Glenn Beck had right-wing pseudo-historian and Ted Cruz super PAC operative David Barton on his television program last night to honor Black History Month by uncovering the "real" history of race relations in America. Barton's coverage of this issue was, as always, laughably one-sided and misleading, as he spent a good deal of the opening segment relating tales of white slave owners who supposedly had such friendly relationships with their slaves that they didn't even consider them to be slaves, but rather members of the family.
The slaves, of course, were quite aware that they were slaves but "the whites just thought they were one of the family," as Barton put it, apparently believing that that somehow proves that race relations were not nearly as bad during the founding era as is commonly believed.
Nothing better exemplifies Barton's warped historical view than the fact that he credits white members of Congress and white voters for passing the 13th and 14th Amendments which ended slavery and granted citizenship to former slaves, respectively.
"I love the fact that in these early paintings you have, it's black and white together," Barton declared. "We didn't have what we have today where we have to break you into groups somehow. Yeah, there was bad and ugly down in the South, but my gosh, why not teach the good?"
Barton then picked up a diary owned by a former slave named Richard Allen who he paraphrased as having declared that "so much of the credit that blacks owed was for whites having gone to bat and doing things for them."
"Blacks were not able to free themselves, whites did," Barton stated. "When you get the 13th Amendment, you know, it was nothing but two-thirds of the House, whites in the House were the only ones voting, two-thirds of the whites in the house, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate and three-fourths of the whites in the states that ratified the 13th Amendment to end slavery. And then you have the 14th Amendment, it was nothing but two-thirds of the whites in the House, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate, three-fourths of the whites [in the states.] And so the notion that it's black against white is not borne out by history, but we have made it that way in the way we portray history."
Of course, "blacks were not able to free themselves" because many were slaves who had no rights. Crediting whites for eventually ending that system while pretending that whites and blacks had a congenial and equitable relationship all along is utterly absurd.
As we noted earlier today, Glenn Beck was alarmed by the behavior of some Donald Trump supporters during last night's caucuses in Nevada and responded by blasting the Trump campaign for "grooming Brownshirts." On his radio program today, Beck also blasted the right-wing website Breitbart for its coverage of his experience at the caucuses, accusing the website of having turned itself into an arm of the Trump campaign and likening its executive chairman, Steve Bannon, to Hitler's propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Bannon, Beck said, "is a horrible, despicable human being" and asserted that "Andrew Breitbart would be spinning in his grave right now" if he knew what Bannon had done to his website.
Bannon is either angling to become President Trump's chief of staff or is hoping to turn himself "into the next Roger Ailes," Beck declared, accusing Bannon of taking orders from "a guy who builds golf courses."
"What that makes you is not Roger Ailes," Beck said to Bannon. "By taking orders from a political candidate and reworking your entire site to promote the lies of a specific candidate without any kind of truth behind these things and just spinning all of it, doing what you've done to Breitbart and anybody who reads Breitbart knows exactly what's going on; if that is what your idea of being Roger Ailes is, you are so sadly mistaken. That doesn't make you Roger Ailes, that makes you Goebbels."
Last night, Donald Trump crashed a speech Glenn Beck was delivering at a Nevada caucus site on behalf of Ted Cruz, drawing attention away from the right-wing commentator as he was beseeching people to support Cruz.
It was the latest episode in thewarofwords between Trump and Beck, who today denounced Trump’s supporters as “rude, vile, nasty” cult followers akin to Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirts:
There is a storm coming of biblical proportions, a storm coming beyond your recognition. When the economy collapses, when our currency is worth toilet paper, who do you want, who do you want handling our nation? You want somebody who has divide us, who is grooming Brownshirts? I was at the caucus last night. I had never seen anything like it. These Trump supporters were beyond recognition as anything I’ve ever seen — rude, vile, nasty.
Beck said that he is facing severe repercussions for his criticism of Trump, noting that his fellow radio host Dana Loesch “is going to the FBI because she’s getting death threats” and “another very famous media reporter” is now “on the highest level of security because of the death threats that’s coming in on them.”
“I’m not standing for Ted Cruz,” Beck insisted. “I’m standing for the Constitution of the United States of America. I’m standing for the principles we all swore to each other, to our families, and to ourselves on September 11th, we would never forget.”
Despite Trump’s victory yesterday, Beck insisted that he will keep speaking against the GOP presidential frontrunner: “All I heard this morning was, ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.’”
While campaigning for Ted Cruz in South Carolina earlier this month, Glenn Beck made an emotional show of holding up a copy of the book "Don Quixote" that he said George Washington had picked up on the day that the Constitution was signed.
As Beck told it, Washington wrote but two lines in his diary on September 17, 1787: "Signed the Constitution today. I pick up my copy of Don Quixote." The juxtaposition of these two events — one highly significant and the other seemingly mundane — Beck declared, revealed that Washington was at peace knowing that he had done everything he could for his country and that its future was now in the hands of God and the American people.
"This is the copy that he went and picked up the day they signed the Constitution," Beck said, holding the book as he warned the audience that "if South Carolina makes Donald Trump a winner, we're done" as a nation.
Trump, of course, did win in South Carolina and now Michael Calderon of the Huffington Post is reporting that Beck's copy of "Don Quixote" is not actually the copy that Washington picked up on that day:
The museum at Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia home, says the copy of Don Quixote in question, which Washington purchased in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, is stored safely in its collection. A Mount Vernon spokeswoman told HuffPost that it's in the rare books vault at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, the presidential library in Washington's home. Mount Vernon even displays images of the book on its website.
Beck addressed the issue on his television show last night, now claiming merely that he owns "one of two copies of George Washington's 'Don Quixote'."
After blasting the Huffington Post for supposedly not contacting him before publishing its story, even though the article states that "Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment," Beck insisted that his copy of the book was, in fact, owned by Washington himself and that he has all of the documentation to prove it.
The copy owned by Beck, though, may not be the one that Washington picked up on the day he signed the Constitution, as he now seemingly admits and which obviously undermines the significance of the one in his possession.
"So, there were two copies," he stated. "Which one did he buy on the day of the Constitution? I don't know."
UPDATE: Beck now admits that he copy he owns is not the copy that Washington picked up on the day he signed the Consitution:
In a statement to HuffPost, Beck acknowledged the book he's displayed at rallies is not the copy of Don Quixote that Washington purchased on that day. However, Beck said he possesses another copy of the book, dated 1796, from Washington's library.
"The lesson that I take from Washington's diary where he says 'Signed the constitution. Bought Don Quixote' is that we are never done in our service to God and Country," Beck said. "I have incorrectly stated that my copy is the copy that Washington purchased the day he signed the Constitution. That version is one of the copies owned and housed in Mount Vernon. I take full responsibility for connecting my book (which is dated 1796) to the book Washington purchased that fateful day of September 17th, 1787. But make no mistake the copy in my possession is from the private library of George Washington."
Experts at Mount Vernon noted that the ownership of the 1796 volume is complicated, and that it's uncertain whether that later edition, owned by Beck, was in Washington's library or was purchased by Washington as a gift for his friend Colonel Tobias Lear. The 1796 copy of Don Quixote was later passed down to Lear's son, Benjamin, who identified it in records as having been received from Washington.
A Mount Vernon spokeswoman said it would need to see Beck's copy in person to authenticate it.
Glenn Beck closed out his radio broadcast today by attacking Marco Rubio using a clip from the Frank Capra film "State of the Union" in which a once-idealistic presidential candidate played by Spencer Tracy admits to having sold out his principles for power and denounces his own campaign.
Beck said that while he once had great admiration for Rubio, he no longer does because Rubio "doesn't care about the truth" and has seemingly lost his soul in the process of running for president.
After playing the clip, Beck — a vocal Ted Cruz endorser and campaign surrogate — went on another of his self-righteous rants about how he refuses to wallow in the "cesspool" of American politics.
"When I came out and I said I'm sorry for anything I've ever done to divide this country," Beck began screaming, "I'm sorry, I tired to do my best, I didn't mean to, but I tried to warn people about what was coming. I tried to warn people in 1999 about Osama bin Laden, I tried to warn people in 2006 about the banking crash, I tried to warn people in 2010 about the caliphate. Nobody would listen and I'm warning you now!"
Beck fumed that while he has apologized for playing a role in dividing the nation, no politician or member of the media would follow suit and admit their own culpability, but that doesn't matter because he still believes in the ideals represented by Frank Capra's movies.
"I don't want to live in a country and I don't want to live in a time when they can't exist, when I can't believe that they're out there," he bellowed. "When I can't believe that the guy we're going to elect president of the United States actually has some courage and actually has some integrity! Maybe I'll go down as the biggest fool ever, but I'd rather die with hope that there's some common decency in this world than be a part of the cesspool that we seem to embrace."
Glenn Beck cannot believe that he is being mocked for merely asking the nation to "fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus," especially since he's just like Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, James Madison and Ronald Reagan.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach calls the League of Women Voters “communist” for opposing his restrictive proof-of-citizenship voting law.
Alan Snyder says that no true Christian would ever support Donald Trump: "Those who claim to be the representatives of Jesus Christ in this woeful world need to match their words with their actions, and one of those actions is to vote according to the Biblical worldview they profess to believe in. To vote for a man like Donald Trump is to violate one’s confession of Christian faith."
Liberty Counsel's lawsuit against the Fairfax County School District's nondiscrimination policy which provided protection based on sexual orientiation and gender identity has been dismissed.
Finally, Jennifer LeClaire reveals that fellow Chrisitans are practicing witchcraft against her: "I believe people can release witchcraft word curses against you. I more than believe it, I know it because my inbox is full of them every week. People curse me, my family, my ministry and more with the wicked words of their mouth—most of the times these are Christians. A witchcraft word curse from a Christian, I believe, is more powerful than any curse from a witch because a believer's words carry an anointing."
Glenn Beck, who is once again out on the road campaigning for Ted Cruz, hosted his radio show remotely today from Nevada, where he and David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who is running a pro-Cruz super PAC, fretted over Cruz's third-place finish in the South Carolina primary over the weekend and warned that exit polls show that America is headed for a violent revolution within the next ten years.
Beck, who is currently in the middle of "a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus," repeated the warning that he made on his program earlier this month, when he predicted that the election of anyone other than Cruz will result in America descending into revolution within the next decade. Barton agreed, saying that poll results have convinced him that the threat of violent revolution is a very "real thing."
"I want to make sure that you hear this because the media will spin this out of control and they'll make it into another crazy conspiracy theory," Beck said, "but I just want to point out: 1999, I talked about Osama bin Laden in New York and said that their would be blood and bodies in the streets and the signature would be Osama bin Laden and nobody believed me; in 2006 and 2007, I talked to you about the financial crash, a crash of biblical proportions based on the housing market; I told you that there would be a caliphate and everybody mocked that. I'm telling you, we are on the path for revolution and a violent revolution. Right now, we're talking about a velvet revolution, but if we make the wrong choice at this point - and I'll make this case based on the polls and what we're seeing and nobody in the media ... they're going to mock it. Don''t mock this warning! Please, don't mock this warning."
Glenn Beck used his radio program today to once again call upon his listeners who are members of the NRA to vote to remove anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist from the organization's board due to his supposed ties to Islamic radicals.
Nearly a year ago, Beck threatened to quit the NRA if Norquist remained on the board, which prompted the organization to launch an investigation into the allegations that he has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Though the NRA promised that the probe would be "fully transparent" and the results posted on its website, it has been more than 11 months since it supposedly launched this investigation and nothing has come of it.
On top of that, Beck has not actually quit the NRA, as he originally threatened, and has instead turned his efforts toward getting Norquist removed from the board via a recall election.
"Remember, I said about a year ago that if Grover Norquist is on the board of directors of places like the NRA, I just don't know what I'm going to do," Beck stated. "I just don't know if I can keep my membership. Well, here's what happened: That caused up a whole just sandstorm everywhere so we had to find out what is the right way to do this, what is the right thing to do?"
"The right thing to do is to start a petition," he continued, "and then have an election, a recall ballot put into the NRA magazine at this time. The votes have to be in by May 1st on Grover Norquist and, believe me, you're going to have everybody he knows voting 'no' on the recall. If you believe what we talked about, that Grover Norquist is a very, very dangerous influence when it comes to Islam, we really think that you should stand up if you're a NRA member and vote 'yes' on the recall."
"This is vitally important," Beck stated. "Please vote 'yes' on the recall of Grover Norquist."
Glenn Beck was on the road today and unable to host his radio program, but he did find time to call in and offer his theory about why God allowed Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia to die so close to the next presidential election.
After Beck's co-host Pat Gray wondered why God simply didn't allow Scalia to live until after the election, Beck called in to assert that God had allowed Scalia to die at this time in an effort to wake up America up to the fact that his nation is on the verge of totally losing its liberty unless it elects Ted Cruz as president.
Recalling how he had been scheduled to campaign for Mitt Romney just before the 2012 election only to be thwarted by Hurricane Sandy, which he took as a sign from God, Beck said that Scalia's death was likewise all part of God's plan.
"I just woke the American people up," Beck said, explaining the wonders of God's plan. "I took them out of the game show moment and woke enough of them up to say, look at how close your liberty is to being lost. You now have lost your liberty. You replace one guy and you now have 5-4 decisions in the other direction. Just with this one guy, you've lost your liberty so you'd better elect somebody that is going to put somebody on [the court] because for the next 30 years, if you don't, the Constitution as you know it [is gone]."
"The Constitution is hanging by a thread," he declared. "That thread has just been cut and the only way that we survive now is if we have a true constitutionalist."
Eleven months ago, Glenn Beck launched a crusade against right-wing anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist for supposedly being a frontman for the Muslim Brotherhood, announcing that he was so concerned about Norquist's nefarious influence on the conservative movement that he might cancel his lifetime membership to the NRA is Norquist was re-elected to the organization's board of directors.
The NRA was so alarmed by Beck's threat that the organization promised that it would launch an ethics investigation into Norquist that would be "fully transparent" and that the findings would be "posted on the web." The following month, Norquist was re-elected to the board but then "voluntarily suspended his Board activities pending the outcome of the investigation."
That was nearly a year ago and the NRA has yet to release the results of its investigation.
But Beck is not giving up and announced on last Friday's radio program that an effort to recall Norquist from the NRA board is underway and that he is urging his listeners to cast their ballots accordingly.
"If you're a NRA member," Beck said, "you're going to be getting a ballot in the mail, I think it's in the magazine, and it's a recall ballot for Grover Norquist. They had to do it the right way, they had to go through, so many people wrote in and one guy started this ballot and said, 'As a member, I can start a recall,' and so there's a recall ballot to get Grover Norquist off the board of the NRA and that guy is very dangerous and needs to be removed from the NRA. So when you get your ballot, if you're a NRA member, make sure you vote 'yes' on the recall of Grover Norquist from the board; yes, you want him removed from the board of directors of the NRA."
"Enough infiltration," he continued. "I love his flat tax ideas, but his idea of what a good Muslim is and his connections to really, really dangerous people in the Islamacist side is frightening and it needs to end and his influence needs to be dramatically reduced, at least in conservative circles."
Last night, Glenn Beck appeared with Ted Cruz at a campaign rally held at Rick Joyner's MorningStar Fellowship Church in South Carolina, where the conspiracy theorist radio host spent a good half hour weeping and shouting as he called upon Christians to rally behind the candidate that God is raising up to save America: Ted Cruz.
After claiming that he was the only one to have accurately predicted the 9/11 attacks, the 2008 economic crisis and the supposed rise of the caliphate, Beck warned that America is doomed if we elect anyone other than Cruz.
"This is your last call, America," Beck proclaimed. "This is your last call."
"I'm here as a fellow citizen," Beck said, his eyes welling with tears, "and I'm begging you, please do not dismiss the peril we are in. Fall to your knees and pray to God to reveal to you what the hour is. Ask our dear Lord to show you who the man is that has the integrity, who has the connection, who will fall to his knees at the Resolute Desk, who, before he acts, doesn't think of a poll but looks to the Constitution and the holy scriptures; our Bible and the Constitution both come from God, they are both sacred scriptures!"
"I know there is a God. I testify to you that I see a storm coming," he continued, saying that God has a plan to save this nation but it requires Christians to do everything they can to elect Cruz.
"This is your last call, America," Beck bellowed. "Stand for the man I believe was raised for this hour: Ted Cruz."
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck declared that Ted Cruz is the only presidential candidate who can save America from revolution.
Beck dragged his trusty chalkboard into his fancy new Oval Office set in order to deliver one of his typically convoluted "history lessons" in which he warned that the election of a "socialist" like Bernie Sanders, an "authoritarian" like Donald Trump or a member of the "status quo" like Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush will inevitably result in revolution engulfing America.
"You don't have to believe me," Beck said. "I'd ask you to read history, I'd ask you to do your own homework. I tell you these things and I usually tell you these things with most of the audience and definitely all of the educated class making fun of me. I've done this a million times; I'm right probably 80 percent of the time on these big things where I stand on them, maybe a higher percentage. I know, because I read history."
Cruz is the only candidate who believes in the Constitution, Beck said, warning that electing a socialist, authoritarian or a member of the status quo will all lead to a revolution from which America will never recover.
The election of a "constitutionalist" like Cruz is "the only one that doesn't lead to revolution," Beck warned:
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck blamed Democrats for starting a "revolution" by supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement only to watch it spin so out of control that soon we'll be seeing journalists dragged into the streets and killed.
"You know that Hillary Clinton spoke highly of Occupy Wall Street," Beck said, "Barack Obama spoke highly of Occupy Wall Street. They all did. Those people were revolutionaries. We warned you at the time, you can't play with matches! And so, these same people who were encouraging the revolution are now looking and saying, 'Wait a minute, it's slipped through our fingers.'"
Warning that "those people who pour the gasoline" in fomenting revolution, thinking that they can control it, inevitably wind up becoming its victims, all Beck can say now is "I told you so."
"You people in the press had better pay attention," he stated, "because a revolution is coming and people are going to be so angry at what's going on and so angry at the press that they will pull you out of your seats in your own studios and kill you in the streets. We are getting very close to that."
Just a few days before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton criticized her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders' plan to implement a single-payer health care system in America, so it would probably have been newsworthy if Clinton had then promised to implement just such a system during her Iowa victory speech.
Of course, that never made the news because Clinton never said it ... but that didn't stop Glenn Beck from "reporting" that she had on his television program last night.
"Last night, she said she would achieve a single-payer health care system," Beck stated. "Just four years ago, they were all saying that was a conspiracy theory, that there's no way any of them wanted a single-payer health care system. But apparently, Obamacare is exactly what we warned it would be: a system designed to crush the health care system and give the government an excuse to swoop in and implement a single-payer health care system. But who's the kook? Who's the crazy one? Who's the conspiracy theorist? Me? You? Or perhaps has the media and the left been lying to you the whole time?"
Beck repeated this claim on his radio program today, which utterly surprised his co-hosts, who could not imagine how they had not heard this piece of news, while Beck insisted that "he was pretty darn sure" it was true because "it was in my morning briefing."
After admitting that he had not actually heard Clinton say this, Beck had his staff try to find any evidence the Clinton had made statement — after, of course, he'd already reported it on television the night before — but they came up empty, which was very confusing to Beck because he was sure that he had seen it in his briefing "and I don't think I misunderstood that."
This is another pretty telling example of how Beck "verifies" information before he goes out and reports it as fact on air: He simply doesn't bother.
UPDATE: Later in the radio broadcast, Beck reported that Clinton actually promised "universal health care for every single payer," which he insisted was essentially the same thing as single-payer health care. He's still wrong, as what Clinton actually said was that "I know that we can finish the job of universal health-care coverage for every single man, woman and child."
Before winning the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz won a straw poll of Religious Right leaders who were determined to coalesce behind a single candidate before voting went underway. Since then, hardly a week has gone by without the Cruz campaign announcing the support of a new right-wing leader, on top of thecampaign’sfrequentsuggestions that the Texas Republican has divine support for his presidential bid.
It seems that no figure is too extreme to be embraced by Cruz, including those who would wish to see the government putting their adversaries to death.