Rand Paul says GOP shouldn’t go crazy with voter ID laws

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) raised some eyebrows over the weekend with his comments about voter identification laws. In Memphis for the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, Paul told the New York Times he thinks Republicans are taking the wrong approach when it comes to the voter ID debate.

“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Paul said. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

Furthermore, Paul reiterated his commitment to reinstating voting rights for felons.

“The bigger issue actually is whether you get to vote if you have a felony conviction,” he said. “There’s 180,000 people in Kentucky who can’t vote. And I don’t know the racial breakdown, but it’s probably more black than white because they’re convicted felons. And I’m for getting their right to vote back, which is a much bigger deal than showing your driver’s license.”

While Paul has become known for attempting to make inroads in communities and voting blocks that do not typically identify with the Republican party, on radio this morning, Glenn wondered what political gain the Senator hopes to enjoy from taking this stance.

“Rand, what are you doing, man? What are you doing,” Glenn asked. “Who cares if it offends people? It's right.”

Stu pointed to the recent referendum votes in eastern Ukraine as evidence of the hypocrisy on this particular issue. The eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk both passed referendums with overwhelming majorities calling on Russia to 'restore historic justice' by annexing region. The media reports surrounding those votes, however, has cited tremendous voter fraud as one the reasons for the lopsided results.

“I was listening to a report this morning and they said there was another referendum vote somewhere in eastern Ukraine and 90% again said they wanted to separate from Ukraine,” Stu said. “And they're like, ‘Well, international authorities will not accept this vote because there were no voter registration rolls, and it appears people may have voted more than once.’ Oh, really? You care about it there? Because you don't care about it here.”

“Isn't that amazing,” Pat added.

Glenn asked if anyone has ever protested the need for identification to purchase liquor. After all, a valid ID is required. But no one seems to cry racism over that law.

“Rand Paul says, this is going to offend people… You'll have to be carded when you go in and buy liquor," Glenn said. "Do you hear anybody when they say, ‘You're offending minorities’? Minorities go in and buy liquor, and you're going to card them.”

A Marist/McClatchy voting rights poll from last July showed that by a slim margin, more non-whites supported voter identification laws than whites. 83% of non-white adults supported the laws compared to 82% of whites. Furthermore, 72% Democrats, 99% of Republicans, and 87% independents support voter ID laws.

“So why is Rand Paul doing this,” Glenn asked. “Look at the polls… If you buy liquor, you have to have an ID anyway. What kind of small little minority of a minority are we talking about that this would really affect? It is so clear that it is the right thing to do.”

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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