Clapper Is Wrong: We Have a Massive Political Crisis, Not a Bogus Constitutional One

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from May 15, 2017.

Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on CNN's State of the Union this weekend and said a couple of things.

CLAPPER: Our institutions are under assault, both externally -- and that's -- that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well, our institutions are under assault internally.

VOICE: Internally from the president?

CLAPPER: Exactly.

VOICE: Because he's firing the checks and balances?

CLAPPER: Well, I think, you know, the Founding Fathers, in their genius, created a system of three coequal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances.

Let's all breathe deep here for a second. If you're a conservative, to hear somebody who was in the Obama administration say these things . . . you've got to breathe deep. Talking about undermining Congress? That's difficult to take. It's also difficult to take something like that from James Clapper, a guy who says the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular. The Muslim Brotherhood? That's like saying the Catholic Knights of Columbus is largely secular. But let's focus on what he said on Sunday. To me, he said the problem is with today's media and politics.

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Clapper Gave One Truth and One Conspiracy

First, let's tell a little bit of truth. Our institutions are under assault externally --- and that's the big news here. Russia's interferred with our election system? Yes. There isn't much of a question regarding what the Russians did. We know that they hacked the DNC and John Podesta. We know they used surrogates to leak that information to hurt Hillary Clinton. I have no issue with the statement that he made there. We know that's true.

Now, his second statement? This is what's wrong with 90 percent of the news lately. He goes from fact to conspiracy theory. He says, "Not only are we under attack by the Russians, but also internally by the Trump administration itself." Does he have anything on the record? Does he have any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? Did Trump do something that was unconstitutional or just politically stupid?

Trump didn't do anything unconstitutional. It was his right to fire James Comey. The problem is, it was politically stupid. To say that we're under attack because of the Founders and their genius of separation of powers and not to have any kind of collusion between those powers? I have to tell you, some other words come to mind: We're going to pole vault, we're going to jump the fence, we're going to parachute in if we have to.

Clapper used to be the top spy, so he knows exactly how disinformation works. Eventually people will believe the fabricated theory, along with the actual truth, if you continue to couple them. The left has been busy trying to convince the world that Trump has colluded with Russia, without having any evidence to support it. They want everybody to think that nothing happened at all, that Russia didn't attack us, despite evidence to the contrary.

They did attack us.

There's no evidence, though, that Trump had anything to do with that. Now, hiding your head in the sand is equally dangerous, but false accusations may be even more so.

Putin Wants Chaos in the West --- And He's Getting It

Let's be clear. We've been talking about Putin on this show for years. We have been telling you about the people around Putin for years. We told you they would do these things. It is no surprise to anybody in this audience that Putin wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton. But more importantly, something that we have focused on for years, Putin wanted to polarize the American people and cause chaos. Could he have been anymore successful?

Hillary lost, not because of the Russians, but because she was the worst candidate we've seen in 240 years, that's why. Airing her dirty laundry didn't cause her to win, didn't cause Trump to win. It further split an already divided nation, which is the thing that just happened in France. Two awful candidates ran for president, one with an overwhelming win. Russia interfered --- not expecting a different outcome --- but watch, France will tear itself apart in the next five years.

Why is it that we as people can't focus on what's really going on here? Why can't we see the facts anymore?

Because we both feel like we have a gun against our head. The left feels like you felt under Barack Obama --- and you feel like you felt under Barack Obama, for different reasons. And nobody's listening to each other.

If we continue to use threats as political weapons, we are going to tear ourselves apart, and it is going to be much worse.

Keith Olbermann now does videos for GQ. Listen to what he just said over the weekend:

KEITH: I make this plea, we the citizens of the United States of America are the victims of a coup. We need your leaks, your information, your intelligence, your recordings, your videos, your conscience.

The civilian government and the military of the United States are no longer in the hands of the people, nor in the control of any responsible individuals on whom you can rely.

He's talking here directly to all of the intelligence agencies all around the world, including the Russians and the Chinese, saying leak all of the information. He then goes on and says because Trump has no rules, we should have no rules either. We'll take the risk of reestablishing the rules later on.

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What exactly does that mean? Keep in mind, we're only a few months into this presidency. The question is the same question we asked a year ago: Where does it go from here? As I pointed out on the chalkboard when I was at Fox, the radical left, the socialists, the communists, the anarchists, the fascists, the Islamists, the Russians, all want the same thing: to cause chaos and burn the system to the ground. And they're all working in concert to see it happen. They're not coordinating, but that's what's happening.

And while we're busy chasing our tails, the bad guys are winning. Yes, we were attacked by Russia during the election. Yes, France was attacked during their election in the exact same way, by the same people. Russia isn't even hiding it anymore. To the contrary, they're expanding.

We'll Lose the Next War --- A Cyber Ware --- With Partisan Politics

The first Cold War was a spy war. I will tell you this next war is going to be a cyber war. If we continue to allow partisan politics to divide us, we are going to lose this war.

Maybe you heard about a cyber attack over the weekend, but you don't know really what happened. A group of hackers --- we think they're just thugs, criminals ---

effectively hacked the entire planet. A massive cyber attack hit over 200,000 computers in more than 150 different countries. In England, it got so bad it almost shut down the national health service. Surgeries were being cancelled. Patients were being turned away from the emergency rooms. And here's the scary part: Nobody even targeted the hospitals. That was just kind of an extra bonus for the hackers. It was a blanket attack that hit the computers, all of them at random. Now, imagine what would happen if they would have actually tried to target all the hospitals, if they would have tried to target all of the power plants, nuclear power plants and the power grids around the world?

So how did they do this? The hackers used a cyber weapon that was created by us, the NSA. Do you remember when it was stolen a few months ago by a group called the Shadow Brokers, and they leaked it online. And they said here, it's up for sale, anybody want to buy it? I believe James Clapper who was the head of the intelligence community when this was stolen from us and leaked online, James Clapper would neither confirm nor deny that that was any of our malware.

Well, they couldn't sell it, so last month they just dumped it online for free. Why? Surprise, surprise, the Shadow Brokers are speculated to be yet another surrogate for Russia. And they're the ones who dumped it online.

This goes to the motivation. It was leaked online in response to Trump's decision to bomb Syria and for kicking Steve Bannon out of the National Security Council. Why would a group of hackers want to burn everything down to the ground? Oh, that's right. Because as we've been warning you, Steve Bannon is not a conservative. He wants to burn the entire thing down to the ground. What Breitbart is doing is unintentionally colluding with the Russians and people like the Russians. Are they in direct contact? I highly doubt, but they are on the same path. They have the same patterns, the same desires, the same language.

This may be the beginning of the world's first worldwide cyber war. Putin said this would happen, and he said it would be World War III. It would be fought with digits, not bombs. We're in uncharted territory. We've never experienced anything like this before. And as long as we are concentrating on those things that politically divide us, we're going to lose this war.

The Real Crisis

It is really important that we not focus on a bogus constitutional crisis --- we don't have one. We have a massive political crisis.

The president was within his rights. I think it was stupid. I don't agree with it, but he was fully within his right to fire James Comey. The government's job now, Congress' job is to oversea, to make sure that there is a full investigation. Give an independent investigator this job, and let's move on with our lives. There's far too many things that are important. And they all revolve around the idea of principles.

While Keith Olbermann may want to rewrite the rules, I'd like to stay with the rules that we have. Those are the ones written down 240 years ago that we haven't used for quite some time. I'd like a return to those rules and those principles --- and that's only going to happen if we pay attention to the truth without being distracted by the things that piss us off.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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