Cruz on Bergdahl release: We've effectively put a bounty on our servicemen

On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took 30% of the vote in a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. He edged out Dr. Ben Carson for the honor. After appearing at the conference (you can watch his speech HERE), Cruz headed to New York City for several small fundraising events.

TheBlaze’s Mike Opelka attending one of the private events during which Cruz spoke about the actions the Obama Administration took to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Opelka recorded a portion of Cruz’s remarks, and after gaining permission from the Senator’s camp, Glenn played the comments on radio this morning.

“He's been bouncing all over this city doing fundraisers and talking to small groups… I sent it to Ted's people and they didn't have a problem with [playing] it,” Opelka explained. “I told them no faces will be seen, video is going to be shown, and no one's identified in the group. You can just hear Ted speaking.”

Listen to the audio below:

CRUZ: This morning I was on the George Stephanopoulos show. We spent a lot of the time talking about this exact exchange. Ambassador Susan Rice was on the show right before me saying what a wonderful, terrific thing it was, but it's not like we've changed our policy that we don't negotiate with terrorists.

Now, it's interesting. It had been U.S. pressure – we were pressuring the Taliban. ‘We won't talk with you unless you renounce all ties to Al-Qaeda.’ The Taliban responded, ‘Hell, no.’ And we said, ‘Okay, never mind.’ So we are negotiating with people that are openly affiliated with Al-Qaeda terrorists and negotiated for the release of five senior Taliban terrorists.

Now, one question that I would ask is: How many soldiers lost their lives to capture those five terrorists? What would this sergeant say to the men and women in his company who are dead in Afghanistan because they risked everything to go after these people, who, I might remind everyone, were responsible for slaughtering over 3,000 innocents on September 11th in New York and Virginia and Pennsylvania?

And we've also set a precedent. Every terrorist who's got someone at Gitmo, they want to set free. They know the way to do so: Just go find a serviceman. We've effectively put a bounty on our servicemen.

And so should we have gone after our soldier? Yes, we should have gone in there and killed the bastards that were holding him.

(Applause)

“I love that,” Stu said. “It's hard to disagree with that statement.”

Glenn also agreed with Cruz’s sentiment, though he admitted his statements might not go over well in some circumstances. As Glenn explained, even Jimmy Carter attempted to extricate American hostages.

“That's what the United States of America does,” Glenn said “You want your soldier back? The United States of America goes in and gets him. That's what it does. I mean you don't have a right to take our soldier.”

“Even Jimmy Carter made a lame attempt,” Pat added. “He gave it a shot. Not this guy.”

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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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