Meet the man who's bringing his blimp to Restoring Unity in Birmingham

As a conservative Christian, Patrick Walsh went through missionary aviation school before he felt guided to start an air sign business. Inspired by the Never Again Is Now movement Glenn started talking about earlier this year, Walsh realized his business gave him the unique opportunity to support the cause in a very special way. And it would involve his 150-foot blimp.

"We had a guy call us a couple of weeks ago and say, 'I want to come. But me coming is a little different.' And we said, 'okay.' And he said, 'I want to bring my blimp,'" Glenn said.

Walsh explained the hot air blimp will be a massive display in the sky above the march in Birmingham from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, providing aerial coverage live streamed via Meerkat.

"Can I ask why you're doing this, Patrick?" Glenn said.

Walsh said he's always looking for ways to use the skills and resources God has blessed him with to amplify His message.

"When Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, and here in the United States lives are being threatened, you know, we can't have unity without recognizing and dealing with these hard issues. All lives matter. We have to bring attention to each of these situations," Walsh said.

Listen to the exchange or read the full transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript for this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: Birmingham is just about sold out for the -- the event on Saturday. We'd love for you to attend. Grab your tickets now at now.mercuryone.org. Or GlennBeck.com. And it's going to be quite an amazing -- just a really amazing weekend of unity of people coming together from all walks of life that all know that they have something to contribute. They can do something. And a lot of people kind of dismiss what they have. We had a guy call us -- call Mercury a couple of weeks ago and say, I want to come. But me coming is a little -- is a little different. And we said, okay. And he said, I want to bring my blimp.

And it's funny because that's what my wife says when she wants to go places. And his name is Patrick Walsh. And he's with us on the phone now. Patrick, how are you? Patrick, are you there?

PATRICK: Real pleasure to be part of this in even a small way.

GLENN: So where are you from, Patrick?

PATRICK: I'm out of North Central Florida, the Gainesville area. But our company covers the whole United Sates and many international locations as well.

But, you know, when I heard about the message, I heard about this event, you know, personally I like to align myself with messages and missions I truly agree with, and I couldn't imagine a better one at this time. And a better event and movement to be a part of. And, you know, if there's anything I can do to amplify this message, of course, I would love to be part of that.

GLENN: Okay. I will tell you that you're a really humble guy. And I hate to have you go and not at least receive some attention on what you do for a living. So I'm going to mention your -- your company. AirSign.com. You have a 150-foot blimp?

PATRICK: Yeah. So we operate a bunch of different aerial type of products. But this is a brand-new thing that we've just introduced to the US market. And we have two of these so far, but one of them that we'll be using for this event next Saturday. It's a 150-foot eco blimp. So it's an environmentally friendly blimp. It utilizes a thermal hot air system, compared to your traditional, you know, helium.

But it's going to be a super cool, you know, massive display in the sky above the march. We'll be flying it from 9:00 to 11:00 on Saturday. Not only will have this big message on each side of the blimp. It will be providing aerial coverage that will be live streamed down to the Meerkat team. Just a fun -- and a way just to amplify and bring the message. A lot of people refer it even as a social media super charger. You know, we'll have this big massive hashtag on the side of it with your message.

GLENN: So you -- you're going to be flying 500 feet above us. Isn't that really low?

PATRICK: It is. So between 500 to 1,000 feet. But there's a lot of logistics associated with this. We had to get a specific block of airspace cleared from the FAA and the control tower and ATC (phonetic), up in that area. And that's where they cleared us for, which is great. You know, from an audience perspective, we'll be able to provide some great footage. It will look massive. It will be right above everybody.

GLENN: That's great. So you are -- this is the great thing. I don't know if we've even announced this yet. Did I talk about Meerkat on the air yet? We've gotten with the people of Meerkat and they've agreed to put us right at the front page of Meerkat I think it's on Saturday. And there will be four live streams. There will be one with me all the time. There will be another one with the crowd. There will be another one someplace else. And then one up in the blimp. And then you can pick. It's like a control room switcher. You can pick which feed you want to watch and go back and forth between them. So you'll actually be up in the blimp, and you'll be controlling the Meerkat feed?

PATRICK: Yeah. I'll probably -- although I fly the blimp occasionally, one of our pilots will be up there. So I'll be able to be down on the ground and see it in action as well. But, yeah, one of our pilots will be controlling the video feed through a GoPro linked directly through the Live Stream to the Meerkat. So you'll get the aerial coverage and, occasionally, a shot of the cockpit or the blimp team as well.

GLENN: Can I ask why you're doing this, Patrick?

PATRICK: Yeah. So when I look at causes, you know, early on in my life, I actually -- I've always had a life for aviation and went through all my flight school to pursue that dream. But early on, I wanted to pursue a career in missions. I'm a conservative Christian. Definitely very dedicated or try to be to the Lord. And went through aviation school. Was inspired by people like Nate Saint. His son, Steve Saint -- you know, his father was the missionary martyr down in South America. He was one of my mentors growing up.

So true to life, I've tried to not only live it out, but also do things to make a difference. You know, now as I went through missionary aviation school and God intervened and guided me to this air sign business, I've looked for ways in the United States and internationally that we can use the skills and resources that we have or the company that God has blessed me with, to amplify his message. You know, I align myself with missions and great causes. I look at this, all lives matter. Never again is now. It's a message that we need and it needs to be amplified. I think the hashtags they'll be using for the blimp are the unity blimp. Or just #Unityblimp. And that's perfect because when Israel is being threatened, when Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, and here in the United States, lives are being threatened, you know, we can't have unity without recognizing and dealing with these hard issues. All lives matter. We have to bring attention to each of these situations. That's why I love you and the messages that you put out. You know, I'm a dad. I have seven kids. I want to be a good example for them and train them to grow up in a way that will use their life for a great purpose as well.

GLENN: Patrick, I appreciate it. Thank you so much. I hope to shake your hand and meet you on Saturday.

PATRICK: Yeah, absolutely. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this.

GLENN: You bet. AirSign.com. AirSign.com.

Who will be Kamala Harris' VP pick?

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Over the weekend, President Joe Biden officially dropped out of the 2024 presidential election and put forward his endorsement behind his Vice President Kamala Harris.

Glenn recently predicted that Biden would step down due to the mountain of pressure within his party to do so. But now that we are here we are faced with an all-new line of questions, like, who will be the candidate on the Democratic ticket? Who will be their pick for vice president?

As of now, the answer to the first question seems to be Kamala Harris, who received the support of the president and several prominent democrats. It's still too early to call for certain, and Glenn doesn't think it's likely, but assuming Kamala becomes the Democrat nominee, who will her VP pick be? There are endless possible options, but there are a 5 big names that could prove beneficial to Harris' campaign:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

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Governor Newsom has spiked in popularity within his party since his taking office in 2019 due to his scathing criticisms of President Trump and other Republicans. Newsom has been a popular contender as a possible Biden replacement, and a future presidential bid seems likely.

His widespread recognition may be a boon to Kamala's ticket, but the California governor comes with a dark side. Newsom was famously nearly recalled as Governor in 2021, hanging on to his office by a narrow margin. He also faced criticism for his hypocrisy during the COVID lockdowns, attending large gatherings while the rest of his state was locked inside. There's also the issue that both Newsom and Kamala are from California, meaning that if they were to appear on the same ticket, that ticket would lack geographical balance and would potentially lead to a Constitutional issue that would force the duo to forfeit all 54 of the states' Electoral College votes.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro

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Another prominent Democrat Governor, Josh Shapiro has also been floated as a potential VP pick. Governor Shapiro has become a viable pick due to his well-received performance as Pennslyvania's Governor. The governor has good support within the swing state due to his handling of the I-95 bridge collapse, the train derailment in East Palestine, which had effects on his state, and the assassination attempt on the former president last week. Shapiro would bring much-needed support from the swing state if he was put on the ticket.

That being said, Shapiro has little time to build nationwide name recognition before the DNC in August and the November election. This would be Shapiro's debut on the national stage, and he would find himself in the most unforgiving situation possible.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

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Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and opponent of Biden during the 2020 Democratic primaries, "Mayor Pete's" name recognition might be what Kamala needs on her presidential ticket. Buttigieg rose to popularity during the 2020 election due to his youth and status as "openly gay." Buttigieg has served as the Secretary of Transportation during the Biden administration for the past four years and has formally endorsed Harris.

Nevertheless, Buttigieg has some dark spots on his resume. The East Palestine train derailment disaster has besmirched his reputation as Secretary of Transportation. And while his youth may work in his favor when compared to the other elderly members of our federal government, it also means Buttigieg lacks the experience and prestige that other politicians enjoy.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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Yet another governor of a crucial swing state, Whitmer was elected in 2018, two years after President Trump was elected, helping secure the state for the Democrats. Whitmer is known for her strong opposition to Trump, both during his presidency and his reelection campaign. Whitmer serves as co-chair for the Biden-Harris campaign and as vice chairperson of the DNC, which gives her influence over the Democratic party, something that would come in handy as a Vice President. Gov. Whitmer also established the Fight Like Hell PAC, which is dedicated to helping Democrats get elected and to stopping Trump by any means.

On the other hand, in a statement following Biden's resignation from the election, Governor Whitmer stated that her role “will remain the same.” It is also worth noting that if she were to be chosen as Kamala's VP, that would make their ticket all-female, which may foster some "woke points," but is politically risky.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

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Andy Bashear has seemingly beaten the odds twice, having been elected and reelected as the Governor of Kentucky, despite the deep-red nature of the state. Beshear, who has moderate tendencies, would be a boon to the Harris campaign as he has a track record of reaching rural, typically conservative regions where Democrats tend to struggle. He is also known for his propensity to talk about his Christian faith and willingness to work with Republicans, which are traits that might help win over moderates.

But, like Gov. Shapiro, Bashear has very little time to whip up national support and recognition. He also is unlikely to be very much help for the Harris campaign in winning over important swing states.

Five times Glenn had J.D. Vance on his show and where he stands on key issues

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We finally have an answer to the long-awaited question of who Trump will pick for his running mate, and it's none other than Ohio Senator and friend of the show, J.D. Vance. At the RNC in Milwaukee, Trump officially accepted the party's nomination as the Republican candidate and announced J.D. Vance as his running mate.

Glenn has had Senator Vance on the show several times to discuss everything from DEI to the Southern Border. If you are looking to familiarize yourself with the next potential Vice President, look no further, here are five conversations Glenn had with Trump's VP pick:

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How RFK's example can help our nation in the wake of Trump's attack

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How did you feel last Saturday when you heard the news that a former president of the United States narrowly avoided an assassin's bullet by a mere few inches? Were you angry at the media for their constant demonization of Trump and his conservative contingency? Did you blame the left for curating a political climate that fostered an assassination attempt?

In his immediate reaction to the news, Glenn pointed us back to a similar moment in American history: April 4th, 1968—the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

"The best speech I've ever heard given was by RFK Sr. on the day Martin Luther King was killed" - Glenn

Robert F. Kennedy, the father of current independent presidential candidate RFK Jr., was en route to Indianapolis when he heard the terrible news. His security team, expecting violent outrage across the country, asked RFK Sr. to turn around and head back to safety. But as Glenn said, RFK Sr. believed in the good in people and demanded to give his speech. He arrived in Indianapolis Park late in the day, and he addressed the crowd of predominantly black campaign supporters.

There were no riots in Indianapolis that night.

The message RFK Sr. gave that night wasn't one of vengeance, hatred, or hopelessness, but of calm and goodness. He appealed to the best in people. He called for people to set aside their differences, anger, fear, and confusion and instead express love and compassion towards one another. RFK Sr. asked for wisdom and the pursuit of justice so that we might be resolute in our unity as the country faces another difficult chapter.

What we need in this country is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another.

Glenn has made a similar plea to our nation—a plea for unity and not to lash out in fear and anger. Don't use this time to blame your friends and family who disagree with you politically for what happened or to tell them "I told you so!" Instead, reach out with compassion and grace. This is a turning point in American history. Let's turn it upward, away from hatred and violence and towards unison and compassion.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.

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During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”