'Tremendous respect': Capt. Dan Quinn tells Glenn about bold stand that got him kicked out of the military

Joining Glenn on the air Thursday morning was former Special Forces Captain Dan Quinn, who recently made headlines after being relieved of his command for refusing to ignore the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of an allied commander in Afghanistan.

At the end of the interview, Glenn said how much he admires Quinn what his brave actions at the risk of of his career.

"It will be an honor to shake your hand," Glenn said. "You will be blessed for taking a stand. You didn't kill this guy. I would have snapped the guy's neck, quite honestly. But you didn't kill him. You didn't get out of control. You did all the right things."

For more, watch the clip below.

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

DAN: We got the report that you just went through before I came on saying that, you know, one of our commanders had kidnapped a 14-year-old boy, chained him to his bed, and raped him repeatedly for over the course of ten days to two weeks. And when this boy's mother came to get her son back, she was beaten as well. So the mother and her son came to our camp and just said, "Look, we know this is going to continue to happen. We've gone to the local government. They're indifferent. You and I both know they're not going to do anything to stop this. You're the only ones that can do something about it. So please help."

So at that point, I just felt compelled that both Charles Martland and myself felt compelled that there was -- that we had to take action and we couldn't just, you know, kind of blame our -- you know, the military rules and regulations and kind of pass the buck to the next guy in our chain of command and decided to -- and all we decided to do was -- we said, "Hey, we'll have this guy -- we'll invite this guy to our camp and make sure that this is true and explain the severity of his actions. And, you know, we'll go from there."

So we invited him to our camp. He came over. And we explained. We said, "Hey, these are the allegations against you." He agreed to them. And he said, "Yeah, that did happen." We explained the severity of the actions, and he just started laughing and saying it wasn't a big deal.

And all we were saying was, "Look, this may be acceptable in your culture." But it wasn't because, you know, the elders had complained about it to us. So like the whole, it's part of their culture, and you have to accept it. That's not necessarily true because the majority of the population does not support this type of behavior. And it's something that the elders had complained to us about as well.

GLENN: I don't care if they like it in that culture, it's evil. And if the culture embraces it, it's an evil culture and we shouldn't have anything to do with it.

DAN: I agree, Glenn.

PAT: So at that point, did you -- you or Martland hit him at that point? Right?

DAN: I did. I was first and Charles followed too.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. May a just say.

PAT: Yes.

(applauding)

GLENN: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

DAN: I appreciate it.

GLENN: Okay. So then what happened?

DAN: It didn't last long. We just made sure that we got our message across, which is if you go near that boy again or his father, there are going to be very serious consequences. And, you know, we sent him home. And that was it. Then at that point, he had told -- he had told a few of his friends who had told the other Americans in our area, the Americans that are about an hour away from us. They called me and asked me what happened. And I said, "Yeah, I absolutely did assault him. And here's why I did it. And if there's any repercussions, you know, that's fine. Send them my way." And the next day, we had a helicopter come, pick Charles and I up. We were relieved of our command immediately.

PAT: Wow.

DAN: And they went about an investigation and found that Charles and I were going to be both relieved of command, sent home from Afghanistan early. We were mission complete.

GLENN: Dan, let me tell you something. I have -- I know a lot of heroes that have done a lot of great things in our military. As you may know, I know a lot of you guys. And I have tremendous respect. But I have to tell you, it will be an honor to shake your hand. There is -- there is almost no one that I have heard their story that I have more respect for than you. And I have to tell you, the two of you, you will be blessed for taking a stand. You didn't kill this guy. I would have snapped the guy's neck, quite honestly. But you didn't kill him. You didn't get out of control. You did all the right things. You just did the right thing and said, "Hands off." And if we're over there trying to win the hearts and minds of people, how can we possibly win the hearts and minds of people when we're allowing people to be raped under our nose? It's disgusting.

PAT: It's unbelievable.

GLENN: But I just want to tell you, I admire you. I really admire you.

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.”