On radio today, Glenn told the audience the story of Grover Cleveland, one of the biggest deceivers in American history.
In 2009, Governor Mark Sanford disappeared, and before long, the public knew he wasn’t really hiking the Appalachian Trail. But in 1893, President Grover Cleveland, facing an imminent vote on repeal of the Silver Purchase Act, one of the most important issues of his presidency, disappeared for five straight days. When a trusted investigative reporter exposed the secret, no one believed him. He was fired and, with the help of Cleveland and his confidants, disgraced.
"Grover Cleveland destroyed a guy in the press and said, because he had a tumor. He had part of his jaw and his face removed. And he had a tumor. He goes out on this boat to have his doctor come in and perform this really delicate surgery. The guy should not have been president. The guy could have died. He's gone for days. This one journalist finds out and says, oh, my gosh, he's on this boat. He's completely incapacitated. I think he has cancer of the jaw and they're removing parts of his jaw. What does the administration do? Just crushes this guy," Glenn said.
"He's been discredited. He was a big guy. Everybody trusted him. But because -- because Grover Cleveland was known as an honest guy -- 'oh, he'll give you an honest deal', and because the administration all stuck together, they all targeted this one journalist," Glenn said. "On his 70th birthday, at the end of his career, after his career has been destroyed, the real story comes out. Because a doctor actually saved a part of the tumor he pulled out of Grover Cleveland. He was vindicated at 70."
Get the full story in Dreamers & Deceivers, the new history book from Glenn Beck.