Ted Cruz gets booed off stage - but not before delivering the perfect parting line

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a sold out conference for Middle Eastern Christians. In Defense of Christians, a non-profit group, organized the Washington, D.C. event. After getting off to a solid start, the audience turned on Cruz when he suggested Israel serves as the greatest ally of Christianity in the region. Refusing to back down, Cruz ultimately left the stage before finishing his remarks. But he did get in one final line.

“Tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians,” Cruz said to begin his speech. “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”

As TheBlaze reported, he went on to label religious bigotry a “cancer with many manifestations,” citing the “genocidal campaign” being carried out by radical Islamic groups like the Islamic State, Hezbollah, and Hamas.

The trouble began when Cruz told the crowd “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Audience members began to boo and shout at the Senator. Cruz sought to continue his remarks, but the boos only got louder.

“Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians,” he said. “If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”

At that point, Toufic Baaklini, the president of In Defense of Christians, took to the stage and tried to calm down the crowd to no avail. Cruz had had enough - but he offered one last message before leaving the stage.

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” Cruz said before walking offstage. “Good night, and God bless.”

“I'm telling you, this guy is the real deal,” Glenn said. “Nobody has the guts to say that… He insults the audience by saying, ‘You are consumed with hate.’”

One of Cruz’s best assets is his delivery. In what was obviously an unnerving situation, Cruz manages to maintain his calm and composure.

“This is something that Ted Cruz gets hit with all the time, which is unfair. He says it calmly,” Stu said. “He's not a fire breather.”

“The thing is, he's an experienced attorney. He argued in front of… the court of law. He argued in front of the Supreme Court,” Glenn added. “He knows how to make arguments. And he knows losing your cool is not the way to win. So he's very rational. He's very well read… They always try to make people look stupid. This guy is not dumb. You notice that?”

As Glenn explained, the media either tries to make conservatives look stupid or look like hatemongers. In the case of Cruz, the media has had trouble because he comes across as articulate and well reasoned.

“They know they can't make him look stupid, so the only angle is hate. And he doesn't hate… He clearly does not hate,” Pat concluded. “I don't know if Ted Cruz is going to run for president or not. It's a little tougher to tell with him. But I hope he does… This guy should be at the front of everybody's mind.”

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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