Allen West prepares to face primary challenge in Flordia

Allen West is facing a primary challenge in Florida tomorrow, and Glenn invited him onto the program to discuss some of the attacks he has come under in recent weeks as well as his views on President Obama and Paul Ryan.

Transcript of interview below:

GLENN: Congressman Allen West is on the phone with us now. He's in a primary challenge. I don't know who runs against Allen West in a primary, but somebody is and Allen West is asking for your vote tomorrow. I think this guy is one of the few truth tellers in Washington DC and a guy who will not flinch in the face of real, real trouble, and I appreciate the work that he's done in Washington. Allen West, welcome to the program. How are you, sir?

WEST: I'm doing very well, Glenn, and I can tell you the type of guy that runs in the primary against me is a liberal who's running as a Republican. So, that's typical. I mean, we saw it back in 2010 when we were a candidate and they tried to slip a gentleman in and he, you know -- as soon as he lost the primary, we never heard from him again. I don't think he lives in south that Florida. So, this is the nature of politics now and -- to try to get you to waste resources and get you off track, get you off message and we're not going to allow that to happen.

GLENN: There is a -- the NAACP says that they don't have a problem with an ad showing you punching a white woman. They say that's not racist at all.

WEST: Well, you've just got to understand that, you know, Executive Director Hillary Shelton and really the leadership of the NAACP, they're nothing more than errand boys for the Democratic party and they're going to do anything to make sure that they have a voting electorate block that continues to follow along in lockstep like mindless lemons for the liberal progressive policies and to include Barack Obama, even though you have over 14% unemployment in the black community, black teenage employment over 40%. My wife Angela and I only represent 28% in the black community now where children have mother and father in the homes, but -- and failing schools, let's talk about the failing schools in many of these urban environments, but that's not their issue. They would rather just go lockstep with this march to destruction for the community.

GLENN: Well, but that comes from a racist that would send Chick-fil-A to the black congressional caucus.

WEST: Well, I was there. Okay? And let me tell you, there was not one single sandwich or a piece of chicken or a carousel left. So, obviously they withheld their angst well after their bellies were full six months ago. So, I found it very hilarious.

GLENN: Six months ago ahead and it comes out now.

WEST: Yeah. That's absolutely asinine, but, you know, when it's coming the Huffington Post, they don't have, you know, anything between their ears. So, they've got to look for something to write about.

GLENN: You have been very outspoken on everything that has been going on with the Muslim Brotherhood in our government. I am extraordinarily concerned about this. We're doing another documentary on this at GBTV. It's really disturbing what's happening.

WEST: Yeah. You have to be absolutely right and anyone can go back and read the 1991 exploratory memorandum that was uncovered in a basement in a house in northern Virginia after an FBI raid and it lays down the Muslim Brotherhood's, you know, objective for the United States of America and we have many an umbrella organizations -- I mean subsidiary organizations that the Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella for and you have to really be concerned about what you just saw happen in Egypt here in the last 24 hours, where President Morsi has, you know, fired the two cop generals, replaced the head of the military, and has suspended the Constitutional amendment that the supreme military council put in place before his inauguration. So, again, we see that also happening in Turkey where President Erdogan went after the military and its leadership and Comal added Turkey and put the military in charge of making sure that Turkey stayed a secular state. So, you see this movement all across the Middle East toward radical Islamism and a sad thing that we have it happening right here in the United States of America and we have a President, we have an administration that does not want to admit up to it. As a matter of fact, they're forcing the FBI and the military to whitewash terrorist training materials and we still have not seen Major Nidal Hasan brought to trial and I think we're going on close to three years.

GLENN: How much trouble are we in if Barack Obama is reelected?

WEST: I think the country that we know as the United States of America will be on to a decline and I believe that it is the intention of the left to see a decline of the United States global influence and power and just try to manage that decline. When you look at the fact -- we have $16 trillion in debt. I think the debt is going to continue to grow. This talk about raising taxes on just the top two tax brackets, you already look across the ocean to France and you see a declared socialist President Hollande who is forcing people to leave and this thing called liberal progressive socialism, we've had this discussion before, it's never worked anywhere in the world and why would anyone think it's going to work here in the United States of America? So, this is a turning point for our country. It's a decisive point. The election of November the 6th, and that's why I've got to tell you, I'm really happy that Paul Ryan was picked because it's substance over style and he will force the debate to be about policy and issues which is something the Obama administration does not want.

GLENN: Well, that's what I wanted to ask you about, because about -- I'll bet you at least a quarter, maybe half of this audience would have liked to have seen you be the pick.

WEST: Look. I've only been in this thing called politics or whatever for, you know, 19 months of my wife.

GLENN: That's a good thing. But what I want to ask you is: What are your thoughts on Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and try to -- try to be as little of a politician as you possibly can.

WEST: Of course. You know me.

GLENN: Yeah.

WEST: Well, Paul Ryan is, without a doubt, the intellectual epicenter of the GOP right now. There is no one that can debate him about the budget, about economic solutions to get our country on the way as far as lowering our deficit, lowering our debt, and I think that it speaks volumes that Mitt Romney would pick Paul Ryan because he is truly a problem solver. He is going to really get us back to fiscal conservatism which my biggest concern, without a doubt, was, you know, the Republicans had the White House, they had the House, and they had the Senate but we did not act as conservatives. So, I think that Paul Ryan will force that hand with Governor Romney and hopefully now that when the Romney/Ryan team is successful, you will see a cabinet that the team players around those two that will continue to fight for conservatism as far as our economic standing, energy security, also our foreign policy and national security. So, we need to be able to put together that triumphant.

STU: And just real quick, to see how far we've moved with the Tea Party, I mean, back when Paul Ryan first proposed this sort of proposal, he got 8 Republicans to go along with him on it. It's because people like Allen West have come in to Congress since then that this thing has been taken seriously. It was brushed off by the people who had been in Washington for a million years.

GLENN: I think Paul Ryan is a Tea Party success. I think he can be counted at another -- would you agree with that?

WEST: Yeah, I would. Absolutely so. I mean, you know, he's the Budget Committee chairman. So, you know, maybe he has to be a little bit careful about, you know, his leans or associations. I don't know, but when you look a his principles, he's clearly in line with fiscal conservatism, fiscal responsibility, limited government, individual sovereignty, and we're going to get him going on the right track as far as understanding foreign policy and national security. I am a willing and helpful resource to them however I can be, but I think we're going to do very well and it's going to be important that we also win the Senate, too.

GLENN: Would you consider a defense department post?

WEST: I've got to tell you, Glenn, for me as a 22-year military veteran, that's the only job worth having in Washington DC for me, to be entrusted with the security of your country, to be entrusted with taking care of the men and women in uniform who many are my friends and still few of my relatives, it would be a -- that would be a true honor and it would be something that, you know, I unequivocally I would say "yes" to.

GLENN: Let me -- you would be Donald Rumsfield in a good way. Everything good about Donald Rumsfield, just shooting straight and saying, Shut up and sit down, it would be fantastic, you in a press conference. How much trouble is the United States in -- you know, there's this story going around now that Benjamin Netanyahu made his decision on Iran. If Benjamin Netanyahu moves on Iran, what does that mean for us geopolitically? What does that mean for us for the election?

WEST: Well, it says everything about us as a nation if we don't give them our full and whole hearted support because it is not about Israel being able to take that action. They can do that. They're a sovereign nation, but it's about the day after because you have to consider what happens when the Muslim Brotherhood control Egypt now, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran, and then, of course, everything that's going on in Syria. They'll stop killing each other and they'll focus on Israel. So, all of the sudden Israel will be in a multi-front co-integration. They've got to know that they can look back west across the Mediterranean, they can see the gray hulls flying stars and stripes to come to their aid and to their rescue if needed.

GLENN: Which makes me -- which makes me wonder why Netanyahu would make a decision to move before the election, because are you convinced --

WEST: I have no idea. I think that, you know, he has to be concerned about the safety and security of Israel, not about the American political scene and the election. So, he knows that there is a clock that is ticking and we cannot afford to play a Sir Neville Chamberlain moment because there is a saying over with your adversaries in that part of the world that Americans have watches but we have the time and so we have to be very leery about each and every day that we give to them. That means they fortify the positions with these underground nuclear facilities because they know the capabilities of our -- even our upgraded bunker buster munitions and they have the support of Russia and they have the support of China and now they have a local -- hegemonic dominance with Iraq because, let's face it, Maliki is nothing more than a puppet for Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs there. So, time -- as time ticks away, that brings us closer to a very decisive point for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel and look. Let's be very honest. The President has gone to speak in Turkey. He has gone to Saudi Arabia. He has gone to speak at University of Cairo. As President, he has never gone to Israel and that is our greatest ally and that's a true teller of where his allegiances lie.

GLENN: What do you think of Mitt Romney on the Middle East?

WEST: Mitt Romney and Israel?

GLENN: Yeah. And the Middle East.

WEST: Well, I think, you know, first of all, he's got to probably flesh some more things out as far as his foreign policy stance and I think that's why it's going to be so important for him to surround himself with, you know, really savvy people like a Bolton, maybe like a General Jack Keen.

GLENN: Can you imagine if he surrounds himself with John Bolton and you? I mean, that would be a dream come true, but, wow, would the press go after him?

WEST: Well, I mean, who cares what the press thinks?

GLENN: I love you. I love you

WEST: The press, you know, they would like to see our influence diminish whatsoever. Look, Americans don't like losers. Okay? And we just saw that in the Olympics. We saw, you know, a record number of gold medals. I think we got 104 medals overall. Americans like winners and I think Americans like winners when it comes to geopolitics, when it comes to our economy, when it comes to everything, and I think that, you know, Governor Mitt Romney has a great opportunity to put together a winning team to put American back on the top. Nobody wants to be the bottom of the barrel and that's what President Obama and the liberal progressives want. I think it really is a reflection of the fact that they don't like themselves, but if that be the case, just stay at home and not like yourself. Don't try to make, you know, this country a country full of losers.

GLENN: Well, I -- again, I don't know why anybody in Florida would be thinking about voting for anybody else, but there is a primary challenge tomorrow and, Florida, you've got to go in and vote and vote for Allen West. He is a guy -- you know a guy is effective when he is under fire as much as Allen West is and this guy doesn't blink. You want a real fighter and somebody who can actually move things forward and articulate your point of view? It's Allen West and, Allen, it's great to have you on the program.

WEST: It's always a pleasure, Glenn, and thanks for you all you do and I join you, also, and maybe we need to have that national day of prayer and fasting as it says in the 2 Chronicles because we need to make sure we can heal this land.

GLENN: God bless you. Thank you very much.

WEST: Take care.

GLENN: Wow. Obviously somebody is listening to the program. Listen to last hour on that. Allen West, tomorrow, the primary, Florida, make sure you're there. It's one of things that you just feel like, oh, Allen will win. He wouldn't win if you didn't show up.

STU: Yeah. We can't lose Allen west.

GLENN: That would be really bad.

STU: I will veto it. I will veto all of your votes, Florida, if you don't make Allen West win.

GLENN: You know what? We'll go in and we'll just -- we'll punch chads but not all of the way through.

STU: No.

GLENN: We'll make you go through that again.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.