Glenn Beck: Hayworth self destructs

JD Hayworth Infomercial: Free money! You never have to pay it back!

VOICE: And, now, time for Glenn Beck’s amazing predictions update.

STU: And yes, Glenn, if you remember last week, late last week after hearing the J. D. Hayworth infomercial audio –

GLENN: Hang on. Do we have the J. D. Hayworth infomercial audio, because it just doesn’t get any better than this? Here’s a guy who is running as a different kind of politician in Arizona and, boy, boy, do I wish it were true because I think this audience know how I feel about John McCain, but to replace John McCain, a guy, a devil you already know and he’s a devil, with a guy that you’re going, well, wait a minute.

STU: Not the devil. A devil. Just want to make sure.

GLENN: No. The devil is located somewhere else. Here is J. D. Hayworth in a commercial that he did.

VOICE: $80,000 in grant money and I don’t have to pay it back.

VOICE: We award this grant for up to $1.3 million. Is we don’t have to pay any of it back.

VOICE: How much money — I mean, did I hear right, billions?

VOICE: Hundreds of billions.

VOICE: Hundreds of billions of dollars. Wow. Forgive me if I sound like a sceptic, because that’s a lot of money. Sounds too good to ve true. Is it for real?

VOICE: It is for real. Now, I understand the skepticism in part because President Reagan used to say the greatest contradiction ever uttered was, I’m from the Government and I’m here to help. But I’m –

GLENN: (Laughter.)

VOICE: This is really true. About 25 years ago a decision made to get money in the hands of the American people and we talk about it as if it’s free money. Let me remind you, it’s not free money. It’s your money.

GLENN: Oh.

VOICE: It’s money you’ve already surrendered to the government in terms of taxation.

GLENN: Oh. Okay. Stop, stop, stop. So, the guy who in this infomercial says, I just got a million and a half dollars from the Federal Government and the best part is I don’t have to pay it back, he had given a million and a half dollars in taxes?

STU: Yes. He’s a multi billionaire who had paid –

GLENN: That’s fantastic. So, what was my prediction last week?

STU: You may or may not have predicted the end of his political career after this infomercial was uttered.

GLENN: No. I do believe I did say — I said his career is over. I’m declaring his career over.

STU: Yes. And the first poll taken after this infomercial popped its ugly head up has John McCain leading J. D. Hayworth, 52 to 29, a 23-point lead and this had been a close race up until about that point.

GLENN: So, J. D. Hayworth now is going to do the honorable thing — if he were, indeed, a different individual, he would do the honorable thing and stick to his story that he did nothing wrong. So –

STU: Well –

GLENN: That’s what he’s going to do.

STU: No.

GLENN: Here’s what J. D. Hayworth will not do

STU: Okay.

GLENN: He will not come out and defend what he did. He’s already done that. He’ll not come out and defend what he did in this ad and then, when he starts to see the poll numbers get soft, he will not come out and say, You know what? Look. I do need to apologize for this. It was wrong of me and here’s my wife and she’s standing by me.

STU: Well, unfortunately he released a statement on the ad, a new one. This is not the first one which basically did sort of defend it. The second one said, I believe this to be a rep table firm but I did not completely check out the organization. As a former broadcaster, I often made ads for clients but I regress my association with this firm.

GLENN: I don’t have a problem with his association with this firm. Do you have a — do you have a problem with the firm? Is there something going on with the firm?

STU: There may be. I don’t know.

GLENN: I mean, I think the problem here, J. D. Is you’re, like, get some of this cash.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Get some of this free money!

Stu: It’s not them taking free money in some different, unethical form. It’s the idea that taking the free money in the first place is the problem.

PAT: We’ll take the taxpayers for hundreds of billions of dollars month after month after month, from my one-bedroom apartment, and you can, too. Never pay it back.

GLENN: This guy is — this is great.

PAT: This is great.

GLENN: This is great. You’ve got a guy who says he’s going to cut down the deficit and he’s going to be different in Washington. You’re right. That would be different. To make an infomercial saying how you can take people’s money in taxes, instead of cutting the budget, here’s the infomercial I would — and I believe, Arizona, this is what you are hoping you would get in a candidate.

So, is this true, Congressman? Yeah. Unfortunately it is and that’s why I’m going to Washington, because I’m going to shut all these damn programs down.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Congressman, that’s not really helping our infomercial.

STU: But the free book is great.

GLENN: I didn’t — look. You know, nobody can know — you know, when you’re doing a commercial for somebody, you’ve got to be careful. We do our due diligence here, but there’s — I can’t know everything about every company. You can’t be held responsible for everything that’s happening in every company. I make a deal with everybody I take. If you screw my listeners, if you screw them, I am going to turn on you so hard and I will — not only will I cancel, I will also expose you and we’ve never had one, because they all know before they have that meeting with me, they’re warned. Okay. Glenn’s going to give you a warning and you might want to — you know. And they do. And we have — that’s why we have great clients. That’s why we have people that have — the people that I endorse have been with me for a very long time, because we have a very clear understanding. I’m not going to screw them. They’re not going to screw you. And that’s the deal. But can a company go bad? Sure. But that’s not what we’re talking about here, now, is it? Is that what we’re talking about? We’re talking about a guy who — I don’t care if he did a commercial with somebody. It’s what the commercial was selling.

STU: It’s not this specific dealer of free government grant books. It’s the idea that the free government grant books get your free money and never have to pay it back is a bad concept if you’re supposed to be some guy who’s fiscally conservative.

GLENN: That’s like me saying, Do you know what? Do you know what the biggest problem is in America is? Hookers. Hookers. And everybody knows the biggest problems are hookers and prostitutes and I’m a different kind of guy. I’m going to go and I’m going to clean those hookers up and then you’re watching at 2:00 o’clock in the morning and you see an ad, Get your hookers. You can get all these hookers for free. It sounds crazy. Is that crazy, Congressman? Well, I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Free hookers. All you have to do is call this number for all these free hookers. What? Call now and get a free hooker tote bag.

So, I’m sorry to say that prediction is coming true. Of course, he — you know, I guess he could come out with something else. What else could he try? What else have these weasely politicians tried?

PAT: He could sell tiny classified ads out of his one-bedroom apartment. He could try that.

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