A self-described former abuser emotionally explains what was at the root of his violent behavior

In the wake of the Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL because of domestic violence and the child abuse charges brought up against Minnesota Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson, there has been a renewed conversation in this country about abuse. While CNN’s Don Lemon claims abuse stems from slavery, a listener who identified himself as Robert from Mississippi called into radio this morning to share his deeply personal experience with abuse.

“You all are missing a big important factor with all these domestic violence things with the NFL,” Robert said. “Anger is what's driving these guys. It's got nothing to do with hating women. It's got nothing to do with wanting to beat your kids. It's just anger, and they can't control it.”

Immediately, Glenn knew he was talking to someone who clearly understood the psyche of an abuser.

“You sound like a guy who is either in the abuse business or a former abuser,” Glenn said.

“I am a former abuser. I went for eight years beating up my wife and my little children – my little girls that I loved dearly,” Robert responded through tears. “And it was all about anger.”

Robert said he hasn’t engaged in this behavior in some 30 years, but Glenn was struck by how emotional even the topic of abuse still made the man.

“Thirty years ago, and listen to how this still affects him,” Glenn said. “Robert, you know that you've been forgiven for it. Right?”

As Robert explained, he was never actually angry with his wife or his daughters when he abused them. Rather, his anger at other things manifested itself in that way.

“I was in the middle of beating her up, and God reached down and convicted me and made me understand that I was the monster that my little kids were afraid of,” Robert explained. “Before that, I was always blaming someone else. It was always somebody else's fault. It was my wife's fault. She made me angry. The kids made me angry. But the truth of the matter was, I was almost never angry at them. I was angry at something else, and it just ended up coming out on them.

“I'm not trying to justify what Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson did. What they did was wrong. They need to suffer the consequences for what they did,” he continued. “But I'll be willing to bet you that Adrian Peterson was not mad at his boy when he was beating him. He was mad at something else, and it came out on that little boy. I'd be willing to bet with Ray Rice there was anger in him that he can't get rid of, and it came out on his wife – or his girlfriend at the time.”

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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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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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."

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