The Oval: The Court of Public Opinion

Hello America

We have just spent time talking with Geert Wilders.

A man of strong views. A man of controversial views.

A man who is strongly disliked.

But Geert Wilders was never convicted of any crime. He didn’t break any law.

He was, however, convicted in the court of public opinion. His life was - and is - under constant threat.

And because his views are not popular with the elite, the elite have left him exposed to the threats and the hatred. They have not defended his right to free speech.

So he is a prisoner in his own home. A man who can never be truly free because of the threat of mob justice.

It is an instructive story. And we have much to learn from it.

We find this story shocking. And yet, the story of mob justice is not so distant.

Mob justice is alive and well in America.

Today, a man stands charged with murder.

It is a case many of us have read about.

The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

We know very little about the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

We can guess. We can opine. We can believe.

But we don’t know.

Not yet.

We can’t know until we have the process of a trial. The process of justice. Evidence collected. Witnesses called. A jury of peers passing judgment.

And so I believe that right now, anyone who does anything to exact justice is committing an act of injustice.

We have seen examples of people intimidating key figures in the case. Lawyers. Officers of the court. Witnesses. And of course, the accused.

These people are in danger because they are connected to the process of justice.

This intimidation is unjust. And if we allow it to continue, we participate in that injustice.

Some politicians have spoken about the case. They have made their views known.

But these same politicians are like everyone else. They don’t know what happened that night in Sanford, Florida.

They don’t know.

And so by voicing their opinion, they are just guessing. Just giving their opinion.

But political leaders must know that they stand astride a system of justice. Where the accused are innocent until proven guilty.

They are the custodians of this system. A system of laws. A system of justice. When they stand astride this system, but then undermine it, they are no longer leaders worthy of the name.

It is one bad thing when they judge a defendant guilty before a trial is even held. That’s bad.

It is even worse when we see them silent in the face of mob justice. The justice of the lynch party.

We are hearing of attacks… where the victims are told: “This is for Trayvon.” The victims, in this case, are white. The attackers, black. The attacks are vicious. Some fatal.

This is not justice for Trayvon. It’s bloodlust. It’s violence for the sake of hatred. And it is wrong in any circumstance.

We have had lynch parties in America. We have seen them before. And we have seen as well the cowards who stood by, and let it happen.

We know that history judges the lynch mobs forcefully. But history also judges the silent. The complicit.

Those in the mob are criminals. Those who don’t stop the mob are cowards. Democracy and justice cannot coexist with criminals and cowards.

Today, a man stands accused. The crime is murder. And the trial that awaits him will determine whether he is to remain a free man.

But because of the gasoline poured on this case by outside agitators. By ill-informed commentators, by opportunistic politicians.

Because of that, George Zimmerman is not the only figure on trial today. Our system of justice is also on trial. It is also being tested.

And my question is this: Who will defend the system of justice against the mob? Who will defend the rule of law… the privileges of the accused… the protections of witnesses… the responsibilities to evidence and precedent?

Who will do this work?

I remind all Americans, of all backgrounds, that justice is blind.

Justice seeks truth. And those who claim to be our leaders must stand on the side of justice. Must stand for restraint. For calm.

And most significantly, our leaders must stand against those who would take the law into their own hands.

God Bless the Republic

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.

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After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.

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Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."

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There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.

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Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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