Eight Years Later Obama Still Blames Cops, Perpetuates Race Problems in America

The very reasonable and affable Doc Thompson filled in for Glenn on The Glenn Beck Program to set a few things straight today, Wednesday, December 21.

Read below or listen to the full segment from Hour 1 for answers to these questions:

• What do white guys need to work on in 2017?

• Do you have to be white to enjoy America?

• Did slavery exist before America?

• What will really solve racism in America?

• Does Doc like to be fooled with fake news?

• Why is Obama still blaming cops eight years later?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

DOC: Hey, fellow, white guys. It's about to be the new year, and there are some things you really need to work on. No, that's not what I believe, it's what MTV believes.

Yeah, apparently MTV is still around, and in an effort to be culturally relevant, they have said that there are some things that some white guys need to work on. So they produced a little video. And they released it online. And some people heard and thought, "Wow, this is wildly inappropriate." And then they quickly tried to get rid of it, but apparently MTV doesn't know that nothing is completely ever gone from the internet. So we have a copy of some of it. And we're going to share some of the audio that begins, "Hey, fellow white guys, it's about to be the new year, and there are some things you got to work on." So let's go to the audio now.

VOICE: Hey, fellow white guys.

VOICE: It's about to be a new year.

VOICE: And there's a few things we think you could do a little bit better in 2017.

(music)

VOICE: First off, try to recognize --

DOC: Okay. Hold it a second. Hold it right off. I'm going to need you to start that from the top.

It starts with a white guy and then goes to a bunch of diverse characters on the video. But what they have is the white guy to start it to give it some validity. But what he could have also said, "Hey, fellow effeminate white guys, hey, fellow nerdy white -- he represents white guys in general." Listen to this again. Listen. You ready?

VOICE: Hey, fellow white guys.

VOICE: It's about to be a new year.

VOICE: And there's a few things we think you could do a little bit better in 2017.

(music)

VOICE: First off, try to recognize that America was never great for anyone who wasn't a white guy.

DOC: I got to throw a flag in the play right there. America was never great unless you were white. Never, ever. There's not one person who has ever been successful or enjoyed America if they weren't white. Ever. It's never happened. Never been anybody rich. In fact, by any measure that you could measure success or happiness in America, it has not existed outside of white people. It's been their exclusive domain.

Although, there's a whole lot of rich black people, Hispanic people, Asian people over the years. I mean, even all the way back in the 1800s, there were quite a few. What would be if you adjusted for inflation, millionaires that happened to be black. So it's obviously not money standards she's talking about. It's never been great.

What does she mean by -- or, there's never been any heroes. Never anybody doing the right thing, war heroes, except white people. No, there's been that. Oh, okay. Maybe she means it's never been great because there was racism.

There's a point being lost here that nobody has had it perfect. It doesn't matter where you're from, what you are, who you are, somebody has something working. I'm from Cleveland. You don't think that worked against me? People from New York, California --

VOICE: I'm sorry.

DOC: Right. Right. I'm from Cleveland. That's not going to win me any success automatically.

So, yeah, maybe racism happened. Maybe you're experiencing racism at times, you were a victim of racism at times. But guess what, everybody has things that don't work out so well for them, crosses to bear. It's not a validation or a justification or an excuse of racism. It's wrong. But you got to understand, nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has opportunities.

So you white people need to work on some things. Let's continue. Here we go.

VOICE: -- that Black Lives Matter isn't the opposite of All Lives Matter. Black lives just matter. There's no need to overcomplicate it.

DOC: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Did anybody ever say it's the opposite? No. I never said All Lives Matter is the opposite of Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter is inclusive. It's the true inclusive because it also includes black lives. Why are you segregating black lives in this? And blue lives -- listen to them about blue lives mattering. Here we go.

VOICE: There's no need to overcomplicate it.

VOICE: Also, blue lives matter isn't a thing.

VOICE: Cops weren't born with blue skin, right? I mean -- yeah, they weren't born blue.

DOC: Okay. I see what he's got here. Okay. It's okay to be a jackhole to people if they're cops. In fact, based on their occupation, you can treat them as poorly as you want, no matter how successful they are, what good they're doing with their occupation. You can be mean to them, as long as it's not based on race. That's the only way you can't be mean to people. Because blue lives, that's not a thing. You weren't born with blue skin. It's your job. So we can treat you poorly. Got it. Okay. Nice to know. A little bit more.

VOICE: Yeah, they weren't born blue.

VOICE: Stop bragging about being woke.

VOICE: Stop saying woke.

VOICE: Learn what mansplaining is --

DOC: Okay. Hold on a second. Hold on. I kind of agree with them on that one. Can we stop saying woke? I didn't woke was a thing. I'm looking online, I'm like, what is this woke? In fact, they were bagging on Glenn Beck for being woke. Did you see his picture?

It's Glenn with the hat that makes him look like the warden in Cool Hand Luke. He has that and the glasses on. Glenn Beck, woke. And I was like, what is this woke thing? Okay. That's really dumb. I agree with you on that one. Let's stop saying woke.

A little bit more.

VOICE: They weren't born blue.

VOICE: Stop bragging about being woke.

VOICE: Stop saying woke.

VOICE: Learn what mansplaining is, and then stop doing it.

VOICE: Oh, and if you're a judge, don't prioritize the well-being of an Ivy League athlete over the woman he assaulted.

VOICE: We all love Beyonce --

DOC: Okay. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. An Ivy League athlete? Is he talking about Brock Turner? Was he the athlete over the woman he assaulted? Clearly somebody was sexually assaulted. People on campus.

You know what's really funny about that? They're really concerned budgets about that, but they have no concern for what Brock Turner has gone through in his life. Now, you may agree. That doesn't matter, Doc. He did something wrong. And I would agree, he did something wrong, so maybe you don't have a lot of sympathy for him.

However, there are students on the Ohio State campus who just a couple of weeks ago, after the guy drove the car into the crowd and started stabbing people, who held a memorial to people that were -- people of color that were killed by cops, and they included that guy on the list. And their argument was, you don't understand what he went through in his life to get him to the point that he would be willing to drive a car into a crowd of people and then get out and stab them.

So they're concerned with his motivations, but not with Brock Turner's. You just got to stop justifying that stuff or anybody else who rapes on campus.

Rapists, you don't have to concern yourself what got them there, but terrorists you do. Okay. Okay.

A little more with what white guys can do better in 2017. Here we go.

VOICE: Oh, and if you're a judge, don't prioritize the well-being of an Ivy League athlete over the woman he assaulted.

VOICE: We all love Beyonce, and, yes, she's black. So, of course, she cares about black issues. I'm talking to you Fox News.

VOICE: Feel free to take Kanye West, though. You guys can have him.

VOICE: You know what you did, Kanye.

VOICE: Nobody who has black friends says that they have black friends.

VOICE: And just because you have black friends doesn't mean you're not racist. You can be racist with black friends.

VOICE: Look, guys, we know nobody's perfect.

VOICE: But honestly, you could do a little better in 2017.

VOICE: Some of you guys do a great job. Some of you don't.

DOC: Right.

VOICE: Please. Because 2016 is bad. 2017 can't be worse than this. All right? Because this is bad.

DOC: There it is. So hopefully you fellow white guys now understand what you could do better in 2017.

Kal is spinning the dials radio style for us in New York City this morning. And, Kal, you are not a white man.

KAL: I mean, on the outside, it kind of looks that way.

DOC: Yeah. You're fairly light, but you're of Middle Eastern descent.

KAL: Yes. Yes, I am.

DOC: So although you're a male, so there's probably some things you could do better --

KAL: Probably.

DOC: Would you agree with this, that the white people, there's a lot of stuff we need -- white guys, what we need to do better?

KAL: No, I don't. I don't actually at all. Disagree completely.

DOC: Really, huh?

KAL: I think we do a lot. We work hard.

DOC: Wow. Interesting. You know, I would also wonder if I were to produce a tape saying, "Hey, Asian people, here's what you could do better in the future in 2017, or black guys, or Middle Eastern guys or Hispanic guys." I wonder how well that would be received from those same people who produced that. You think they'd receive that real well?

KAL: I'm going to guess no.

DOC: No. This wasn't received all that well online, shockingly because there was like 11,000 people who objected to it. Gave them the thumbs down and started tweeting about it, so they quickly removed it.

But as I said, it's still out there.

But there are some people that believe that this is not only acceptable, but it's needed. This is what's going to be good for us. If they do this, then I as a white guy am going to go, "I had no idea. Wow, thank you so much, MTV, for telling me what I've done wrong lo these many years. I will hear you, and I will go ahead and change my ways." Ironic you've never heard what I've had to say about these things, but I'll go ahead and change my ways.

Yeah, did you see the guy -- I'll tweet out a link to this, by the way, so you can see the video. It's @DocThompsonshow on Twitter. Please follow me. And you can see the guy. Because the guy that they picked up front I wouldn't say is the best representation of all white guys. Yeah, that's --

KAL: I'm offended by that.

DOC: What do you mean by that? What do you mean?

KAL: Because that guy -- there's lots of things wrong with that.

DOC: Okay. That's what I'm saying. Maybe he could have said, "Hey, fellow homotype sexual men, here's what you could do better in 2017. Hey, non-heterosexual guys, here's what you could do better in 2017." Seems a little bit soft there.

All right. I'm going to tweet out a link to it. Get a quick break in. Then I'm going to get some of your calls coming up as well. Lots more happening, going on today. The number is 888-727-BECK. It's 888-727-BECK. Doc Thompson pinch-hitting on the Glenn Beck Program today.

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DOC: Thanks so much for joining me. It's Doc Thompson in for Glenn today. Lots of people tweeting at me. It's @DocThompsonshow, if you would please follow me. During my morning radio broadcast on TheBlaze Radio Network, which if you go to TheBlaze.com and click on channels, you can follow me there and find out more about my program. But we use the #whatIlearnedtoday.

Lots of people are learning things today. Political Porn tweeting @DocThompsonshow and @Kal79. That's K-A-L 79 for Kal, who is in New York. He said that S-word was just stupid, ignorance unhinged.

Yeah, based on his picture, he's a man of color, if that's an accurate picture. So that's nice to hear that people just recognize that it's crazy. I don't need other people telling me, pointing the finger of racism while being racist.

You're saying, stop being racist. And I'm going to tell you about it by being racist, in a very racist way.

Kaleon Reeves tweeting @DocThompsonShow, @GlennBeck, I think white guys have done an incredible job tolerating their constant blatant, blind, hyper racism.

That is a wonderful point. We're constantly told that we're not nearly tolerant enough. We've got to be tolerant. I have tolerated these claims of racism and divide and ignorance and attacks on me for years. And I've had enough. I'm not going to be tolerant of that. I'm not going to tolerate it at all, not for a second. And, by the way, why are we preaching that we should be tolerant of other people? If you're a Christian, you should be loving your fellow man, even when they're jackholes like this.

Leech 598 tweeting @DocThompsonShow, we need to start using the right word in the sentence. Should go when adjusted for devaluation.

Ah, that's right. It's not adjusted for inflation anymore.

Danny Statutie (phonetic) tweeting @DocThompsonShow: Idiots think slavery was invented in the US. Egypt enslaved the entire nation of Israel. That's an African thing.

This is one of the biggest misnomers. That is, slavery in America. It was not just black people who were slaves. All kinds of races were slaves. It was not just white people who owned slaves. There were black who owned slaves in America. And it was less than 1 percent of all Americans who owned slaves. Slaves were brought to America, at least in part by people in other countries, who sold people into slavery.

And none of us alive today owned a slave or were a slave. Get the hell over it. Get the hell over it. You want to deal with racism in America? Shut up and move on and get over it. That's the only way you're going to deal with it. Shut up, move on, and get over it. I've had enough of it. You're actually hurting your own cause now with crap like this because all you're doing is taking a person like me, who is genuinely an affable and reasonable person, and pissing me off.

Everybody around me knows me as reasonable and affable, right? It's on my business card, that way. @DocThompsonshow, Constitutional Drunk: Wow, you really are wearing skinny jeans.

They are not skinny jeans. I'm just so fat, they look like they're skinny jeans, like I'm poured into them.

This was a question that came up during the end of my morning radio broadcast.

Okay. This stuff like the MTV video, this is another example of fake news. That's really what this is. They have created something that is now or for a while was all over social media. Social media is media. It's today's media. When we used to say media, we meant television, radio, newspaper, or magazines. But now social media is media. And there's a lot of news. So if something is on social media and it's topical, it is on some level news. This is an example of fake news. It's lies and propaganda. That's what fake news is. It is lies and propaganda.

Propaganda, also lies. But it's propaganda with a specific purpose. A lot of times a political component to it. But that's what this is. It's fake news. They took a failed premise and spun an entire video out of it, fortunately this time around people called them on it and it got shot down. But it was an example of fake news. Whereas, a lot of people out there right now that are clamoring for some sort of government agency or more control over news and social media would claim that it's just traditional news outlets reporting things that are not based on fact.

Fake news comes at us in many fronts. First of all, stuff like this, where people put out and would claim that this is an actual issue that is based on a failed premise that racism is all around us and that exclusively white people are racist and need to do something better in the coming year and then begin to teach us how we should be in the coming year. There's, of course, that.

Then there's the outright fake news of somebody just writes up a story that they know is chalk full of lies or based on one big lie and put it out there. And sometimes it takes off, and sometimes it doesn't.

But then there is the lie of omission. The lie of omission, where they report on a story, but don't tell you everything. Your traditional news outlets that are now also on social media like Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, all of these, MSNBC, that's what they do quite a bit. It's the lie of omission, where they just don't tell you everything.

So factually, what they're telling you is right, but there's a whole lot more to it than that. Then there's the -- and the traditional media outlets are pretty good at this as well, where they will take a news selection, where they select certain stories without selecting others. This is also how they present fake news because they give something more credit than it deserves, while ignoring other things which also should be pertinent, something interesting to people. But they choose them. This is all fake news. It's all around us. Fake news always has been and always will be on some level around us. And the solution is not more government control. All that's doing is saying the people that used to have power want to control. Or try to control what they lost.

One of the beauties of the internet and social media is that you and I for the first time in the history of the world have instant access to any bit of information. Just 20 years ago, we wouldn't have had that. You would have had to wait until your traditional media outlets told you what were news.

Sometimes, often, it was fake news or had a fake news component to it because it was what Walter Cronkite told you what news was. It was what Peter Jennings told you what the news were. And if you wanted to research it, virtually impossible, unless you had really deep pockets where you could fly around and interview people or whatever, you couldn't get the truth. But for the first time, we have that. And these people are freaked out.

The stuffed shirts at the traditional networks are freaking out. So they got to control it. So what do they do? Suggest fake news as a thing. When did they do it? When they realized they started losing control with the election of Donald Trump. They did everything they could to get Hillary Clinton elected directly. Because they agreed with her, suspected her openly, behind the scenes. And when they realized it didn't work, they said, "Wait a minute. We have lost it here. We've got to gain control once again." So they started the idea of fake news. And they're going to keep pushing it. They're going to push an idea of a government agency to regulate it. And at very least, they're going to use their powers of influence over the corporate cronyism and cronies at places like Facebook to try to regulate. And that regulation will be regulating fake news with more fake news. What they determine news is. That's what we have to stand against.

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DOC: Doc Thompson pinch-hitting for Glenn Beck on his radio program today. Appreciate you joining me. Talked about fake news and unfortunately how common it is. And, you know what, that's not a bad thing. No, I mean, I don't like to be fooled, but some of that is on us. You have to do your research and, no, you cannot research every single story. But that's the reason you start building relationships with people. You say, you know what, I follow this media outlet. They're usually pretty accurate.

And if you do your research up front, you're also going to know who shares their biases right off the bat. It's the lack of knowledge of the bias that is what empowers them. Anybody with fake news. Where they don't tell you who they are.

If you look at newspapers in the early days of America, when print was the main media source -- it was Town-Crier and Print, they would tell you what their biases were right in the heading sometimes. The name of the newspaper would tell you what they believed and what they didn't believe.

So you could say, "Okay. I can -- I can take this for what it is. This is come from a certain position. I'll glean out some of the facts. This is likely opinion-based." And you go on from there.

It's the people that will not tell you who they are or what they believe. Like, unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter and these people. Instead, you have to look at the people that own them or run them and you go, "Oh, well, I'm expected to believe that you're incredibly progressive and you give money to all these progressive causes, but none of that happens in your company. That doesn't influence who you are or what you report on at all. That doesn't happen." What am I an idiot? Of course, it happens.

So then like Facebook, for example, they're going to put out and employ some fact-checkers for fake news moving forward. And if you look up who their fake-checkers are, one of them is Snopes. Oh, urban legends and things reported, Snopes.com. Sure, we all go there.

Who runs Snopes.com? A bunch of progressives. I've caught Snopes in lies before, sometimes in lies of omission, sometimes just reporting something that is inaccurate. But somehow, Snopes, wonderfully, beautifully for them, got branded as the trustworthy debunker of early myths in the early days.

I have friends, "I'll go to Snopes, see if it's real." You don't even know who these people are running it. And if you actually look at it, you'll realize they're -- they're wrong quite often. Anything that infringes your free market, your ability to use capitalism, not cronyism, but capitalism, like government stepping in and saying, "Well, we need to monitor what is real and what's not real," is absolutely a fail. And then the cronies who buy government, people who have deep pockets and pay off via their lobbyists like Facebook and Twitter, ABC, NBC, New York Times, any of these people are also a problem. Free market. Let it run and you and I do our research. That's the solution. The claims of fake news are simply out there right now to help some people. And by some people, I mean the same old Beltway DC insiders that are getting paid off by the cronies and the progressives. That's the truth.

Your tweets coming up. It's @DocThompsonshow on Twitter, as long as I still have an account after that. I don't know if I will. It may be banned soon.

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But we're using the #Facebookfact. If you want to suggest something that is likely a fact to Facebook, something from their perspective in the future that will be a fact, #Facebookfact. We'll get to those coming up.

President Obama is another example of fake news. In virtually all he does and says is fake news. A guy who has bitched about fake news is almost completely fake news. I offer for you one of his final full interviews that he granted to public broadcasting.

And I hate to subject you to this, but there is a point to my madness. It's only a couple of minutes long. I'm not going to play the entire interview for you. It's about an hour or so. But it does make some really solid points about fake news. Here is President Obama being interviewed.

OBAMA: The demographics of the country are going to change. It's inevitable. The Latino community in America is going to grow. If you stopped all immigration today, just by virtue of birthrates, this is going to be a browner country. And if we're not thinking right now about how we make sure that next generation is getting a good education and are instilled with a common creed and the values that make America so special --

DOC: Okay. Hold on a second. Hold on.

So how is this an example of fake news? Because, again, it's only telling partial truths with this stuff.

Number one, yes, the country is going to become browner. It's becoming browner every day.

White people -- did you see all the statistics? And the benchmarks they've put out there so far have been true over the last five, 10, 20 years or so, are eventually going to become a minority if things continue the way they are. White people have now become a minority if you combine all other races and ethnicities in America. It now is a minority to all of them combined. And by 2050, we'll be a minority to Latinos in America. If you look at the ten most popular surnames in America, four of them now are Latino last names. That was never the case 20, 30 years ago. This is true. He is -- he's right about that.

But why is that a reason we need to suddenly make sure kids are being educated? Did you hear what he said? He goes, "So it's going to become browner, so we need to do what we have to do to make sure the future is bright for these people."

So it didn't need to be bright if white people were going to be a minority. Is that what you're saying? What is -- or you haven't already helped different groups of people based on their -- by their ethnicity. What does that have to do with any of this? A little bit more maybe cleans this up.

OBAMA: Are instilled with a common creed and the values that make America so special and are cared for and nurtured and loved. This way, every American child is treated then. We're not going to be as successful, but the good news is we got time to do it. With respect to --

DOC: Wait. Wait. What is he suggesting for a moment there? That all these children need to be instilled with the American values and principles, which there's a little bit of fake news right there. Because what are the common values in the things he says are common values are not actually common values. They're quite uncommon. They're actually things that separate us. And that's okay. The common values are basic support of personal freedoms and free market. That's it. That's what makes the whole thing work. But he would have you believe it's things that don't exist and things that will never exist.

Not all people are going to like all people. Some people are going to be racist and sexist and misogynist and misandrous. This is always going to be there. You will never change that. That's human nature. Sometimes you're not going to like tall people or short people or thin people. That's okay. That's your right. That's not a common thread. Making people like each other is not a common thread.

A common thread in America is you living your life and I'll live mine. But what's his point about we need to support and nurture all that. We weren't going to do it, if it was Latinos? We haven't done it if it's Latinos? We're only interested in doing it if it's white people? None of that makes any sense.

A bit more from President Obama.

OBAMA: We're not going to be a successful. But the good news is we've got time to do it.

With respect to race and the relationship between the African-American community and police, all these smartphones suddenly taking pictures are not documenting a suddenly worsening relationship between the African-American community and the police. They are recording what has been a long-standing tension.

DOC: Sorry. Sorry. That's fake news, right there. Smartphones aren't suddenly reporting something that is increasing. This is a long-standing tension between the African community and police.

Long-standing tension? What does he mean by tension? And it's always been horrible, but people are now just suddenly finding out about that? That's a lie of omission. That's a fake news of omission.

You mean to tell me it is disproportionate -- police are disproportionately targeting black people based on their race? Through no fault of their own, cops are just saying, "You know what, Pete, let's go out and rouse some brothers today because we're racist. Let's teat them like hell. You know what, let's just go ahead and shoot them." Or does he mean just tension? Did he mean tension? The struggles? Well, if he just meant tension between cops and the African-American communities, he put it, is that the responsibility or fault of law enforcement?

Maybe some of the tension is simply there because the African community has misnomers and wrong beliefs about police officers at times. He's not sharing that.

This is strictly putting the fault at the feet of police and, of course, racism in general in America. A bit more explanation on that.

A little bit more from the president.

OBAMA: The sense on the part of police that they're put in a very difficult situation of trying to manage law enforcement in poor communities where guns are easily accessible --

DOC: Ah. Okay. So, see, it's the fault of guns as well. It has to do with guns. So police are in a difficult spot of being in poor communities and dealing with guns. He went from the police have tension with black people. And they're in a difficult spot when they go into poor communities. Well, that's mutually -- it can be mutually exclusive. Not all black communities are poor. Not all poor communities are black. So he segued now the line between poor communities -- and the reason they have trouble in poor communities is because of? Guns. So it's the fault of guns now too. Okay. Again, more fake news. It's all propaganda. Here we go. A little bit more.

OBAMA: African-American community being rightly convinced that there is a long history of racial bias in our criminal justice system. And as painful as it is, you know, that conversation is long overdue.

DOC: Hold it. Hold -- what? The conversation is long overdue. What conversation? How many more freaking conversations can we have? I hate talking about race, but I got to hold these people accountable. These people -- these progressives like Obama, I've got to point this stuff out. How many claims of conversations do they need to put forward? How many conversations do we need to have? I'm sick of the conversation.

So in his mind, we haven't had a conversation, or we just simply need another one?

Have the conversations worked if we've had them in the past?

According to him: We still have all these tensions. Still all these problems. We just need another conversation. So if he believes there have been conversations they haven't worked, you're doing it wrong. It hasn't worked. Why do you want to keep doing what wasn't worked? Or you think we haven't had a conversation, in which case, I don't know where the hell he's been. He's been flapping his jaws for years about this stuff.

Stop talking about it. That's the new way forward. Tell people to sit down and shut up. If you have a problem, address it based on the issue. And move on.

Does racism exist? Yes. And so does a lot of other problems that people have. People just treating at hell at work for all kinds of different things that has nothing to do with their race. We don't need another conversation. We need a leader to tell people to get back to work.

A little bit more from President Obama.

OBAMA: My feeling is, is that if everybody takes a breath --

DOC: Here's the solution now.

OBAMA: -- and if we --

DOC: Take a breath.

OBAMA: -- can structure a conversation that is less about how somebody else is trying to --

DONALD: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

OBAMA: -- take advantage of me. And structure the conversation around, "How can we work together to solve problems that makes everybody better off?"

DOC: Right. Uh-huh. Ah. Okay. So he started off telling you how some people are being screwed over, people that racially identify with him. But then ends it with the solution as, we all need to stop paying attention to what we feel is bad for us and start thinking about everybody. That's complete crap. It's fake news. It's propaganda. And I'm calling you out, Mr. President. It's time we had a leader. You have been a failure. Hopefully President-elect Trump will do better. Doc Thompson in for Glenn Beck on the Glenn Beck Program.

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DOC: All right. On Twitter, it's @DocThompsonshow. It's a great way to join the program. You can also dial 888-727-BECK. 888-727-BECK.

But we'll read through some more tweets here. It's @DocThompsonshow.

Sharita Maxcy tweeting @DocThompsonshow: So what is the solution? Let's stop talking about and continue being ignorant? Hmm.

Now, based on the picture, Sharita would be a person of color, as it was presented to me earlier today. A person of color.

Sharita, the solution is for all of us to stop being so sensitive. If somebody does something wrong to you, something that is illegal, then file charges, call the police, and move on. If it's a civil case, fine. File your lawsuit. If somebody says something mean to you, calls you name based on your race, move on. The world doesn't believe this. Not all people believe this.

Stop claiming that you're so injured by this. Because it's not just race that claims it. You could claim it based on your fat. I mean, fat people are discriminated against all the time. Try sitting in an airplane seat today. Is that discrimination against fat people? Some people have claimed that. How many times do we rip on people for being fat and say mean things? Stop being so sensitive and move on. And start seeing the good in how many people out there don't care about such things and people who treat you well. The people who use racism like this are using it for their own benefit. The solution is stop.

It's not about ignorance. It's not about if you stop talking about the claims of somebody discriminating against you is ignorant and will continue to be ignorant. The more we learn to communicate with each other, without talking about the pains of racism, and just say, "Wow, that person is a good dude." And get to know each other. "They have struggles like I do. And they're just trying to feed their family." The more we'll understand each other, and the more it will go away. The claims of racism hurt it.

And there are a couple of other solutions, which I'm happy to share with you next, as we continue on the Glenn Beck Program in just a minute. It's Doc Thompson in for Glenn.

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It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

RELATED: Hey media, there is absolutely a war on Christians!

A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.