Donald Trump: Free speech foolish, shut down the internet

Following the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, Donald Trump commanded the media spotlight after releasing a statement that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.

"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a campaign press release said.

In his latest media bonanza, Trump suggested Bill Gates close the internet "in some way," saying people who ask about freedom of speech are foolish.

"We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech. Freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people."

Pat and Stu, in for Glenn while he's traveling, had a few things to say on the issue.

Listen to an excerpt below.

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

PAT: I don't know. This -- this Trump thing is just -- it's phenomenal. We're going to play some audio for you that is even more genius than -- than anything else he's said, I think.

STU: Is that possible?

PAT: I'm not sure. I'm not sure. Well, let me just play this for you. Let me just -- you tell me how genius this is. Is this smarter than anything else he's said or is it just top five?

DONALD: And we have to do something. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. Somebody will say, "Oh, freedom of speech. Freedom of speech." These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.

PAT: Foolish people who is freedom of speech, freedom of speech. You're foolish. Don't say that. Yes, there's a Constitution and a First Amendment that guarantees your freedom of speech, but you're foolish for saying that.

STU: Look, George Washington, foolish people.

DONALD: We have a lot of foolish people. We've got to maybe do something with the internet because they are recruiting by the thousands.

(laughter)

PAT: I mean...

STU: I'm sorry. Does Bill Gates have some sort of switch? If you go to Bill Gates and say, hey, we want to shut down the Internet in certain areas, can he just do it?

PAT: Parts of it. Yeah, I think he can.

STU: Okay. Because I was not aware of that.

PAT: Yeah. Yeah, Microsoft controls the internet. You didn't know. Everything is routed right through Seattle.

STU: Is it through Microsoft or just Bill Gates' house?

PAT: No, you're right. It's not Microsoft. It's Bill Gates' house.

STU: It's Bill Gates -- and the people who say freedom of speech, freedom of speech, are foolish people.

PAT: Those are foolish people.

STU: Man, I don't know what else to say. I mean, the guy never has a moment of thought about what the Constitution says. If that's what you want as a president, obviously there's a party that's been delivering this for white a long time, it's called the Democrat Party. They're the party that doesn't look at the Constitution and doesn't care what it says. This is reminiscent of another Republican candidate for president who said...

LINDSEY: Free speech is a great idea. But we're in a war.

PAT: Isn't that the same mentality?

STU: That is. Lindsey Graham.

PAT: It's a great idea. I mean, free speech is a great idea. But, I mean, we're in a war. Can't have it now.

STU: At least Graham acknowledges it's a great idea. To Trump it's like, freedom of speech, freedom of speech, these are foolish people.

PAT: Well, we talked about this yesterday. He doesn't care about the Constitution. If he even knows about it, he doesn't care.

STU: No. Never a moment of thought goes into what it does. What it's supposed to restrict the government from doing. I mean, you think you want that as a president of the United States, a guy who will do this stuff? Think about this, all of these crazy proposals that come out from Donald Trump, what do they always have in common? They make the government more powerful. That's what you want as a Republican nominee? Go ahead. But, I mean, that's insanity.

PAT: I think so too. But you can't get the Trump supporters to listen to any of this. They -- they're impervious to it.

 

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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