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.

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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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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