Preshow Spectacle Before State of the Union

Last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address was definitely duct tape-worthy. Add in the preshow and you’ve got a full-on, brain-exploding experience that no tape on the market could prevent.

Wondering what a “preshow” and the SOTU could possibly have in common? So did Glenn and crew when watching it during Political Science Theater 3000 on TheBlaze.

“For two hours prior to the State of the Union, whitehouse.gov ran a preshow with bands, a rapper and a comedian,” a flabbergasted Glenn explained Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program. “First of all, who the hell is your audience? Who do you think is coming to watch the State of the Union and the bands the president picked?”

The preshow spectacle put on last night was beneath the presidency of the United States and akin to a corporate convention with entertainment. What’s more, the speech itself was peppered with infographics and ridiculous images.

“If you watched at whitehouse.gov . . . you saw that it was fully produced,” Glenn said. “So the State of the Union went into little boxes where they had little charts and little graphs and uplifting, inspiring pictures of the president looking up at the moon. It was unbelievable.”

Sounds more like a production from Russia or North Korea than the United States. Just watch the pretty pictures and jam to the music, folks. Nothing to see here.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: So last night I leave the State of the Union, and I start reading some stories about what's coming our way. And I just read about the economy.

Now, we happen to be watching the State of the Union last night. I know you didn't. Hopefully you joined us on TheBlaze TV. Because it was coverage that I guarantee you're not going to get anywhere else.

But we watched it last night. And we happen to be watching the feed from the White House.

Some amazing things were shown to us. First of all, the White House had a comedian and bands at whitehouse.gov, as a preshow. For two hours prior to the State of the Union, whitehouse.gov ran a preshow with bands, a rapper, and a comedian.

First of all, who the hell is your audience? Who do you think is coming to watch the State of the Union and the bands the president picked?

The arrogance of that is mind-boggling. Then my next question is, what the hell did that cost the American people? What did that broadcast cost? Who authorized that broadcast?

Then beyond that, if you watched at whitehouse.gov, if you got your feed from -- from where we got it, you saw that it was fully produced. So the State of the Union went into little boxes where they had little charts and little graphs and uplifting, inspiring pictures of the president looking up at the moon. It was unbelievable.

Absolutely unbelievable.

Featured Image: Pat, Glenn, Stu and Jeffy settle in for a long night of Political Science Theater 3000 to watch President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: TheBlaze)

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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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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