-elected in 2012, Beck's strategy to save this nation involved everything from "completely redesigning the media, preparing and strengthening families, protecting Israel, defending the Constitution and liberty, and even finding new sources of energy."
Beck's plans were so grandiose that they even involved the creation of a massive $2 billion city that would be used to "deprogram" the American people and teach them "the truth."
None of those plans ever materialized, of course, and instead Beck placed all his hopes in the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, only to see them dashed when Cruz dropped out of the race.
Predictably, Beck has now decided that it's once again up to him to come up with another grand scheme that'll change the tide; this time by bringing together the "greatest thinkers in conservative/libertarian minds today" to lay out "a 100-year plan" for how to save America.
Those who are willing to sell out their principles in support of Donald Trump will not be invited, Beck said, as he instead plans to reach out to people like Mary Matalin, Mark Levin, George Will and Robbie George and invite them to a two-day meeting where they will be tasked with coming up with a 100-year plan for how the conservative movement can rebuild the nation in the decades to come.
Alex Jones is continuing to escalate his feudwithGlennBeck, as the two far-right conspiracy theorists have repeatedly mocked and criticized one another as maniacal and insane.
In a video clip posted yesterday, Jones suggested that Beck is a “marionette” who is being controlled by “spiritual slave masters,” adding that he has cried on air over Beck’s actions “because when you see a Judas Iscariot tarot card, an archetype, when you actually see Judas Iscariot in the modern world, a true Benedict Arnold, and just the spirit of deception and true manifest evil, it’s very painful.”
“He is a very evil person,” Jones said. “Very evil.”
Jones particularly took issue with how Beck acted during a meeting between conservative activists and Facebook executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, after allegations surfaced that the social media giant suppressed posts from conservative outlets.
“Like a rat leaving a sinking ship, he’s scurrying into the arms of Zuckerberg, who just is the very vision of a vampire,” Jones said of Beck. “We can put a photo of him up. Not just the giant canine teeth, the psycho eyes. You can look at him and see an evil that may rival Beck’s. Look at Hillary. These are monsters.”
Progressives like Zuckerberg and Clinton, Jones explained, are using people like Beck to lead a “false opposition” in order to usher in a one-world government and destroy humanity.
“Where we’re going,” he warned. “Is a place like hell on earth.”
Jones added: “Beck is the government, Beck is the Democratic Party, Beck has always been Zuckerberg’s buddy, they’ve always been this snickering, evil team. He is a narcissistic, power-mad Satanist in my view…. The guy is literally such a predator. He looks like a serial killer. My cells cry out against him.”
Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by reacting to the announcement by Hershey Park that its guests and employees are allowed to use the restrooms that match the gender with which they identify by declaring that the next step will be the normalization of pedophilia.
"If you don't stand up now," Beck declared, "I guarantee you the next thing that will be mainstreamed" will be pedophilia.
The push for transgender equality is "not normal," Beck insisted, unlike the fight for gay marriage, which was something he claimed that the American public would have accepted within the next few years on its own.
"Transgender bathrooms have come out of nowhere," he stated, "and are being jammed down our throat. I guarantee you, I guarantee you the next stop on this train is pedophilia. I guarantee it. They will normalize pedophilia."
Dave Daubenmire is just about at his wit's end: "I saw this week that President Obama’s approval rating is nearing 50% again. What in the world is wrong with people? Have we fallen so far that the American people approve of this obvious Son of Satan?"
Tucker Carlson says that Glenn Beck "acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant" during the recent meeting at Facebook.
Some Orwellian language from Louisiana Right to Life on a new 72-hour waiting period law: "This important bill empowers women considering abortion with additional reflection time before an abortion so they can consider their options more effectively."
Ben Carson and Tony Perkins are organizing a meeting between Religious Right leaders and Donald Trump.
Finally, Janet Porter has released a new video promoting her campaign against Target: VIDEO
Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez has a consistent political strategy: position himself as a nonpartisan advocate committed “not to the agenda of the elephant or the donkey but the lamb,” all while trying to convince Hispanic Christians to support socially conservative causes and politicians.
You might think that the immigration-reform-promoting Rodriguez would be in a bind with immigrant-demeaning Trump as the Republican nominee. But even though Rodriguez has been publicly critical of Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, he seems to be positioning himself to encourage Hispanic evangelicals to support the Republican candidate. He has said Trump blew it with his early campaign rhetoric and that the candidate must “redeem the narrative” with Latinos.
(Just days ago, Trump attacked NHCLC board member Russell Moore, a leading Southern Baptist official, as a “nasty guy with no heart.” Rodriguez, who co-authored with Moore a Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing Trump’s immigration rhetoric and policies last July, said at the time that “an attack on Russell Moore is an attack on the entire evangelical community.”)
Rodriguez told the Washington Post earlier this week that he would wait to see if the message was “respectful” before deciding whether to show it. Today it is clear that Trump has satisfied Rodriguez, because the NHCLC put out a press release saying the group would show video messages from Trump and from Hillary Clinton on Friday evening.
While Rodriguez says he will not endorse a candidate, it’s hard to take him seriously as some kind of honest broker between the staunchly pro-choice Clinton and the muddled punish-the-woman Trump, who has said he would nominate Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. As we recently noted, Rodriguez has said, “I’m going to vote for protecting the Supreme Court from judges that are activists, that run counter to our Judeo-Christian value system.” And he has made it clear that he believes Hispanic Christians must make opposition to abortion, not support for immigrant families, the basis of their vote.
In an interview being promoted by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze today, Rodriguez doubles down on that message, saying it would be “morally reprehensible” for Christians to vote for a candidate who supports Planned Parenthood, saying they would need to “repent.”
“I want to speak to every single African American, Latino, and Anglo Christ follower who believes in biblical orthodoxy — how can we justify supporting anything — be it Republican or Democrat — that in any way, form or shape defends Planned Parenthood?”
Trump has repeatedly praised Planned Parenthood but says he wants to defund the women’s health organization unless they agree to stop providing abortion services.
Rodriguez told The Blaze that it would take “a miracle” for Trump to win over the Latino community, but suggested it could be possible if he apologizes and chooses a Hispanic running mate, mentioning Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez and Ted Cruz.
On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck spent a segment discussing the situation in which a Texas pastor who had threatened to sue Whole Foods, claiming that employees had written an anti-gay slur on a cake that he had ordered, admitted to making up the story.
Whole Foods, which had initially responded by threatening to counter-sue the pastor, announced that it was dropping its lawsuit after receiving an apology and Beck was upset that this guy was going to get away with trying to smear Whole Foods and destroy its reputation.
"Again, we find over and over and over, the leftist activists that run false flags," Beck said. "They make this stuff up or set people up and then run with it and then it's found out and nobody does anything about it. There is never a consequence ... You were trying to destroy their business. You were calling them the worst names you could. You were going to make them into a sub-human in their own community, and an apology is okay? Is there no consequence any more?"
"Don't drop the lawsuit," Beck said, because baseless smears like this "destroy people."
"You have to now teach others: Don't you dare even try it," Beck stated, "because if you're lying about it, I will destroy you ... Don't bring a knife to a gun fight. That's what I'm saying. You pull a knife on me, I got a gun so I'm gonna defend myself. Keep your cute little knife, but if you're trying to smear me, you're trying to defame me and you're taking me to court, okay, you could win, that's fine. But should we, as companies, go after those people and say, 'No, that's not enough, that's not enough, I want to teach everybody else, I'm putting an end to this nonsense.' You don't do that. You don't do that. Where everybody else settles and walks away and is just like forget it, let's just get back to work. I'm not sure that's the right thing to do anymore."
That is an interesting position for Beck to take, considering that he and his company are currently being sued for defamation and slander by Abdulrahman Alharbi, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and whom Beck spent weeks accusing of being an al Qaeda "control agent" and "money man" who had financed the bombing and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.
For years, we have been covering the attacks that anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney has been leveling against Grover Norquist, a fellow conservative activist who has referred to Gaffney as his “stalker.”
Gaffney claims that he “saw terrorists in [Norquist’s] office space” and uses guilt-by-association logic to tie Norquist to all sorts of unsavory figures through the anti-tax activists outreach to Muslim voters on behalf of conservative causes. Recently, Beck tweeted a scandalous photo of Norquist and his wife “palling around with Keith Ellison,” a Muslim Democratic congressman from Minnesota who, according to the Beck’s tweet, is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and wants to “put thousands of prison converts to jihad on the streets.” Naturally, as one source of this “information,” Beck cited Gaffney’s group, the Center for Security Policy.
“The recall was simply the most recent nonsense from Frank Gaffney—my stalker of the last 17 years. The NRA membership defeated his effort last April and again this year,” Norquist said.
Now that the NRA members have kept Norquist on its board and rejected the message from Gaffney and others, it is clear that Gaffney, using his own connect-the-dots/guilt-by-association logic, is involved in the Muslim Brotherhood:
Ted Cruz has spoken severaltimes at NRA events and praised the group.
The NRA board includes Grover Norquist.
Norquist is, according to Gaffney, a Muslim Brotherhood agent.
Therefore, Gaffney is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood!
While obviously it is patently absurd to suggest that Gaffney (or Norquist, for that matter) is a Muslim Brotherhood agent, his connect-the-dots logic works both ways, and can even be used against Gaffney himself.
Last year, when anti-tax activist Grover Norquist was up for re-election for a seat on the National Rifle Association's board of directors, Glenn Beck threatened to cancel his lifetime membership in the organization if Norquist retained his position. Insisting that Norquist was a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood, Beck declared that Norquist "is a very bad influence and a very bad man [and] if this is who the NRA decides to put on their board of directors, I don't think I can be associated with them."
Following Beck's threat, NRA president Wayne LaPierre reached out to Beck and promised that the organization would launch an investigation into Norquist that would be fully transparent and the results of which would be posted on the NRA website for all to see in order "to get to the bottom of this once and for all."
A year passed and the NRA investigation, whose results were never made public, reportedly found that the allegations against Norquist were without merit, which prompted Beck to switch course and throw his support behind a recall effort to remove Norquist from the board via a vote of NRA members.
A left field attempt to paint the nation's No. 1 tax foe as a closet Muslim radical was tossed in the trash this weekend when National Rifle Association members voted to reject a recall effort of board member Grover Norquist pushed by his foes led by radio ranter Glenn Beck.
"I greatly appreciate the strong support the NRA membership and the entire Second Amendment community provided in defeating the recall effort," Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, told Secrets.
Pointing a finger at a champion of the recall effort, he added, "The recall was simply the most recent nonsense from Frank Gaffney—my stalker of the last 17 years. The NRA membership defeated his effort last April and again this year."
Elected to the board six times, Norquist found support among top NRA officials and key former government officials like former Reagan-era Attorney General Ed Meese and former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
In an email to Secrets, Todd Rathner, an NRA board of director, said, "I was confident the membership of the NRA would see this recall vote for what it was, an attack on the NRA in a year when we must be focused on critical elections. With the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, I am glad this petty distraction is behind us."
And Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said, "Grover Norquist is a great asset to the gun rights movement. It was important to the cause of freedom that he won this unjustified recall effort."
Confirmation of his victory came just one week before the annual NRA Convention, taking place in Louisville, Ky., beginning Friday.
Given that Beck had warned that the effort to remove Norquist from the NRA was the last chance to stop him and that Beck had also publicly stated that he could not be a part of the NRA if Norquist was allowed to remain on the board, the only option he seems to have now is to stand by his principles and resign from the NRA.
Update: Predictably, Beck is already backing away from his threat to quit the NRA, saying on his radio program today that leaving would only weaken the organization and so he must "hold the line" and continue to "duke it out."
"What are you going to do, unplug from everything?" he asked. "Do you just unplug? Or do you stay in and pitch? I don't think we can unplug. I think that is a really bad idea, to unplug."
Last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that the likely general election matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton proves that the progressive movement has taken over the country, alleging that Trump and Clinton are both progressives who don’t intend to preserve constitutional values.
“The America that we know is now officially over,” he said. “The fundamental transformation has happened. The America that was the constitutional, Founding Fathers’ America doesn’t exist anymore. That doesn’t mean America’s not going to go on, it just doesn’t exist. Our new founders are Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Eugene Debs, Margaret Sanger, it is the progressives that have founded and it has taken them 100 years to get it to happen but they have slowly done it and we’re here now.”
He asked audience members if they would leave the U.S. and move to a new land if they could “practice your religion and live your Constitution in peace.” Most, including Beck, said they would go. “And we can take Ted Cruz as our new leader,” Beck added.
However, Beck lamented that this colonial experiment with Cruz will not occur because “there’s no place that we can go now.” “We’re out of land.”
He urged viewers to “think of ourselves as Pilgrims” who, despite the travails and hardships, will train their children and grandchildren in the proper values and traditions in hopes that they will one day reclaim America.
The best way to rear children in conservative principles, Beck said, is by withdrawing them from public schools and getting them “out of that indoctrination and that brainwashing as fast as you possibly could.” He suggested that parents instead homeschool their kids with lesson plans provided by Liberty University.
Of course, Liberty University also seems to be compromised by what Beck sees as the progressive movement, as its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has very vocally endorsed Trump.
On his television show last night, Glenn Beck continued his campaign to convince conservatives to abandon the Republican Party after he was reportedly snubbed by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
As Beck explained it, Priebus had scheduled a meeting with Beck several weeks ago, only to blow him off after Beck's preferred candidate, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the presidential race, which Beck took as proof that the GOP has no interest in making any effort to reach out to conservatives in the party and is, instead, simply ordering them to fall in line and support Donald Trump.
Beck, of course, is having none of it, telling his audience last night to leave the party.
"The first thing that has to happen is you need to say, 'Republicans, I'm done with you. You're not doing anything to earn my vote,'" Beck said. "And you know this is true. You know this is true! They're ashamed to stand with you. They're ashamed of the pro-lifers, they're ashamed of the religious people. Look at how the religious people, me in particular and Ted Cruz, were handled from the Republican Party from the get-go. They don't like you bringing God up. They're ashamed of people who believe in God. They're ashamed of people who actually believe in the Constitution."
The Republicans have ignored conservatives for years, Beck said, and so it's time for conservatives to leave the party.
Interestingly, late last night, after spending all day trashing the GOP, Beck posted a message on his Facebook page suggesting that it was all a big misunderstanding:
Today, I blasted the RNC for reaching out to spend time with me, making it seem like it was a real priority, and then, ‘coincidentally’ not following up after Senator Cruz dropped out. After the show, it became known that there was a misunderstanding. I think my staff (and I) jumped to conclusions that were unfair to them.
As you all know, I trust virtually no one in politics. So when I feel someone is using me to get to you, my audience, my shields go up. The RNC assures me that their goal in trying to set up a meeting was to build a bridge between our respective organizations – nothing more and nothing less. We will agree on some things, disagree on others but we don’t have to be disagreeable. I look forward to sitting down with Reince, whenever that is, and see where we can find common ground and look forward to him addressing our great audience.
On his radio program last week, Glenn Beck revealed that before Ted Cruz had ended his race for the GOP presidential nomination, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus had contacted Beck about setting up a time for him to travel to Texas to spend the day with the right-wing radio host in an effort to try and find a way to unify the party.
Now that Cruz has dropped out, Beck announced today that Priebus is now blowing off this meeting and no longer has any interest in courting Beck or his viewers, which set Beck off on a long rant about how the Republican Party is embarrassed of its base and regularly exploits conservative activists for its own purposes.
Beck said that Priebus called him weeks ago to set up a meeting to discuss how important the conservative movement is to the Republican Party, but since Cruz has dropped out, "now he won't come on, now he won't even return our phone calls" and instead conservatives are just being told by the GOP to fall in line and support Donald Trump.
"The game that is being played with us is the game that was played with the African Americans beginning in the 1970s," Beck stated.
As he sees it, blacks have been coerced into supporting the Democratic Party despite the fact that "they are being taken advantage [of] and raped because they have nowhere else to go," and the same thing is happening to Christian conservatives within the GOP.
"The game that has been played by the Democrats is now being played on us," Beck said. "The religious, the conservatives and the constitutionalists are being told, 'You got no place else to go' ... You are embarrassed by my religiosity, you are embarrassed by my conservative values, you are embarrassed by my values of the Constitution. You mock me every step of the way. You mock the religious. You court us, or have in the past, you court us and then you mock us. You're embarrassed of us behind closed doors and every single conservative, constitutionalist, Tea Party and religious person know it. They don't like us. They don't want to be around us. They're only using us for their own power."
Ever since Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race last week, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts have been holding on to a sliver of hope that if Cruz could still somehow manage to win today's Republican primary in Nebraska, that would convince the Texas senator to unsuspend his campaign and re-enter the race.
Today, Cruz called into Beck's radio program and Beck's co-host Pat Gray directly asked Cruz about this possibility.
"If Nebraska were to somehow miraculously choose you tonight," Gray asked, "if that happened, would you consider getting back in the race?"
Cruz responded that he would certainly be open to that admittedly slight possibility.
"I am not holding my breath," Cruz said. "My assumption is that that will not happen. But listen, let's be very clear, if there is a path to victory, we launched this campaign intending to win; the reason we suspended the race last week is with Indiana's loss, I didn't see a viable path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly."
Beck and crew were, of course, elated and urged Republicans in Nebraska to turn out en masse today to vote for Cruz.
Last night, a teary-eyed Glenn Beck and his studio audience engaged in something of a therapy session as they struggled to come to grips with the fact that God's chosen candidate, Ted Cruz, has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race.
The rejection of Cruz by Republican voters was "the last reckoning for us," Beck declared, warning that God will now allow this nation to suffer the consequences of our decisions. America, Beck said, has become "a petulant child" that God has warned and scolded and disciplined over and over again "but the behavior is getting worse" and so punishment must follow.
God cannot allow this nation to escape the punishment that is due, he said, because "that would be a bad dad. That would be a very bad dad and the one thing I know about God, He ain't a bad dad."
Later, Beck declared that he can never vote for Donald Trump because such a vote carries eternal consequences.
"Tuesday changed the course of the world," he said, and now "when we lose [freedom] here," everyone will be called to account by God "because we were born at this time, in this country because every one of us are warriors," but too many people gave up the fight before the battle was won.
Beck refuses to put himself in a situation where he has to try to justify to God his decision to vote for a lying, narcissistic sociopath like Trump, saying that those who are attempting to minimize or dismiss the rampant warning signs about the Republican frontrunner are no different than those throughout history who have voted to "elect a madman."
Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program yesterday by declaring that John Kasich was the "most despicable" of all the figures in the Republican presidential primary because he suddenly dropped out of the race only after Ted Cruz had already done so, thereby clearing the way for Donald Trump to win the nomination.
For weeks, Beck had been furious with Kasich and insisted that he was putting the entire nation at risk by not getting out of the race so that Cruz could go head-to-head with Trump and defeat him. For Kasich to now drop out only after Cruz had dropped out was proof to Beck that Kasich had cut some sort of deal either with Trump or with the GOP to stay in solely for the purpose of ensuring that Cruz could not win the nomination.
"All research shows" that if Kasich had dropped out earlier, "Cruz would have won," Beck asserted, despite the fact that Trump won the last seven primary states with over 50 percent of the vote. "This is clearly dirty tricks. They're not even trying to hide it ... If I were Ted Cruz, I would unsuspend my campaign today."
Glenn Beck called on conservatives to leave the Republican Party today, declaring on his radio program that Ted Cruz's exit from the presidential primary means that the Tea Party movement has officially lost the war for the GOP. Donald Trump's candidacy, he warned, will make the party so toxic that no Republican will be elected to the White House ever again.
Beck said that he is hearing from Tea Party members of Congress that life is now "literally living hell" as establishment Republicans prepare to pay them back for all the headaches they have caused the party in recent years.
"They're going to kill the Tea Party people," Beck said, declaring that the Tea Party had its chance to defeat the Republican establishment by electing Cruz, but instead just "lost the war."
"If you think now that somebody is going to ride in on a white horse and we're going to save the Constitution, that is over," he stated. "You shot the guy on the top of the horse."
As such, Beck declared that "conservatives need to run from the Republican Party as fast as you can" because with Trump as the face of the GOP, "you will never see a Republican win again."
"It is time to step away from the GOP," Beck proclaimed. "If you don't, you will be painted as one of them. I'm not one of them. I'm not part of Donald Trump. Not part of it and I want to cry that out from top of the mountains. I am not part of that because you will never be considered as having any kind of viable solution if you stand next to him. Never. Because Tinfoil Hat Don is crazy."
Given that Glenn Beck had repeatedlydeclared that Ted Cruz had been anointed by God to save America and had lost nearly half a million dollars supporting his presidential campaign, we were expecting him to have something of a meltdown on his radio program today after Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race last night after losing badly to Donald Trump in Indiana..
But that is not what happened. Instead, Beck spent the first hour of the program delivering a rather stoic and dull monologue from his darkened Oval Office set about the need to continue to fight for the Constitution and American values, as he resigned himself to the realization that GOP voters had rejected God's chosen candidate.
Eventually, Beck was joined by his co-hosts and revealed that Cruz had made the decision to withdraw should he lose in Indiana at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, despite repeated pleas from his campaign staff to remain in the race until the convention. With tears streaming down Cruz's face, Beck said, the Texas senator decided to withdraw for the good of the country.
That argument was not particularly convincing to co-host Pat Gray, who cited the Mormon belief in a "War in Heaven" in which Lucifer and a third of the angels were cast out of heaven for rebelling against God, seemingly as grounds for Cruz remaining in the race.
Beck later said that he met with Cruz's vice presidential running mate, Carly Fiorina, after Cruz had withdrawn and she thanked him for his support of their campaign, which Beck said was an honor because Fiorina is "probably the biggest patriot in America" because she knew that serving as Cruz's running mate "was a suicide mission."
With Trump as the face of the GOP, Beck declared, the Republican Party is now the party of racists and liars and he wants nothing to do with it, warning that Republicans will "never elect another GOP person to high office ever again."
Hillary Clinton will win the election and then "legalize as many voters as she can" while painting the Republican Party as "completely racist," he said, and "you will never have another Republican president ever again."
Despite this dire view, Beck then revealed that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has contacted him and asked for a personal meeting next week, presumably to try and convince Beck to support Trump and the GOP.
"I can't help you," Beck said, "but I'm interested to see what they have to say."
Cruz, who dropped out of the GOP primary race last night after Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana left him without a realistic path to the nomination, was portrayed by many of his most prominent supporters as a candidate who was ordained by God to be the country's next president.
Cruz said that his campaign would win if a divine awakening — sparked in part by the "raging inferno" created by the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision — convinced tens of millions of evangelical Christians to go to the polls. He managed to consolidate support from Religious Right movement leaders and vowed to pursue the movement's agenda from the White House.
His father, Rafael Cruz, toured the country spreading the Gospel of Ted, telling voters why he believes that God raised up his son to be the next president.
The elder Cruz asked God to create a spiritual and political movement that would guarantee his son's victory, noting that the "presence of the Holy Spirit" convinced his son to launch his presidential campaign.
Rafael Cruz said that by electing his son president, America would be spared from God's judgment and imminent destruction. As far back as 2012, he asserted that God had "anointed" his son to lead.
While preaching alongside Rafael Cruz, televangelist Kenneth Copeland declared: "I believe, with all my heart, that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States."
But perhaps no one was as blunt about the Texas senator's divine role as Glenn Beck.
Beck emerged as one of Cruz's most prominent surrogates and turned his daily radio program into an infomercial for Cruz’s campaign.
"Everybody was born for a reason," Beck told Rafael Cruz in an interview at his radio studio, which he had turned into a replica of the Oval Office. "As I learned your story and saw the fruit of that story, now in your son, I am more and more convinced in the hand of divine providence."
When a conservative writer challenged Beck's assertions, he responded by urging him and others to wake up to the fact that God had in fact raised up Cruz for this election. David Barton, a conservative activist who ran a pro-Cruz super PAC, also spoke with Beck about how Cruz was the answer to their prayers.
After Justice Antonin Scalia died, Beck channeled the voice of God to explain that Scalia died in order to wake voters up to the importance of the Supreme Court in the presidential election and, as a result, realize that they need to send the "true constitutionalist" to the White House.
Yesterday, we noted that Glenn Beck and David Barton, both close friends of Ted Cruz and key supporters of his presidential campaign, have been promoting a plan under which if Cruz becomes president, his vice president, Carly Fiorina, would essentially take over the role of the Senate majority leader in order to give the White House direct control over the Senate.
Citing the provision in the Constitution naming the vice president as the president of the Senate, Barton and Beck have envisioned a scenario in which Fiorina greatly expands what has traditionally been a largely ceremonial role into one where she literally takes control of one half of Congress, creating a situation in which, in Beck's words, "the White House is running the Senate as well."
While campaigning for Cruz in Indiana yesterday, Beck introduced Fiorina at a rally and revealed that he had discussed this very plan with her and that she was totally on board.
"What she knows is, when Thomas Jefferson was vice president, he went in and wrote all of the Senate rules," Beck said. "A true vice president, constitutionally, can walk in and look at somebody like [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and say, 'Mitch, you're in my seat.'"
UPDATE: Beck discussed this idea again on his radio program today, saying that he would like to see Fiorina be "the president of the Senate in more than just title" and use this constitutional provision to "actually control the Senate."
Fiorina would "use the position to move things forward," Beck said, because President Cruz would not utilize executive orders to enact his agenda but would instead take control of the Senate through his vice president in order to "restore the balance of power through Congress."
Such a move, Beck said, would allow Cruz to ensure that nobody in his own party would be able to thwart his agenda. "If you have the president of the Senate being your partner as the vice president, you can actually move things through the Senate, which I think would be exceptional."
Only in Beck's bizarro world is the prospect of the Oval Office displacing the Senate majority leader and taking control of one half of Congress seen as an effort to "restore the balance of power."
It’s rare beyond measure that 90 seconds of Fox and Friends can be said to offer real insights into our current political climate. But this morning’s broadcast did just that.
The first insight came courtesy of Ted Cruz’s father. Rafael Cruz told Indiana’s Christian voters that they must choose between voting for God’s candidate – his son – and “the destruction of America.”
I exhort every member of the body of Christ to vote according to the word of God and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America. And I am convinced that man is my son Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.
The only thing new about Rafael Cruz’s rhetoric is that it was broadcast on Fox and Friends. He says this kind of stuff – and worse – all the time in his role as a valuable campaign surrogate. Rafael has spent so much time on the Religious Right circuit that he’s become a folk hero of sorts in his own right.
Rafael is an ardent Christian nationalist whose book spouts the discredited theories of Religious Right “historian” David Barton. Rafael, like his son’s other most ardent supporter, broadcaster Glenn Beck, believes Ted Cruz has been anointed by God to lead America. It’s one reason Cruz won the Christian-nation primary, lining up endorsements from the overwhelming majority of Religious Right organizational and political leaders.
When Fox asked Donald Trump about Rafael’s comments, he responded, “It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just – so many people are angry about it. And the evangelicals are angry about it the way he does that.”
Trump might have stopped right there, making the point that he does in fact get a lot of votes from self-described evangelicals (mostly those who don’t go to church that faithfully) and that it’s a bad idea for the Cruz campaign to claim God’s endorsement. That would have left us in the unfamiliar and somewhat uncomfortable position of agreeing with Trump. (Although not with Trump’s suggestion had Rafael should not be “allowed to say it.”)
You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don't even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it.
When he appeared on the show, Trump gushed to Jones, “Your reputation is amazing.” And Jones has continued to return the favor, praising Trump and warning that Democrats are planning to go “full-authoritarian” and that if Trump loses, “this really could be one of the last real elections.” Trump confidant Roger Stone has repeatedly made the case for Trump on Jones’ show.
So there, in one and a half minutes, is today’s Republican Party, whose two frontrunners for the presidential nomination are a Christian-nation candidate who complains that people of faith have allowed “nonbelievers” to set the nation’s course and a conspiracy-theory-promoting demagogue who will say anything he thinks will help him take power.