Mike Rowe responds to the never-ending backlash surrounding his Walmart commercial

Last week, Mike Rowe stopped by TheBlaze’s New York office to talk to Glenn about a myriad of things – chief among them being the controversy that has abounded after Mike lent his vocal chops to a Walmart ad that coincided with Walmart’s initiative to purchase $250 billion of American-made products over the next 10 years. Weeks after the commercial first aired, Mike is still facing a tremendous amount of criticism from those who believed he “sold out” by supporting a giant corporation like Walmart. Mike joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss the never-ending criticism.

“Mike Rowe is a good friend of the program, a good friend of hard work, a good friend of everybody,” Glenn said. “You know, I've never seen anybody work harder to say the right thing but to say it in a peaceful way, in a nice way, not take sides, just not be partisan at all. You're not. You've never said, ‘You know, that Glenn Beck, I agree with him on almost everything.’ Never. Never. And I wouldn't want you to because I like you kind of being that guy who just says the common sense things. And yet you're being hammered, hammered.”

Mike attributed at least a fraction of the controversy to some form of ‘cognitive dissonance’ – the idea that when people really, really like something or someone and that something or someone disappoints them, it’s heartbreaking.

“When people you've been trained to sort of despise – who are corporations in this case – suddenly do something that you actually really agree with, you're put in a state of confusion,” Mike explained. “In this case we're talking about Walmart pledging to put in $250 billion of U.S. manufacturing, basically promising to buy a quarter of a trillion dollars worth of U.S. products over the next 10 years. It's a very simple promise, but it's very counterintuitive in a lot of people's minds to what Walmart has become.”

“So when you're confronted with that simple set of facts, which you can really reduce to one sentence on a piece of paper, your options are simple,” he continued. “You can affirmatively say that you want to encourage more of that behavior from other big companies, you can look for the fact that you don't believe in it, and you can work very hard to cynically find the flaw or the conspiracy in the pledge, or you can shoot the messenger. And so these are the choices people are working through and there's a fair amount of gunplay going on.”

During his appearance on last week’s show, Mike also shared that he and Ford would be parting ways. That has since been interpreted as Ford fired Mike. Since his job prospects are clearly bleak, Glenn offered to do Mike a favor.

“Here's what I'd like to do. I'd like to offer that we'll post your resume because I know you're so desperate for work. You can't find a job. Nobody will hire you. Nobody wants you to do anything,” Glenn joked. “Here's how ridiculous this is: I can't afford to hire Mike Rowe. I'd love to hire Mike. I couldn't afford to get him to read one line for TheBlaze. But I'll put your resume out on the page. I can't make any promises, Mike, but I want you to hold onto hope.”

Ultimately, the fact that this kind of attack is happening to someone like Mike Rowe should be a cause of concern for any freedom-minded American.

“This is really bad. This is freedom of speech, and every American needs to understand Here's a guy, he's never said anything about the President, his policies, or anything else. He's talking common sense,” Glenn concluded. “They take somebody like Mike who's highly intelligent, very successful, very unique, and very, very public. And if you can crucify him, you scare everybody else down the line. It's what bullies do.”

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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