Glenn Beck

'They're Only Using Us For Their Own Power': Glenn Beck Unloads On The GOP

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."

Ted Cruz Is Open To Unsuspending His Campaign If He Can Win Nebraska's Primary

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.

Glenn Beck Says God Must Punish America For Rejecting Ted Cruz Because 'He Ain't A Bad Dad'

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: Cruz Should 'Unsuspend' His Campaign Because Of Kasich's 'Dirty Tricks'

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."

Donald Trump Is Just Asking The Question: How The GOP Presidential Candidate Spreads His Conspiracy Theories

A favorite tool of Republican politicians and far-right pundits like Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Michael Savage, Bryan Fischer and others is to float wild conspiracy theories with the qualifier that they are “just asking the question.”

Take the outlet WorldNetDaily, which regularly runs stories with headlines like, “Is This A ‘Demon’ Racing In Front Of Obama?,” “Will Obama Build A Death Star Next?” and “‘Manchurian President’ Ushering In Islamic Caliphate?

At Fox News, anchors often push personal theories by prefacing their remarks with the line, “some people say,” in order not to take any responsibility for their outlandish claims. Fox host Andrea Tantaros, for example, said of Obama last month, “Some people are asking the question, is he covering for ISIS?

Donald Trump has taken to using the same lines in order to defend his own conspiracy theories.

When asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in 2013 if he believed Obama “was born in the United States,” Trump replied: “I have no idea. Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know, some people say that was not his birth certificate. I'm saying I don't know. Nobody knows and you don't know either, Jonathan.”

He once issued a tweet hinting that Obama murdered someone to cover up the truth about his birth certificate:

Trump made a similar move when Michael Savage asked him if he thinks Justice Antonin Scalia was “murdered.”

“I just heard today, just a little while ago actually, I just landed and I’m hearing it’s a big topic, the question, and it’s a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow, I can’t tell you — I can’t give you an answer,” Trump said.

Trump also deflected criticism he received after he tweeted that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was born in the U.S., is ineligible to be president, by insisting that he was merely trying to “start dialogue” and “let people make their own determination.”

After Trump tweeted a racist image of fabricated crime statistics from a neo-Nazi site, he said it came from “an expert” and asked, “Am I gonna check every statistic?” When Trump was called out for falsely claiming that a man who rushed the stage at one of his rallies was working for ISIS, he cited a fake online video and explained, “All I know is what’s on the internet.”

Trump wants to say things without saying things, but anyone watching knows exactly what he is trying to say.

Just take what happened this week when he suggested on “Fox & Friends” that Rafael Cruz, the father of his then-rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald [sic] 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. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it…. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.

The reason nobody was talking about it was because it was a bogus theory generated by online rumor sites and the tabloid National Enquirer.

But rather than say that Cruz was involved in the Kennedy assassination, Trump only asked, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death?”

Trump was just asking the question later that day while talking to Sean Hannity:

It was a picture put in and [the Enquirer] wouldn’t put it in if they could be sued, that I can tell you, they are very big professionals. It was put in. And by the way, Ted Cruz, I don’t think denied it at the news conference, but they don’t do things unless it could be verified. But if that were true, what was he doing having breakfast or whatever they were doing three months before the JFK assassination? Why are they doing that? Why is the father meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald?

Both Cruzes, for the record, did deny it, but that didn’t stop Trump from repeating the line the next day on “Good Morning America,” where he again refused to take any responsibility for his conspiracy theory. He also added a new and equally fallacious twist, claiming that newspapers other than the Enquirer had picked up the story:

All I was referring to was a picture that was reported in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it. I don’t know what it was exactly but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications…. The National Enquirer gave you John Edwards, it gave you O.J. Simpson, it gave you many, many things. You can’t knock the National Enquirer, it brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant. The fact is that it was a cover story on the National Enquirer. It was picked up by many other people and magazines and periodicals and newspapers and all I did was refer to it…. I’m just referring to an article that appeared, it has nothing to do with me.

Finally, Trump told Wolf Blitzer that he never even believed the theory that he had parroted.

Blitzer: You don’t really believe that Ted Cruz’s—
Trump: I didn’t say.
Blitzer: —father had anything to do with the assassination of President Kennedy.
Trump: No, I don’t. Of course I don’t.

Trump went on to falsely claim that Rafael Cruz was “praying for bad things to happen to me,” saying that in response he wanted people to “read the various magazines, because it’s not only there, it was put in numerous — where he has a picture of himself with Lee Harvey Oswald. I’m not saying they conspired…. I’m just saying it was all over the place…. Of course I don’t believe that, I didn’t believe it, but I did say let people to read it.”

“It’s like a walking, talking Enquirer magazine,” RedState founder Erick Erickson said of Trump back in March.

As Maggie Haberman of the New York Times wrote, “It is not a total surprise that Mr. Trump is the candidate most likely to use the phrase ‘I hear’ before stating something as fact, no matter how flimsy the information he passes along.”

The GOP is now on the verge of nominating for president someone who cites completely bogus stories he finds on the internet and embraces the likes of Alex Jones, one of the most bizarre conspiracy theorists out there.

But conservative talk radio and outlets like Fox News have shown the effectiveness of spreading unsubstantiated rumors and fictitious stories by insisting that they are just asking the question.

Glenn Beck Calls On Conservatives To Leave The GOP 'Because Tinfoil Hat Don Is Crazy'

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."

Glenn Beck: 'You Will Never Have Another Republican President Ever Again'

Given that Glenn Beck had repeatedly declared 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."

Ted Cruz Campaigned As God's Chosen Candidate Before Conceding Defeat

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, it seems, did not learn a lesson from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the perils of running as God's chosen candidate.

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.

And the Texas senator was more than happy to act as such a candidate, claiming that he would represent the body of Christ and save the nation from the "nonbelievers" and urging his supporters to "strap on the full armor of God" as they worked to put him in the White House.

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.

He told his fellow Cruz supporters that they were sure to be victorious because "we have the Almighty God on our side." He also insisted that God was using his audience to elect Cruz with because the senator was "truly raised up for this purpose at this time."

"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."

Beck believed that the Moses-like Cruz was the man that God "raised for this hour" to save the nation, describing the election as a campaign of good versus evil.

He told Utah Republicans to "let the Priesthood lead," assuring them that by voting for Cruz, they would be fulfilling the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith's disputed "White Horse Prophesy," which holds that Mormons will rise up to save the Constitution. Unlike Mormons, Beck said, Southern "evangelicals are not listening to their God" by having cast their lot with Trump.

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.

Beck also told us what would happen if Americans reject God's chosen candidate: violent revolution, utter destruction and the loss of freedom for all mankind.

And, after all that, Republican voters still wanted Trump.

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/3/16

Glenn Beck Says Carly Fiorina Is On Board With Plan To Control The Senate From The Cruz 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."

Today's Republican Reality Revealed In 90 Seconds

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.”)

But Trump did not stop there. He went on to spout a conspiracy theory — recently elevated by the National Enquirer after floating around the dark corners of the far-right internet — linking Rafael Cruz with the CIA and JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald based on an old photograph that some people think looks like Rafael:

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.

Coming from Trump, you might say this was disgraceful but hardly surprising. Trump, of course, was an early and ardent birther who harangued the White House about President Obama’s birth certificate, and has since embraced a wide array of conspiracy theories on everything from Justice Scalia’s death to Muslim residents of New Jersey celebrating on 9/11.

And Trump has appeared on the radio show of Alex Jones, who Right Wing Watch has called “one of the most notorious and, frankly bizarre conspiracy theorists out there.” Jones, for example, promotes the idea that the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school was “staged” as a “false flag” operation designed to ease the way for Obama to confiscate Americans’ guns. Oh, and the fact that flies are “always landing on him” is evidence that Obama is “a demonic creature.”

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.

Congratulations, GOP!

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Glenn Beck: Mocking Me For Asking For Fasting And Prayer Is A Sign That America Is 'Done'

Campaigning for Ted Cruz in Indiana, Glenn Beck is once again asking his supporters to engage in prayer and fasting before the Republican primary, writing on Facebook yesterday:

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."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/2/16

  • 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."

Is President Cruz Planning To Use Carly Fiorina To Strong-Arm The Senate? It Sure Sounds Like It

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."

Like Beck, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton has very close ties to Cruz and his presidential campaign, and last week he spoke to a small group at Liberty University. That speech was attended by a Liberty graduate student who reported that Barton floated the exact same plan:

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.

Once Again, Glenn Beck Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

On several occasions, we have noted 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.

Glenn Beck Says God Has Raised Up Ted Cruz And Is Asking Us To Choose Between Good & Evil

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!"

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/29/16

  • Glenn Beck has laid off dozens more employees and he basically blamed everyone but himself on his radio program today.
  • In a shocking development, Ted Cruz's campaign tells us that Cruz supporters think his idea to name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate was a stroke of genius.
  • Peter LaBarbera blasts Kelly Ripa for gay-brainwashing her son.
  • Pamela Geller says that Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigration is "a common-sense solution."
  • Matt Barber says that Target's policy supporting transgender employees and customers is "discrimination against women,."
  • Finally, why did the American Center for Law and Justice just spend $7.5 million to buy a 32,000 square foot building outside of Nashville?

Glenn Beck Mocks Donald Trump By Covering His Face With Crushed-Up Cheetos

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."

And true to their word, they did exactly that at the end of today's broadcast. 

We don't even have any commentary to add, since there really isn't much you can say about Beck and company pressing their faces into plates of crushed Cheetos:

For what it is worth, here is what Beck looked like on his television show earlier this week, before he started mocking Trump for being absurdly orange:

Benghazi Select Committee Now Attempting To Interview Conservative Talk Show Callers As Witnesses

In a letter he sent to Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy today, Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger lists a litany of abuses that have taken place during the course of the investigation of the 2012 attack.

Among these abuses, Hedger reports, is that the committee is requesting that the Defense Department track down callers to Sean Hannity’s radio show in order to call them as witnesses:

The Committee has requested to interview an individual identified as ‘John from Iowa’ who described himself as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) camera operator on a talk radio show, where he described what he allegedly saw in the video feed from the night of the attack. The Department has expended significant resources to locate anyone who might match the description of this person, to no avail. The Committee staff then expanded this initial request to include all RPA pilots and RPA sensor operators who operated in the region that night.

The May 2013 call to Hannity’s program was subsequently reported on by other conservative outlets, including Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

After two years, $6.7 million in taxpayer dollars, and an 11-hour grilling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was widely derided as a failed partisan hatchet job, the Select Committee is now relying on callers to right wing radio shows as witnesses. 

It has to be said, this is not parody.

Paranoia-Rama: Martial Law Plot To Stop Trump, 'Covert Chemtrailing' And Agenda 21 Concentration Camps

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.”

4) Sky Criminals

While Jones is worried about the prospect of an anti-Trump October surprise, he was delighted to read Chuck Norris’ latest column about chemtrails.

Writing about “Sky Criminals” for the far-right website WorldNetDaily, Norris warned about “covert chemtrailing” that “is taking place in the skies above us and unbeknownst to us.”

“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.

Thanks to Target’s new nondiscrimination policy, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warned this week, we might all get killed by a nuclear strike from Russia. The End Times broadcaster said that Target’s recently announced policy on transgender customers and staff will provoke divine judgment and “shut down this nation.”

“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.”

2) Agenda 21 Fears

Ted Cruz’s campaign announced the members of his “Montana Leadership Team” last weekend and, unsurprisingly, the group includes some of the most extreme and bizarre conservatives in the state, including “Dan Happel, Agenda 21 Speaker.”

While Cruz has flirted with Agenda 21 conspiracy theories in the past — warning during his 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate that the nonbinding UN initiative was a “grand scheme” concocted by George Soros to abolish “ golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads ” — Happel has taken things to a new level.

Happel believes that Agenda 21, a nonbinding sustainable development initiative that is over two decades old but only recently became a source of right-wing trepidation, is actually a Stalinist plot to create a one-world government to ensure that “ private property can be increasingly controlled and ultimately eliminated.”

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.

The conservative radio commentator believes that Cruz,much like Moses, is divinely ordained and that he is fulfilling the “White Horse Prophesy” laid out by Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Christians who do not vote for Cruz, according to Beck, “are not listening to their God.”

Indeed, Beck said on Wednesday that “the republic is at stake” in this election and if the Cruz campaign goes down to defeat, then we will “lose freedom for all mankind.”

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