Glenn's interview with former Secret Service agent now candidate Dan Bongino

One of the first public figures to come out and endorse the Restoring Courage event, Glenn questions the sanity of Bongino for leaving such an honorable organization as the Secret Service and replacing it with politics. That said, Dan is one of the good guys - he got heat for supporting Restoring Courage, but he's not wavering.

The Full Transcript from radio is below (video will be posted soon):

GLENN: We -- we are live in -- we are live in Israel. Do we have Dan on the phone? Dan? Dan, how are you?

BONGINO: Good. How are you doing, Glenn?

GLENN: Very good. Dan is a guy running for U.S. Senate against a Democrat which I think is fantastic, but you are also a retired secret service guy and the reason why I want to have you on, you're coming to Israel -- we're get to this here in a second, but I want to -- you worked for Bush and President Obama?

BONGINO: That's right, Glenn. Both administrations. Three years with Bush and two years with President Obama. That's right.

GLENN: And -- and how was that?

BONGINO: Well, it was a great experience. I traveled to 27 countries as a security rep for the United States. It was really profound to be over in all of these different areas of the world and to see -- the commonality in every place I've been was a line around the block at the U.S. embassy every time I went to a different country. So, it was really a fascinating experience. It really -- it gives you a different respect for the United States when you touch back down on U.S. soil. You want to kiss the ground.

GLENN: One last question. Were you the guy that missed the shoe in Afghanistan?

BONGINO: I get that question a lot. No. I actually did not -- I watched it happen live, but I was not there for the shoe incident, no.

GLENN: You weren't there because do you know what? I tell you, if you were the guy who missed the shoe, I've seen this movies over and over and over again, you're going to be in the bar going, I should have seen the shoe coming, man. But -- and they're, like --

PAT: That guy always gets a second chance. So, it works out well.

GLENN: He does, but there's some up and coming new guy who's, like, That's Dan Bongino? He's a legend

PAT: He's the one that let the shoe get to the President.

BONGINO: You're right. I'll be the guy in the bar on my 17th Miller Lite looking back and saying --

GLENN: That's right. I hear you back there talking about the shoe! Damn it. It was a mistake! I know. All right. So, Dan, first of all, let me just ask you, why would you leave the secret service, which I think the secret service is wildly honorable. Please, please don't burst my bubble on that. They're still honorable, right?

BONGINO: They are fantastic. They've been great to me

PAT: He paused way too long. That was scary.

GLENN: Okay. Good. All right. Good. All right. Glad to hear that. So, why are you -- why would you leave such an honorable thing and now go into politics?

BONGINO: Well, it was a huge risk, Glenn. There's no question about it. Resigned. I didn't actually retire. So, I left my pension, my benefits, my healthcare. I have a pregnant wife. I left that on the line. It was a huge risk, but I've always followed politics. I've never been able to get involved due to the hack shack, but I just figured it's really time for real people who have lead real lives, held real leadership positions to get out of the locker room and let's get on the field and throw a pass. At least I'll know, be able to look at my daughter and tell her I did something, I did something I thought was right at this event we're having right now and I believe in it.

GLENN: You left without your pension. You just resigned?

BONGINO: I got nothing. My financial records, Glenn, are available on the FEC website. I officially declared at the FEC. You can go look and search my name and you'll find out I didn't win the lotto, I didn't inherit any money. This is a real deal. I'm middle class guy.

GLENN: So, what was the -- what was the turning point where you're, like, Okay, I've got to get out of here.

BONGINO: You know, I was at a fundraiser and I was at a table with presidential candidate who decided not to enter the race. I don't want to say who and we were talking and we had a really great conversation about economics and, you know, I had always loved politics and he just said to me, You know, why don't you consider running? I think you have a very, you know, interesting story and then that was it. It just kind of sparked something in me and over a period of months I thought about it and that was it. I decided, you know what? It's time to -- it's really time to stop talking and time to start doing. I thought my story could really make an impact and it has. It's got a ton of great press off of this and I think we're really making a dent in politics.

Glenn: Maryland politics is a nightmare, a nightmare.

BONGINO: You're right.

GLENN: You know that. It's Bongino. So, you know what I'm talking about here, Dan right? It's Bongino.

BONGINO: You can't (inaudible) anymore. And Maryland is winnable. It is very, very winnable. Our numbers are really fantastic right now. This is not an unwinnable race by any stretch.

GLENN: Okay. So, you're coming over here to Israel and the reason why I'm having you on is, A, I think the secret service, I think you-guys are just very honorable, but you are one of the -- you are one of the first public figures to come out and say that you were going to come out to this event and you endorsed the event and you took a lot of heat for it.

BONGINO: We did. We got a number of e-mails and phone calls from some folks down here. Local press picked it up and (inaudible) the local press, I'll say that, but a lot of the traffic we got was borderline -- was borderline disruptive to the campaign and I'm always shocked by that. I can't understand why anyone in public office wouldn't support it. What exactly about Israel is not worthy of support? It never made any sense to me, having been in the region quite a bit.

GLENN: You've been -- you've been all over the world. You've been, obviously you don't want to admit it, but I'm sure you were the guy that missed the shoe and so you've been all over the world. It strikes me -- it really amazes me on how Israel has low self-esteem here in the Middle East and they're questioning -- and they're always on defense and they're, like, no, wait a minute, maybe -- did we do something wrong? Maybe she shouldn't have done this or maybe -- bull crap. It's amazing how different Israel is from just across the border and no one talks about it.

BONGINO: No. And Arabs in Israel have more freedoms than Arabs in Arab countries. It just seems like the double standard is so obvious if you just open your eyes. Again, I find it almost appalling that the double standard they're held to is amazing. When you look at an issue like the right of return, I mean, the British get the right of return to the United States? I mean, why is that? Why are they the only country held to this standard? It's just -- I find it perplexing. I really do.

GLENN: You know, I never even thought of that. We didn't -- they didn't push for the right of return. The English didn't say, oh, by the way, we -- no. You fought. You chose a side and you lost.

BONGINO: Yeah.

GLENN: I never even thought of it that way.

BONGINO: Just about every country on earth when you look at it was founded by some sort of initial aggression. They were either being attacked or they were attacked to establish their borders.

GLENN: No. Wait, wait. I'm not going to let you get away with that. Only white European countries.

BONGINO: Oh, of course. (Inaudible.) That's right.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

BONGINO: -- is held to such a standard and they guaranteed freedoms within their borders to the very people they have to fight against. So, it's really a hypocritical double standard. I don't stand for it. I wrote them a letter of support. I put it on the Restoring Courage Facebook page and I believe every word of it. (Inaudible.) I'm unequivocal in my position there and if I lose the race on that is correct that's fine. I'll lose it with my head held high.

PAT: Good for you.

GLENN: A typical white guy saying this

PAT: Too few politicians who are willing to take a principled stand and stick too it, whether or not it costs them the election. I mean, it's so refreshing to hear.

BONGINO: Well, thank you. We've been getting a lot of that. We started talking to groups of 15 people. Now it's gone to 150, 200 and we go out and we get that at the end of every speech. They say, We're not used to this. I say, what? They say, Honesty. Really, I'll lose an honest guy. I'm not going to win a hypocrite. I didn't leave my job to run as a standard politician. (Inaudible.) I don't have hand (inaudible.) I don't do any of that. I where my own material because it's mine and I believe in it.

GLENN: Give me your website so people can check you out.

BONGINO: Sure. It's Bongino, B O N G I N O.com. I appreciate that and I'm on Facebook and Twitter, as well. (Inaudible.) I do my own posting. I don't have any social media handlers. They tried, but I turned them down. I write my own stuff on there every time.

GLENN: What does it say, because I was just given a sheet here on you. It says awarded and one of the most recognized details in their history. What does this mean? We're talking about your secret service.

BONGINO: -- younger guy to do a number of foreign events. I think I did more than just about anybody agent they have. I did a number of (inaudible.) I left with a great reputation. It was a great job. They were very good to me. I really deeply appreciate what the secret service did in forging my character and, yeah, I left with a great reputation. I had 17 (inaudible) commendation awards. So, it was a good career.

GLENN: I will just tell you this: Don't worry, because echelon has now picked up this phone call because you said secret service and forged in the same sentence. So, you're in trouble. You're in trouble.

BONGINO: I know. I get that a lot.

GLENN: Dan, good talking to you and I don't know when you're coming to Israel, but I hope to shake your hand and say hello.

BONGINO: Thank you. I'm leaving Saturday. Thanks so much for having me on.

GLENN: You got it. Bongino, Bongino, B O N G I N O.com. Okay. Back in just a second.

In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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