‘Her response sounds like my mother’s’: Glenn reacts to the suspension of NFL running back Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released by the team on Monday and received an indefinite suspension from the NFL after TMZ Sports released a graphic video that appears to show Rice assaulting his then-fiancé Janay Palmer in a casino elevator.

The latest action from the Ravens and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell follows a two-game suspension Rice received from the NFL six months ago for the incident. At the time, there was only footage from February 15 of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator.

Palmer and Rice have since married, and Palmer spoke out about the situation on Tuesday morning in an Instagram post.

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Palmer wrote:

I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!

Glenn has been quite open about his family’s history of abuse. On radio this morning, Glenn shared a very personal experience about his childhood in relation to Palmer's post.

Below is a edited transcript of Glenn's monologue:

Here's the thing. I am quick to judge these things, and it's not right of me to be so quick to judge these things. But I will tell you this: I have no soft spot in my heart for anybody who is abusing a woman. You also have to understand the women that are involved in this, and I say this from experience. I say this as a boy, who was 12 years old when my mother and father got a divorce.

My mother was an alcoholic. She was a mess. I didn't know what was going on in our family. I was just beginning to figure it out. This was the time when I was now starting to mark the liquor bottles in our kitchen cabinet because I had noticed that the vodka bottle was being drunk by the gallon. The vodka bottle was being lowered quickly every day. I would go in and get my breakfast cereal, so I would quietly mark the bottles to see how much was my mother drinking? What was happening here? Because my mother was a functioning alcoholic.

She started dating guy who was Navy captain. He was a really nice guy. Loved him. I thought he was a great guy. I was wrong. Didn't realize it until too late. He was a guy who had a serious drinking problem as well. Misery loves company. My mother would suddenly have a black eye. What happened? ‘What happened, mom?’ ‘Oh, I was out working and I did something and I feel down, and...’ ‘Really?’ She'd of a big black and blue spot on her arm. ‘What happened?’ ‘I just got caught...’ ‘Really?’

Until he came over one night, and I will never forgot it, I was sitting in the ground in our living room. Our living room was right near the back door. This house must have been 800 square feet. And he came in the back door. He had been drinking. And clearly my mother – at the time I didn't realize – but clearly it was at that time of night where my mother must have been drinking as well. And I'm just being that child of an alcoholic family trying to be invisible as whatever is transpiring is transpiring. I don't even remember what the argument was about. I have no idea. But I saw this barrel chested giant, a Navy captain, rear back and start to swing at my mother.

At this point I'm a kid who has no skills. I'm not a fighter. I'm not a guy who likes getting punched in the face. I have no idea what to do, but what I saw somebody rear back and get ready to swing at my mother, suddenly I found myself in between them. He grabbed my shirt collar, and he reared back, and everything in him wanted to hit me. And I think it was my naiveté, I think it was my stupidity that he saw that made him not hit me. I think it was, ‘This kid actually believes I'm a good guy.’

He didn't hit me, and I kicked him out of the house. Now, here's where the story gets interesting. This is why I have very little sympathy or very little belief because it is the same story over and over and over again. My mother apologized for him. I said, ‘Mom, please don't apologize for him. Please.’ ‘You don't know him honey. He's a really good guy.’ ‘Is he, Mom? Is he? He almost punched you in the face. Is he a good guy?’ ‘Honey, you don't know he's got so many pressures and so many troubles and so many things.’ ‘Really, Mom? Really?’

She convinced him to come over and apologize to me a week later. He stood sheepishly at the back door. ‘Glenn, I have no right to ask you this, and you are the man of the family. But I would like permission to come in. I would like permission to see your mother again. I'm a changed man.’ And I was dumb enough to believe him. The story ends with both my mother and this man dead.

So I find this a little close to home. I would say that we should pray for her. Her life has been wrecked. But her life has been wrecked long before she met this guy because there's something and someone in her life, there is some hole in her life that makes her think that she has deserves this, makes her think that it was a night that we both look back in horror. What did you do to deserve getting punched in the face? Were you coming at him with a knife?

I'm sorry. You don't punch a woman ever. Ever. Ever. I don't care what she has done. You don't punch a woman. You walk away from the situation. You leave it alone. You have much more control than that. And these two, God help the child that is born into this union.

Now, I don't know what happened to her in her life to make her think that it's okay. I can't judge. I don't know. I don't know him. I don't know her. I'm not judging them to hell or anything else. I wish them both happiness. But you're not going to find happiness as a recovering alcoholic. As a guy who understands some abuse, I will tell you now: There's no way you solve this by dismissing what happened in that elevator. There is no way you solve this by immediately coming to the defense and saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, he is so sorry.’

I'm sorry. Her response sounds a little like my mother's response. That's a woman who's in an abusive relationship. And he has convinced her and experiences in her life have convinced her that this is the way it should be. This is the way it can be. ‘He loves her.’ ‘He's just sometimes a little out of control, but it's because sometimes I do things that just really set him off.’

Sorry. I don't believe it.

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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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