On his radio program today, Glenn Beck sat down with Drew Ryun, political director of the pro-Ted Cruz Trusted Leadership super PAC, where they assured everyone that the notoriouslyuniversallyhated Republican presidential candidate is actually really nice and funny and well-liked.
Young people, in particular, love Cruz, Ryun asserted, because "he is one of the most likeable people you will ever meet" and "he resonates with them."
Beck was in complete agreement, saying that young people on his staff are constantly telling him that Cruz "is the nicest guy [they have] ever seen, and funny."
In a Washington Post poll released yesterday, 50 percent of young adults and 53 percent of voters overall had an unfavorable opinion of Cruz.
Earlier this week, Glenn Beck broadcast his radio program from home because his good friend Ted Cruz was visiting, hanging out and using Beck's home to shoot footage for his presidential campaign.
As Beck noted when he returned to the studio the following day, it's pretty weird that someone who might become the president was just hanging out in Beck's kitchen.
"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit with Ted Cruz," Beck stated, "and it was really a remarkable day. At one point, they were shooting some things for the campaign, they used my yard to shoot some things outside and I was standing there, I'm watching the crew work and they're working on the language in his speech and everything else and I'm just standing back on the driveway and I'm just watching this thing happen and I look at my wife and I said, 'I can't believe that the guy who might possibly be the president of the United States is at our house, is on our lawn."
"It was just bizarre," he stated. "I've been friends with him for a while, but it's weird to think that this guy might now be the president of the United States and you know him. And so he was walking back into the house and I said, 'Ted, I don't mean to be weird here, but it's really weird to think that you might the president of the United States and you're in my kitchen.'"
On his television program last week, Glenn Beck lamented that nobody can understand the Moses-like burden that Ted Cruz carries, knowing that he's been called by God to run for president. Earlier this week, our video clip of Beck's comments got picked up by the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, whose post was then linked to by the Drudge Report.
Beck has been in something of a feud with Drudge for severalweeksnow, repeatedly accusing the powerhouse right-wing website of engaging in anti-Christian bigotry by mocking his seemingly nonstop declarations that Cruz has been raised from birth and divinely anointed to save America.
Naturally, Beck was upset that Drudge again supposedly attacked him for his faith by linking to an article about his Moses comment and took issue with it on his radio program yesterday.
The interesting thing about this that we want to point out is that Beck initially didn't even remember making the statement but recalled having said it once the audio was played for him. Around the 3:40 mark, Beck said that he remembers saying it during last week's television show where he interviewed right-wing evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez and then proceeded to explain how this attack on him is really an effort to discredit Rodriguez because he is so influential.
"Now I remember that," Beck said. "That was with Sam Rodriguez. You know what this is? They had to destroy this. This was a powerful episode. A powerful episode and Sam Rodriguez is one of the heads of the Hispanic caucus; he oversees 40,000 churches in America, he is a Time 100 most influential people in America. I mean, he is a big, big deal. You had to destroy this interview. You had to."
That is an interesting theory ... unfortunately for Beck, it is entirely wrong, since he made the Moses comment while speaking to his studio audience last Thursday night, which was the night after his discussion with Rodriguez:
This is a case study in the fact that even though Beck doesn't know what he's talking about, he's not about to let that stop him from spinning a conspiracy theory out of his own ignorance.
Earlier today, we wrote a post pointing out that Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is not being honest about his response to his attendance last year at a conference organized by radical anti-gay activist Kevin Swanson, falsely claiming that he was not aware of Swanson's views before he attended and that he immediately denounced them once he learned about them.
Ben Carson, on the other hand, reportedly dropped out of the conference because of Swanson's notorious extremism.
Now, Cruz is attempting to rewrite history and, in doing so, apparently lying to Glenn Beck's face about it.
On his radio show today, Beck revealed that Cruz was at Beck's home yesterday for several hours, just hanging out and shooting footage for campaign commercials, when Beck's daughter asked him about his decision to appear at Swanson's rally.
Beck was obviously only vaguely familiar with the controversy, judging by the fact that he wrongly claimed that it took place in Ohio (it was in Iowa) and falsely said that Swanson made his outrageous remarks defending the death penalty for homosexuality the day before Cruz even spoke at the rally (actually, Swanson made the case twice; once just before Cruz spoke and again the day after.)
According to Beck, when his daughter asked Cruz about his participation, Cruz declared that Swanson and his views are "reprehensible" and that he "chewed [his] staff out" for allegedly not knowing about Swanson's views and for allowing him to appear at Swanson's conference.
Beck reported that Cruz told his daughter that "not only did I not know that, I think that was absolutely reprehensible, bigoted, despicable, I want nothing to do with him or any kind of alliances to people like that."
In our post this morning, we noted that Beck himself declared just last week that he had never seen Cruz lie in either his public or his private life.
The feud between Glenn Beck and Alex Jones is extremely amusing for us here at Right Wing Watch, considering that they are two of the most prominent faces of paranoid, conspiratorial thinking in the conservative media. But, according to Jones, their similarities are no accident because Beck is an actor who was trained to present himself as a “mixture of Oprah Winfrey and Alex Jones.”
“The cult leader, Glenn Beck, he is now an official religious cult leader,” Jones said. “He’s the false prophet and his messiah is Ted Cruz.”
Jones called Beck a “cynical, twisted, weirdo” who “will end up destroying himself. He is an egomaniac, super-narcissist, probably psychotic, in my view, and he’s insane and wants to be a cult leader.”
“Moses has returned, you didn’t know?” Jones said sarcastically. “The two prophets of Revelation, it’s Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck, you didn’t know? He says it’s a priesthood he’s starting. Oh yeah? Oh really? The liberal, hardcore shock jock that was hired right before 9/11 and gotten ready to come out to be the synthetic Alex Jones? I’ve been told that by the executives involved where they sat — and he’s an actor — and watched weeks of my videos and shows and said, ‘Take this and mix it with Oprah.’ That’s what I was told by the executives that used to run his operation. He’s a mixture of Oprah Winfrey and Alex Jones, all in a big, weird doughboy’s body. A cult leader. A Nellie high priest. Scared to death, by the way, dozens of security people.”
On his television show last Thursday, Glenn Beck spoke with a woman in his studio audience who was frustrated that she has been unable to convince her friends to support Ted Cruz for president and was seeking advice from Beck on how best to respond to their claims that all politicians are liars who cannot be trusted.
Beck, who is close personal friends with Cruz, assured her that unlike all other politicians, Cruz never lies.
"I have never seen Ted Cruz lie. Never," Beck told her. "I've not seen the man lie; not personally or professionally have I seen him be anything but 100 percent straight up."
Allow us to call Beck's attention to our post from yesterday in which Cruz repeatedly lied about his appearance at last year's National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa that was hosted and organized by anti-gay extremist Kevin Swanson.
Swanson's extremist views and his belief that gays should be put to death were well-known and publicized before Cruz and other Republican presidential hopefuls attended the conference and Cruz himself was confronted about his participation by CNN's Jake Tapper the day before he was scheduled to appear.
Cruz dismissed Tapper's concerns and appeared on stage with Swanson at his conference and then, when others in the media tried to get Cruz to explain his participation, his campaign dismissed them as well. At one point, Cruz's campaign spokesman told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Swanson's repeatedcalls to impose the death penalty for homosexuality from the stage were simply "not explicit" enough for the campaign bother commenting on or condemning.
But, as Miranda reported yesterday, that is not the tale that Cruz is telling now, as he's falsely claiming that he was unaware of Swanson's views before attending and that he publicly denounced those views once he learned about them.
"He was an individual I didn’t know, I'd never met him," Cruz said of Swanson. "I went to a conference on religious liberty because it is an issue I care very much about. After the conference, his comments were drawn to my attention and I denounced them at the time, I think they're wrong, I totally disagree with them. I didn’t know this fellow and when I saw what he said, I came out publicly and said I disagree with what he’s saying."
Cruz's claim that he was unaware of Swanson's views before attending his conference and that he immediately and publicly denounced them as soon as he learned of them are both unequivocal and demonstrable lies.
So if Glenn Beck wants to continue to insist that he's never heard his good friend Ted Cruz openly lie in either his personal or political life, we'd love to hear him explain this ... along with several of Cruz's otherfalsehoods and bogusclaims.
Mat Staver is outraged that "President Obama avoided the funerals of Justice Antonin Scalia and former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Yet, he has made time in his schedule to participate in a grand opening of a $100 million mosque and compound built by the Turkish government ... This is a blatant bow to Muslim pressure and to foreign powers." Obama did not attend the grand opening of this mosque, but rather spoke at a mosque a month before in Baltimore.
AFA's One Million Moms continues its crusade against the ABC sitcom "The Real O'Neals."
Finally, John Burton says that the president must be the nation's "pastor in chief": "The reality is that we are absolutely electing someone to lead our nation who must be first and foremost a servant of God ... If we don't have a God-fearing person in office, one who exhibits the traits of a true pastor, the alternative should terrify us."
Broadcasting his radio program from his home today, where he was apparently just hanging out with his good friend Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck complained that nobody takes him seriously in society or even in his own home.
Citing a couple of articles from the economics website Zero Hedge that he seemingly didn't really even understand but which he nonetheless held up as proof that an economic crisis of biblical proportions is on the way, Beck fumed that "nobody is taking me seriously."
Beck stated that he had some family problems last night stemming from the fact that his children are not doing their homework and complained that even his own family is not taking him seriously.
"I was in a really bad mood," Beck stated, "and I said, 'You know, I just feel like nobody is taking me seriously. Nobody is taking me seriously even in the family. My kids aren't taking me seriously about getting an education.' And then I might have snapped and said, 'And nobody is taking me seriously about what is coming economically.' We have got to prepare for a bad, biblically bad economy."
On his radio show on Friday, Glenn Beck flipped out over reports that a reproduction of an arch from a 2,000-year-old Temple of Baal in Syria would be erected in Times Square to mark World Heritage Week, saying that such an act was nothing more than "slapping God in the face":
It turns out that Beck may have been freaking out for no reason as all.
Initial reports from back in December stated that the Institute for Digital Archaeology, as part of a project to use 3D cameras to capture images of threatened objects from around the world, planned to put replicas of an arch from the Temple of Baal that were recreated using such technology on display in London and New York.
Since then, plans appear to have changed, as the IDA is not putting anything on display in New York and the reproduction that is going up in London is of a different arch from the site in Syria:
The centerpiece of our Trafalgar Square installation will be a scale reproduction of the 2,000 year old Triumphal Arch from the Palmyra site in Syria which was destroyed last year. Produced using state-of-the-art 3D technology, the arch will be installed in Trafalgar Square on Monday April, 18th and open to the public on Tuesday April 19th.
As the Telegraph reported last week, this Arch of Triumph has been under construction for months and will not be appearing in New York any time soon:
The monument in question is the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, destroyed by Isil forces as they spread across Syria in the summer of 2015.
For the past two months, in a mountain workshop right next to where Michelangelo quarried a block of finest-quality white marble for his David, a new arch has been rising, and the week after next, in a culminating flight of fancy, it will touch down in Trafalgar Square.
When the IDA revealed last December that it was intending to use its data and expertise to build not one but two replica Palmyra arches – to be unveiled simultaneously in Trafalgar Square in London and Times Square in New York – it generated headlines across the world.
Since then there has been some backtracking on the original idea. There will be no simultaneous unveiling in New York – they may transport the London arch there later, or build another one – and the Palmyra arch that is being reconstructed is no longer the entrance to the Temple of Bel (which survived an attempt to blow it up in August 2015) but the Arch of Triumph (partially destroyed in October) formerly located at one end of the Great Colonnade.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Donald Trump has been relatively quiet this week following his defeat in the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary but, luckily for us, other right-wing politicians and preachers have stepped in to promote their own bizarre claims.
5) America Has Fallen To Baal Worship
Glenn Beck is very worried that people think he’s “nuts” and is upset that no one respects his role as a prophet. Beck told Sam Rodriguez, one of the Religious Right’s favorite pastors, that anti-Christian persecution in America is heating up and wondered if he will soon “have to make the same kind of choices that [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer did,” referring to the dissident anti-Nazi pastor.
“If people would just look up Baal and Moloch from the Scriptures,” Beck warned, “we are worshiping them right now, we just don’t know it, just in a different way. You used to have to sacrifice your children; it was promoted to have sexual intercourse and, if you got pregnant, you brought the baby to the altar and killed the baby. I mean, it’s the same thing. It was worship the god of finance, the god of war and the god of the earth. I mean, we’re there!”
Speaking of doomsday prophets, televangelist Jim Bakker is out with his own warning about the supposed persecution of Christians in the U.S. Bakker spoke with Family Research Council official Jerry Boykin about how America has lost the freedom of religion to the extent that the government is now seizing businesses from Christians left and right.
“We are losing it one thing at a time,” he said. “We’ve lost prayer, we’ve lost Bible-reading, we’ve lost just about everything so that we can’t even preach the very foundations of the Word of God. I sit on this program and I bring the greatest speakers in the world here. And if they stormed in these doors right now and arrested me, I would not be surprised.”
“The real one percent consists of the open and closeted homosexuals and their allies in positions of power in the major media, academia and the corporate world,” Kincaid warned, and this powerful group is “growing stronger by the day” and becoming even more “determined to expel normal, white heterosexuals from the newsroom.”
“Being white is not a protected class of people,” he said. “White people are the villains, unless they identify as a member of a protected group. That leaves white heterosexuals as people who have to be demoted or dismissed…. Indeed, whiteness is such a cancer in the newsroom that a ‘remedy’ is needed. These white people have to be put in their place. They must be cut down to size.”
The long lines faced by Wisconsin voters in this week’s presidential primary inspired a former aide to a Republican state senator in Wisconsin to write about how a “handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications” of the voter ID law “and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters.” These legislators, he said, used “the guise of ‘voter fraud’” to justify their voter suppression measure, even though “[t]here was almost none.”
The aide, Todd Allbaugh, told Chris Hayes yesterday how Republicans were determined to “take people’s constitutional rights away, or at least impede them, in order to hang onto power.”
1) Another Planned Parenthood Debunking
While Planned Parenthood has been the target of right-wing conspiracy theories and smears for decades, things really heated up after David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released a stream of videos purportedly showing the group selling fetal tissue for a profit.
The accusation became a favorite of conservative activists and Republican politicians, who pushed the false smear that Planned Parenthood committed criminal acts. As it turned out, Daleiden and his colleagues had edited their videos to misrepresent the truth, which was that Planned Parenthood had donated tissue for medical research in compliance with federal law and had only received fees to cover costs like transportation.
A recent report by the Los Angeles Times and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, however, found that Daleiden’s new claim that he was just acting as a journalist the whole time doesn’t comport with his actions:
Now, Daleiden, head of the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress, and his associates contend that they were acting as investigative journalists, seeking to expose illegal conduct. That is one of their defenses in lawsuits brought by Planned Parenthood and other groups, accusing them of fraud and invasion of privacy.
But unpublicized footage and court records show that the activists’ methods were geared more toward political provocation than journalism.
The videos and court records show that Daleiden and his associates — posing as representatives of a fetal tissue brokerage — tried to loosen the tongues of abortion providers with alcohol.
In conversations, they tried to plant phrases such as “fully intact baby” and to elicit statements suggesting that fetuses were alive when their tissue and organs were harvested for use in medical research.
A comparison of raw footage and the videos he released shows that Daleiden edited out material that conflicted with his premise that Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics profit from the sale of fetal tissue for research purposes.
On Feb. 5, U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued an injunction requested by the NAF to keep more than 500 hours of Daleiden’s unreleased footage under seal.
Orrick said the videos Daleiden has made public so far “have not been pieces of journalistic integrity, but misleadingly edited videos and unfounded assertions… of criminal misconduct.”
Daleiden’s “fraud” was so extensive and his videos so misleading that his still-unpublished recordings of private conversations do not warrant 1st Amendment protection as free speech, the judge said. In his order, Orrick used the words “fraud” or “fraudulently” 13 times in referring to Daleiden’s methods.
Yesterday, we posted a clip of Glenn Beck and right-wing activist Samuel Rodriguez warning that America was unknowingly engaging in Baal worship, which was picked up the the Drudge Report.
On his radio show today, Beck voiced his displeasure with Drudge for this supposed display of "anti-Christian bigotry" and defended his claim by pointing to the fact that a reproduction of an arch from the 2,000-year-old Temple of Baal in Syria, which is under threat from ISIS, will be on display in Times Square for World Heritage Week.
Citing a column from the Charisma magazine website which claimed that it is no coincidence that the arch will go up "exactly 13 days before Baal's biggest day of the year," Beck grew increasingly irate that he was being mocked for pointing out the obvious.
"Why would you put it up on the high holy day of Satan?" Beck asked. "Good God Almighty, what are we doing? It's really creepy. And that's what Drudge is making fun of me on. I mean, if you want to pay attention at all, what are you doing? I mean, we are slapping God in the face over and over and over again and our press is making fun of [me]."
"This country was established through the might and the power of the Almighty God," he continued, growing more and more upset, "and I'm sorry if that's politically incorrect but read our own documents! Read the words of our founders. They were lead here by God, they established this country by God, our founding documents are all about God! Our rights do not belong to us; we borrow them, He gives them to us to protect. And what are we doing? In our darkest hour, we are erecting in Times Square, America's crossroads, we are erecting the Temple of Baal on Satan's high holy days and nobody seems to care and the press is silent and that's something that conservative organizations care to mock me about! We are toast."
On his television show last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he decided to make himself the number one public enemy of billionaire philanthropist George Soros so that if anything ever "happened" to him, everyone would know that Soros was responsible.
As Beck explained, back when he was still broadcasting at Fox News, Soros' "number two man" came to Beck's "number two man" and "he made a threat," prompting Beck's advisors to tell him, 'You have to be his number one enemy, make yourself visibly his number one enemy so that if anything, God forbid, happened to you, everybody would go, 'George Soros.'"
Soros has been a constant target of Beck’s conspiracy theories, including a multi-part program, "The Puppet Master," that Michelle Goldberg described as "a symphony of anti-Semitic dog-whistles" that "cast him as the protagonist in an updated Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Glenn Beck is not just a passionate defender of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, but he is also close personal friends with the Texas senator, with whom he is regularly in contact.
On his television program last night, Beck told his studio audience that he sent Cruz and his wife Heidi a note of support over Easter weekend in the wake of a report in the National Enquirer alleging that Cruz had engaged in several adulterous affairs.
Beck explained that he sent the note in an effort to offer encouragement because nobody knows what it is like to carry the Moses-like burden that Cruz bears.
"These guys actually believe it like we believe it," Beck said. "Imagine being in a position to where you believe it, you believe the country is at the end, you believe that God is telling you, 'Step up to the plate.' You believe that you, just like Moses, may be slow in speech and not the perfect guy, but you know if you get in there, you can actually do something and you've tried to stay loyal. Do you know what that life is like for two years of tearing yourself apart, of 'please Lord, just tell me, just tell me, just tell me, I'll do it, just tell me.' And the burden of I blew it? Oh my gosh, I don't want to be them."
Last night, supposedly "moderate" evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez appeared on Glenn Beck's television show to promote his new book. During the conversation, Beck and Rodriguez agreed that full-scale persecution of Christians is coming to American because the country is now engaged in modern-day Baal worship.
"I think people think that I'm nuts," Beck said, "and they think that if you think this way, there's something wrong with you. But let me ask you this, have you spent any time serious time considering, gosh, the time period we're entering in, I may have to make the same kind of choices that [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer did?"
Rodriguez assured Beck that he's "not crazy" because "many Christians have had conversations" about this very topic.
"There's a great probability that in our lifetime," Rodriguez stated, "that we may have to be imprisoned and suffer great persecution, prosecution, as a result of our commitment to biblical truth, to Jesus, to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are there, my friend. That's not hyperbole."
The next election is vital, he continued, because "we may be voting in a Jezebel or an Ahab" who will force Christians "to sacrifice truth on the altar of Baal."
"If people would just look up Baal and Moloch from the Scriptures," Beck responded, "we are worshiping them right now, we just don't know it, just in a different way. You used to have to sacrifice your children; it was promoted to have sexual intercourse and if you got pregnant, you brought the baby to the altar and killed the baby. I mean, it's the same thing. It was worship the god of finance, the god of war and the god of the earth. I mean, we're there!"
Convinced that 2016 will see a repeat of the riots and assassinations of 1968 and that God has been preparing his audience for years for this moment to save America, Glenn Beck is now contemplating going to Cleveland for the Republican convention this summer, where he hopes to become this generation's Martin Luther King Jr. by allowing himself to be punched in the face by angry Donald Trump supporters.
Alarmed by longtime Trump ally Roger Stone's threat to disclose the hotel room numbers of any Republican delegates who try to "steal" the nomination from Trump at the convention, Beck declared on his radio program today that perhaps God has been preparing him and his audience to go to Cleveland and link arms around the hotels in order to protect the delegates by taking a beating.
"This may be what we have been preparing for," Beck stated. "This is maybe what I've been prepared for, this is maybe what I've been hearing, what I'm supposed to do and I haven't understood it ... I do believe that Martin Luther King was right; where there is good versus evil and it is side by side, Americans will always side with good."
"This is about good versus evil," he said. "I'm wondering if we're supposed to go to Cleveland ourselves and I don't know yet what, ring those hotels, stand someplace arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder and be immovable and let them punch us in the face."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck took a call from a young woman who said that though she is not yet old enough to vote, she would support Ted Cruz if she could because he is the only candidate who "makes the Bible his compass and bases his standards on something that is unchangeable."
Beck replied that people don't actually have to use the Bible as their compass because the Founding Fathers wove the Bible directly into the Constitution and so if we just follow the Constitution, we will be following God's will as well.
"You don't necessarily have to use the Bible as you compass," Beck said, "because the founders used the Bible as the compass to enact the laws of the Constitution. The laws, the amendments are all based on natural law and God's law. So, our politicians, all they need to do is use the Constitution as their compass and they'll be in line with nature's God and nature's laws."
Glenn Beck took questions from a studio audience on his television show last night, where he was asked how Ted Cruz, if elected president, would enact his agenda amid the gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Beck laid out a scenario in which Cruz, being so well-versed in the Constitution, literally places his own vice president in charge of controlling the Senate.
The Constitution says that "the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided," and Beck envisioned President Cruz exploiting that by tapping a "pit bull" like Carly Fiorina to serve as his vice president, tasking her with controlling the Senate in order to get it to do his bidding.
"If you're smart and you want to get things done," Beck said, "you partner with your vice president and you say, 'Go run the Senate.' And then the vice president then walks up to, let's say, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and taps him on the shoulder and says, 'Excuse me, Mitch. You're in my chair.' And now the White House is running the Senate as well. That's how you get things done."
"Whether that will happen, I don't know," Beck said with a smirk, "but I do know that Ted Cruz is a constitutionalist and he's a historian. I know there's many things that have been forgotten that have stopped this gridlock in the past."
Needless to say, if President Obama and Vice President Biden were to try something like this, Beck would have a total aneurysm and immediately begin screaming for impeachment.
Glenn Beck says that Donald Trump refuses to come on his radio program because he knows that his presidential campaign could not survive an interview with him. Also, Trump hates him because he refused to appear on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
The George Mason School of Law is actually being renamed The Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.
FRC prays that pastors will tell their congregations how to vote: "May pastors preach, teach and effectively disciple God’s people to study His Word and apply it to every area of life, including the realm of influencing public policy and government. May we obey Him in all things, especially in how we choose candidates for public office in 2016!"
Finally, a new survey conducted by George Barna on behalf of the American Bible Society reportedly found that "53 percent of those surveyed believe politicians would be more effective if they read the Bible on a regular basis." Interestingly, according to Barna's own research, a mere "fifteen percent of adults say they read the Bible daily."
For years, Glenn Beck has been obsessed with George Soros, regularly portraying the liberal billionaire philanthropist as some sort of evil genius and puppet master who has been behind countless efforts to destroy America. So naturally, when right-wing media outlets began reporting that Soros-linked figures had donated money to a super PAC supporting John Kasich, Beck seized upon the news.
On his radio show last week, Beck declared that Soros was backing Kasich in an effort to foment a brokered Republican convention, all for the purpose of sowing chaos.
"I know this," Beck said, "Soros, like the imams over in Iran, like the people over in Europe that are, what is it, The Coming Insurrection people, like Occupy Wall Street, like Black Lives Matter, they all want one thing, and that is chaos."
On his television show that night, Beck even hauled out his trusty chalkboard covered with a drawing of an octopus to highlight "the tentacles of George Soros" that now reached all the way into the Kasich campaign:
But apparently nobody at Beck's website got the memo, because last night The Blaze published a piece totally debunking Beck's conspiracy theory:
Neither progressive billionaire George Soros — who has bankrolled numerous far-left initiatives and Democratic political campaigns — nor his company has spent money to support the campaign of John Kasich for president.
Still, numerous conservative news sites have pointed to campaign finance watchdog Center for Responsive Politics, which lists the Soros Fund Management company as a prominent supporter of the of Kasich super PAC New Day for America, with $200,000 in donations. In some cases, the news accounts presented Soros as backing Kasich to cause mayhem in the Republican presidential primary — to either draw votes from front-runner Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
However, the firm Soros Fund Management did not give money to the Kasich super PAC. Rather, a one-time top-ranking executive, Scott Bessent, made two separate $100,000 donations to New Day — one on Oct. 21 and second on Dec. 8, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Another close Soros associate, Stanley Druckenmiller, whom Forbes once referred to as “George Soros’s main man,” gave three separate contributions of $150,000 to the Kasich super PAC, for a total of $450,000. Druckenmiller heads the Duquesne Family Office hedge fund firm. Druckenmiller made his first donation to the Kasich super PAC on Aug. 10 and the other two in February.
Bessent was the chief investment officer for Soros Fund Management. A Soros Fund Management spokesman who did not provide his name told TheBlaze, said, “Scott Bessent doesn’t even work here any more, which is neither here nor there.” The spokesman angrily asserted that the firm itself did not contribute to the Kasich PAC.