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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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WATCH: The DIVIDED States of America: Is It Time for a National Divorce?

It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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Jason Whitlock: Raiders coach fired by NFL as a ‘SIGNAL’ to others

Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden was forced to resign (fired) by the NFL on Monday due to 'misogynistic' and 'homophobic' language found in several of his old, private emails. But Jason Whitlock, sports writer and host of 'Fearless' on BlazeTV, tells Glenn that Gruden's words never should have resulted in his job lost: 'We should have accepted his apology and kept it moving.' But instead, Whitlock says the NFL chose to use Gruden as a 'signal' for all other employees who may oppose the football organization's current, far-left political stances: 'Taking over sports, taking over the NFL, is crucial to the goals of the left and what they're trying to do.'

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How an ‘orchestrated’ revolution is bringing America TO ITS KNEES

Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, joins Glenn to discuss his new book, 'The Dying Citizen.' He explains how America's hippies from the 1960s are the progressive elites running our institutions today and how their 'well orchestrated' moves have created a top-down revolution that's 'bringing us down to our knees.' So, what's the solution? Davis Hanson tells Glenn what we can do to push back against the far left today…

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Who Is More Evil: Government or Facebook? | Robby Soave | Ep 120

The Left and Right agree: Social media companies like Facebook are abusing their power — whether through censorship or harmful, groupthink-creating algorithms. But is the solution really more censorship and regulation, like government fearmongers and leftist "whistleblowers" have insisted? Glenn sits down with the senior editor at Reason, Robby Soave, who has a much more refreshing solution laid out in his latest book, "Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the Future." Politicians have weaponized the fear we have about social media. So, maybe we should be looking at the positives. Glenn and Robby take a look at the (very familiar) history of tech panic and censorship, balance the consequences of changing Section 230, and expose the real threat to the future of free speech: Progressive tyranny entrenched in the old school media.