WATCH: Dana Loesch reacts to Zimmerman verdict

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn on last night's Glenn Beck Program and reacted to two stories that have made national headlines lately: the Zimmerman verdict and the passage of new abortion legislation in Texas.

"Let’s start today with the not guilty verdict the jury returned in the murder trial of George Zimmerman," Dana said to open the show. "A jury of six women found Zimmerman innocent of second degree murder. Now, in the end, the jury felt that the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and so they acquitted Zimmerman."

The anti-Zimmerman rhetoric has been commonplace since the night of Trayvon Martin's death last February. And while any of loss of life is tragic, the racially and politically charged spectacle this trial became was disgraceful.

"Make no mistake, this was a tragedy. A young man was killed. A loss of life is always a tragedy, but not every tragedy is a crime. An honest jury, and for the progressives, five white women and one black woman, served for justice," Dana explained. "Others, unfortunately, are serving for self, the usual race pimps out there demanding that the DOJ bring charges against Zimmerman, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose Christian name must be Reverend, because the man isn’t fit to shepherd a flock."

The hypocrisy of people like Al Sharpton runs particularly deep when one considers the number of black youth that die on the streets of Chicago each day. Where is the outcry for those children?

"Where’s the outcry for black youth when study after study shows that we are losing entire generations of black youth to abortion? The left only cares about tragedies apparently when they involve little blonde-haired, blue-eyed children from Connecticut," Dana said. "Was the intensity of interest in the Zimmerman-Martin case a way to make up for all of the years the left ignored black children killed every day in Chicago? Or Detroit? Or St. Louis? A little Johnny-come-lately action, hmm?"

Despite the Martin family's plea for non-violence, violent protests have broken out in cities around the U.S. with assault and vandalism running rampant. Those who truly believe that Zimmerman was guilt of second-degree have every right to be mad - but, as of now, the anger is misplaced.

"If you want to get mad, get mad at the media. Get mad at the laughable journalistic entity that literally whitewashes the news.  Get mad at the race pimps who haven’t visited cities like Chicago and Detroit and Houston and other cities where black youth are killed daily because there aren’t any television cameras there," Dana explained. "Get mad at the politicians who play hurt and rescue. They pass policies which disenfranchise their constituents of employment opportunity and the ability to become economically prosperous by killing industry. Get mad at the churches who are afraid to be beacons of light in the fog and take a loud and proud stance on responsibility, life, and marriage, all of the ingredients which build family units."

Speaking of the breakdown of the family, Dana moved on to the passage of the Texas State Legislature's 'House Bill 2,' which provides simple, common sense solutions to the otherwise loosely regulated abortion industry that have resulted in horror stories like abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

"The bill, now law, prohibits abortion after 20 weeks. Five months kind of seems like an inordinate amount of time to decide whether or not you’re going to keep your baby. It’s not like you’re returning clothes or putting something on layaway," Dana said. "This isn’t like buying a dress and wearing it to the party and then taking it back. In this case, once you choose to wear the dress, the choice has been made. You own the dress. If you didn’t want this dress, now you shouldn’t have gone shopping, tried it on, and purchased it."

Texas State Legislator Wendy Davis made national headlines for her 11-hour filibuster to block this bill, while pro-choice activists surrounded the Texas State Capitol chanting 'Hail Satan' with used feminine hygiene products, human feces, and urine. It is easy to be disgusted by the lack of respect these protestors have shown, but Dana took a slightly different approach.

"Instead of feeling angry at them now, honestly, I feel kind of sad for ’em," she said. "I feel sad that these women have grown up after a lifetime of being spoon fed liberal feminist disempowerment. Modern-day feminism is all about disempowering women and making them feel like they can’t survive without the government’s assistance. I would know because I was one of them."

Dana shared the moving story behind why she rejected “liberal feminist dis-empowerment” in 2001 because she "grew tired of these people telling me that as a woman, I wasn’t strong enough to raise a child in my circumstances.”

She got pregnant as a “broke, unwed student from a single parent household." And not broke like “wearing last season’s clothes... Broke like I can see through the rust hole in the back passenger side of my Buick.”

"I rejected that ideology in large part because I grew tired of these people telling me that as a woman I wasn’t strong enough to raise a child in my circumstances," Dana said. “Mentally, I said screw this, I can do it. Twelve years later not only did I do it — I did it pretty well.”

She attributes her success to her faith in God and her boyfriend (and now husband). Chris Loesch.

"I wasn’t alone in this, and from this, I learned something valuable that I’m instilling in my sons. Men, do not allow yourselves to be emasculated," Dana said emphatically. "Do not allow yourselves to be persuaded to let an entire generation die away because you didn’t feel it was your place to step up and speak out.  ight back. Your sons need you. Your daughters need you. Your wives and your girlfriends need you. The mothers need you, and you need it too as fathers."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.