‘How dare we’: A tearful Montel Williams sounds off on VA scandal

Last month, 22-year veteran and television personality Montel Williams made headlines for an emotional speech he gave about the ongoing VA scandal during a Memorial Day picnic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Despite their political differences, Glenn praised Williams’ willingness to speak so frankly about the issue and said he is “exactly right.” Williams later joined Glenn on the Glenn Beck Program to discuss what is seemingly a common sense way to begin to right some of the wrongs.

In the interview, Williams said President Obama could order a surge over the next 90 days simply by issuing an order as commander in chief. If reserve soldiers were brought back into service on temporary active duty, they could man military hospitals and clear out the backlog in 90 days.

“Why do we need to do it with military personnel? Hear me, please understand, our soldiers are in pain and right now you can’t send a person who doesn’t understand how to speak the speak to a soldier, to understand and get him to open up unless it’s another soldier,” Williams said. “So why don’t we employ the ones who are out of work right now?”

“Direct each branch of the service to do this today,” he continued. “90 days from now we’ll have a backlog cleared up and we’ll understand what the baseline is for what we now have to commit to, to pay for and to take care of our obligation and our debt to our soldiers.”

Williams started a petition on WhiteHouse.gov called #VASurge demanding this action from President Obama.

You can sign the petition HERE.

On radio this morning, Williams joined Glenn to further discuss the work he is doing to keep the VA scandal in the news and keep people informed as to what is happening to our veterans.

“Glenn, thank you so much for keeping this alive and talking about this the way it needs to be discussed,” Williams said. “It's absolutely an abomination that we can watch a nation react to those who protect and defend our freedoms… this way and not be aghast. Not be so upset. I get so angry having discussions right now.”

Williams believes the primary problem main problem with the VA is the lack of leadership from the top down. Looking at politicians’ reactions to the situation in Iraq and the desire to put troops on the ground, Williams finds himself disgusted that leaders in Washington are still willing to put our depleted military in harms’ way.

“We're having a discussion over this past weekend… both sides of the House [about] how fast we put soldiers on the ground in Iraq. What do we got to do in Iraq,” Williams asked. “Let's put more children to death in somebody else's country when we have a problem, a crisis facing us right here that we can't get the attention on.”

“Remember, in the last five days, you heard multiple numbers. There's over 200 Marines that were already there… We're going to put another 550 that were on a boat that were trying to be part of the extraction force. We have 300 advisors,” he continued. “How many people are really on the ground? And tomorrow, if one of them gets shot, they come back. We haven't even told them, ‘We promise you we'll take care of you’ So I don't get it. Something is wrong.”

Williams is equally disturbed by the care we are giving illegal immigrants at Department of Defense facilities at the expense of caring for our veterans.

“There are 50,000 children that came across a border illegally. We're opening up DOD facilities to make sure that we triage them,” he said. “These are refugees. We should help them. But how dare we let them go to a DOD facility before we let our own people, who fight for our lives, the same thing… How dare we make a decision to help other people’s children, and we won't help our other children who put their lives on the line for us. How dare we.”

Williams encouraged Glenn’s listeners to sign the #VASurge petition of WhiteHouse.gov and to follow him on Twitter @Montel_Williams for updates on what he is working on.

“Montel, I really hope we have a chance to have dinner some time because I am really growing to like you. I've disagreed with your political stances, but I've always felt you were an honest and decent guy,” Glenn concluded. “I hope we get a chance to meet some day because my respect for you is growing immensely. You're honest, and you actually do care about something. And that seems to be rare in people on television.”

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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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.