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.


"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.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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