Biased Much? VP-elect Pence Lectured by Cast of Hamilton; Hillary Lauded

The so-called inclusive left is making it almost impossible to enjoy any entertainment venue without their very exclusive agenda being shoved to the forefront.

This weekend, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family attended the Broadway show Hamilton and were subjected to ridicule, boos and a lecture. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon had this to say from the stage following the show's conclusion:

We sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir.

This is in direct contrast to Hillary Clinton's experience at the Broadway spectacular. Earlier this year, Clinton hosted a fundraiser at a special performance of the Tony-winning musical. Following the performance, she stood on stage with the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda who rewrote lyrics to the show in honor of Clinton.

"All these actors are very pleased to be there, be doing well. But the left can't let it go. Whether it's sporting events --- I was told recently by a friend . . . that he can't watch ESPN anymore because ESPN is now MSNBC with sports. I didn't even know because I don't have cable --- but you can't escape this anywhere. There's nowhere you can go where you will be safe," Buck Sexton said, filling in Monday on The Glenn Beck Program.

This shameful display of self-righteous incivility is exactly why Americans delivered the decision they did on November 8.

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

BUCK: Buck Sexton here in for Glenn Beck today on the Glenn Beck Program. Thank you so much for joining. As always, great to have you here.

So I'd like to think I'm in the holiday spirit, considering that we have Thanksgiving in just a few takes, and we have a number of other holidays coming up after that. Even here on the set where there are snowflakes falling gently, it's exciting. It gets me happy. Soon there will be presents, perhaps a bit of overeating. All good things.

You'd think that maybe there could be a bit of a delay in all of the nastiness in our politics. You'd think that perhaps they can just sit back for a moment and say, "Well, we lost that election, but let's all just eat some turkey and maple ham." Whatever else gets you excited. Stuffing -- some people are stuffing people. And they can look forward to that. And time with family and friends, and hopefully some time off from work. And that that would be exciting, and they'd be ready to go.

But if you thought any of that, unfortunately, you would be wrong, it seems. At least based on a bit of the headlines.

You see, over the weekend, our vice president-elect, VP-elect, Mike Pence, went to go see a show, a show in my hometown. I've seen a few shows before. I tend to see them broken down. For those of you who are going to be soon-to-be visitors of New York or have been in the past, usually there's the sort of Lion King-style musical extravaganza. And then there's the more artiste kind of stuff that goes on. There's the more high art, high concept Broadway plays, and they get a lot of attention. And they get a lot of people making noise about them, generally on the left. Because politically speaking, they're always one way.

So I don't go to the theater that much, but I'd like to think if I went to the theater, there would be no reason for me to be concerned that it will turn into a political lecture, that there would be the booing of our VP-elect, that it would turn into an opportunity for people once again to politicize absolutely everything.

They're at Hamilton, Hamilton, a show that I have not yet seen, which I blame, well, one on the fact that from what I have seen of it, I'm deeply unimpressed. And, two, at $700 a ticket, which I think is still about the going rate and the fact that it's sold out many months in in advance, just not in the budget. Haven't seen it. But I have seen some of the numbers because they've performed them. I am unimpressed. Easy to say that now, some would say, because politically speaking, they have annoyed me.

But huge, huge success. A lot of people have gone to see it. I even think Dick Cheney likes it, if memory serves. A lot of people think it's great. Celebration of the Founding Fathers. A predominantly, if not entirely -- predominantly minority cast. And people like it, right? It's like Founding Fathers, history of America with sort of the hip-hop flavor to it. Okay. Great.

Not necessarily my cup of tee. But maybe, I don't know, I haven't seen it. But we would think that anybody should be able to go to this, and you're at something that celebrates America, celebrates diversity, very successful.

All these actors are very pleased to be there, be doing well. But the left can't let it go. Whether it's sporting events -- I was told recently by a friend -- I had never heard this before, that he can't watch ESPN anymore because ESPN is now MSNBC with sports. I didn't even know because I don't have cable. But you can't escape this anywhere. There's nowhere you can go where you will be safe.

The audience at Hamilton booed vice president-elect Mike Pence. They thought, well, why let this guy -- who is there with his family, by the way. He's trying to enjoy a Broadway show. Maybe we could just let it go, guys. Probably a fair amount of New Yorkers there. I'm sure a fair amount of out-of-towners that everybody should know the basic decorum in the theater, everybody is there to relax and have a good time. They want to watch the show.

I'm not complaining about the politics of the show. That, you sign up for. But you don't think you'll get singled out in the audience to be booed, to be heckled, and then on top of that, to be lectured in a very condescending fashion by the cast of the show, after you've been booed. And you are the have not-elect of the United States of America, at a play about the American founding. You think maybe they could just tone it down a little bit, just not notch it down a few bits.

But, no, they didn't do that. In fact, we can play the audio for you because I'm sure some people knew that there was going to be something of a lecture coming. And the lecture came. And here's what it was: Play it.

VOICE: We have a message for you, sir. We hope that you will hear us out.

And I encourage everybody to flaunt your phones and tweet and post because this message needs to be spread far and wide, okay?

Vice president-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton in America musical. We really do.

We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.

(applauding)

VOICE: Our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights.

We truly hope that this show has inspired to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.

(applauding)

We truly thank you for attending the show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and origins. Ladies and gentlemen --

(applauding)

VOICE: (inaudible) represent all of us. To that, ladies and gentlemen, we also thank --

BUCK: All right. So you get the idea. To put this in the proper context, by the way, Hillary Clinton, the would-be president-elect, except she lost -- aw, so sad. She attended Hamilton, she was there. She actually had a fundraiser there. So Hamilton was co-opted by the Clinton machine for the purposes of raising even more cash to add to the billion dollars that was spent to make sure that she would not get elected, it seems. And she was hugged by the creator and star of Hamilton, the musical. She was treated as an honored guest.

So clearly Mike Pence was not treated as an honored guest. Now, I suppose we can't expect the left, which just based on the way that comedians thought it was their job after the election, to cry and spout profanity, instead of trying to make us all laugh together. They abandoned their craft in the face of politics now. They just can't keep it all together.

I guess we shouldn't expect all that much for VP-elect Pence at the Hamilton theater. But then when you start to put in the aftermath, the discussions -- because this became quite a thing over the weekend. I was hoping to avoid politics for a day or two, but sure enough, you open the Twitter feed or you open the Facebook, and what do you find? Battles raging over whether this was disrespectful or not.

Now, I know on the -- if you're putting this out on the ledger, on the side of it's not disrespectful. You have Pence himself saying, "Oh, he didn't feel disrespected -- what he's going to say? "Boohoo, I feel so sad on the inside. It gives me the sadness, that people said mean things."

Or, I'm sorry, the booing was mean. Then we get into the verbiage used in the lecture itself. And I even had a couple of exchanges with some of my fellow journalist colleagues over the weekend on this one, on the Twitter, which probably -- it just -- Saturday night Twitter should just be avoided. Just like stay away from the Twitter on Saturday, Buck. It's a much better way to be.

They're saying, "What's disrespectful in what they said? It was a message of unity and hope."

Really? If somebody told me that they were worried that I was going to be -- I mean, I'm unmarried. So let's just go -- we're worried that you're going to be an abusive husband. We're really hoping you can avoid being an abusive husband because a good husband would be great.

I wouldn't take that as some compliment. I wouldn't take that as some moment of unity. I wouldn't think to myself, "Oh, wow. They really have the best interests of humanity at heart here." I'd think, "That's really nasty. I don't deserve that. Why are they saying that?" And that was really the tone.

To say that somebody needs to be reminded or rather that you are -- let me use their exact words because I don't want to be accused of making it sound worse than it is -- alarmed and anxious, they say. That your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. So they're alarmed that he won't uphold the Constitution. They're alarmed that he will single out their children, their parents. Won't protect them.

Won't protect the planet. I suppose that's some sort of a nod to climate change hysteria. But even Obama didn't stop the rise of the seas. Oh, the rise of the seas is not that big of a deal actually. But don't tell anyone. It's fun for them to freak out about it.

But this is now the America that we live in, given that Hillary Clinton did not win. See, they had eight years of Obama, and they figured that it would just be Democrats from here on out. They became really used to getting their way.

We were living in an America where the prospect of a Republican candidate or Republican winning and then making Supreme Court appointments, a Republican who actually has members -- a majority in the House and in the Senate, at the same time, they are going to have to deal with some pretty disappointing stuff going forward. And they're not ready for it. They're willing to throw our most revered institutions under the bus, so to speak. They're willing to say that the way that our government is construct is not this act of genius.

Speaking of the Founding Fathers and all the great stuff that they did, based on one result of one election, we need a rethink, they say.

The popular vote is what should matter. States' rights have nothing to do with anything that isn't slavery. That still seems to be the meme. That's the thought process out there. At least if you listen to it on social media and you see what they have to say.

Of course, Donald Trump himself decided to weigh in on this, as well as some other journalists. But I just -- before we even get deeper into this because I think there are a couple more layers worth exploring, I just wanted to say, "Not even safe to go with his family to the play. Mike Pence can't just hang out there without people booing him and acting like children and being disrespectful." And the actors piling on at the end, I don't care what anybody says, including Mike Pence, the words used were condescending. The message was unnecessary. But this is a harbinger of things to come. This is now a post-Obama, Trump-as-president America, where there will be only safe spaces, so to speak, for the left.

Nothing is safe. Nothing is sacred. They particularly dislike that word. Nothing is sacred to protect the right, to protect our rights. If it means that they get to throw a tantrum and they get to make a point, they will do it.

[break]

BUCK: Buck Sexton here in for Glenn Beck today on the Glenn Beck Program. Thank you so much for joining and for staying through the break. Any and all of the above.

I just want to have some fun, if I could for a minute with the reactions that you got to this whole Hamilton controversy. People are saying, "Aren't there more things for Donald Trump and the new administration to be worried about than this?" Because Trump tweeted out, quote, the cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated -- I'm not going to lie, I've heard that too -- should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior, Trump wrote, in his third tweet on the subject.

(chuckling)

Look, the POTUS Twitter account -- or, the soon-to-be POTUS, I should say, Twitter account, I don't think it's going to be turned off during the presidency. And I think that it's okay. I think if Donald Trump wants to weigh in on these issues -- you'll recall, we had a president who thought it was fine to weigh in on whether a friend and I believe former professor of his was treated brusquely by the police, when he was trying to get back into his home. Remember the Cambridge police acted stupidly, so there's no issue that's too small on its face for the president to weigh in.

And I think -- I think your vice president getting booed and then a stern -- or, I shouldn't say stern -- a condescending lecture from the state at the most famous Broadway play in the country right now, I think Donald Trump is going to weigh in on that.

There are some who already see conspiracy afoot here. We have -- what is this? Someone from Politico, Ben white: Sir, you just settled the $25 million fraud lawsuit, and your cabinet is looking racist -- this is one of the media's favorite things to talk about -- don't worry, I'll distract them all with dumb Hamilton tweets.

So this was -- this is Trump's fault now? Get used to this, by the way, whether you like Trump or not, get used to the dishonesty you're going to see in the media. It's not what people do to the administration. It's not maligning very decent government servants, life-long public servants, people that have served in the military for decades who have been asked to serve in a Trump administration.

The problem is not with all the nastiness and all the lies and the propagandizing of the left against a Trump administration. The problem is with whatever Trump's reaction is to all of that stuff, that's the way they're going to play this.

It's really a corollary. It's a sort of addition to the old any time a Democrat makes a mistake, quote, Republicans pounce. Or the right-wing media pounces.

What are we supposed to do? There's a mistake. Something bad happens. You're going to point it out. If pointing it out and talked about it as pouncing -- yeah, it gets me to pounce a little bit.

I guess we've been known to pounce. But that's the formulation that they come up with so that the focus is never on the wrongdoing or the mistake. The focus is on those who point out the mistake.

And in this case, not only was the big problem -- and I just had -- I was really drinking this in. I have my little brother's birthday over the weekend, having a great time. And so when I wasn't out celebrating for that, I'm looking at -- I need to stop using the article here: The Twitter. Because I guess it's just Twitter. But it's fun to call it "the Twitter." And the Facebook. Or if you're in France, le Facebook.

I'm looking at all this stuff and the arguments going back and forth, and I think to myself, "Well, hold on a second here. Give me a minute. Wait. Why is Trump's speech somehow considered to be unacceptable? Why is it not okay for Trump to respond to speech with speech?"

This is now considering silencing. Ooh, I've got a great one. Robert Reich, who has -- he's a former administration official, I think, under the Clintons. 310,000 followers. So I assume a few people read this. He wrote: I'm with Brandon Dixon -- I think is one of the actors on Hamilton, but I'm not sure. RealDonaldTrump -- this is what the left comes up with -- RealDonaldTrump, must stop using tweets to criticize free speech he disagrees with. That's un-American.

Well, hold on a second, so using speech to criticize speech is now, quote, un-American. This is what -- this is what we've been pushed towards, everybody. You're no longer allowed to even object. Your objection to their transgression is the problem. Anything that you do that shows that you don't agree with them, that you want to push back, that you think they are either disrespectful or just wrong, well, you're going to do something that upsets them, because you see now, the left thinks that America is one giant safe space for them. And with the media completely in their pocket and under eight years of an Obama administration that was far left and as progressive as it could possibly be, they thought that it was all over, that the battles had been won, that nobody would be willing to push back. And if they had the temerity to do so, they would be crushed.

And then the Republicans come along and they win everything. And it's a sad, sad day for the progressive left. The statists are all like, "Whoa, hold on a second, bro, I thought we had finished them off." No. In fact, there are a lot of us still left. And we have a First Amendment right to say that you use your First Amendment right like a bunch of bozos.

Featured Image: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton' stand onstage after a special performance of the Tony-winning musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 12, 2016 in New York City. Clinton hosted a fundraiser at the special performance, with supporters paying from $2,700 to up to $100,000 for the chance to attend. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

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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