If You Think You Can Scare Me Into Shutting Up, Here's Why You're Wrong

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from August 23, 2016.

I want to have a really open and frank discussion with you, because we are tearing each other apart.

Maybe some of it is justified, and maybe I played a role in dividing us. I am human. I'm a guy who tries to be better every day, but oftentimes fails.

The things being said about me right now don't matter to me. And I want to save you a lot of time. If you're one of those people thinking that I'm going to change my mind or that you're going to scare me into shutting up, I'm not that guy.

After a year of looking at this race --- and beyond that the last 15 years of studying revolutions, studying how things happen, studying history --- I expected a revolution to come from the left. I have laid out how revolutions happen over and over and over again. So I'm looking at things differently than just today. I'm looking at things historically and over the horizon, taking into account things that, maybe, others don't.

Now, you may disagree with everything I'm about to say, and that's fine. But I want you to understand where I'm coming from. I don't expect you to change your mind. In fact, I'm not trying to change your mind. I just want you to know why I'm doing what I feel I must do.

I Am Not Voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

First of all, I don't hold anything against anyone who votes differently than me. Because, honestly, I'm not happy with how I'm going to vote. For the first time in my life, I am not going to vote for one of the two major candidates. I am not voting for Hillary Clinton, and I am not voting for Donald Trump. I don't know how I'm going to vote for president yet, but those two are not on the table.

Secondly, I see a lot of people saying, "I was a fan of Glenn Beck until he sold out." If you have listened to me and appreciated the show, what am I selling out? If you are a fan of this show, it's most likely because I've said what I believe. Many times, I've said what you believe. I have also said many things that no one believes. I don't pull any punches, and I'm the last guy to sell out.

You have always listened because I tell you what I believe is happening and what is coming. Many times, I have been wrong. But, many times, I have been right. And when I'm right, it is devastating.

A Pattern of Predictions

If you're a fan of this show, you know I've had a pattern of making correct predictions.

Osama bin Laden

In 1999, I was defending Bill Clinton's bombing of the aspirin factory because I started doing my homework on Osama bin Laden. At this point, only the intelligence community knew about Osama bin Laden. I got on the air, reading his words and warning about him. Callers said, "You're just trying to excuse this to help the Democrats win in 2000. You're just trying to cover up for Bill Clinton and take his name off the front pages with Monica Lewinsky." In a moment of frustration, I said, "There will be blood, bodies and buildings in the streets of New York, and it will have been done by Osama bin Laden. Will you be willing to admit that terror is coming at that point?"

Iraq

When I said something was wrong in Iraq, beginning in 2003 or 2004, I said we weren't fighting this to win. My audience said, "You're only trying to help the Democrats." I got a lot of complaints from a lot of stations, and a lot of people were very angry with me.

Economic Collapse

When I warned about a market collapse and a housing bubble in 2006, I was told even by some of my best friends, "You can't say this about the Republicans and what George Bush is doing. You'll kill yourself." In the fall of 2007, I said, "Don't listen to John McCain right now and all of the pundits who are saying that he's going to be strong on the war in Iraq." I said, "Come next fall, the economy will be all that people are talking about. Forget the war. It's going to be the economy." People said I was crazy, I was drinking, I had sold out. And, of course, I was only trying to help the Democrats get Barack Obama elected.

The Caliphate

When I warned about the caliphate, I was told every single day to shut up. I was told by Fox, "Shut up. Stop talking about that, and stop talking about Israel." Every single day. To the point where they came and took things off my set to get me to stop talking about it. I talked about it every day until it was my last. They said it made me look crazy. I said, "So be it."

The Strongman Cometh

There is a reason, a real reason, my family and I have 24-hour security. I have said from the day my security team started, "I am more worried about a crazy person on the right who thinks I have betrayed them than somebody on the left."

One controversy that everybody seems to have forgotten was what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) did, what Fox News did. It was in all of the magazines at the time. It was all over the internet. Jon Stewart made fun of it. Stephen Colbert made fun of it. They always made fun of me talking about the Nazis, right? "Glenn Beck is talking about the Nazis!"

The ADL told Fox News to tell me to stop talking about the word "Nazis." I argued, "How can you not forget if you don't remember?" I continued talking about the Nazis and the Nazi threat. Here's what people missed in that: What I was talking about was that a strongman could come from the right or the left. I said specifically, "The right is already doing it in Europe, and if we forget that we are not Europe, the right will rise here and a strongman will come to the forefront, if -- and only if -- the left can wear us out, the left can make us feel beaten and that there is no other way out, and if the left continues to push the pendulum further and further left." You remember the pendulum show? That was the complaint from the ADL.

That is why I was talking about Nazis, because I predicted the rise of the Nazis. And later, Golden Dawn came and the far right in Spain, the far right in Germany, the far right in Austria, the far right now in France. It's happening. But it is also happening here, and you see it. We are farther behind, but the alt-right, the fascists and the white supremacists are on the rise. David Duke is running for Senate.

History shows us that a strongman always will and always does rise. Someone at the point of chaos that says, "I will restore order." Do you remember me warning about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out? What are people saying right now? What is Donald Trump saying? What was the point of his entire convention? "I will restore order. I am Mr. Law And Order. I will do it, and I am the only one who can do it."

What are people shouting for right now? What are your friends who are supporting him saying? They want somebody who will just take control and burn the system down. That's insanity.

I ask that you hear my words today. I've warned about top-down, bottom-up and inside-out. I believe that this is that moment. It is coming on the horizon very soon, and you're seeing the beginning of it right now.

Donald Trump

I believe that Donald Trump is the strongman that I did not think would come from the right, but the pendulum has swung back so far. That does not make him a Nazi or his supporters a Nazi, although some of his supporters are literal Nazis. The vast majority are not.

It does mean that I think he has the potential to be, at least, a South American strongman in the right conditions. So what are the "right" conditions?

1. No connection to the Founding and our Constitution

2. Global war

3. Domestic uprisings

4. Terror

5. Real economic hardship

When those conditions are met and the man in the oval office demands that it's my way or the highway, if that man is a bully and surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, if he has a historic pull towards a socialistic solution like nationalizing banks, huge bailouts and protectionism then the cause of concern should be our loudest discussion, but it is not.

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, told Slate magazine that he is not a nationalist, nor a populist. He called himself "a Leninist." That's not John Lennon, that's Vladimir Lenin. The reporter was so shocked, he said, "Explain that to me." And Bannon said, "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment." He included the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

Historically, you need chaos to have a strongman come into power. And a strongman always has certain attributes. He doesn't believe in things like individual rights and the Constitution. Generally, they are socialistic in their tendencies, that what is right for the individual doesn't matter. He's also somebody who demands his way, he's a bully. He surrounds himself with like-minded bullies, and usually the people he surrounds himself with are even worse than he is. And if those things are met, along with the conditions of war, domestic uprisings, terror and real economic hardship, a country -- any country -- is in real trouble. This is what we should be talking about right now: What does the world look like in four years after either one of these two?

People write to me. People call me. People have approached me in church, everywhere, saying, "Glenn, Glenn, I can't listen to you anymore." I understand. I really do. I wish that weren't true. I wish I had enough credibility over a 16-, 17-year history with you, that you saw that, yes, I have pissed you off in the past and I have said things that you really didn't want to hear, but in the end, you were glad you heard them. You were glad you had a warning.

I don't know what else to do. I don't know what you want me to do. I can only do what I feel I'm supposed to do, what I feel the Lord has commanded me to do, and that is, tell the truth. I don't think the Lord is commanding me to expose Donald Trump. I'm not saying that. I'm saying he has commanded me to do my own homework. He has commanded me to never compromise on what I truly believe. So I'm kind of stuck.

I'm really stuck because there is a warning in Ezekiel, that in those days there will be a watchman on the tower, at the gates. And that means all of us in our own way are watchmen on the gates, in your own life. And if you see trouble coming, you're supposed to warn the people. If you don't, the blood of everyone who could have heard the warning and could have done something, that blood is on our hands as the watchmen. If the people inside the gates decide not to listen to the watchmen, that's fine, that's up to them. But I have a responsibility to tell you. This is what my job is, as I see it.

Some people see their job as to make money, get advertisements, get ratings, et cetera, et cetera. I've never believed in somebody who is on the air -- read my first book -- who is into a cause. Unfortunately, I found God. And I have changed that opinion that I have to do what is right. I'm not just an entertainer.

Hillary Clinton

I beg anyone with eyes and ears to look and listen. Please don't make this about Clinton. I'm not voting for Clinton. I never will vote for Clinton. And I know who she is. I have railed about her for over 20 years. I know who she is.

I'm the one who exposed her running guns in Benghazi while she was still telling everybody in the press about the film. I'm very aware of who she is. I know how dangerous she is. I know what she believes. But don't let how dangerous she is or the false binary choice of our elections blind you to the other side of the equation.

If she wins, yes, we are going to be crippled with an outrageous Supreme Court where maybe Barack Obama is a Supreme Court justice. That's a real possibility with her. It is horrible the future under her. Perhaps it is worse than even you believe under her. I see the grave potential of an international globalist structure, because that's what an early 20th century progressive, as she describes herself and as outlined in my book Liars, that's what they wanted: United Nations, the League of Nations, or something like that. And we are headed to it.

But I would rather fight a globalist structure than fight each other internally. I don't know how we get through it. But I do know this: We survive if we hold on to each other. We survive. Many of us didn't think we'd make it this far with Barack Obama, but we survived. Horribly, but we survived.

Our Dunkirk Moment

Winston Churchill found himself with Dunkirk. Everybody said, "If you pull the army back, we lose all of Europe." He said, "If I don't pull them across the channel, we lose everything. We lose the entire army."

"Well, if you pull them out, we're never going to get it back."

He said, "Save what little you have to fight another day. This is lost."

This is our Dunkirk moment. If I'm right about Donald Trump, it will take a coup or a revolution to restore freedom to America.

The world is heading towards global war. Economic collapse is a near certainty. Domestic uprising is already happening and will continue to grow, as anger and hate on both sides is being fueled by those who are in control. And we all know how domestic terror isn't coming. Domestic terror is already here.

I warned of this very thing. I have told you, at the time, most of us would not see it. It's why I asked you to prepare spiritually. It is why I, even at Restoring Honor, I begged you, "Don't bring signs. Don't chant. Don't do any of those things." It's why in Birmingham, I said, "We've got to keep the structure of Martin Luther King."

"Why, Glenn?"

"I don't know, other than, I know it seems ridiculous now, but at some point, this audience is going need to have the discipline of standing alone and being beaten," I said.

We are here. And I've always believed that this audience is the only hope because you are the only audience that has truly been prepared for these things at this time. You have more information than most do because you have been with me and you have heard the warnings, you have seen it coming, you have learned history. You're not easily duped.

You are not who they say you are. I've said to you over the last ten years, "If you stay strong, if you don't get swept up in the anger or the cries of payback or the cry for somebody to just make it stop, you will be our Republic's last line of defense."

So what do I do? People are telling me, "At least just shut up." I can't. I can't.

You condemn me if I continue to warn, but God condemns me if I fail to warn. 24601: Who am I? Jean Valjean made exactly the same choice as I am, except in the play, it ends happy for him. Life is much more like the book, not the play.

If I'm wrong, I am the biggest fool, and I have been discredited. And I will be the first to apologize, and I will apologize if I have any listeners left at that time. But if I don't have any listeners left at that time, I make that as a fair trade for my credibility and my integrity.

As a guy who has lost everything, all I ever wanted was my integrity back. My integrity has been under attack over the last two years like nobody's business. It is the only thing I have of value, and I will do nothing knowingly myself to damage it. Integrity always comes with the highest of prices. It's why most are unwilling to ever pay for it.

I don't ask you to believe. I ask you to do what you've always done, and what I've always asked you to do.

Don't believe me. Do your own homework. Study how revolutions happen. Study what it means and who has said in the past, "I just want to burn the whole system down. I just want to smash the entire system." Ask what happens in times of trouble and in a country as divided as we are, when somebody comes in, who is an egomaniacal kind of guy and surrounds himself with that.

I'm not asking to you believe me. I'm asking you to do your homework and to just remember that old T-shirt somebody printed a long time ago that asked this question: What if this time, what if Glenn Beck is right?

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Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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