Glenn talks to Sen. Ted Cruz for the first time since marathon 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech

On radio this morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Glenn for the first time since his epic 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor. Sen. Cruz talked about his experience this week and why some of his Republican colleagues have been apprehensive to support the movement to defund Obamacare despite the public support on the issue.

Establishment Republicans like Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and others have expressed they will side with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats in voting for cloture, a move that has been quite perplexing for Glenn and most conservatives.

"It's that they're scared of political blame, that they're scared that if we do the right thing, it might lead to a partial temporary shutdown," Sen. Cruz said of his colleagues. "And if there's a partial temporary shutdown, they're scared the media will blame Republicans, and the truth is the media will blame Republicans if it rains."

With the Senate cloture vote set to take place at 12:30pm ET today, Sen. Cruz encouraged every American to call his or her Senator and demand they vote "no" or visit DontFundIt.com and make your voice heard by signing the petition. Sen. Cruz reiterated that the concerns of the American people are being heard, and his colleagues' phones have - much to their dismay - been ringing off the hook.

"You know, they want to blow you off. That's certainly true. But I've got to tell you, nothing has enraged Republican senators or gotten their attention more than the facts that their phones are melting down," Sen. Cruz said. "Listen, the most dominant instinct for almost any politician in Washington is the desire to get reelected, and when their constituents actually notice something they are doing and speak out in real volume, it scares the living daylights out of politicians. And as you know, I said this many times. In fact, I think I said this on your show, which is that liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. That, it makes a difference. So I encourage folks to give one last burst this morning. But then second, if the Republicans who have publicly pledged to vote with Harry Reid carry through at 12:30 and do it, then Harry Reid will have the 60 votes he needs to strip the language out of the House resolution and to add the funding back for Obamacare. But the game won't be over then."

Sen. Cruz ultimately is remaining optimistic because regardless of what happens in the Senate, the fight will continue in the House of Representatives.

"And it's a privilege to stand with so many Americans. And let me encourage folks if Republicans vote as they've said, if cloture's invoked today at 12:30, it's not over. It goes back to the House. And the House Republicans I hope and believe are going to stand their ground and so this fight will continue," Sen. Cruz said. "And so let me encourage everyone, sign the petition at DontFundIt.com and then call your House members. Encourage them. Salute them for having done the right thing last week and encourage them to stand their ground. If the Senate Republicans won't support them, let them know that the American people support the House Republicans."

Full transcript of the interview below:

GLENN: Hold on. We have Ted Cruz on the line. Ted.

CRUZ: Good morning, Glenn. Great to be with you.

GLENN: How are you, sir?

CRUZ: I'm doing terrific. How about you?

GLENN: I'm good. I can't believe the way the Republicans have treated you and the way the media ‑‑ I mean, I expect it from the media, but it's incredible. I watched you and my wife and I, we laid in bed and we watched you and it was ‑‑ I mean, it's not really the ‑‑ it wasn't the fun‑filled, you know, experience that I was hoping for that night, but we watched you and you were making really good, great, cogent arguments and the press the next day would think that ‑‑ I mean, it sounded like you were a bumbling idiot if you would read the press.

CRUZ: Well, and that suggests the obvious conclusion, which is just not reading the nonsense they write.

GLENN: So the Peter Kings of the world and John McCains, are you surprised ‑‑ not with John McCain, but are you surprised by the way they have come out?

CRUZ: You know, Glenn, actually I'm not. Everyone who wants to preserve the status quo, everyone who is not willing to fight to defund ObamaCare, what they're trying to do is they want to change the subject and then the most common tactic they like is to change the subject and make it all about personality, make it about personal attacks and so, you know, the two things you're pointing out are connected. The media, they want to focus on everything but the substance of how Obama secures a train wreck that is hurting millions of Americans and, you know, I mean, you've got all the Republicans running around throwing rocks at me, at others. And from my end, Glenn, I don't intend to defend myself, I don't intend to respond because, look, at the end of the day the American people don't care about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Doesn't matter about, you know, who's squabbling with whom, which is the only thing the media seems to think is worth covering. What the American people care about is ObamaCare is killing jobs. Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of being forcibly pushed into part‑time work, 29 hours a week. They're facing the prospect of having their health insurance taken away. And from my end the more we focus on the substance, the better. And so all of the noisy just think is noise and I don't intend to engage in it.

GLENN: The labor unions are now starting to come out and say this is an outrage. This is killing. The garbage collectors union I think in Chicago with SEIU, they are all of a sudden saying this is an outrage because we're losing our jobs and the people ‑‑ they're being fired because people are saying "I can't afford it with universal healthcare." It's just, it doesn't work. How long ‑‑

CRUZ: Yeah, there was an exchange, Glenn, toward the end of the filibuster where Illinois democratic senator Dick Durbin came to the floor and, you know, started throwing various attacks from the left at defending ObamaCare. And, you know, one of the things I did is I just read an excerpt from James Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters letter where he said he was writing on behalf of millions of working men and women and the families who depend on them because ObamaCare was destroying their healthcare. "And destroying "is the word he used. And the question I asked Senator Durbin, I said, listen, have you read about Hoffa's letter? Is he telling the truth? And what have you done to respond to it? Are you okay with destroying the healthcare of millions ‑‑ and that's his word, millions, not mine ‑‑ millions of working men and women. And I have to say he didn't ultimately really want to answer that question. But one of the things I suggested: Listen, if reporters were actually doing their job, every time President Obama stood to a podium, they would say, "Mr. President, let me read from James Hoffa. According to the head of one of the largest labor unions in this country, you're destroying the healthcare of millions of Americans." Is he lying? But, you know, instead they want to ask him about, you know, nonsense instead.

PAT: Yeah, you had the longshoremen left the AFL‑CIO over ‑‑

CRUZ: Yep.

PAT: ‑‑ in part ObamaCare. That just cost me 20 bucks, but ‑‑

GLENN: Are they going to ‑‑ how's this going to play out, Ted? What do you think happens now?

CRUZ: Well, there's several things that happened. The next step is today at 12:30 is the vote on cloture, and every Republican should vote no on cloture because what this vote is at 12:30 today, if you vote yes on cloture, you will be voting with Harry Reid and you will be voting to give Harry Reid the power to fund ObamaCare. Now, a fair number of Republicans have publicly said they intend to vote yes on cloture, they intend to vote side by side with Harry Reid and the Democrats and give Reid the power to fund ObamaCare. Now, simultaneously they are going home to their states and telling people this vote is really a vote against ObamaCare. You know, I point out the obvious, which is if it were really a vote against ObamaCare, then Harry Reid and every Democrat would not be voting that way as well.

PAT: Did Senator Corker know that in your opinion, Senator, or was he just trying to cover himself with his constituents? Or maybe that's not a question you want to answer.

CRUZ: You know, Glenn, I'm not going to speculate about the motives of anyone.

GLENN: That would be Pat. I wouldn't ask you a question like that. That would be Pat. This is Glenn. Now let me ask you this: John Cornyn, piece of crap or what?

CRUZ: Look, Glenn, I ‑‑

PAT: But not Corker.

CRUZ: I like John. He's a friend. He and I have been side by side on the vast majority of issues. I think he's wrong on this.

GLENN: Yeah. I'm thinking Louie Gohmert for senator and if Louie won't run, I'm running.

STU: How come we never get any good interviews on this show? Gee, I wonder why!

GLENN: (Laughing.)

STU: Sorry, Senator Cruz.

GLENN: All right. So Senator Cruz, so what happens when the Republicans run to Mommy's skirt because they are afraid of the big bad Democrats and they vote yes for cloture today? What happens then?

CRUZ: Well, now let me say first between now and 12:30, there are actually a surprising number of Republican senators that are still on the fence, that haven't announced how they're going to vote. And I have to tell you this week people's phones have been lighting up. There's a national website, as you know, dontfundit.com, dontfundit.com. It's got over 1.8 million Americans who have signed the national petition. Let me encourage your listeners this morning before the Senate vote, go to dontfundit.com, sign that petition and right on that website are links to the Facebook pages and Twitter pages of each of the senators and tells you where they are publicly and also has their phone numbers. Give them a call this morning, tweet. Post on their Facebook. It makes a difference. And listen, the vote total ‑‑

GLENN: Does it really? Because I think honestly most people think, "You know, I go to this website and then what do I do?" Or "I call and they just blow me off." Does it really make a difference?

CRUZ: You know, they want to blow you off. That's certainly true. But I've got to tell you nothing has enraged Republican senators or gotten their attention more than the facts that their phones are melting down. Listen, the most dominant instinct for almost any politician in Washington is the desire to get reelected, and when their constituents actually notice something they are doing and speak out in real volume, it scares the living daylights out of politicians. And as you know, I said this many times. In fact, I think I said this on your show, which is that liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. That, it makes a difference. So I encourage folks to give one last burst this morning. But then second, if the Republicans who have publicly pledged to vote with Harry Reid carry through at 12:30 and do it, then Harry Reid will have the 60 votes he needs to strip the language out of the House resolution and to add the funding back for ObamaCare. But the game won't be over then.

GLENN: There's amazing, there are just amazing people that support cloture. And you know, I mean, you've got the Orrin Hatches of the world and Lindsey Graham but then you have John Corker ‑‑ John Cornyn, Bob Corker, John Thune, Tom Coburn, Roy Blunt, Mitch McConnell, Dan Coats. I mean, they are all, they're all sayin' we're votin' with Harry Reid.

CRUZ: Part of the reason the numbers are where they are is Senate Republican leadership has been whipping, has been using all of the pressure that leadership can exert to try to ‑‑

GLENN: Why? I don't understand this.

CRUZ: Every Republican to vote with Reid.

GLENN: I don't understand this other than they are with the progressive big government thing. That's the only answer because there's no way they can ‑‑

CRUZ: You know, I actually think it's a little different, Glenn.

GLENN: What is it?

CRUZ: It's that they're scared of political blame, that they're scared that if we do the right thing, it might lead to a partial temporary shutdown. And if there's a partial temporary shutdown, they're scared the media will blame Republicans, and the truth is the media will blame Republicans if it rains.

GLENN: The media's going to blame them anyway. You know, I saw Tom DeLay last night on the Real News on TheBlaze and I'm watching Tom talk about it and he's like, "We won that."

CRUZ: Yep.

GLENN: We won that that. I mean, the revisionist history here. They shut down, what was it, 200 and some different agencies in the United States? Yes, the government shut down for, like, 30 days, but look at what they did.

CRUZ: Exactly.

GLENN: They shut it down and they cleaned house.

STU: And gained two Senate seats in the next election.

GLENN: Yeah, they won. They won.

CRUZ: And we got year after year of balanced budgets, reformed welfare. None of that would have happened if Republicans hadn't discovered a backbone and stood up.

PAT: Yep.

CRUZ: But when you make that point, they look at you and just, in essence, say don't bother me with the facts.

GLENN: Okay. I want to play one piece of audio for you ‑‑ two pieces of audio. Pat, play the fundamental transformation from years gone past. Listen to this and then I want to play a new piece of audio. This is the president on the campaign trail.

OBAMA: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

GLENN: We're five days away from fundamentally. That was when he first got into office ‑‑ when he was getting ready to go in, five days away from the first election: We're five days away from fundamental transformation.

Now listen to what he said just a couple of days ago. Listen to this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we're now only five days away from finishing the job.

GLENN: We're five days away from finishing the job. The fundamental transformation of America is finished when this goes through, isn't it?

CRUZ: It is... doing damage that is just ‑‑ look. This president's ambitions, as you know, as he said, are vast. They are exactly as he said: To fundamentally transform this country, to give up our free market foundation, to give up the individual liberty that is the foundation of this country and to move us instead to a collectivist/statist approach where the federal government is the prime driver in the economy and the prime driver in our lives. That is an approach that everywhere in the world it's been tried. It hasn't worked. It doesn't produce opportunity, it doesn't produce prosperity. It ‑‑ if someone is struggling, the best opportunity for someone who is struggling who wants a better life to achieve that better life is a vibrant free enterprise system where small businesses are prospering, where there are jobs, where there's growth. And this president has waged a war on jobs and growth, not because he's opposed to jobs and growth but because he believes in government so much and what he's done through government has been hammering small businesses, hammering entrepreneurs and hurting. The people who have been hurt the most by ObamaCare and all of the rest of it haven't the most vulnerable among us, Glenn. They have been young people and Hispanics and African‑Americans and single moms. They are the ones who are losing their jobs. They are the ones who are being forced to work 29 hours a week. You know, it's not the CEOs. It's not what President Obama calls the millionaires and billionaires. It's the single mom working as a waitress at a diner who's suddenly working 29 hours a week and can't feed her kids on 29 hours a week. And the millions of Americans who right now are getting letters from their health insurance companies saying we're no longer going to provide health insurance because of ObamaCare.

GLENN: Senator Ted Cruz, thank you for your hard work this week. Thank you for standing up. Thank you for being everything and more, I would say, everything you promised you would be and more. And the American people are grateful. Thank you.

CRUZ: Well, you know, we're all fighting to just save this country.

GLENN: I know.

CRUZ: And it's a privilege to stand with so many Americans. And let me encourage folks if Republicans vote as they've said, if we get ‑‑ if cloture's invoked today at 12:30, it's not over. It goes back to the House.

GLENN: Okay.

CRUZ: And the House Republicans I hope and believe are going to stand their ground and so this fight will continue.

GLENN: Good.

CRUZ: And so let me encourage everyone, sign the petition at dontfundit.com and then call your House members. Encourage them. Salute them for having done the right thing last week and encourage them to stand their ground. If the Senate Republicans won't support them, let them know that the American people support the House Republicans.

GLENN: Thank you. I've got to run, but thank you so much and, by the way, all of the phone numbers and everything are there at DontFundIt.com.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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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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