Trump Goes Saul Alinsky on Hugh Hewitt

Donald Trump isn't shy about discussing money. He frequently boasts that his net worth is more than $10 billion. However, Mitt Romney has thrown Trump's net worth into question with his recent demand to see Trump's tax returns.

“I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes," Mitt Romney said on national television. "Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay."

Naturally, the question of tax returns came up during last night's CNN GOP debate when each candidate quickly agreed they would release their tax returns --- except for Trump. No, the self-proclaimed billionaire used several tried and true Saul Alinsky tactics, attacking Hugh Hewitt.

HUGH: Mr. Trump, a year ago, you told me on my radio show, the audio and the transcript are out there on YouTube, that you would release your tax returns.

DONALD: True.

HUGH: Are you going back on your . . .

DONALD: No. First of all, very few people listen to your radio show. That's the good news. (booing) Which happens to be true. Check out the ratings.

Rather than answer the question, Trump attacked Hewitt's ratings, employing classic Alinsky tactics:

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

"We've been seeing rookies with Saul Alinsky tactics with the White House. Those guys are rookies compared to this guy. You might as well be listening to Saul Alinsky himself," Glenn said. "He's been on [the Hugh Hewitt show] several times. ...If he was that bad, why are you on the Hugh Hewitt show?"

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

GLENN: Last night, did you guys notice what he said about Hugh Hewitt?

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: For no reason. What did he say to Hugh Hewitt last night?

STU: About his ratings.

GLENN: About his ratings. Why? Because he was asking him a question, and he asked all of them: I want to be fair, I want to ask, when are you going to release? When are you going to release? When are you going to release? When he got to Donald Trump, he asked him, and Donald Trump said, "You know, Hugh, nobody listens to you, anyway. You have low, low ratings."

Okay. Well, if he has such low ratings, Don, why were you on his show on February 2nd? He was his show on February 2nd. And it's not that he was just on his show. What did he say on that show. Do you guys know?

STU: I did not catch that one, no.

GLENN: Do you know, Jeffy?

JEFFY: No, I missed that episode of the Hugh Hewitt Show. I'm sorry.

GLENN: Pat, do you happen to have that audio or not? Did you put that in the machine or not?

PAT: I did. I got to find it here. What was he saying?

GLENN: On the Hugh Hewitt Show?

PAT: Yeah. Yeah.

GLENN: He was saying who he would have as vice president.

PAT: Oh, right.

JEFFY: Right.

GLENN: Who would he pick as vice president.

JEFFY: While Pat is looking at that, don't forget, Donald slams down Hugh at the debate. Slams down Telemundo at the debate. Then a little bit later, "You know, my lawsuit with Univision is over. So they're great now. We're good friends again." I mean, it doesn't compute. We're just slam you right in front of everybody.

STU: Yeah. By the way, before we go to Hewitt clip here. Hugh Hewitt has done a really good job at coming up with actual substantive questions for Donald Trump.

PAT: He has.

STU: And he's been stumped over and over again. It's nothing to do with his ratings. It's the fact that he's caught him in moment after moment of being uninformed.

GLENN: I thought Hugh was totally fine last night.

PAT: He was absolutely fine. And here's what Trump said on his show. And you said, again, this is ancient history. Three weeks ago.

GLENN: Ancient. February 2nd.

PAT: Wow.

HUGH: But can we rule out Ted Cruz as your vice presidential pick?

DONALD: Well, I don't know. Look, I have nothing against Ted. It was sort of a sad thing that happened. But I've always liked him. I've always gotten along well with him.

GLENN: I've always liked him. I've always gotten along well with him.

PAT: And will not rule him out --

GLENN: He's the liar. He's the worst person ever born.

STU: He's never met a bigger liar in his entire life.

GLENN: He's a sociopath. He's not just a liar. He's a sociopath. It's incredible. It's incredible.

Okay. So now, where do we go from here? Well, I think we have to go to some of the things that Rubio caught him on. Because it was extraordinarily satisfying. I'd like to welcome Marco Rubio to the party. I'd like to welcome, everybody to the party who was on the party last night. I don't know if you saw the CNN reporters before, but they were all like, "How is this happening?" Because you guys have let all this happen. You didn't listen -- what did we say when the Tea Party was going on? All people want to do is feel like someone is listening to them. And if you don't listen to them now, it will get worse and worse. And it will fester. So you got to listen to them. They're still not listening to them.

GLENN: Here's Donald Trump last night about with Hugh Hewitt.

DONALD: Every single question comes to me. I know I'm here for the ratings. But it's a little ridiculous.

HUGH: Mr. Trump, a year ago, you told me on my radio show, the audio and the transcript are out there on YouTube, that you would release your tax returns.

DONALD: True.

HUGH: Are you going back on your --

DONALD: No. First of all, very few people listen to your radio show. That's the good news.

(booing)

DONALD: Which happens to be true. Check out the ratings.

GLENN: So what does he do? What is his pattern? What is his pattern? Check out the ratings. Check out the ratings. Deflect. Attack. Deflect. Attack.

PAT: His pattern is Saul Alinsky.

GLENN: Saul Alinsky. You might as well be listening to a pro -- you might as well be listening -- I was going to say a pro at Saul Alinsky's -- we've been seeing rookies with Saul Alinsky tactics with the White House. Those guys are rookies compared to this guy. You might as well be listening to Saul Alinsky himself. This guy is employing every Saul Alinsky tactic. Now, he was on the Hugh Hewitt show a year ago. He's been on several times. Here he is again on just four weeks ago, three weeks ago. If he was that bad, why are you on the Hugh Hewitt show?

HUGH: Well, can we rule out Ted Cruz as your vice presidential pick?

DONALD: Well, I don't know. Look, I have nothing against Ted. It was sort of a sad thing that happened. But I've always liked him. I've always gotten along well with him.

PAT: I mean, there's a lot going on there, first of all. He just insulted Hugh for having ratings. Then what are you doing on the show? That's pathetic. Secondly, he says nothing about Ted Cruz but nasty things now, except when he's on Hugh Hewitt's Show. And then he says he's a good guy, he's got nothing against him, he's kind of sad what's happened with him.

GLENN: It's incredible.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Absolutely incredible.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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