Meet a reformed white power skinhead who once prepared for war against government

Pivot points are the moments in your life where everything changes. They are moments of redemption, love, courage, and struggle — and after they happened you can be a different person. On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn heard the incredible story of Christian Picciolini — a former white supremacist who turned his life around. How did it happen?

Christian grew up in a small Italian neighborhood of Chicago called Blue Island. He was a good kid from a hard-working Italian immigrant family until one day he met the most dangerous man in America, and then everything changed.

"I didn’t come from a broken home. My parents weren’t drug addicts. They weren’t alcoholics. There really was no reason for me to join a gang. You know, those are typical reasons why people join something like that," Christian said. "I’m a first-generation American. My parents were immigrants from Italy, so when they came to this country in the 60s, they were chasing the American dream. They were working," Christian said.

"So, I was this lonely kid who was picked on because, you know, I didn’t really fit in in the upper-middle-class neighborhood where my parents decided to move us to, because I was in Italian kid. You know, my grandparents raised me because my parents were off working, so in the Italian neighborhood where I grew up and where I went after school, the kids in that neighborhood didn’t really want anything to do with me either because I didn’t really go to school with them," he continued.

"I was lonely. I was picked on, and when I first met Clark Martel, who is the individual who got me involved in the racist skinhead movement...I was smoking a joint with a stoner kid that I met from down the block, and like a scene out of a movie, this car comes, ’69 Firebird comes roaring down the alley kicking up dust and gravel, you know? The car stopped six inches from us, and this guy gets out, and like a lead actor on the stage, he walks across the headlights, and he looks at me. He gets close, and I remember his beady, really worn eyes looking into mine," he said.

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"He snatches the joint out of my mouth, and the first thing he says to me, and I’ll never forget it, Glenn, is 'Don’t you know that that’s what the capitalists and the Communists want you to do to keep you docile?' I was 14 years old. I didn’t know what a capitalist was. I didn’t know what a Communist was. I didn’t even know what the word docile meant, but from that moment on, I was really, you know, entranced with this guy, because for the first time in my life, somebody gave me a real reason not to do what I was doing, right?"

"It wasn’t just don’t smoke that joint or don’t smoke pot because it’s against the law, and you’re not supposed to do that. I was given a real reason. Now, I didn’t understand the reason because I didn’t understand politics at that age, but it gave me something to think about," Christian said.

From that fateful day in 1987 until he hit bottom in 1995, Christian was one of the leaders of America's most violent neo-Nazi hate groups.

How did it start to turn around? What was his pivot point?

"I got married at 19 years old, and I had my first child at 19 years old. Then I had my second child at 21. I had a hard time reconciling the hate that I had for the rest of the world and the love that I had for my family. Our mantra, our 14 words, our mission statement that we lived by was “We must secure the existence of our people and the future for white children.” When I went to protect my children from the very same people that I was in bed with, I couldn’t reconcile my hate anymore, so that was the first spark," Christian said.

"I also opened a record store at the same time to sell this white power music that got me involved into the movement, because that’s what these groups use is they really prey on young people and find ways to reach them. Music was the best propaganda to reach white youth. So, I started to meet all these people who I had no time for in the past. I started to meet Jewish people, and I started to meet gay people, and I started to meet Hispanics," he continued.

"And trying to be a good business person like my parents were, I opened myself up to them, and unwittingly I became friendly with them, not because I wanted to be a good business person, but because they really touched me, and they touched my heart. They showed me compassion when I was the person on the earth who least deserved it at the time."

Glenn pointed out that it was love that really turned things around.

"I’m telling you, I think love, just being human to one another, is the biggest wall breaker," Glenn said.

"It’s the best weapon we have," Christian said.

The government of the Northern Territory of Australia is now running "mandatory supervised" COVID-19 quarantine facilities, and there are a lot of conflicting reports going around about what's really happening in these "camps." Are they internment camps, summer vacation spots, or something in between?

On "The Glenn Beck Program" Monday, Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere discussed the case of 26-year-old Australian resident Hayley Hodgson, who detailed her experience at the Center of National Resilience in Howard Springs during a recent interview with UnHerd. They compared Hodgson's description of the Howard Springs facility to images of bikini-clad Australians in quarantine who appear to be on holiday at the same facility.

So, what's really going on with Australia's COVID quarantine facilities? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Stu break down what we know so far:

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Glenn Beck: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:


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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

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