Ironic Twist: Establishment Republicans Embrace Donald Trump

Donald Trump, who has been portrayed as perhaps the most antiestablishment candidate of all time, seems to have suddenly gained the support of the GOP establishment.

Guests of Sunday's episode of Meet the Press with Chuck Todd discussed Trump's favorability ratings among Republicans as compared to Ted Cruz.

"Trump could end up being the establishment alternative to Cruz," said political consultant Alex Castellanos.

He went on to explain how establishment Republicans are turning to Trump because they're afraid of Cruz.

"They're beginning to get comfortable with the idea that Trump, 'Okay, he's a deal maker, he's a salesman, he'll adapt, he'll make the next deal, he could run left of Hillary, whatever.' But Cruz is kind of bound to who he is," Castenallos said.

Glenn reacted on radio Monday.

"Wait a minute. The establishment is starting to go with Donald Trump, who could, quote, 'run to the left of Hillary or whatever,'" Glenn said. "It's astounding. Just astounding what's happening."

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

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

GLENN: From Chuck Todd from Meet the Press, where he is stunned at what is happening, how the establishment is embracing now Donald Trump. And let's play a little of the audio that you have, and then we'll come back with the Chuck Todd. But here's a little bit of audio from this weekend.

VOICE: Got 30 percent saying they will never caucus for Donald Trump, whereas only 17 percent say that about Cruz.

VOICE: Trump is running the smartest campaign of anyone right now because he's engaging Cruz in Iowa because he wants to be the alternative to Cruz, should Cruz win in Iowa, as they go to New Hampshire. Trump could end up being the establishment alternative to Cruz in the end.

(laughter)

GLENN: Could be the establishment alternative to Cruz.

PAT: Yeah. This from all his supporters who keep telling us he's the antiestablishment candidate, right? Donald Trump is supposedly the guy who the establishment hates.

GLENN: Now, listen to the analysis of what they say on Meet the Press of why the establishment is backing him.

STU: Establishment Republicans are jumping on Cruz for this because they fear him as a Republican nominee more than they fear Trump. They're beginning to get comfortable with the idea that Trump, okay, he's a dealmaker. He's a salesman. He'll adapt. He'll make the next deal. He can run left of Hillary or whatever. But Cruz is kind of bound to who he is, and they fear he might -- and then Chuck Todd interrupts.

And that's the sense I get all of a sudden now. If you're going to make us pick, the establishment, if you're going to make us pick, we'll pick Trump over Cruz.

I mean, that --

GLENN: If I'm -- if I am running the Cruz campaign, I'm making that into a commercial.

STU: Yeah. Yeah.

GLENN: I'm making -- there's the Washington establishment sitting on Meet the Press trying to figure out, "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. The establishment is starting to go with Donald Trump, who could, quote, run to the left of Hillary or whatever." And he's a dealmaker. And you know that's true. He's a dealmaker. Do you think a guy who said in the Republican debate, actually -- when he actually said in the debate, "Hey, universal health care works in Canada," do you really think he's the guy to repeal Obamacare or to fix it? He's the guy to fix it. He has said the problem with Washington is not government. The problem is we have stupid people running our government. I don't believe that. I believe government is stupid. It's too far away from the problems. Government in Washington is too far away from you. So it acts in irrational ways. It doesn't solve the problems. It makes it worse.

It's astounding. Just astounding what's happening.

STU: Again, this guy has been portrayed as the antiestablishment candidate of all time. Obviously he says things that are controversial. And there's reason to understand that. But think, is there a more establishment thing you can do in your life than give hefty sums of money to both parties to win favors from the government? It's what every establishment figure does in our system. It's the problem with our system. And that's how he built his career.

GLENN: I get along with everybody.

STU: Yeah. I get along with everybody.

GLENN: I give money to everybody. I don't care.

STU: It's not about ideology.

PAT: Which makes it worse.

STU: It's not about those things.

PAT: It makes it worse.

STU: It makes it much worse. It's all for his own personal benefit.

PAT: But his supporters think it's okay because he's been on the giving end, not the receiving end. They're not asking him for the favors, he's giving them money and asking them for the favors. That's better? In what way? How is that better?

STU: What he's talking about --

PAT: It's still him in the system.

GLENN: Let's call that what that is. A bribe.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: I'm expecting you to do something if I give you money.

PAT: Show up at my wedding, or whatever.

GLENN: So is it worse or is it exactly the same? The judge that receives a bribe and changes his decision based on that money, is that worse than the guy going to the judge and saying, "Hey, listen, I need a little help here. Here's 5,000 -- they both go to jail. Both of them.

STU: Yeah, what he's described, what Donald Trump has described is a federal crime. He's admitted to doing it.

Now, right now, no one seems to be interested in that. I'm interested to see if he becomes the Republican nominee for president if anyone should pursue such a thing. Would you think then they'll find interest in the fact that he's been going around the country admitting he's buying favors from different politicians? I mean, he's been saying it as his excuse for his own behavior for a long time.

Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Bridge View Center on January 9, 2016 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Trump emphasized the importance of voter turnout in beating his nearest rival, Ted Cruz. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Elon Musk calls Biden a 'damp sock puppet,' says the president treats Americans 'like fools'

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, took to Twitter on Thursday to remind President Joe Biden that he left a certain key player out of a discussion about the future of building electric vehicles in the United States.

After meeting with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley, among others — but not including Musk — at the White House, Biden tweeted, "I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

Musk first responded by tweeting, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."

Later in the thread, Musk seemed to agree with Twitter user Kim Paquette by tweeting: "Biden is treating the American public like fools."

Finally, Musk tweeted his pièce de résistance (at least for the day): "Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form."

This isn't the first time Musk has taken issue with the current administration. In December, he railed against Biden's "Build Back Better Act", saying he's deeply concerned about how the multitrillion-dollar bill would increase the national debt. In October, Musk slammed the administration's proposed tax on unrealized capital gains, warning Americans that "eventually, they run out of other people's money and then they come for you."

And who could forget Musk's spectacular Twitter spat with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)? In case you missed it, Warren called Musk a freeloader after Time magazine named him "Person of the Year." Musk shot back with, "If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year. Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already."

On his radio program Thursday, BlazeTV's Glenn Beck spoke out in Musk's defense. He praised Musk's "American spirit," noting the South African-born American entrepreneur's humble beginnings.

"Do you know that when Elon Musk and his brother launched their first company, Zip2, Elon was living in his office and he was showering at the YMCA? Did you know that? But he was in America. He's got more American spirit in him than most people I see every day. He's gone from showering at the YMCA to now mapping out a trip to Mars and he'll do it. Why? Because he has that American spirit in him."

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When Biden was given the keys to the Oval Office in January 2021, gas was $2.50 a gallon and the inflation rate was 1.4%. Today gas is at $3.32 a gallon and the inflation rate is at 7% ... and STILL RISING. These are just 12 months of numbers, but we’re clearly in a worrying decline. While the economy has opened up more post-COVID, it’s not just getting worse — we’re going IN REVERSE.

On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard (and the very top of his studio ceiling) to explain what’s happening to inflation and why it’s so hard for your family to afford basic goods and groceries. It’s not “corporate greed,” as Democrats have been telling you. The Biden administration wants to continue to spend trillions of dollars to “reinvent capitalism,” but that’s in addition to the trillions that are being pumped out IN THE SHADOWS.

Glenn exposes what the Fed has been doing behind closed doors and shows us the tidal wave that’s about to hit. He’s looked at the numbers, and they're frightening. Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” gives advice to Americans who want to protect their checking and savings accounts before it’s too late.

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The stock markets have taken a nosedive in the biggest downtrend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But that's nothing compared to what's coming thanks to our government's embrace of modern monetary theory, warned BlazeTV's Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It really is important that you understand what's happening to us," Glenn stated. "Modern monetary theory is truly the [fuel] ... for the great reset. It is the idea that we can print as much money and spend as much money as we want," he explained.

"Then the next step is to release the Federal Reserve digital currency and make payments by other currencies [including cryptocurrencies] illegal," he continued. "And you're seeing it happen now in real time. Why would they do this? Because you cannot print this kind of money without having absolute control over how it is spent."

Glenn broke down the steps powerful political organizations — like the Federal Reserve — will take to end currency competition and enact a Federal digital dollar, which will allow for the government to have complete control over how we spend our money.

"This is what's coming. This is coming quickly, and events will make it move faster. For instance, why is Joe Biden basically giving Ukraine to Russia? He's giving it to them. He he knows Russia's not afraid of him. Putin knows that [Biden] is not going to do anything ... neither is NATO. They're not going to do anything," Glenn said.

"It's because war resets everything. War is the best great resetter. Changes boundaries. It changes borders. It changes laws. It changes societies. It changes currencies. It changes everything. And in the end you just want the war to stop. And so you you accept whatever it is the terms are that you're going to have to live under now. We're in very, very dangerous times. The only way to survive this is to know why they are dangerous times."

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Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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