Meet the candidate looking to take on the establishment GOP in Idaho

In an effort to highlight some key midterm races around the country, Glenn welcomed Bryan Smith, who is challenging incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) to represent Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, to the radio program this morning. Smith enjoys the endorsement of FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and other small government groups, and he talked about his campaign and his stance on some of the major issues facing this country.

“I want to talk to Bryan Smith. He's running for Congress out of Idaho's 2nd District that includes Boise and most of southern Idaho. He is currently running against a guy named Mike Simpson. Some are calling him the ‘Lindsey Graham of Idaho,’” Glenn explained. “There are no polls out, so we have no idea if this is going to topple another RHINO, but… why does Idaho have a guy like Lindsey Graham… even in Congress? There's no reason for it.”

To begin, Glenn asked Smith to comment on what should be done in response to the standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government in Nevada.

“Well, the problem down there is the same problem that many of the 11 western states have, and that is: The federal government owns a huge share of the state lands. Idaho, for example, is 64%. And if you go east of the Continental Divide, the states have – on average – an 8% ownership by the federal government,” Smith explained. “So the problem is the federal government is holding minerals and ore and also deposits of other things and also of timber. And it's really getting to the point where they're mismanaging the resources. The states could do a lot better job and the truth is the Constitution never envisioned that the federal government would own 64% of Idaho's land.”

Glenn asked Smith, who is a lawyer by trade, why he would choose to dive into politics now.

“I've been married for 30 years. I have five children. I actually graduated from high school in Idaho, and we've been living in Idaho Falls for 20 years,” Smith said. “I'm a lawyer by profession. I practice law in Idaho Falls. Have a practice here. I've been busy raising children and busy in other things that I do in the community. Now my kids are grown up. My youngest is just turned 17. And we're in a position where we can strike out and start standing up for issues of liberty and freedom in our own state.”

Smith is running against Rep. Simpson, who has been in office since 1999. He has been endorsed by Mitt Romney, and is described by Smith as “John Boehner's best friend” and “one of his top lieutenants and allies.”

While Glenn and Pat questioned how such an establishment guy could consistently win in a state like Idaho, Smith explained he is Rep. Simpson’s first real challenger.

“I can tell you he ran in 1998, and he got put in with 40% of the vote because of the split ticket. And then nobody challenged him for four terms, which is eight years, Smith said. “I am the first credible challenger who has mounted a serious campaign. He really hasn't faced this kind of opposition ever.”

You can learn more about Smith’s campaign HERE.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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