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

"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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