Glenn reacts to Bachmann interview: ‘Let’s not become everything we despise’

Last week, Glenn was surprised to learn that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had voted to reject an amendment that would defund the NSA program that collects information on American’s phone records. In addition to voting against the defunding measure, Rep. Bachmann actually argued on behalf of the NSA surveillance techniques. On radio this morning, Rep. Bachmann joined Glenn to defend her position. But in the aftermath of the interview, Glenn still found himself searching for clarity.

“So we just had Michele Bachmann on. I respect Michele, and I think she's a very intelligent woman. I think she's a patriot. I think she's a God centered woman… Her life is based on her God,” Glenn said. “And I have profound respect for her as a congressman and also as a person. She's a friend. However, I believe she is wildly miss guided on this NSA thing, and I don't know where the disconnect is.”

During the interview with Rep. Bachmann it became abundantly clear that she and Glenn agree on a lot of things. For starters, they both believe that the government has access to everything – all phone calls, all keystrokes. And they have the ability to collect and store all data, including health records, family relationships, and personal employment information.

Furthermore, Glenn and Rep. Bachmann agree that the incidents at the IRS and the AP are not “phony” scandals. They agree that the government has lost credibility and trustworthiness, and there is a lack of transparency and oversight to catch the lies and stop them quickly enough.

“That's what we agree on,” Glenn said. “Now, Michele, somehow or another, disconnects at that point.”

Glenn looks at the government’s ability to collect and store all of that personal information as an overreach of power that could easily spiral out-of-control, while Rep. Bachmann sees it as a means to an end in the name of national security. Glenn understands the importance of national security, but he believes the government is too power hungry to trust with such authority.

“I say, yes, well security, but just because you're currently a good guy, doesn't make you always a good guy – especially if you have already presented yourself as pretty much a criminal entity where you lie, cheat and steal, just to hold onto power,” Glenn said of the government.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Glenn supported the PATRIOT Act, as many others did, because he wanted to ensure our national security. But his opinion began to change after the 2004 election.

“Now, you're going to say, ‘Well where were you under George Bush?’ Let me explain. I'll tell you right where I was,” Glenn said. “About 2006, 2004, 2006, I had a wake up call. It was right after the 2004 election. I thought something is not right here. I started doing my own homework. I started realizing, ‘Wait a minute, George Bush is not the guy who he says he is.’ I didn't understand what progressivism was at the time… And I didn't understand that because I was dumb enough to think we all believed in the Constitution.”

Instead of using the Constitution as an absolute authority, Glenn saw a pattern of the government picking and choosing to use the Constitution when it was convenient. “See, so I was somebody that had not enough information. And the reason why I've changed is because I have been given additional information,” he said.

“If you were somebody who said, Death Star, Nazi, Darth Vader, the silencing the press, you lemming, can you point to the information that has shown me that this situation since when you were ringing the bell and I was saying that you were a conspiracy nut,” Glenn asked. “Can you show me the information that made you pivot back to where I was, show me the information that says, ‘No, no, no, Glenn.’”

“So, tell me what changed your mind,” he continued. “And because I know the standard that you will hold me to, I certainly hope that your mind started to be changed during the Bush administration and just suddenly, magically changed as soon as your guy got in. And that's my biggest problem with Michele. We can agree on all of these things. We don't have to have the evidence that it is worse. We don't have to have the evidence that they are actually storing… stuff. I can point to those, but we don't even have to go that far.”

“Why exactly would we think this government agency was going to keep us safe,” Glenn asked. “Borrowing a George Bush line, ‘I had to destroy the free market system in order to save the free market system,’ how is it any different to say, ‘I had to destroy freedom, to be able to preserve freedom.’ It doesn't make any sense. It makes no sense whatsoever. No matter how big the threat is, you cannot destroy freedom to preserve freedom. You cannot destroy the free market system to save the free market system. Help me out… Let's not become everything we despise.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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