Libertarian Austin Petersen Joins Glenn and Makes Big Announcement

This election cycle has been historic in many ways, especially for outsiders. For all intents and purposes, it's Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. But could the ultimate outsider come in the form of a third-party candidate?

Libertarian Austin Petersen joined The Glenn Beck Program on Tuesday to make his pitch leading into this weekend's Libertarian Convention - and he had a big announcement to make as well.

"We got an email last week and a big check," Petersen said. "We got an endorsement from Mary Matalin who joined the Libertarian Party from the Republican Party. She was so disgusted by he-who-shall-not-be-named, and she joined our campaign and said, 'What can we do?'"

Despite being surprised himself at the endorsement, Petersen feels it might be enough to give him the momentum to become his party's nominee.

"We weren't even courting her. So apparently she was attracted to my message --- being the only pro-life, pro-Constitution candidate who is running for Libertarian nomination... And now I'm running like heck towards that nomination, and I think I have a pretty good shot at it this weekend," Petersen said.

If there was any doubt Petersen can speak Glenn's language, he cleared that up.

"The election now will come down to, should I take the nomination, it will be a Theodore Roosevelt Republican, progressive Republican, make America great again, American nationalism, and then a Wilsonian Democrat. So it's Theodore versus Woodrow, and I'm going to be out there like Calvin Coolidge saying, 'Hey, I just want to leave everyone alone,'" Petersen said.

Co-host Stu Burguiere was quick to make sure the candidate and Glenn's affinity for history did not go unnoticed.

"You're making Calvin Coolidge jokes. You are speaking the geek language of Glenn Beck," Stu said.

Aside from his knowledge of history and beliefs in limited government, there will be one key question for conservative voters.

"Tell me why a vote for you is not a vote for Hillary Clinton."

"Well, I mean, just from an actual technical perspective, if you drink an RC Cola, are you drinking a Coca-Cola? Is that a vote for Pepsi? It just doesn't make any sense," Petersen said.

Technicalities aside, Petersen had additional sound reasoning.

"But the truth is, what do you really want? If you want to reshape the Republican Party, if you want to eject the Trump conservatives or whatever you call them, then a Hillary Clinton victory would do that," Petersen said. "What was the Alexander Hamilton quote? Better there be a leader that we're not responsible for that we can oppose and do so with principles? ... So it depends on what your goal is. If you're trying to fight some sort of a short-term victory and you have no eyes on the long-term, well, I'm 35 years old and I have to live in this country for a long time, I'm trying to fight the long-term battle."

Despite finding a lot of common ground, it wasn't all sunshine and lollipops. Glenn held Petersen's feet to the fire and pressed him on several key issues. Listen to the full interview below for Petersen's stance on the First and Second Amendments, drug legalization and immigration, among other topics. Decide for yourself if he's the kind of candidate you could pull the lever for.

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Featured Image: Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen on The Glenn Beck Program, May 24, 2016.

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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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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