Thanks to Melissa Harris-Perry, This Is the Happiest Day of Glenn's Life

Glenn loves a good teaching moment and his weapon of choice often comes from his eclectic collection of historical artifacts.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn dug up an antique model set showing the development of a fertilized human egg to respond to former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry's description of a pre-born baby as "this thing."

"This is the happiest day of my life," Glenn said, holding up one of the pieces.

Glenn played a clip from Harris-Perry's MSNBC morning show in 2013, where she implied it might be better to kill the pre-born "thing" rather than letting it develop into a costly human child.

He clearly enjoyed using this new object lesson to take Harris-Perry back to the classroom.

"What she's doing is she's mixing science and economics," Glenn said. "I'll give her the benefit of the doubt of 'if this thing turns into a human.' Now, I'm not willing to say at what point this thing is not human."

He continued referring to his antique props.

"We all learned this, not in religious class, we learned this in science," Glenn said. "How can she say that this is not scientific?"

Read the transcript below for more.

GLENN: Okay. Stop. Stop there. Stop there. This is the happiest day of my life.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Happiest day of my life.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Because I -- you know, I'm practically a hoarder. Okay? But I don't hoard like newspapers -- I hoard cool stuff.

STU: You hoard newspapers as well.

GLENN: But those are in other places that nobody ever sees. So I hoard. I'm a hoarder. I like cool stuff. And, by the way, the newspapers aren't just any newspapers. They're like Kennedy was shot newspapers.

STU: No, you also went through a phase where you were putting every news story that you did that you thought was important into a box for your children.

GLENN: Well, that's not hoarding.

STU: No, that was hoarding. That's definitely hoarding.

GLENN: That's not. That's history for my kids to -- anyway, this is a different stories.

I'm losing in that argument.

I was in New York about five years ago, and I walk into this antique store. And they had a bunch of these. And they were missing a few pieces. And I bought the whole thing. And my said to me, what the hell are you going to do with that?

JEFFY: Oh, those are cool though.

GLENN: Yeah, they're cool, aren't they? And I said, are you kidding me, these are the coolest things ever. And she said, again, what are you going to do with them? And I said, I don't know. But some day they'll become -- and today is that day.

PAT: It's very exciting.

GLENN: This is very exciting.

STU: This is the day your ridiculous purchase was justified?

GLENN: Yes! Today is the day that I can say to my wife, remember that, remember that? Came out. And it was -- this was the greatest ever. I could make the -- let me just say this.

These are models for biology. Jewel. And they used to make these in the '20s to the '50s. And what they are, are these little things that show the scientific patterns of life. Okay?

PAT: It's the progression of the fetus.

GLENN: The human zygote. Yeah. Okay. So this is -- I don't have the number one. And I'm missing I think like number ten, which is --

STU: So you bought an incomplete set --

JEFFY: Well, he said it was incomplete. He said he didn't have them all.

GLENN: I got a discontent. Yeah. I mean, I said to them, I said, you don't have number one and number 11. What am I going to do without number one and number 11? Anyway, so this is --

JEFFY: Surprised you haven't found it yet.

GLENN: So, anyway, this is the egg, as you can see has been fertilized. Okay? So this is the human egg as it's been fertilized. Then the egg starts to separate. The cell starts to separate. And then it separates again and again and again and again. Here we can see the inside of the fertilized egg. Then it really starts to break up into multiple cells. And here it is as it's about to turn into the human zygote.

This is the beginning of the fetus. This started here. Now, I can give her the benefit of the doubt, when she says, if this turns into a human -- because --

PAT: And you have to hear the way she puts that. Listen to this.

MELISSA: That if this turns into a person, right? There are economic consequences, right? The cost to raise a child, $10,000 a year, up to 20 --

GLENN: Okay. Stop. She cannot get away with, if this turns into a child.

PAT: And she goes on to say, if this thing turns into a human.

GLENN: Play it. Play it.

PAT: Well, there's no way --

MELISSA: -- thousand dollars a year. When you're talking about what it actually costs to have this thing turn into a human. Why not allow women to make the best choices that we can?

GLENN: Okay. Stop. Stop.

STU: Why not?

GLENN: That's incredible.

STU: If it's going to cost $10,000 a year, why not allow the life to end?

GLENN: Right. So hang on. So hang on. Let's deal with two subjects. Because what she's doing is she's mixing science and economics, okay?

This thing -- this fertilized egg may not turn into this because a woman may flush it out of her system naturally.

PAT: Yeah. I don't think that's what she's saying.

GLENN: She might miscarry. So I'm saying --

PAT: True.

GLENN: -- she may not say this. But I'll give her the benefit of the doubt of, if this thing turns into a human. Now, I'm not willing to say at what point this thing is not human.

PAT: Well, it's human from conception. It's human all the way along. There's nothing else it can possibly be. It can't be a vegetable product. It can't be.

GLENN: Right. She says this thing. Well, okay. This fertilized egg is not a chicken yet. We don't say we're eating baby chickens. We're eating eggs.

STU: Those aren't fertilized, but yeah. Right.

PAT: And that's another comparison she draws.

Okay. So, but this is. This, you would be eating a baby. This is. This is an egg. This is a human zygote.

PAT: Yeah. But that's a fertilized egg, which is different.

GLENN: Well, if I had number one -- if I had number one, I would be able to make that case -- I was trying to -- I was hoping that maybe you would give me the break that I was using number two, instead of number one. But, no, you wouldn't do it, would you?

PAT: I wouldn't do it. I would not do it.

STU: He's very much like your wife, Tania, who will not believe your explanation about --

GLENN: Right. Can you guys help me here? I am really trying hard.

PAT: We're helpers.

GLENN: This cost me like $300. This is the first time --

JEFFY: That's not bad.

GLENN: -- I've even had a chance to use it.

JEFFY: That's not bad for those. That's not bad for those.

STU: What?

PAT: What?

GLENN: You're right. I'll sell it to you for 250.

JEFFY: Okay. I'll buy --

GLENN: I won't sell it for 250. Are you kidding me? I'm a hoarder. This will be in a box some place when I die, and they'll be like, what the hell was this guy all about? Anyway --

JEFFY: I've got a one and an eleven I'll sell you for 500 bucks.


GLENN: I just want you to know that this is, A, science. It says it on the little label. It is science. This isn't a religious study. This is a scientific study of how a human is made.

The zygote does not -- that's number 14. Number 15 is not a bunch of broccoli. Number 15 is also not a Buick. It's not a stick of butter. It's not a cow.

STU: We'd know that if you had number 15.

GLENN: Right. We know that because this is called the human zygote. We all learned this, not in religious class, we learned this in science.

How can she say that this is not scientific? You want to talk about science deniers. This is scientific. If you now want to talk about economics, well, that's fine. But understand, you are now going down the path of the German eugenics society, that talk about how many potatoes can a person produce. And if they can't produce enough potatoes, then they should be killed.

Understand the science part says this thing is a human. You're now entering into German studies of -- of economics and the value of a human.


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