The ultimate hypocrisy: White House releases photos from over-the-top state dinner

Yesterday, Glenn, Pat, and Stu had a little fun running through the extravagant menu and theme of last night’s state dinner to honor French President François Hollande. Inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, guests were transported to heated tents on the South Lawn via gilded trolleys. Once inside, they feasted on an elaborate four-course meal that included 12 types of potatoes, quail eggs, dry-aged rib eye, and cotton candy dusted with orange zest. This morning, the guys reacted to the opulent photos that have emerged from the soirée.

To start, Glenn took a look at the gigantic heated tents that were erected on the South Lawn:

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“That's a state dinner and you expect a state different to be nice,” Pat explained. “You expect it to be elegant.”

But this tent takes ‘elegant’ to a whole new level.

“This amazes me. Look at this tent. This is not a tent,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “I've been to people's weddings, who have a billion dollars. Okay? I've seen what a billionaire does for their daughter's wedding. It ain't that.”

The place setting were just as ornate:

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“Go back to that picture. Look at the place setting,” Glenn said. “Look at the embossed napkins with the presidential seal. Look at the menus. Look at the place cards. Look how thick that place card is. That is absolutely highest quality elite… They're on mirrored tables. They each have, what is it, three glasses in front of each plate.”

First Lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a $12,000 Carolina Herrera ball gown to the event with a voluminous blue skirt and lace overlay.

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“Here's the First Lady. She's in a very nice simple $12,000 dress. Now, I don't begrudge anyone. You want to spend $12,000, $100,000, I don't care how much you spend on your dress. I don't care,” Glenn said. “But don't tell me that you're ‘one of the people’. Don't tell me that you are a fighter for income inequality and you don't like the evil rich people… I know how much I make, and I know how much the president makes. I know that if my wife would come home and say, ‘Hey, honey, I just bought this $12,000 dress,’ I would have a coronary.”

Opulent state dinners are nothing knew, but for a White House that prides itself on fighting income inequality and deriding the rich the optics of such an over-the-top display are not good. But, as Glenn explained, the media is nowhere to be found. The pictures from the evening aren’t making news and the menu was widely heralded in the lead up to the event.

“Where are [these photos] on television? I've been watching TV all day. They're not on television. Nobody is even talking about the damn trolleys that you paid for,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “This is a press that is dead.”

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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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