Dennis Hastert's Dirty Secret

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank withdrawals and is facing six months in federal prison. Making headlines now, though, is the reason behind the illegal transactions – hush money for sexually abusing at least five young boys while teaching and coaching wrestling at Yorkville High School from 1965-1981.

Five things jumped out at Glenn as particularly bothersome regarding the story.

#1 Sexually Molesting Children

Prior to coming to Capitol Hill in the late ’80s, Hastert, 74, was a wrestling and football coach at Chicago’s Yorkville High School. At Yorkville, according to comedian Andy Richter, who attended the school from 1980 to 1984, the former congressman had a “'Lazyboy’-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls in the locker room where he sat while the boys showered.”

"He was a wrestling coach and a teacher at Yorkville High School before being elected to Congress. Prosecutors detailed sexual encounters with teenage boys, which included inappropriate touching and oral sex. The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant's national public stage, but in his private one-to-one encounters in empty locker rooms and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between young boys and their coach," Glenn read.

#2 How Did Everyone Miss This?

With so many details coming to light now, Glenn wondered why no one noticed or spoke up.

“How did everybody in the town, everybody in the school, how did everybody miss this for so long?” Beck asked. “This predator is there, and, I mean, you could let your imagination run wild here on this guy. And how was that missed by everyone?”

#3 How Did No One in Congress Know About This?

Becoming Speaker of the House necessarily includes background investigations. It involves being elected in the first place to enjoy the privilege of becoming Speaker. How did Congress and the American voters miss this?

“Then how did we not see it? He’s elected into Congress. He becomes the Speaker of the House. None of us had an inkling that this guy was a slimeball,” Beck said. “How did he become the Speaker of the House with people doing deep investigations into his conduct without anyone seeing it?”

#4 How Did a Former Teacher Get Rich?

Hastert was a high school teacher who held elective office from 1981 to 2007. When he entered politics, he was worth $275,000. How did he leave Congress with an estimated $4 to $17 million-dollar fortune? It just shows the corruption in Washington, D.C.

“Seventeen million dollars! I have built a giant company, and I don't have $17 million. How does a man go to Congress and have $17 million?" Glenn shouted incredulously. "He was a teacher, and he left teaching to go to work in Congress,” Beck said. “And he had $3.5 million? We know he had more, because he’s not on Poverty Row now. He had $3.5 million that he took out of the bank for hush money.”

#5 Going to Jail for the Wrong Thing

Hastert is facing sentencing for financial missteps instead of for the alleged sexual misconduct. The former speaker has since apologized for those “transgressions.”

“Those aren’t mistakes — you molested — that’s not a transgression,” Beck said. “You molested a child. I don’t care how — you know, that’s not a misstep, a transgression. You molested a child.”

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Featured Image: Surrounded by U.S. Marshals, former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on October 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Hastert plead guilty to bank fraud charges after he was accused of intentionally evading federal reporting requirements involving bank transactions. Hastert is alleged to have withdrawn more than $1.5 million dollars in several installments from bank accounts to make payments to an 'Individual A' to cover-up sexual abuse that reportedly took place when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

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'We DON'T destroy books'

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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