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O’Reilly: McCain Voted Against Obamacare Repeal Because He ‘Despises’ Trump

Did Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) kill the GOP’s latest attempt to roll back Obamacare because he holds a grudge against President Donald Trump? That was Bill O’Reilly’s theory on radio on Friday.

Glenn argued that McCain has always been part of the more progressive wing of the Republican Party, so his vote to keep the Affordable Care Act isn’t a surprise. McCain, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, was brought back to the Senate to be the “liberal lion” of the Republican Party as part of his legacy, Glenn asserted.

“I think this is about Trump,” O’Reilly objected. “I think McCain despises Trump so much because of the POW comment during the campaign.”

Trump infamously mocked McCain during his campaign for the 2016 election, saying the senator was “not a war hero” because he was taken prisoner. McCain was a Navy pilot who spent around five and a half years in a prison camp in North Vietnam where he was repeatedly tortured.

“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said of McCain in July 2015.

GLENN: We'll go with Bill then? Bill O'Reilly from BillOreilly.com is with us now. Hello, Bill.

BILL: What's the matter with you people?

GLENN: And it begins. Another crazy week in Washington. Americans can't catch their breath. Bill, how was your week? What is on the top of your list?

BILL: The skinny bill.

GLENN: We're not good at skinny anything, but go ahead.

BILL: I was surprised that John McCain voted to basically keep ObamaCare in place. Weren't you surprised, Beck? I was surprised about that.

GLENN: Why? John McCain is the leader of the progressive arm of the Republican party. I mean, he's a big government guy. He's -- I mean, this doesn't surprise me at all. That's who John McCain is.

BILL: No?

GLENN: That's who he is.

BILL: Well, his state, the people in his state have been harmed pretty much the most of all Americans by the rising cost of health care insurance.

GLENN: Bill, he is -- let me.

BILL: Huge issue in Arizona.

GLENN: Let me give you a perspective to hear your rebuttal of it. John McCain has been a progressive Republican since the '80s, '90s. He has become the Edward Kennedy of the Republican party. He is now -- and I say this with all sympathy. He is now dying. He has brain cancer. He was brought back to be the liberal lion of the Republican party to give cover for probably ten Republicans who did not want to say they were going to vote against health care. Had to but want to keep ObamaCare. He came in, this is legacy-building for him. He thinks he's going for a greater government cause.

BILL: The theory that McCain is somehow a closet liberal guy, I don't buy it. Because if you look at his foreign policy, and you look at his record on social issues --

GLENN: No. No. But wait, wait, wait just a second. You're talking liberal. I'm talking progressive. There's a huge difference between liberal and progressive.

BILL: Yeah, I understand that. But where the nexus crosses is in social issues. Liberal and progressive social issues pretty much down the line. The politically correct society we have that you guys were whimpering about.

GLENN: You are the -- there are just like --

BILL: Wait, wait, wait.

GLENN: All right. Go ahead. Go ahead. You can be wrong. I'll give you two minutes to be wrong.

BILL: Put tape on his mouth. All right. I think this is about Trump. I think McCain despises Trump so much because of the POW comment during the campaign that he knew -- because it doesn't make any sense as his pal Lindsey Graham and all of the other people that he's closed to in the senate would say to him "Look, all this does, this skinny bill is take out three or four of the most egregious parts of ObamaCare, which McCain cannot support. The mandate that you have to buy insurance. The mandate have to employ -- given insurance to everybody. The tax on medical devices, which the liberal democratic party doesn't like. So I think it's about McCain basically saying to himself "I really despise Trump, and I think Trump should be out of there, and I'm going to make it almost impossible for Trump to have any kind of legislative victories." That's what I think this is about.

GLENN: Well, you know, I appreciate the conspiratorial nature of that, but I deal in facts.

BILL: It's not conspiratorial. It's based on facts.

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The Washington Post forgot its OWN NAME

Apparently, self-awareness is in short supply in Washington. But we already knew that. The Washington Post must not have got the memo however. Their recent op-ed about the need for George Washington University to change its name can't be serious, though — can it?

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'White Knights' ROB Black People of Their Honor | Ep 147

Two years after the death of George Floyd, are America and the black community actually better off? When Delano Squires first looked at Black Lives Matter’s principles, he realized that they weren’t at all what he believes in: nothing about God or families and plenty about the opposite. Now, as a contributor to BlazeTV’s "Fearless with Jason Whitlock" and a scholar at 1776 Unites, he’s unafraid to call it as it is: Leftists are robbing black people of their dignity and honor and treating them like children. Meanwhile, self-sufficient black men are painted as white supremacists. This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Delano breaks down how far America has gone — in the wrong direction — since the riots of 2020 and why the abortion debate is a clear example. And he explains why faith in God, not the “Biden blackness” of the Democratic Party, is the true solution.

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Was Elon Musk just RED PILLED?

It looks like Elon Musk was red-pilled yesterday. He came out and said he always voted for the Democrats, mainly because he thought they were the nice guys. Boy, did he wake up and he even said that he would be voting all Republican now. Elon, I would like to red pill you again. I wish we had faith in the Republican Party, but it's better than voting and pushing the garbage from the extreme radicalized left.

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Why the Disinformation Board was REALLY canceled…

Just three weeks after its announcement, the Disinformation Governance Board is being paused and Nina Jankowicz is now on her way out. I'll bet you, in six months, we'll come back around to this -- mark it in your calendar. We'll come around to this story and say, oh. Remember when they canceled that? Yeah. They just shifted everything, under this umbrella, to hide it.