Mitch McConnell says he will not support legislation defunding Obamacare

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he would not support Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other conservative senator's in a bid to prevent Democrats from restoring Obamacare funding in the Senate. Following the House of Representatives passage of a continuing resolution that funds the entire budget accept Obamacare last week, Senate Democrats intend to rewrite it to restore funds needed to keep the Affordable Care Act in existence.

“Hey, how much do you love Mitch McConnell,” Glenn asked on radio this morning. “Seriously, piece of garbage these guys are. They're telling their own people, ‘Don't worry about it.’ They're getting the exceptions! I mean it is a monarchy that we are running here. We've got the people who are in the Royal Court in Congress – everybody else, you know, gets to play by the king's rules. But we have to be on the other side of the gates. I don't even understand it.”

In the three years since the President’s signature healthcare legislation was passed, we have seen Republicans and Democrats come out against the bill.

“And not even the Democrats like this bill. They know it's a train wreck. They know it's not ready for prime time. They know it's not ready for the American people,” Pat said. “And they won't do anything about it. What they should do if they're insistent on making this bill happen and stick and stay in perpetuity is they should delay the whole thing until they get it all fixed. They won't do it.”

Glenn explained that Democrats are fearful that if they delay the implementation of the law any longer, it will never actually come to fruition. Obamacare has become a last resort of sorts, but the true transformative progressives , who recognize the bill’s flaws, also recognize the opportunity to crush the private insurance market.

“But they know if they delay it, it won't come back. This was their best thing. So they would rather have the train wreck than have that fold and then try to fix it from scratch,” Glenn said. “If I'm a progressive and I've waited for this moment the whole time – I'm a transformative progressive. What I say is, ‘You put this in and it's going to destroy the private industry.’ So there won't be any private insurance left. There won't be any private industry. This thing is going to be a train wreck. Yes, it is. But if you back off, look how hard it was to get this. If you don’t get this out, you'll never get another shot at it.”

Furthermore, Glenn looked at the war-gaming aspect of this whole ordeal. Regardless of what happens to Obamacare, the progressives will be able to blame the resulting nightmare on Republicans.

“Can I tell you something? I've been trying to war‑game this as a transformative progressive again, and I actually am on the other side of it,” Glenn explained. “I actually would make the case, ‘Guys, let the Republicans take the blame because we've already done so much damage to healthcare in this country. And this now hanging out there in limbo and us not having anything is going to destroy American healthcare anyway. So we'll always be able to blame that on the Republicans because the Republicans never let us do this.’”

“I think you're right,” Stu agreed. “If they were to, you know, get rid of this program at this point, there's a good chance it would help the country but it would not help Republicans. Because whatever problems happen in our healthcare system anyway would just be blamed on them. We haven't seen worse yet. You know what I mean? People wouldn't be able to compare it to what this President's healthcare will be.”

While Stu is correct that Republicans are in a ‘fail if you do, fail if you don’t’ situation with the funding of Obamacare, Glenn truly believes this is the last chance to stop the law.

“The problem is once you install this, you will never undo it,” Glenn said.

“And that's the thing. They will get [Obamacare] in like this and what will their argument be? As it is with schools and everything else,” Stu asked. “Well, we don't have enough money for the things we said we were going to do. We just need more money. And they will make it larger and larger until what you said happens: It's a single‑payer program. And then they will say they need more money for that. That's the only reason that's not working. That's what they do with everything. When they have something that fails, it usually means they get a bigger win because when their programs fail, they just say they need more money to finally correct it. And it gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”

“And the problem is that we didn't rout out the progressive disease early enough in the Republican Party… Remember when I went to CPAC and I gave that speech? And I said it is a Republican disease just as much as it is the Democrats. And I really took on John McCain? Do you remember how much trouble that caused,” Glenn asked. “If we would have routed it out then and really buckled down and really been able to convince enough Republicans, we might not be in this situation now. But we couldn't. We did our best. You did your best. Now it's in God's hands. George Washington was right:  The event is in the hands of God. You've just got to do your best, and the event is in the hands of God.”

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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