Is this state senator the next Ted Cruz? Another candidate steps up to challenge Lindsay Graham

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to South Carolina Republican State Senator Lee Bright, who is challenging incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham in the upcoming senate race. Bright joins fellow candidates Nancy Mace and Richard Cash in the Republican primary fight, and Glenn found himself impressed with Bright and his background.

“So now you are officially in the game and you are officially running against Lindsey Graham,” Glenn said to Bright on radio this morning. “What is the reason why people from South Carolina should trust that you're going to be any different?

“Well, I've done that in the State Senate, I've been very conservative,” Bright said. “I've got a 100 score with the South Carolina Club For Growth, got the high score in the legislature in the Republican liberty caucus. I've been consistent on social and fiscal issues. Basically I've been fighting the good fight and looking forward to doing that in Washington.”

Sen. Graham made headlines recently for his ill-advised comments about not knowing how bad things really were in Egypt. He has said he doesn’t mind if the NSA listens to his phone calls from time to time. He mocked fellow Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for his decision to filibuster the Obama administration’s drone policy. It’s safe to say that Sen. Graham does not align with conservative values. But would Bright be any different? Glenn asked him what he would do upon arriving in Washington.

“I think somebody's going to take the fight to Obama,” Bright said. “Instead of trying to find ways to compromise with someone who is dismantling the foundation of our nation, we need to take the fight to him and we're not doing that… We've got three in the U.S. Senate that are doing it and, you know, I'm hoping that we get more. But it's just a matter of taking the fight to him.”

When you are facing off against someone like Sen. Graham, you are really facing off against a machine of progressives from both sides of the aisle who will stop at nothing to maintain power. Glenn reminded Bright that it will be a difficult and trying fight.

“And that's what I told people after I got elected to the State Senate. I said, ‘You think things are bad until you get down there and you find out how bad it really is.’ And I'm sure Washington's even worse,” Bright explained. “I've been through a lot in my life. I have had to go through a business that did not survive the economic times, I had cancer when I was in high school, my wife and I had two very tough miscarriages. I've been through a lot in my life, and the very thing that holds me is being grounded in my faith. And I realize that we're all but vapors on this Earth, and I want to be able to make a difference and to be able to say that my life mattered. And by going up there and being a part of the crowd, I'm not going to be able to make a difference.”

“Okay,” Glenn responded. “So that brings me to my question: How's your soul?”

“How's my soul,” Bright reiterated. “I'm a sinner saved by grace. That's how my soul is. But I'm worried about the soul of America, which to me, right now we're in some dark times.”

While many have been known to falter on that particular question, Glenn was impressed by Bright’s response.

“I think I'm going to take that,” Glenn said. “I would like him to go a little deeper, but I think I'll take that one. I think I'll take that one.”

“Really,” Stu exclaimed. You're going to accept an answer to that question? You never accept any answer to that question.”

Challenging Sen. Graham will be no easy task, and Bright should expect a tedious fight. Glenn, however, came out of the interview surprisingly optimistic.

“I will tell you, you know who he reminds me of,” Glenn asked. “Ted Cruz – when we first started interviewing Ted Cruz. Not sure because I'd like to see the proof is in the pudding, but he said a lot of the same things that Ted Cruz said.”

"I will say that he definitely has a good handle on why he believes the things he believes,” Stu continued. “He doesn't seem like he's a guy who's coming to this as, ‘Oh, well, you know, I know the Rand Paul thing's kind of trendy at the moment. So I'm going to go down that road’… The question is can he win.”

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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