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.
I have asked for this in the past and was mocked. It is okay.
I would like to ask that you, your family and friends join me for a day of prayers, fasting and humility. To beg the Lord to not remove His hand from us. To turn to Him and ask that He will heal our land.
Beginning Monday night and running for 24 hours ending on Tuesday will you pray and if possible fast like you have never done before?
Beck's plea yesterday was linked to by the Drudge Report, which predictably upset Beck, who declared on his radio program that the fact that he gets mocked for asking for prayer is a sign that America is "done."
Beck has been feuding with the right-wing website as he campaigns for Cruz and regularly complains the Drudge is engaging in anti-Christian bigotry by supposedly mocking him for his repeated declarations that Cruz has been anointed by God to save America.
Saying that fasting and prayer turned the tide during the Civil War, Beck declared that America must humble itself before God because we are mocking Him at every turn.
When "conservative bastions," Beck said, "are coming out and mocking people who believe in God, who believe in divine providence, who believe that the Constitution and Declaration are divine documents, when you mock that, we're done."
Ahead of the Indiana primary, Glenn Beck again asks his audience to pray and fast: "Tuesday Indiana is making its choice. All will be counted ... I would like to ask that you, your family and friends join me for a day of prayers, fasting and humility. To beg the Lord to not remove His hand from us. To turn to Him and ask that He will heal our land. Beginning Monday night and running for 24 hours ending on Tuesday will you pray and if possible fast like you have never done before?"
Remember how The Family Leader distributed David Barton's "Founders Bible" to every state legislator in Iowa last year? A state senator just got up on the Senate floor with his copy and started talking about how great it is.
Theodore Shoebat calls on the government to "follow the Scriptures" and "outlaw and annihilate these sodomites before they outlaw you."
Cheryl Chumley declares that "if wickedness could be bottled, it would be labeled transgender movement."
Andy McCarthy says that the criminal justice system is "the least racist institution that you can imagine."
Finally, a warning from Janet Porter: "There are nearly 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States and Target just invited them into the Ladies room."
Last month, Glenn Beck explained to a live studio audience about how Ted Cruz, if elected president, could use the constitutional provision declaring that "the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate" to essentially use his vice president to take complete control of the Senate.
Claiming that he had "no information on this" and was just "thinking outside of the box," Beck envisioned a scenario in which Cruz would name a "pit bull" like Carly Fiorina as his running mate and then instruct her to "go run the Senate," creating a situation in which "the White House is running the Senate as well."
Barton spoke strongly in support of Ted Cruz’s decision to appoint Carly Fiorina as his running mate and suggested that her role in a Cruz presidency will be much more significant than the Vice President’s role in years past. If elected, the Cruz campaign plans to reinstate the VP’s reign over the Senate in the hopes of nullifying the influence of the president pro tempore, who commonly acts in the VP’s absence. This is another interesting development given the history of Cruz’s clashes with the GOP establishment.
While Beck initially presented this scenario as something of a hypothetical idea, the report on Barton suggests that this is something that he either learned directly from Cruz or his campaign or something that has at least been discussed among top-level Cruz supporters.
The fact that two key Cruz backers are promoting this idea raises the question of whether this is something that the Cruz campaign is actually planning on carrying out if the Texas senator, notorious for his poor relationships with senators on both sides of the aisles\, wins the White House.
Cruz, who has been campaigning in Indiana alongside Beck, has not yet been asked if he plans to put his surrogates' idea into action if elected.
On several occasions, we havenoted that the claims made by right-wing pseudo-historian and pro-Ted Cruz super PAC leader David Barton are so misleading, if not outright false, that it has gotten to the point where we have to fact check just about every assertion that he makes.
Barton, of course, is extremely close friends with his fellow Cruz booster Glenn Beck and it seems as if his habit of utterly misrepresenting information for the purpose of promoting his own agenda has been rubbing off on the right-wing radio host.
For the last week or so, Beck has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft's Bill Gates recently asserted that the biggest mistake he made when starting his company was failing to hire lobbyists. To Beck, this is a sign that government regulation is out of control, as he explained again today on his radio broadcast.
"Bill Gates just said recently he would not be able to start Microsoft here in America any more," Beck said. "He wouldn't be able to do it because the regulations have gotten so out of control. And, in one of the saddest comments I've ever heard, he said that the problem with Microsoft was that, at the very beginning, Bill Gates did not believe in going to Washington and getting a lobbyist group. Apple did and so, from the beginning, Apple went and hired lobbyists to make sure their interests were protected in Washington. Bill Gates was of the opinion that Washington has nothing to do with the computing business, they have nothing to do with Microsoft, so he didn't hire lobbyists. He says that's the difference between the wild success and the ease of doing business between Apple and Microsoft. That's not America."
After hearing Beck make this same point several times, we decided to look into it and, of course, Gates said nothing of the sort.
What actually happened was that Brad Silverberg, who served as senior vice president at Microsoft for nine years, was asked "what were Bill Gates's worst decisions as CEO?" and he suggested that not hiring lobbyists was a key mistake:
Top of the list for me is that Bill did not engage – either himself or the company – in the political process early enough. When Microsoft’s competitors were effectively lobbying the government, Bill’s attitude was the government should just go away and leave Microsoft alone. In his view the company was competing hard but fairly; it was creating value for customers and that should be enough. Well, this approach of not constructively engaging the government and concerned politicians, of not alleviating concerns that were not going to go away, was a disaster. The US federal government, many states, and the EU all essentially declared war on Microsoft, and Microsoft paid a devastating price.
Intel did a better job figuring out how to negotiate with the government and avoided the catastrophic fate Microsoft suffered. Google has done a better job with the US government but it seems the EU is on Google’s case now.
Gates didn't say that failing to hire lobbyists was the worst mistake he ever made, nor did he claim that he couldn't start Microsoft today because there is too much regulation. Those were things that Beck simply made up after apparently misreading news articles and then, as usual, proceeding to making false declarations based on his own lack of information.
Fresh from smearing his face with Cheetos in a bizarre attempt to mock Donald Trump, Glenn Beck headed back out on the campaign trail yesterday on behalf of Ted Cruz, declaring at a rally in Le Porte, Indiana, that God is dragging out the Republican primary in order to give everyone a chance to go on the record in choosing between good and evil. And the choice is obvious, Beck said, because God has raised up Cruz to save this nation just as He raised up George Washington and the Founding Fathers.
"Make no mistake, we are being watched," Beck said. "We're being watched by our maker ... Every single state is being required and I believe — and they're going to rake me over the coals for saying it; so be it — I believe that's the Almighty God saying, 'Each one of you, I want you to stand and you choose: good or evil? Which way will we go? Am I still your God and are you still my people? Choose who you serve.'"
"Before I walked out on stage, Ted and I got down on our knees and we prayed," he continued. "And we didn't pray for us, we prayed for the nation and for you. He is a servant at heart. He is a man who was raised for these times. People don't believe that stuff any more, but I do. If God raised George Washington and Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, if He put that collection together, He is the Almighty, I think He can send us one guy!"
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?