Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino talks about ‘life inside the bubble’ of the government

On radio this morning, former Secret Service Agent and author Dan Bongino joined Glenn to talk about his new book, Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From it All, his Maryland congressional run, and why he decided to leave the Secret Service.

Glenn began the interview by telling the story of the first time he first met Dan a few years ago. He was still at Fox News at the time, and, as Glenn explains it, Dan seemed “too good to be true.”

“I want to introduce you to a guy who's been on the program before but, quite honestly, I don't know if he knows this…When I first met [Dan], I was so impressed by him and I met him on the set of my [Fox] show. And he said, ‘You've changed my life.’ And he was a Secret Service agent,” Glenn explained. “I walked out of the studio and I got about halfway back to my office, and I looked at my friend Joe and said, ‘What are the odds this guy is a setup because they would… know that I'm a sucker for a guy like [him].’ And we kept you at arm's-length… because I was afraid that there was a chance you were a setup because you were too good to be true. And you left the Service, and you are who you said you were.”

To start, Glenn asked Dan to explain why he chose to leave the Secret Service.

“Well, Glenn, you know, you get to that point in your life where as you well know, you hit that event horizon. The black hole is right ahead of you. You've got to put down the potato chips and do something,” Dan said. “You know, action changes the world and I felt like, although the Secret Service was great to me and was a noble job, I felt like part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

In leaving the Service, Dan left his pension and health insurance behind. Just moments before resigning, Dan’s wife shared the news that they were expecting a baby, and it was that news that gave him the confidence to go forward with his decision.

“This [was] a sign that just upped the ante,” Dan said of learning the news he had a baby on the way. “And I thought of a quote from one of my friends. He said, you know, the heavens have a way of putting the price on things. Well, they just upped the price. And I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘Let's do it.’ And I walked in and said, ‘I'm sorry, I've got to walk away.’ It was a tough decision, Glenn.”

Dan worked for both the Bush and Obama White House’s, and, in the book, he explains some of the security concerns facing the president at any given time.

“[The Secret Service is] autonomous in the respect that if they know something is seriously wrong and the likelihood of serious injury or death were to occur, they will stop it,” Dan said. “I even discuss it in the book a bit, that political pressures to put the president out there in situations that may not be to his benefit are there and very real. They've had to deal with it for a long time.”

When it comes to the Obama Administration, however, Dan fears the Secret Service has been used as a political tool.

“And [Obama’s] politicized the Secret Service like no other agency in the government. I mean people kind of glossed over the White House tours being cancelled and [him] blaming it on the Secret Service. That was a really big deal,” Dan explained. “The fact that he has a group of men around him with law enforcement authority that he could politicize in a heartbeat is a very dangerous trend. He blamed that on them and they had nothing to do with it. And he knows, you know, they are an agency that keeps their mouth shut and wouldn't say anything.”

Dan is currently running as a Republican in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, and Glenn offered a ringing endorsement of Dan and his character.

“You are a man that I believe is a decent man and a man that I sure would like to see in Washington because while we may disagree on things, I know you will do your damnedest to do the right thing. So anything that you can do to support him in his campaign… the GOP would not like Dan Bongino in office, and that should be all the endorsement that you need.”

You can learn more about Dan’s campaign HERE. And watch the entire interview below:

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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