Trump's Press Conference Was Just Weird

Many Americans embrace the idea of a businessman --- not a politician --- as president of the United States. But can you imagine George Washington standing up at a press conference and talking about his holdings?

Co-host Pat Gray gave his best voice impression of America's first president.

"Martha and I have incredible holdings, as you know. We've got a massive business, as you know," Pat said jokingly. "Martha and I have been running this --- we own most of Virginia, as I think you know. My holdings, inflation adjusted, would be around a billion dollars. I'm the richest president there's ever been."

That's exactly what President-elect Trump did at a presser to address the unsubstantiated dossier on his connections to Russia, unethically published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.

"You know, you're not the CEO of America. You don't run America," Glenn said.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: It does not fill me with confidence. It did not fill me with confidence.

JEFFY: Well, him running the business and the country didn't fill me. So I'm glad he's giving up one of them.

PAT: Yeah. Because there's no way you could do both.

JEFFY: No. Well, he said he could. He could.

PAT: He says he can. But...

GLENN: Also, you know, you're not the CEO of America. You don't run America. I could run both.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: The president doesn't run both. He doesn't run the country. That's the problem.

STU: Yeah. We need to stop thinking about it that way.

GLENN: Right. And if we as conservatives allow others to believe that's what happens, well, then this is -- I don't mean to use this -- I want to use this word the way it was used in the 1920s: That's fascism. That is a government helping companies run the company. They collude openly with privately held companies, and they go and say, "You guys -- we are going to go this way as a country, so you should develop as much as you can of these things." And they work together. That was the idea behind fascism. Fascism wasn't always a dirty word.

It was a CEO -- it was the country run as a company by a leader. That's not what we are.

PAT: Can you imagine George Washington standing up at a press conference and talking about his holdings?

Martha and I have incredible holdings, as you know. We've got a massive business, as you know. Martha and I have been running this -- we own most of Virginia, as I think you know. My holdings, inflation adjusted, would be around a billion dollars. I'm the richest president there's ever been.

I mean, it's just the weirdest thing to sit and listen to.

GLENN: No. No.

STU: And that is true. Weird.

PAT: And it's true. Washington was by far the richest president we've ever had.

GLENN: And by far, one of the most humble presidents we've ever had.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: He would not be saying, "And I've got dealings in the slave trade from -- at all points of the compass, and it's a beautiful, beautiful -- my sons are going to be at the portico. It's beautiful. And we're going to be -- because I can. I could with the -- and expansion and the slaves."

PAT: And as you know --

GLENN: And it's wonderful.

PAT: -- I could be king if I wanted to. I've been offered that. And I've said no. I've said, no, I'm not going to be king. And don't bring that up to me again. But, as you know, I could be king if I wanted to.

GLENN: Look, they were putting together the Constitution, and they couldn't get it done, and so they came to me. And they said, "George." And I said -- I was there in my beautiful lobby of my house. It's more of a lobby than an entranceway.

PAT: It's more of a mansion, of course, than a house, an estate, if you will.

GLENN: It's beautiful. It's wonderful. My son -- my daughter was upstairs. And she's wonderful. She has some beautiful friends. And she was with us out on a vacation a few weeks ago. In fact, let me bring her up. She can talk -- she's beautiful. Here she is.

What the hell did you just say?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That's what he just did on that press conference. I don't know what the hell he -- I want to know what your stance is with Russia.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Well, one question about Russia did say that he believes -- Donald Trump believes Russians were responsible for the hacking. That's a pretty big headline.

GLENN: That's a big headline.

PAT: Yeah, that is. Because that's the opposite of what he's been saying, right?

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Yeah. He says he thinks. So it doesn't mean he's sure. But he believes the -- the intelligence briefing, I guess, he received indicates that, yes, that is probably the source of these hacks. That is a big deal. And he has not talked about that at all.

GLENN: Nor will he again, probably.

STU: During our -- our interlude into the George Washington press conference, you have not missed anything from Donald Trump.

His attorney is still standing up there, I guess explaining all the conflict of interest laws and how he's getting around those and not bringing --

PAT: And nobody is asking about that. I don't know that we even care about that.

GLENN: We should.

PAT: I mean, we do. But that's not the current issue.

GLENN: Okay. If I said to you -- if it's to you, "Look, I'm not going to run -- Pat, I am going to completely focus -- I am going to completely focus on other things, and -- and my -- my son will be doing everything on my primary business that I've -- identify staked my entire life on and is my life fortune. My sons are going to do that. But I promise you for the next four to eight years, not a word." I've got a whole bucket coming his way. I mean, that's -- he's asking us to do the impossible. His -- and not because it's nefarious. His son comes to -- there's a crisis. Let's say the world goes into a crisis. And his -- his son is looking at their financial empire starting to crumble. You don't think the son goes to dad and says, "Dad, I got to have your help on this."

STU: It's ridiculous.

GLENN: It's ridiculous.

STU: Jared Kushner is a good example of this. It's his son-in-law. He's going to be named an official, senior adviser to the president of the United States.

And everyone is like, "Wow, we have to see what's going to go on with these nepotism laws." Because he would be affected by these things. He has to divest all of his interests. It's a big deal for Jared Kushner to go through this.

However, what -- you're telling me that you're going to enforce these laws. And then instead of him being a senior adviser, they're just going to talk about it around dinner. Like, they're going to call and text each other these things anyway. All of this is going to go on. It's better that we know.

GLENN: Didn't we learn this from Hillary Clinton? You just don't -- you use the HRC email, you don't use @state.

STU: Right. But there's nothing to prevent them from talking to each other. It's just that his title of senior adviser --

JEFFY: Right.

GLENN: Correct. All they're doing is circumventing the law.

STU: But it's a ridiculous standard.

GLENN: It's ridiculous. I know.

STU: Of course, he's going to talk to his son-in-law.

GLENN: I know. But isn't it the same that we just saw, just a different -- I mean, they were doing the same thing, they just said, oh, you know what, just don't use the server. Use this server, and we'll be okay.

Okay. So that's what they did to get around it. And everybody yawned. Now he's just saying to his son-in-law, you know what, we can't talk about it here. More soup, son.

And they're going to talk about it then.

STU: You're not going to prevent a person from talking to his family members about important things in their lives when they're trusted confidants.

GLENN: No. And especially a family that is business. That is their family relationship.

STU: And that's not being critical of Donald Trump.

GLENN: No.

STU: I mean, Jared Kushner, while a big Democrat and much more liberal than anybody probably in the audience, has been a trusted adviser of Trump throughout the entire process. And that's not going to be a huge surprise that they're together. He's a big businessman and well versed in his own right. And, of course, they're going to be together. But I don't know that I've ever seen anything like this in this press conference, however, where you're getting someone, essentially a spokesperson for the president of the United States. In the -- giving us an intermission.

GLENN: Yeah. Never seen it.

STU: We're getting an intermission of this, where she explains all of this.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It is kind of an interesting turn.

GLENN: It's also really interesting to me that this is where they're turning. And I guess, you know, they want to turn the news cycle.

But everybody wants to know about Russia. The big news out of this is, quite honestly, I think, that Donald Trump came out blaming the US spy agencies for planting this story about him.

That is remarkable. Because let's just take it at face value, that that's true. They were sending you a message.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Don't screw with us. It's not going to get better. If that were true and the spooks are evil spooks that are sitting behind their desk, and they're like, "We taught him a lesson," and he came out and he said, "That was very wrong, the spy agencies, you know, we're going to see how that shapes up," you don't think that that big evil spook that's in the movie isn't going, "That rat bastard. Now it's war!"

I mean, that's crazy. It's crazy. Some battles you fight behind the curtain.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author