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.
Last night, Ted Cruz came out on top of the Iowa caucuses by building a base of conservative evangelical supporters.
According to CNN, about 64 percent of caucus-goers identified as “born-again or evangelical Christians,” up from 57 percent in 2012. Evangelical Republicans put Cruz over the top: He won 28 percent of the vote overall, but was at 34 percent among evangelicals. Cruz came in third among non-evangelical voters, behind Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
Throughout the presidential race, Cruz has been painting himself as not just the candidate of conservative Republicans and Tea Party members, but the candidate of Christians — or, at least, the Christians who share his particular brand of theology and politics. Cruz’s father and top campaign surrogate, Rafael Cruz, has said that his son has a divine anointing and likened him to Jesus, claiming that his campaign is all about sharing “the love of Jesus Christ” with “every person in America.” Glenn Beck, for his part, hailed the Texas senator as God’s answer to his prayers. To be successful, Cruz said, “we have to awaken and energize the Body of Christ.”
“Sorry, Ted, but an awakened and energized Body of Christ serves the Kingdom of God, not your political agenda,” Christian author Rachel Held Evans wrote in response to the senator’s bold claim.
Cruz and his father may portray his candidacy as a divine mission, but for the Religious Right, doing God’s will requires not just sufficient piety but the political power to get things done.
Cruz assiduously courted both Iowa-based and national Religious Right leaders. In Iowa, Rep. Steve King, far-right radio host Steve Deace and activist Bob Vander Plaats, who helped steer Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to victory in the state in 2008 and 2012, respectively, all endorsed Cruz. He ended his Iowa campaign by stumping with the trio along with national figures including radio personality Glenn Beck, anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas.
Trump, in an effort to keep up, trotted out his own evangelical endorsements, including former Gov. Sarah Palin and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., and launched a bizarre attack on Cruz’s faith, claiming that “not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba.”
But there has been little question that Cruz is the Religious Right’s candidate.
Cruz is betting that stature in the Religious Right will help him drive up evangelical turnout in the upcoming South Carolina primary and on Super Tuesday, colloquially known as the “SEC primary” because it is dominated by Southern states. He has insisted that winning evangelical support in the Republican primary will translate into success in the general election, claiming that Republican nominees have lost the last two contests because the party’s insufficiently conservative nominees failed to motivate the Religious Right base.
To inspire that base, the Texas senator is spouting toxic rhetoric about his ideological opponents and hyping purported threats to the religious liberty of American Christians, all while courting endorsements from the Religious Right’s most extreme wing.
What’s good for Cruz is bad for our increasingly diverse country. When Cruz portrays himself as the candidate of “the body of Christ” and claims God’s blessing — and embraces the most extreme wing of his party as he’s doing it — he signals not to just non-Christians but to Christians that don’t share his particular worldview that he’s not interested in working for them. But that is the very reason why Cruz is the candidate who the Religious Right has desperately been seeking: someone who will give them his undivided attention in a country where they are terrified of losing relevance.
Today, Glenn Beck revealed that he has converted his radio studio into a full-scale replica of the Oval Office and will now be broadcasting his daily radio program from this room:
Why Beck spent who knows how much money constructing an Oval Office replica to be used for a radio broadcast is anybody's guess, not to mention how much it'll cost to ship it all to Jerusalem so Beck can continue to broadcast once America collapses.
And while he may have a fancy new set, not much else about the program has changed, as it still features Beck begging voters in Iowa not to vote for Donald Trump and to heed his warning "because I have not gotten the big things wrong."
"I beg you," Beck said. "If you have ever listened to me and you have heard 1999/Osama bin Laden, the banking crash of '08, the caliphate, and those are just the big ones."
Beck admitted that while he may have been wrong about a few small things here and there, "I've not gotten the ones wrong where I said, 'I'll fall on my sword,' have I? Where I said, "Listen guys, I know this one to be true.'"
"I have not gotten the big things wrong," Beck insisted, claiming that he foresaw 9/11, the 2008 economic collapse and, falsely, the rise of the caliphate in the Mideast. This, of course, conveniently brushes aside all of the things he has demonstrablygottenwrong as meaningless and unimportant, especially in comparison to the few "big things" that he supposedly got right.
Nevertheless, Beck insisted that his warning about Trump is one of those "big things" and therefore is something that should be heeded.
"If you have ever, ever taken to heart what I am saying," Beck told voters in Iowa, "please, please do not vote for Donald Trump. Please! ... This guy is a very dangerous guy."
Iowans should not vote for Trump, he continued, especially considering that they have an opportunity to vote for Ted Cruz.
"This is the guy," Beck said. "I've never felt this way. I've never endorsed anybody. Ever! This is the guy. I truly believe he was raise for this time!"
Glenn Beck hosted a studio audience on his television program last night, where he revealed that he has ordered his staff to find a location outside of the United States from which he can continue to broadcast his programs once American society collapses and the government shuts down his network.
Beck fielded a question from a woman who had relocated her family from California to Texas based upon Beck's warnings of a coming social collapse and wanted Beck's advice on how best to prepare her children for what is to come, to which Beck responded that he and his wife are going to start reading the apocalyptic "Left Behind" series to their own children in preparation for the End Times.
Beck revealed that he recently had conversations with two different people who warned that the American economy and social structure are on the verge of total collapse, which prompted him to tell his staff to get to work finding a location in Israel to which they can flee when it happens.
"We have to pick up our pace on finding another place to broadcast," Beck told his staff. "I need to know if I can get to Jerusalem, where they won't shut this down and we can be able to broadcast into the United States. This could end quickly."
Beck's young daughter happened to be in the room when he made that declaration and was understandably upset by it, but Beck said that we cannot shield our children from the realities of the world because "they're the giants that are going to fix this, they have to know."
As such, Beck and his wife are going to be reading the "Left Behind" series to their children because "they have to know that this might be the time ... You have an army on earth now that says they are the army of the Antichrist, they are the army of Armageddon."
Beck, of course, is doing all that he can to prevent this from happening, which is why he has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.
"This is why I'm endorsing Ted Cruz and I'm going out this weekend" to Iowa, he said. "If I could change one mind, I am not going to sit at home because I know what the consequences are."
On the CitizenLink call, Cruz reiterated his campaign’s foundational premise that he can win the White House not by appealing to some mushy middle but by promoting conservative values with a “joyful spirit” that will energize the right-wing base. “There are more of us than there are of them and if we simply stand up and vote our values we can turn this country around.” Cruz said his prayer for his campaign was not “God help us win,” but that “God’s love will be reflected and seen in how we conducted this campaign.”
Cruz didn’t show much love for the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, using it as a way to distinguish himself from other candidates he said were all too willing to “surrender” to the Court.
Well, this gay-marriage decision was really, for people of faith, what Ronald Reagan would call a time for choosing…A number of the other leading candidates in the Republican field, when the gay-marriage decision came down said, essentially, ‘It is the settled law of the land, we surrender, we move on.’ …I could not disagree with that statement more strongly.
Now, what have I done in response? I’ve introduced a constitutional amendment to protect and restore the authority of the states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman...I also introduced legislation in the Senate stripping the courts of jurisdiction over challenges to marriage, stripping the U.S. Supreme Court of jurisdiction over marriage. And I publicly called for a constitutional amendment imposing judicial retention elections on Supreme Court justices periodically to throw them out of office. If they are going to behave as lawless politicians, they need to be accountable to the people.
Marriage was ordained by God, not by the U.S. Supreme Court, not by Congress. And indeed, marriage as the union of one man and one woman long preceded the United States of America. And we need a president who will defend marriage and defend the Constitution and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
Cruz claimed that “attacks on religious liberty” have been “horrific” and “growing” over the past seven years. “I believe 2016 will be a religious liberty election,” he said. On his first day as president, he said, he would tell all federal agencies that “the persecution of religious liberty” ends today. (It will be a busy day; he’ll also put an end to Common Core and launch an investigation of Planned Parenthood.)
Cruz called 2016 the most important election of our lifetime, warning that “we are at the edge of the cliff” and risk “losing the greatest country in the history of the world.”
But Cruz said he’s optimistic that conservatives can win and turn the country around. “I think the longest lasting legacy of Barack Obama will be a new generation of leaders in the Republican Party who defend free-market principles, who defend the Constitution, and who defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America into the shining city on a hill.”
Beck dedicated literally 20 minutes to railing that the shampoo provided by hotels is now too fancy because it is infused with things like ginseng and wild mint when all it needs to do is simply clean hair. The entire performance was really an allegory for the current election, with Beck insisting that Donald Trump is just like this fancy shampoo, infused with the "essence" of things but containing no actual soap with which he can clean up Washington, D.C.
"He's got maybe a little bit of aloe in him," Beck said. "That green tea is so nice. And what is that green tea, what is that aloe? The aloe, the salve that he has an essence of, is anger. You're angry, he's angry; that's a little salve on your frizzy ends of your hair, but it's not really going to help because there's not really enough aloe in the green tea and aloe shampoo to do a damn thing. It's just to make you feel better, make you stand after the shower and go, 'Oh my gosh, I have total well-being,' and yet nothing has changed."
"As you are looking at the candidates that you need to vote for, which one of them is soap and which one of them is providing you with 'total well-being'?" Beck said, as he began to scream. "Which one of [them] is like this stupid little container of shampoo that pisses me off, that is trying to be something that it will never be and can never be? Shampoo is not made to provide anyone at any time, no matter how expensive or how good it is, it will never provide total well-being! Period!"
"Are we that shallow?" he asked. "Are we this stupid? I don't want the essence of anything anymore, I want the real deal. I want soap!"
Glenn Beck interviewed Rafael Cruz, father of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, on his television program last night, where he declared that the elder Cruz's birth was "divine providence" because it resulted in his son Ted, who he says is now being raised up to save this nation.
"Everybody was born for a reason," Beck told Cruz while the two were seated in a scale replica set 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."
"Oh, absolutely," replied Cruz.
Beck, of course, also believed that Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign was the result of "divine providence" as well, and we all know how that turned out.
Glenn Beck warns that Donald Trump is a "pathological narcissistic sociopath" and says that people should listen to him because he accurately predicted 9/11, the 2008 economic crisis and the rise of the caliphate.
Speaking of Beck, Alex Jones is convinced that Beck is trying to "get rid of me and steal my identity."
Mike Huckabee apparently thinks that making an Iowa-centric parody of Adele's "Hello" is going to boost him to victory in next week's caucuses.
On a related note, Steven Anderson says that only Huckabee can stop God from destroying America: "Voting Huckabee for president means God won't remove the USA in judgment for our sins."
In announcing his campaign for a state senate seat, Gordon Klingenschmitt claims that he is a college professor.
Finally, Klingenschmitt has thrown his support behind fellow radical right-wing activist Janet Porter in her own run for state office in Ohio.
Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to airing the speech he delivered in Iowa last weekend endorsing Ted Cruz for president, as well as some behind the scenes footage, such as David Barton laying hands upon Beck and praying for him ahead of the speech.
After Barton finished praying that Beck's endorsement of Cruz would "turn the Holy Spirit loose" and "bring forth fruit that brings forth 30-fold, 60-fold and 100-fold back to this campaign," Beck and Barton agreed that Cruz is the candidate that they have been praying for their entire lives.
"This is the moment. This is the moment that we prayed for," Beck said, declaring that Barton had been working to bring about a candidate like Cruz for decades.
"We didn't know this was it when we started in 2007," Beck continued, "when we started the 9/12 project, when we started the Tea Party. This is it. This is really it. And he really is the guy. He really is the guy."
Of course, back in 2012, Beck was confident that God was working to make Mitt Romney president.
Over the weekend, radical radio host Glenn Beck traveled to Iowa to officially endorse Ted Cruz for president because he is convinced that Cruz is literally being raised up by God to save America. Beck has never endorsed a presidential candidate before and from listening to him discuss this decision on his radio program today, it is clear that he took this unprecedented step at this moment largely because he is terrified of the prospect of Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination.
Beck stated that he is going back to Iowa this weekend to campaign for Cruz in any way that he can ahead of next Monday's caucuses because "this is it," warning that if Cruz cannot stop Trump in Iowa, Trump will steamroll to the GOP nomination and it'll spell the end of America.
"I'm going to Iowa this weekend," Beck said. "I don't care if I have to walk the route and knock on doors, I'm doing it."
"I think this is it," he added. "I think this is it. Look, you know what is really amazing, if you read history, if you read the Bible, how many places does it talk about 'and the people were crying out for a king' and God's like, 'You don't want a king, don't want a king' and the prophets were like, 'You don't want a king, you don't want a king.' But the people cry out for king and it always ends in their destruction. And here we are. We're at that place to where this guy's got his own throne, he'll come with his own golden chair and the people are crying out for a king."
"This is it," Beck stated. "I'll knock on doors. I don't need to be on stage; I'll knock on doors. I'll go put yard signs in the snow. I don't care what, I just want to volunteer because this is it and if you don't get past Iowa, it's a steamroller."
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck interviewed a clinical psychologist who diagnosed Donald Trump as either suffering from "narcissistic personality disorder" or being "on the psychotic spectrum," not unlike Adolf Hitler.
Beck returned to the topic on his radio program today during a discussion of Sarah Palin's endorsement of Trump yesterday, declaring that Trump is psychopath who is truly "dangerous" ... just like Barack Obama.
"This is not the first time I've heard" people warn that Trump is a psychopath, Beck declared. "This guy, I believe, is dangerous. I believe he is dangerous."
"And I said this about Barack Obama and so far I have been wrong," he added, sarcastically.
During the 2008 campaign, Trump said he was “very strongly” for McCain and endorsed him on “Larry King Live,” donating to McCain’s campaign and hailing his “amazing” and “courageous” choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. (Trump’s views of McCain have since changed, but his views of Palin have not.)