Mercury Confidential interview with Glenn Beck part 4: The fans who made it all possible

by Meg Storm

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In the wake of what proved to be a truly historic week of service and charity, we sat down with Glenn to get his thoughts on how Restoring Love completes the Restoring trilogy he began two years ago in Washington D.C., how he feels coming out of this remarkable chapter of his life, and what comes next.

It was the Tuesday before Restoring Love when Glenn called for an all-hands staff meeting. At this point, the majority of the Mercury staff from across the country had made their way to Dallas to ensure the success of the events that weekend, and as he did the year before in Israel, Glenn felt it was important to rally the troops.

He looked around the room at his staff, many of whom had not been together in quite some time, and thanked them for coming. He talked about the history that had been created at the previous years’ events and the history that would be created again that week. He encouraged everyone to keep a journal, so that they could remember all the amazing things they were going to be a part of. And finally, he told everyone to look past the inevitable lack of sleep and endless schedule that awaited them to have a little fun.

But perhaps the most poignant moment came when Glenn asked everyone to be his ambassador. An encounter with a Mercury employee will be the closest a lot of people ever come to meeting Glenn – a remarkable fact that sometimes gets lost in the crazy shuffle of things.

It was a tremendous call for responsibility that put everything into perspective. While it is easy to get lost running through the motions with events like these, it is important to take pause and remember who these events are really for: the fans.

“I am getting so isolated at these events, because we get so busy,” Glenn said somberly. “We are going to so many different things. I just don’t get a chance to be out with the people very much.”

Since he wasn’t going to get a chance to meet with each and every person who made their way to Dallas individually, Glenn did the next best thing – he rallied his staff and sent his family out into the crowd to experience the goodness of this event for him.

“Both my daughters worked the booths at the stadium,” Glenn revealed. “We don’t put my daughters on TV and there aren’t any pictures of them, so no one knew who my daughters were.”

It’s hard to say just how many people unknowingly met Glenn’s daughters, but one thing is for certain, the girls were forever changed by the love and compassion they felt that weekend.

“My daughters came home each night crying about how nice the audience was,” Glenn said. “They kept coming home every night saying, ‘Dad I have to tell you about this person.’”

Whether it was the man who helped them put together one of the booths when he saw them struggling, or the girl who went and found a rubber band for one of his daughters to use as a makeshift hairband after hers broke, it was the little things that left the largest impressions.

“Who does that? Who watches someone’s hairband break in a huge crowd, leaves, goes and asks a bunch of people, and then comes back with, ‘I’m sorry I can’t find a hairband, but here’s something,’” Glenn asked. “The people are just so great.”

One of Glenn’s favorite moments from the entire weekend came from a story his good friend and photographer, George Lange, told him about the fantastic people who had come to Dallas.

“George Lange called me up after he was going to shoot film of the volunteers. He is practically in tears, and he says, ‘Glenn, this is everything that you have talked about. This is everything that you said would happen. It’s happening here,’” Glenn recalled.

Lange described that being out in the crowd with the throngs of people brought him back to the moment in Washington D.C. when we looked out and saw the size of the crowd that had gathered for Restoring Honor, and everyone just burst into tears. Watching busload after busload of people depart Cowboys Stadium for Friday’s Day of Service made him realize just how wonderful people can be.

“George is a liberal,” Glenn said. “And he followed that story up with, you know, we are always looking for some utopia, but it is here. No government can create this. It is only when people decide to put their hearts together that it happens. That’s what it is. I am so happy that my friend saw that.”

During his speech at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night, Glenn referenced this same spirit when he told the crowd:

We are not a selfish people. We are selfless. You are the living proof of this. You are living proof that Americans are good. Americans are still people of action. Americans want freedom. Americans want justice. We want love. And here’s the thing: There are millions of you. Millions just like you. Millions ready to act, ready to take up the struggle, ready to commit, to activate, to live it, to create, to restore love to America. We will not let go. We will not give up. We’re not going to put our cars in neutral. We’re not going to coast down the hill. We’re going to do it the hard way. We’re going to put our shoulders down. We’re going to get behind the car. And we’re going to push America up the hill.

“I say with surety that this is the audience that will restore the country,” Glenn said proudly. “It will. They will play a role. This is the audience.”

There is no way to repay the fans that have made the successes of Restoring Honor, Restoring Courage, and Restoring Love possible. There is no way to ever really thank you for going along with Glenn on this crazy ride. But you should know that the endless hours of work Glenn and staff put in each and every day is to ensure that you are being delivered the absolute best Mercury has to offer.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” Glenn said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Restoring Love events were three summers in the making, and though the trilogy is over the real work has just begun. Tomorrow Glenn takes a look back at how we got here and gives us a sneak peak at what comes next.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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