Could this man could be more dangerous than Woodrow Wilson?

It's hard to think there could be a man more dangerous than Woodrow Wilson. After all, Wilson is attached to the root of the progressivism infecting modern American politics. But after doing some digging, Glenn found a figure whose influence could have an equally greater - and imminently more destructive - effect on the Western way of life. Glenn wants views to learn this information and share it with friends, which is why we are making the transcripts of Tuesday's monologues available on GlennBeck.com

Below is a transcript of tonight's show

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The series is called The Root, and it is designed to go beyond the reactionary surface information that you’re going to get from mainstream media and actually go to the root of the problem, and this is episode two of three episodes. Tomorrow night we close it off, and it focuses on the coming red storm and the implications of Russia’s dangerous international escalations that no one is addressing. What are the real reasons behind what’s happening in the world? More importantly, what does it mean for the future, not just of Russia or Europe, but America as well?

Last night, in episode number one, in episode number one, we showed you Russia’s deep historical roots and how Putin is following in the footsteps of Ivan the Great and others who have successfully used nationalism to unite Russians and in turn increase power and control in their region. Vladimir Putin understands Russia’s past and is tapping into something deeply ingrained in the Russian people’s DNA, and that is the Russian Orthodox Church.

This episode will provide an up-close-and-personal look at what Putin has planned for Russia and more importantly, the people he is using to get it done. In episode one you saw the history. Now, we will show you the roadmap, and it all begins with the architect whose plan is already unfolding before your very eyes. His influential voice is the foundation of Russia’s policies and actions. His views are beyond radical, beyond understanding, some of them, beyond dangerous, and openly fascistic. They are closely patterned after another certain notorious fascist leader that we have seen in the 20th century.

You may have wondered, why is Russia suddenly overtly anti-gay? What’s happening? Just recently, they deemed transgendered people and others with sexual disorders as unfit to drive. You can’t get a driver’s license. They also declared gay propaganda illegal. Teachers are now being systematically outed and then fired as anti-gay activist groups claim it is a crime to allow gays to teach children, because it won’t give kids the ability to respect the family and the Russian tradition.

I want you to know, I’m a conservative, and I find it deeply perplexing and disturbing that we are the source on this. Everyone should be very well aware of what is going on in the former Soviet Union. This is not about a gay agenda. This is about human beings, and it always starts with the Jews and the gays, and it has begun.

You may have wondered if you pay attention to the news, why is Russia, the former communist state, standing with the neo-Nazis in Greece and in Germany and in French, the extreme European right, these groups in France, just after the shooting in France, that are pushing xenophobic, outright anti-Islamic hatred…not hey, we’ve got to all live together, but hatred for anyone or anything that is Islamic?

Seeing the history and then seeing the motive, suddenly things are going to start to become clear to you and disturbing. The fundamental transformation of Russia is on, from a relatively nonideological, corrupt, soft authoritarian nation into a regressive, ideological, outright dictatorship, that fast. This episode reveals the political platform to accomplish that transformation, but for perspective, let’s go back now to 1991.

The Soviet Union, their economy had come to a screeching halt. Everything was about to change. The people were psychologically demoralized. Their country had fallen apart. It looked increasingly like the Soviet Union was going to collapse. Could you imagine what it would feel like with our country collapsing? How would you feel?

Mikhail Gorbachev, their leader, proposed reforms, but the 16 republics in the Soviet Union didn’t want reforms. They wanted independence from the Soviet Union. It’s unlike the United States of America. They were separate countries with their separate identities. They were forced into that pact. They wanted freedom.

Well, Gorbachev came up with an agreement and set a deadline to sign it. It was clear what would happen if it was adopted. The old Soviet Union would be finished. The old guard, hardline Communists desperately wanted to keep the Soviet Union together. The Communists decided maybe it’s time to change our uniforms. It’s time to go from a Communist to a Social Democrat. Maybe it’s time to act.

Meeting in secret KGB safe houses, they hatched a plan. It was August 1991. Hardliners attempted to overthrow Gorbachev in a coup. It lasted two days. Then it completely fell apart.

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Dan Rather: The Kremlin coup is over, the failed coup makers in disgrace and apparently on the run. Mikhail Gorbachev is back in charge, back as president, but not yet back in Moscow. His troubles and those of the Soviet Union are far from over.

Okay, the failed coup had done severe damage. It caused enough disruption that just four months after the coup attempt, Gorbachev was on television. He was addressing the nation. It was Christmas Day 1991.

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Gorbachev: Due to the situation with the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent Governments, I must end my duty as President of the USSR.

The Soviet flag was taken down from the Kremlin and replaced with the new flag of the Russian Federation. The Soviet Union had officially dissolved. We all cheered, but put yourself in the place of the Russian people. Russians, all of a sudden their national pride was gone.

At the height of its power, the Soviet Union had reestablished the Russian empire. It had influence all across Eurasia. It was huge, 12 different time zones, all the way to East Berlin, and then overnight it was over. They lost it, a crushing defeat for the soul of the country. The old Byzantine era line was still the de facto border, but the Warsaw Pact of 1955 which had provided the Russians with a long reach into Western Europe had also come to an end that year.

Under the Warsaw Pact, if any of the countries in the red were attacked by an outside force, those countries were obligated—Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia—they had to defend that state militarily. The unified military would be commanded by the Soviet Union. Russian influence was fading really fast because those countries were lost.

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In 1991, the once glorious empire had been fractured into seemingly a million pieces. Now, here’s what people really don’t understand that you need to understand. If you look at the old Soviet empire, it was something along the lines of this. All of these states didn’t want to be a part of it. None of these states wanted—here’s Russia, the old Russia line. All of these states were forced into the Soviet Union.

Again, it’s not like the United States. They were forced to be a part of this. So when the Soviet Union fell apart, all these people cheered, but there was a problem, because when Russia forced them…you remember, they were starving people to death. They took over these countries by force. They executed. They shipped people out into Siberia, but they also did something else, they took Russians and reassigned them and said you’re now living here, you’re living here, you’re living here, and so they planted Russians all the way through all of these countries.

So, now what happened? These foreign nationalists that were part of Russia originally, they loved the mother country, Russia. They then moved here and planted, and their families grew up here, but they were Mother Russia people. They now found themselves behind foreign borders. They were no longer in Russia. The language changed. The schools changed. The military changed. Everything changes.

We will show you later in this episode how these ethnic Russians became pawns, but their spiritual and cultural heart of the nation was Kiev, Kiev in the Ukraine and Crimea, and it was now separated by this line on the map—the Ukraine, all of this, really important. This, we told you in episode one, this is the spiritual center. Those people longed for the glory of restoring the Russian empire and claiming the mantle of the third Rome.

It was crushing to lose all of this, especially to a KGB colonel called Vladimir Putin. In his 2005 annual state of the union address, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, and I quote, “The collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and compatriots found themselves outside Russian territory.” This will play a huge role. These people that the Soviets planted in here are outside. He views this as a major catastrophe that the USSR dissolved, so he wants to be the one to restore it or at least a modern version of it.

When Putin came to power in 2000, he inherited a crippled economy and a nation that lacked direction. In the first eight years of his reign, the Russian GDP grew by over 70%. Can you imagine a president comes in, and everything 70% growth? Individual Russian wages tripled. This made him mighty popular, but there was something missing, influence. They were no longer the Soviet Union.

Putin was so laser focused on the economy for so many years, attention to politics and posturing on the international stage had been an afterthought. He realizes because of Gorbachev, Gorbachev himself now admits if he would’ve spent more time and more money addressing the bread lines instead of weapons, things probably would have turned out differently for him.

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We look at Gorbachev as a hero…not so much over there, because that was the end of the Empire.

Putin didn’t want to make the same mistake, so as a result, Russia faded into the background and eventually off the international stage. NATO influence advanced further eastward. We started saying yes, you know what, Georgia, Poland, we’ll put missiles in here. Ukraine, yes, we’ll protect you. The United States and Western Europe practically ignored Russia on the world stage, and we know this to be true, because when presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the biggest geopolitical foe to the world is Russia, the world laughed.

Enter phase two. Putin needed a geopolitical and a foreign policy, one that would return Russia and the Russian empire to its previous glory. Well, they had a policy under development. It’s been there for a long time, and it was put into effect in 2008, and Putin has been following it like a playbook ever since.

I believe the architect of Russia’s geopolitical strategy is this man, the most frightening man we have come across in all of the years that I have been doing this show. His name is Aleksandr Dugin. Most Americans have never heard of this man, but he is an advisor for the Kremlin. He is the thinking man behind the kill-large-animals-with-my-bare-hands dictator of a guy.

If he were a lone crazy man talking to himself between naps under bridges, he’d be harmless, but his policy ideas had the fast track to the Kremlin and all of the universities in the former Soviet Union, and because of that, his ideas are truly terrifying, because they are now in play, not just for the people of Russia, but for all of civilization. You will see him. You will meet him, and I will show you the roadmap he has laid out for Putin to restore the Soviet Union or something worse to its rightful, and he would say divine glory, next.

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All right, the world is in real danger. Behind me is a piano that was sitting in the main square of Kiev. This was a piano that the Ukrainians came, long live the Ukraine, and they played this at night. What were they fighting? They were fighting their president selling out to Putin and selling out and making it Russia.

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That is coming, and I want you to know that the canary in the coal mine is always the Jew. Whenever there’s persecution, rise in Marxism, rise in anti-Semitism, you will see the inhumanity to man and collective spirit take hold, and it becomes truly dangerous. As you will see in the next few minutes, it’s not just the Jews. Homosexuals are in dire trouble, real trouble because of who I’m going to introduce you to.

To get an idea of the Russian pride and their traditional belief that Russia is the divine heir to the throne of Rome, all you really have to do is take a guided tour to the Kremlin. It is a massive fortress. They describe it as the Russian version of Times Square, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Washington Mall all rolled up into one—so many things to see.

It’s the official residence of the Russian Federation President, the Kremlin Palace. The Armory Museum is there. All of the Cold War happened here, but they rush you through all of those government buildings in just a few minutes, and then you’ll spend hours on the second part of the tour, and it takes you here, and then it takes you here, and then it takes you here, Orthodox Church, one right after another, church after church after church after church. During the Olympic Games, NBC took a tour of the churches of the Kremlin.

Really, really important, Ivan the Terrible did this. The Russian Orthodox revival in full swing now…this is not Billy Graham tent revival. This is revival that more resembles the Nazi church propaganda. Nazi imagery was glorified in the German church. In fact, within just a few months, Hitler had taken off any picture of Christ and put his picture on the altars of the churches. The same kind of focus is happening in Russia.

It’s slightly different. Russia itself is at the center. Let me give you a quote, “The meaning of Russia is that through the Russian people will be realized the last thought of God, the thought of the End of the World. Death is the way to immortality. Love will begin when the world ends. We must long for it, like true Christians.” Does any of this sound familiar?

“We are uprooting the accursed Tree of Knowledge. With it will perish the Universe.” This sounds very much like jihadists. These are the words of a guy I need to introduce you to called Aleksandr Dugin, somebody who’s known to have great influence on Russian politics. He has been referred to as the brain behind many of Putin’s policies, and I want to introduce him now to you. Watch.

Dugin believes that Russia is a supreme society, and America is standing in the way. He also believes chaos is in fact divine. In fact, Dugin’s political symbol, when we looked at it originally, my first question was what the heck is that? What does that even mean? We did our homework. It is the eight-pointed star. It is an ancient pagan magic symbol for chaos.

This type of philosophy might sound familiar. I just wrote these down in the break—purify the world with fire, die to be able to live, the world starts once it’s all torn down and burned down, chaos, a superior race. That could either be the Nazis or Iran and the 12ers from Islam. In Iran, the 12ers believe it is their job to create chaos to hasten the return of their savior.

If you look at the End Times philosophy of the 12ers, you will see that it is the reverse of our Book of Revelation. Putin’s Russia supports regimes, the Iranian regime, Syria, Hamas, and Dugin’s views and policy ideals are closely aligned. As they are closely examined, the more clear Russia’s actions become and why they are standing with far-right European xenophobes, neo-Nazis, and the 12ers in Iran.

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Why are they standing with anti-gay organizations? Well, let’s listen to Dugin. When asked about gay rights groups fighting alongside neo-Nazis, he said, “We find…very often that the Homosexual-Lobby and the ultranationalist and neo-Nazi groups are allies. Also, the Homosexual lobby has very extremist ideas about how to deform, re-educate and influence the society. We shouldn’t forget this. The gay and lesbian lobby is not less dangerous for any society than neo-Nazis.”

Gays are equally as dangerous as the Nazis, says the Fascist. Welcome to the new Russia, and it won’t stay contained in Russia. They are using these far right groups in Germany, in Greece, and now in France in a proxy cultural battle against neighbors it seeks to diminish. Do you remember when Putin moved into Georgia, Ukraine, and Crimea? When he moved in there, what happened?

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Just after one year after Putin became president of the Russian Federation in 2000, Aleksandr Dugin founded the Eurasia party. Basically what they believe is that America is the prime enemy. Dugin preaches, and I quote, listen to this, “What man is, is derived not from himself as an individual, but from politics. It is politics that defines the man. It is the political system that gives us our shape.”

A popular German historian once said similar things in the late 1800s and pioneered decades of German racism. The end result would be Nazi Germany, so when the color revolutions started to spring up all over the former Soviet Union, all of these countries, when it started to spring up in the early 2000s, it’s no surprise that Dugin blamed who? Us, America.

Putin echoed Dugin’s views. “We see tragic consequences of the wave of so-called ‘color revolutions,’ the turmoil in the countries that have undergone the irresponsible experiments of covert and sometimes blatant interference in their lives. We take this as a lesson and a warning, and we must do everything necessary to ensure this never happens in Russia.”

Do you remember in 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia? They invaded Georgia, and what happened? They said that they were protecting all of these Russian people, the ethnic Russians. Remember, I told you earlier they had moved them in from the former Soviet Union to Russianize all of these? And so Putin goes in, and he says hey, I’m just trying to do it—he just did it with Ukraine—I’m just trying to help those ethnic Russians.

When he did this in Georgia, who did Putin blame? The West. Watch.

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Vladimir Putin: I’ve told you that if the facts are confirmed that U.S. citizens were present in the combat zone that it means only one thing, that they could be there only on the direct instruction of their leadership, and if this is so, then it means that American citizens are in the combat zone performing their duties, and they can only do that following a direct order from their leaders and not on their own initiative.

Of course, it’s very clear that it was Russia who was responsible. Later, Dugin would go and visit Georgia and say, “Our troops will occupy the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, the entire country, and perhaps even Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, which is historically part of Russia anyway.” Flash forward now to 2014.

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I want to warn you, right now there are hotspots in France and in Germany. He has just annexed this area. He is pushing this direction. I am warning you, Dugin’s playbook has been unleashed. The neo-Nazis here, the far-right Fascists here, and what do they all have in common? What are they all looking to do? This goes all over everything that we ever told you about the coming insurrection. They are all looking for chaos, which is strange, because his friend down here is looking for chaos as well.

We would expect to see more from Dugin in the future. I would urge you to pay attention to him. The problem Putin faces now is he has awakened extremists, and he has made them promises. They feel that Putin hasn’t gone far enough. How far will they go if they feel they’ve been betrayed?

Dugin is already starting to talk about betrayal. Who wins in that? Would an assassination in Russia add to chaos, and would that be a bad thing for someone like Dugin?

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.