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Former President Bush Didn’t Condemn Trump – but He Did Warn Against These Threats

What happened?

Former President George W. Bush warned about nationalism and the rising resentment against immigrants in a speech in New York on Thursday.

No, he didn’t blame Trump – but what did he really say?

Liberals have been praising Bush’s speech as a slam against President Donald Trump, but he never mentioned Trump’s name or the administration. They also seem to have missed when he talked about the dangers of socialism later in the speech.

Here’s what he said:

“There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced the galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War, or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by socialist central planning. Some have called this ‘democratic deconsolidation.’ Really, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness.”

Glenn’s take:

Protectionism, nationalism, isolationism: These are the things that Bush was warning us against in his speech.

“They have never ever been a part of American success,” Glenn said on today’s show. “We want to share our values, our principles and our prosperity. That’s what makes us great.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: George W. Bush, in a stunning attack, Bush accuses Trump of promoting falsehoods and prejudice. End quote. That's the headline. Headline from the LA Times yesterday about President Bush's speech at the George Bush Institute in New York. Headline is what we might classify as, I don't know, spin.

George Bush never flatout accused Trump of anything in his speech. But he did call for the awareness of a disturbing trend of nationalism, that has become popular with Trump and the right.

GEORGE: We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought into America. We see a fading competence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty that follow in the wake of protectionism.

We've seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened, by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs, and drug trafficking tend to emerge.

GLENN: Okay. Everything that he said was true. I don't think they were directed at Trump. But anyone who participates in the isolationist mindset. Protectionism. Nationalism. They have never ever been a part of American success. Never. We've never needed them to be proud citizens of the home of the free and the brave.

Our pride in America emanates outward, not inward. We want to share everyone. We want to share our values, our principles, and our prosperity. That's what makes us great.

Come over here. Participate. Share in this.

But because they just wanted to kill Trump, his words fell on deaf ears. The left just heard him say, Trump, bad. And now George W. Bush is suddenly a progressive darling, which I can't take anymore. How is George Bush all of a sudden a leftist hero?

I guess it happens when you completely ignore the later comments in the same speech, where he excoriated their side as well.

GEORGE: There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced a galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War, or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by socialist central planning.

Some have called this Democratic de-consolidation. Really, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness.

GLENN: Look, here's the deal, both the left and the right are facing philosophical and ideological challenges at the moment. Both sides. It took George W. Bush to sit us down and explain why we're both looking at American democracy in the wrong light.

I fear, however, the right and the left will only listen to his words when it suits them. Before you trash or exalt Bush for the edited sound bite that you heard, that might have been promoted in your carefully selected news feed, I implore you, it's 15 minutes long, listen to the entire thing.

Why Trump’s Civil Fraud Charges Should HORRIFY Every Business
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Why Trump’s Civil Fraud Charges Should HORRIFY Every Business

Former president Donald Trump has warned the state of New York that businesses will flee if the civil fraud charges levied against him aren’t overturned. But New York’s governor has promised that other businesses have nothing to worry about. So, is there cause for concern? Former investment banker Carol Roth joins Glenn to explain why this ruling should be “horrifying for everybody who is in business.” Plus, she addresses whether conservatives should celebrate as progressive organizations appear to backtrack on their woke agendas, or whether this is all an election season ploy.

Transcript

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GLENN: Carol Roth, a former New York Wall Street banker, who, you know, woke up and went, what am I -- am I on the wrong side.

And she has done an awful lot of good. She's the author now, of, you will own nothing. Former investment banker. I have her on, because I want to talk to her about BlackRock's new voting system.

But she has a couple of things I want to let you know.

First, she has a new newsletter out.

CarolRoth.com/news. Sign up for it. CarolRoth.com/news.

Carol, I wanted to start with you, because you are a former New York investment banker.

What is the fallout going to be on this Donald Trump conviction and 355 million dollar fine?

Never been done before, not even with the Gambino crime family they never did this.

CAROL: Yeah. Okay. So just to be correct, San Francisco investment banker, because I don't want to lump myself with all of those New York investment bankers.

GLENN: Like that's any better.
(laughter)

CAROL: So the complications of this are horrifying for everybody who is in business.

When you think about presenting your company in the best light, whether it is a startup firm, a venture Capitol firm.

A private equity firm.

Real estate holdings.

Any publicly or privately held company, that has adjusted EBITA.

They are saying, here's what we think the business is. But we will put this in the best light.

And what this particular judgment has done, in my opinion, has said, even if somebody hasn't gotten hurt.

Even if the bank that you presented this to.

Or the investor said, hey, we made a ton of money. We're not a counterparty to this suit.

That the state can come in and say, well, we don't think this is right. We've done our own calculations. We see that you have some numbers that you got wrong here, and we are going to charge you with fraud civilly. Not criminally. Civilly.

And then put in some insane judgment, that is basically like sitting your finger in there. And seeing which way the wind blows. Because there is no actual damages.

The bank has said, that they were not victimized, that they made a ton of these.

And so who really is the counterparty here.

They are saying, there is some ill-gotten gain. They made this up.

And this has an incredibly disturbing implication, for any business.

If this is the standard, then basically, I would say, every business in the United States, somebody needs to be thrown in jail. And assessed hundreds of millions of dollars.

Because this happens throughout all business.

GLENN: Well, I will tell you, if Elon Musk were still in California, I bet he would be shaking in his boots. Because if this can happen in New York, it can happen in California.

And they're already going after him, with all kinds of stuff. Even if you're on the right side currently, if your company ever falls against the state, on anything, you're opening yourself for the end.

I mean, how -- how much of an impact will this have, on businesses being and locating themselves in New York?

CAROL: Well, that's the interesting question. Because everybody thinks that it can't happen to them.

Oh, it's Donald Trump. He's done all of these things that we've heard about in the media. This can never happen to me. And there's a lot of ego and a lot of hubris, particularly with the financial services and other companies that are based in New York City.

We have seen some level of exodus based on crime, taxes. And other decisions.

Obviously, the ones who have been savvy, have already gotten out of there. Started to decouple from New York.

But I think the -- when something like this happens, they see this big personality, and they say, it can't happen to me.

But why not?

Why can't it happen to you?

If you go against whatever the narrative is.

If you go against the state. And, you know, you say something, that they don't like. This is -- you know, as we've talked about before. Sort of a soft form of social credit.

You are not aligned with what we want. So we will find ways to penalize you, financially.

GLENN: It's terrible.

CAROL: And it is absolutely terrifying.

GLENN: All right. So let me talk to you here. We have about six minutes here to talk about this.

CAROL: Okay.

GLENN: Justin Haskins. Who is my cowriter of my book.

We talk about ESG and all of this stuff. All the time.

Go back and forth.

He's much -- if you think I'm a pessimist.

He's more of a pessimist.

He wrote to me the other day. Glenn, this is great news.

The Europe ESG collapse. And now companies are getting out. Even BlackRock says they're getting out of it.

And I said, whoa. Whoa. Whoa, whoa.

We're entering the time of an election. And this is also what every progressive institution does.

They are exposed.

Oh, we're not going to do that with your gas stove.

And then they do it, anyway, in another form.

Are you -- I mean, we should celebrate that we have them on the ropes. But we believe so let the pressure up. We have to pursue them.

Because they're trying to make an escape.

CAROL: Yeah. I think this is the absolute perfect analogy. And I know Justin and we have conversations offline as well about all this stuff.

And I do think there are a lot of things to celebrate.

Because of the work that you and Justin have done, Glenn.

Your audience has done in raising awareness.

Some of these state level leadership. We are seeing a lot of shifts happening. You know, we saw JPMorgan. Pimco. State Street. All extract themselves from the climate 100-plus pledge, which is basically financial institutions. Cracking down on companies. And trying to push them into this ESG, these directives. And so we just saw that happen this week. And part of that is because they are afraid of the legislation, and -- and being hit with lawsuits. In fact, BlackRock, which shifted from the US being part of it. To just Europe being part of it.

Within -- they cited lawsuits. Potential lawsuits, as one of the concerns. So this is -- come from The New York Times. Main Street media. They are concerned, but it's not fluff.

And, you know, that goes back to this new BlackRock voting initiative. Proxy voting initiative.

Where they don't want to be the ones to take the blame. And say, well, we're not pushing this. You're voting for it.

Instead of, you know, going ahead, and giving you the ultimate choice on how to vote.

They will give you options. But of their options, almost all of them has to do -- I know this will shock you, Glenn. With climate or climate impact. Or environment.

Social responsibility.

GLENN: Wow. So I could have Soviet communism, Chinese communism, or --

CAROL: Or North Korean.

GLENN: Or North Korean communism. But I can choose. I can choose. Wow. That's quite a choice.

CAROL: Yeah. And it's -- I was going to say --

GLENN: Go ahead.

CAROL: I was going to say. The way they're doing it is obviously, they've been paying attention to your program. Because they're trying to really manipulate you in one direction or another.

They have this one choice, that's called the ISS Catholic faith-based policy.

So you're going, oh, okay. That's great. That's going to be aligned potentially with my rales. And patriotic values. But what they say is, quote, it's aligned with social responsibility. And quote, the active ownership. And investment philosophies of -- I'm sorry. Broadly consistent with the objectives of socially responsible shareholders, as well as the teachings of Catholicism and Christianity.

And then they talk about social, environmental impact. That they're going along with the social and environmental philosophies of Catholic-based teaching.

GLENN: That's unbelievable.

STEPHEN: They're really trying to make sure you don't read this. And say, oh, this will be aligned with my values.

They're just pushing in a different way to manipulate you. So now they can say you're the (inaudible).

GLENN: Unbelievable. So damn evil.

CAROL: It is.

GLENN: I am looking at all of the things that are happening. Like the farmers. You know, that's -- that's kind of calmed down now over in Europe. Because the politicians said, you know what, you're right. You're right. We're not going to push those things. We're going to hold. We're going to hold. There's an election coming up this summer. But after the election, we'll bring that back up. And I think you're right.

And I think the farmers might be dumb enough to think they won. But they didn't win.

You cannot -- this is like -- any good war strategy.

You cannot let them regroup. Fall back and regroup someplace else. You must pursue them, at some point.

Because they're going to keep doing it over and over. They'll just pop up someplace else, or under a different name. Or another new way to manipulate, the reality.

And you have to -- if you don't pursue them, you have to start all over again.

CAROL: Yeah. So the farmers have obviously been very brave. And they've been leading the way.

And, yeah. I think they may have won the battle. But they haven't won the war. There was an article that came out in the Financial Times this morning. About here in the US.

About the amount of investment dollars that keeps increasing, in terms of buying up farmland. And that the average age of farmers here in the United States is 58.

I would imagine that there are similar demographics than issues going on around the world.

So they may be placating and saying, we will drop this.

But we know through the fight against natural asset companies. You know, some of these other proposals that are coming to the table. And things they're moving around. That they're finding other ways to achieve their objectives. I think the good news is, is that we are having an impact. Whether it's the farmers. Whether it's the listeners here, using their voice.

But I know it seems exhausting. But you've got to devote some part of every week, to advocacy. Because we're in a situation, where -- like you said, you cannot let up there. On the ropes. If you let them get that second win, they will come back and go back at you, with some jabs and a right hook.

GLENN: Carol Roth. Thank you so much.

God bless. We'll talk to you again soon. Carol Roth. The author of, you will own nothing.

She also has her new newsletter out.

You can find it at CarolRoth.com/news.

This Presidential List Reveals A LOT About "The Experts"
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This Presidential List Reveals A LOT About "The Experts"

For President’s Day 2024, the Presidential Greatness Project asked a list of “presidential experts” to rank all past and present American presidents — and the final list reveals a lot about what these “experts” really value. Glenn, Pat, and Stu review the list, which predictably ranked Abraham Lincoln 1st. But the list quickly devolves into a celebration of progressive presidents who expanded the federal government’s powers: “Everyone they like wanted a dictatorship,” Glenn says. And of course, the “experts” weren’t big fans of Donald Trump …

Transcript

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GLENN: Well, the presidential greatness ratings and rankings are finally in.

Yes. Yes. The -- the president and executive politics section of the American political of science association, which is the foremost organization of Social Security science experts in presidential politics, as well as super, super smart scholars, who are much more smart than you are, tummy.

They published a peer-reviewed academic research in key-related scholarly journals and academic presses, and 525 respondents were invited to participate.

Here we have, the best presidents ranked in order.

PAT: 525 were asked. I think 100 --

GLENN: Fifty-four.

PAT: 154, actually.

GLENN: Usable responses were received. In other words, there were some that --

STU: They used all of those.

GLENN: All right. So number one, Abraham Lincoln.

Don't think we can argue with that. He's in the top five.

STU: Yeah. Top five.

PAT: For sure. This has I don't know if I would put him one.

GLENN: Who would you put as one?

STU: Probably Washington.

GLENN: I would too.

STU: That's not a knock on Lincoln.

PAT: No.

GLENN: But Washington was the one who demonstrated how to use power. How to get rid of power. How to go home.

STU: Set the tone.

GLENN: The two terms thing is all because of him.

He is -- he is -- but he is a reluctant president, just like Michelle Obama.

Okay. So they have --

STU: Still? Where they still have -- number one is Lincoln. Number two is Franklin Roosevelt.

PAT: This is unbelievable. Stop it.

STU: It's completely --

PAT: FDR is one of the absolute worse. He's bottom five. Bottom five for sure.

GLENN: Well, if you'll notice the pattern here as we go on. The pattern is, the scholar seems to love those who you can't get past. You can't get past Lincoln. You can't get past Washington. You can't throw them into the dustbin. But they want to. They want to.

PAT: They want to.

GLENN: And so if you look at the pattern of everyone that doesn't make sense, it's because they fundamentally changed our systems.

PAT: Uh-huh, where FDR fundamentally changed. We were this close to a dictatorship.

Mussolini said he's cut from our cloth. Hitler said, he's cut from our cloth. He's going for this great state, so FDR.

So then number three is Washington.

Under FDR --

STU: That's -- that's insanity.

PAT: Madness.

GLENN: By the way, FDR, huge racist. Huge racist.

Did not invite, what's his name? The runner?

Jesse Owens. Didn't invite him.

Only metal winner, not invited. The biggest. And most important -- wasn't invited.

STU: Of all time.

GLENN: Let's see. So Washington. Then Theodore Roosevelt. Another progressive.

PAT: Come on. Jeez.

STU: Like Theodore Roosevelt. Does not even belong anywhere close to the top of this list.

PAT: No.

STU: You mentioned this a million times. Obviously, the man started the Progressive Party.

Of course they love him. But still --

GLENN: Massive eugenist.

STU: You can say he did incredible things in his life, but as a person. Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. But what did he do?

What did he do as president? What is he most famous for doing as president?

STU: He was -- well, he really like, continued what -- what Wilson was doing, who is coming up soon in the countdown. But continued that move. In a way to -- to make progressivism the -- the homespun philosophy.

GLENN: But as a president. As a president, he's responsible for the national parks.

He's -- he's responsible --

STU: Why is that seen as some big accomplishment?

Hey, we fenced off a bunch of grass!

What a -- remember the Ken burns documentary. The slogan for that documentary was America's greatest accomplishment. What are you talking about?

The guy put a bunch of -- what?

Fences around grass where animals can stay.

PAT: Well, there's gates too, so you can pay to get ahead. Don't forget about that.

STU: Wow. What a thing. What a thing.

I mean, how many medical innovations have we created? We've saved the world how many times?

Well, gosh. Well, they put those park benches out there.

That was really a good thing that America did. Hey, look, picnic tables!

GLENN: Again, look at the two.

We have Lincoln and Washington. We understand. Okay?

Roosevelt and Roosevelt, they're both progressives. They're both progressives.

PAT: Really bad.

GLENN: They're all about state power.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Then Jefferson.

Another one you got to go, well, okay.

You wrote the Declaration of Independence. I think this is kind of a big deal. Then Truman.

STU: Again, we should point out. All these people are saying, oh, well, we have to throw them in.

Are also the people that I guarantee, some of these historians. If you look at their Twitter tedious. Would be advocating for the tearing down of their statues.

PAT: Oh, for sure.

STU: Like I guarantee you, 2020, go back and look at their George Floyd feeds at the time, as they were encouraging Washington and Jefferson. The statues to come down.

GLENN: Washington, Jefferson. And Lincoln.

STU: And Lincoln is maybe the hardest argument to make on that one. But still.

GLENN: They wanted to bring it down in Washington, DC.

STU: Ben Franklin, they wanted to bring down his statues.

PAT: Harry Truman is a surprise too. Since he dropped the bomb on Japan.

GLENN: Not only, he's the guy that said yes to Israel.

PAT: Yeah, right.

GLENN: So, I mean, I'm shocked at him.

Then number seven, Obama.

PAT: That's incredible. Nine places since last time.

STU: Just stupid, just stupid.

PAT: It's asinine.

GLENN: You know why?

Michelle Obama for president. Who is losing a thousand dollars?

STU: Stop trying to take my money. I just want a push.

That's all I want. Is a push.

We need Gavin Newsom or somebody, to be the nominee. So I don't have to pay a thousand dollars.

Then Eisenhower. Now, Eisenhower oversaw the building of the industrial military complex.

PAT: Yeah. But he bashed it, at the end.

STU: That one speech.

GLENN: He said, we just built it. You will have to deal with this. Be afraid.

PAT: I put this thing together for you, that you will have to deal with the rest of America's existence.

But look out for it! Because it's really powerful and bad.

GLENN: Right. So look what we have. We have Obama, built giant government. Eisenhower, giant government. Then number nine, LB Johnson.

PAT: This is incredible. That might be the biggest abomination of them all. Number nine. A top ten president.

STU: He is legitimately, within the conversation, for the worst president of all time.

PAT: No question.

STU: It's in the conversation.
Now, you might say Woodrow Wilson. And I probably will lean that way. But if you want to come up with -- we need to do -- we need to get all the Blaze people to give us the top five presidents of all time.

Because LBJ, to me, is on that list. If he's not number one worst of all time, he's in the top two or thee.

GLENN: It's Wilson. I'm not going to rank them. Wilson is number one in all of them.

STU: Of course.

GLENN: It's Wilson. Obama. LBJ.

STU: Biden. Where Biden -- Biden might be number one or two now.

PAT: Yeah. For sure.

GLENN: It's Jackson. Andrew Jackson.

STU: I would put Carter in the conversation for that.

GLENN: Carter. But Carter is almost like a hapless dupe compared to these guys.

STU: But still! That's really bad.

GLENN: He started the Department of Education. So he built the -- look at -- everyone they like, wanted a dictatorship.

All of them!

They didn't call it that. But that's what they wanted. They built this Deep State. Then Kennedy is at number ten.

He's up four, which I find interesting.

Because Kennedy is probably the only one that couldn't -- wouldn't be allowed in the Democratic Party now. All the ones we just mentioned, they would still love.

Kennedy, no way.

Kennedy wanted to break up the military industrial complex. Kennedy cut taxes like nobody's business!

I mean, he was practically Ronald Reagan in comparison.

Then -- then James Madison comes in after Truman, Eisenhower, Obama, Johnson.

PAT: LBJ.

Come on. Come on.

GLENN: James Madison.

PAT: Yeah. The guy who wrote the US Constitution.

Let's put him 11th.

STU: Behind a guy who created a bunch of programs that are completely bankrupting us.

PAT: Yes.

STU: Like we are all aware as to why we are going to soon be spending a trillion dollars a year, in just interest, but LBJ.

Ah, yeah, the good thing, the redeeming quality, he was an incredible racist. And he was a drunk driver. Let's put him number nine.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Number nine.

Then after Madison. Then comes Bill Clinton.

Then comes John Adams.

STU: Clinton. Wait.

GLENN: Then comes Biden. This has so we have -- accused rapist. Followed by -- and Biden at 14, is -- look, I don't know.

PAT: So outrageous.

STU: The Barack Obama thing is so expected. It didn't surprise me at all, right?

GLENN: You do have to say. There is -- there is, at this point, with historians.

There is, you know, kind of a magic around him. Because he was America's second black president.

STU: Right. Ahead of the first black president.

GLENN: Yeah. It's weird.

STU: But you kind of understand.

The reason you see bias in these things is always big. Like Biden being there is not all that shocking because of its recency bias.

Obama, I'm expecting.

And the end of this, of course, everyone already knows is Trump last.

Which is also probably one of the recency bias. Right? Once the next president gets in that is a Republican, they will all say, he's even worse than Trump.

We all know that will happen on these lists.

But it's like, the -- the Obama thing.

Okay. First black president. Like, they got their Obamacare. There are things they know they will like. What on earth argument is there, with Joe Biden. With a 37 percent approval rating, to be the 14th greatest president of all time?

GLENN: You're not going to.

STU: It's absurd.

GLENN: The rest of the list is not going to improve your mood.

By the way, tomorrow, I will have a poll ready. With all the presidents.

And you just rank them. Okay? If you don't know who they are.

Because like Polk. I don't know. What did Polk do?

PAT: Mexican-American war.

GLENN: Okay. So he's bad.

STU: By the way, it's also Tuesday. This would be James K. Polk Tuesdays, just pointing that out.

GLENN: Hayes. Rutherford B. Hayes. What did he do?

PAT: All kinds of things.

STU: Are you guys into Chester B. Arthur?

GLENN: Yeah, there are some -- we will cut the list down. Okay?

PAT: Just eliminating Chester A. Arthur.

GLENN: No. I'll leave them all in there for judges. Like, I don't know.

PAT: Is he a Republican or Democrat? Whatever.

STU: Seems best five worse. Best five worse.

GLENN: I like to see top ten. Bottom ten. Okay. We'll do that.

Truckers Explain Why They’re BOYCOTTING New York and Standing With Donald Trump
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Truckers Explain Why They’re BOYCOTTING New York and Standing With Donald Trump

New York has charged former president Donald Trump $355 million for allegedly inflating the value of his properties in order to defraud banks (despite ZERO banks losing any money). But truckers across the country have decided to protest the ruling by boycotting New York City and even New York state. Glenn spoke with some of the truckers and their message was clear: “Under no circumstances will I cross that bridge again.”

Transcript

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GLENN: One of the best things I've heard in a long time. And I would love to talk to truckers. If you're a trucker, and you would love to participate in this.

Not going to ask your name. Just call us up

If you're one of the truckers that are refusing now to drive to New York City after the $355 million fraud ruling on Donald Trump.

A conservative social media influencer, a trucker who goes by Chicago Ray, posted a video clip in which he claims some of his colleagues will stop making deliveries to New York City to protest the ruling.

I've been on the radio, talking to drivers for the past hour. And I've talked to ten drivers. And they are going to start refusing loads to drivers, starting on Monday.

So does that include any drivers that are listening to me now?

Rob, you're a truck driver in Pennsylvania. Do you deliver much to New York City?

CALLER: Well, I delivered -- about a month ago, I delivered eight times to the Five Boroughs.

GLENN: Okay. And are you going to continue to do it?

CALLER: No, sir. I've already told my dispatch that under no circumstances, will I be crossing that bridge again. I won't go into New York State, much less the city.

GLENN: Wow. So what was dispatch's reaction to that?

Did you get any heat?
(laughter)
CALLER: No. I actually got, oh, another one.

It seems like, about -- between 20 and 25 percent of our drivers have refused to go into taking any loads into New York City anymore.

GLENN: Now, will that make a difference? 25 percent?

CALLER: The thing is, I work for a multi-national company. Huge company. And they will resort to using outside drivers and paying more.

Roger in Alabama. Hello, Roger.

CALLER: Yeah. Hey, I drove into the city, probably a couple times a week, delivering fresh seafood from the gulf. From Louisiana and Alabama and Mississippi. And for me, to drive into New York City, it's a pain.

But it pays well. But so, I'm not going to do that anymore. And as far as being able to recoup the loss, you know, for -- from what I will be able to find. Going anywhere.

I will book my own freight. Finding loads are easy.

Some of the other drivers I could talk about. Is the -- the drivers that are coming around have no experience, that are willing to drive into the city -- who will have a terrible time. I mean, being in New York City, if a bunch of independent truck drivers start doing this, New York City will pitch a fit real quick. But it really won't hurt the trucking industry you know, at all. Because there's such a demand for drivers. And experienced drivers who are independent who run their own truck and run their own business, they won't have a problem.

GLENN: I have to tell you.

CALLER: If we can survive the fuel problem, a couple years ago, we can survive this.

GLENN: I have to tell you, if you don't know -- if you've never driven in New York City, especially with an 18 wheeler, you are screwed.

I mean, it is really tough to get around. I don't know how you guys do it in New York.

I really don't.

CALLER: Well, some of the new inexperienced guys, they can't. That's just it. They cannot do it. They just can't. They're crashing into bridges and turning up neighborhoods. They just can't do it.

I have known some people that had 5 and 10 years of experience have trouble driving through the city. It's not easy. But it can be done. But it's not going to be done by me anymore. Just like California. I don't take loads to California. And pretty much -- the northeast. Sorry, I ain't doing them.

GLENN: Good for you.

So, Roger, what is the feel on how many will take, to be able to affect New York?

CALLER: I don't know of a number of how many of it will take. But the length of times, will surely take effect. Even if they still get goods into New York City, by some of the drivers, it will cost a lot of money. It will cost a lot of money. First, they will feel a loss of -- because, one, it's not just groceries. It's everything that is sold in a store, that comes into New York City, on a truck.

GLENN: Yeah. I know. Yep. Yep.

All right. Thank you so much, Roger.

Let me go to Scott in Massachusetts. Hey, Scott.

CALLER: Hey, Glenn. First time, long time.

GLENN: Thank you.

CALLER: Hey, yeah. I'm not going to New York City. Cost hundred some odd bucks. I think it's $130 across the bridge. And I can look down through the potholes and see traffic on the layer below. And you get in there. The last time I made a delivery there, I got a -- it was in Manhattan. And I -- my truck takes up six parking spaces. And I haul construction materials.

So they will take it up to the top of the building, right? To the roof. Styrofoam insulation.

So they told me, hey. Park on the side of the road, in Manhattan. I had to double park.

So the cops came along, gave me a ticket. 250-dollar ticket for parking. $250 for blocking the bike lane.

I'm like, what the heck? So the same thing happens in DC.

They'll, actually -- I've dealt with the FBI and the police. And they say, just move up somewhere else.

And it's -- you know, it's no problem there. So, yeah. No. I don't need to go to New York. You'll get the scrubs and the dudes that haven't done it, haven't been working a lot of time in there. And let's be honest, that will be even better.

GLENN: Yeah. It will.

CALLER: Because those guys can't turn or back up. So you will have accidents. You are going to have traffic tied up. You have guys who can't back up or can't turn.

You know, this is their first car. Let them have them. You know.

GLENN: Scott, thank you very much.

Yeah. Let me go to Jason. Jason you're in Maine?

CALLER: Yeah. I'm on the way to -- as we speak, I have a load of lumber on. Going over to Byron off 84 right by Fishkill. But I -- ever since day one, since I started driving a truck, I never -- I refused to go to New York City. It's a big pain. But I have been looking at this, and trying to figure out if there's any truth to it. But I couldn't wait for this morning to listen to you, to see.

A lot of times, you'll hear things like this. You don't know how much truth to it is.

But I'm a 100 percent Trump supporter, and I have no shame in admitting it. And I have not bringing this truck. That's a blessing, being owner and operator. I don't have to take any loans, if I don't want to.

GLENN: Good for you.

CALLER: Like the other guys -- the other guys, sometimes they don't have an option. It's their only job.

It will hopefully make an impact. And hopefully will make a statement, that, you know, hey. We're not going to tolerate this. Because something needs to be done, Glenn.

Jay in Ohio. Hello, Jay.

CALLER: Hey, how is it going, Glenn?

GLENN: Good.

CALLER: Yeah. Every Monday, I -- I live in the Corpus area. I head to Manhattan. And that's not happening today.

GLENN: Really? And what did -- what did your bosses say?

CALLER: It's funny, because he's very liberal.

But he -- but pretty much everybody in his company is not.

I already told him.

And he kept justifying it. You know, they're doing the whole thing. Where every vehicle crosses over and gets taxed and everything. So it helps out in the long run.

Okay. Cool.

But I obviously wasn't going to do it anyway.

GLENN: So how many people, around you, or in your company, are doing it?

CALLER: There's two other drivers that go to not exactly Manhattan. But they go to Long Island and stuff.

And they're kind of hem-hawing about it, and stuff.

So it's -- but they were not a big company.

GLENN: Right.

CALLER: But I've been in this company for ten years. So it is what it is. And I'm like, eh, that's fine.

I have no problem.

GLENN: We have Chris in Georgia. Who, you have been delivering goods to New York City for how long?

VOICE: About 15 years.

GLENN: Fifteen years.

Into the city, or all of New York?

CALLER: All of New York.

GLENN: And what are your thoughts on it today?

CALLER: I'll no longer be going to New York. We're non-force dispatch. I can choose where I go, and I'm going to Georgia instead.

GLENN: So are you hearing this from a lot of -- because I've had one truck driver call in today and say, I was excited to listen to the show today, because I wanted to hear if it was just me and just a handful of people, or if this is a big deal.

CALLER: Well, I hadn't heard about the boycott, until you mentioned it.

GLENN: Really?

CALLER: Yeah. I personally made that decision, when I heard the announcement last week.

But, yeah. It's -- it's not right.

GLENN: No. It's not right. It's not right.

And this, I think is the kind of thing that Martin Luther King would have done.

This is a peaceful protest.

It's all of the individual choosing for themselves. I'm not just -- I'm not going to -- I'm not going to support that kind of activity.

Not doing it.

I commend you for it.

And it shouldn't hurt the truck drivers, at least at first.

Right?

Because there's a shortage of truck drivers.

You can drive wherever you want, pretty much, isn't it?

CALLER: Yeah. Yes.

Well, there's -- that's a tough one.

GLENN: There might be more to that.

CALLER: Well, it's -- it's hard to put in a short statement.

But there's people that -- who will -- who will go to New York, even if they don't care about the politics.

They have no intentions of staying in this country.

They're here short-term.

And that's a whole other story.
But personally, you know, this will include points beyond New York.

I will no longer be going to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and loads coming back.

Just, I'm not going to partake in any of it.

I prefer to run to western states. I don't go to California, for the same reasons.

GLENN: How about Colorado?

CALLER: Well, that's a tough one. My company is from there.
(laughter)

GLENN: All right. Hey, thank you very much, Chris. I appreciate it. God bless.

CALLER: Thank you, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah, I'm interested to see how this works out. I mean, this is a group of people that can make a huge difference.

And we as a population, they know -- we don't ever do anything.

You know, the minute the state says, no. Boys have to go to boys bathrooms. Girls to girls bathrooms.

Which is completely common sense. They go crazy. They boycott the state. It usually has no effect. Truckers, however, can do that. And it will make a difference. Because it's already hard to move goods. And if you're not. Especially until Manhattan.

This is only ten roads in. Ten. And you're a trucker. You I think it's between I think it's 11:00 p.m. or midnight to 5:00 a.m.

And if you're a trucker and you have not driven in New York City, oh, it's going to be a nightmare. A nightmare.

But sending the message, hey. Return to the rule of law. We don't hunt people. We don't -- we don't find a person, and then find the crime.

If there's a crime, so be it. But we don't do it, based on who you are.

Would Kamala Harris Use the 25th Amendment Against Biden?
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Would Kamala Harris Use the 25th Amendment Against Biden?

Recent comments from special counsel Robert Hur have got people talking: Will President Biden be removed from office using the 25th Amendment? Is his mental agility actually deteriorating — and if it is, will Democrats do anything? Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) joins Glenn to discuss the possibility, as well as an often-overlooked fact: Vice President Kamala Harris would have to initiate the 25th Amendment removal procedure and Biden’s Cabinet would have to agree. Sen. Schmitt also discusses the possibility that the Senate will remove DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas from office: “He’s obviously lied before Congress.”

Transcript

Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: Welcome, Senator Schmidt.

How are you?

ERIC: I'm good, Glenn. How are you?

GLENN: Good. I have a couple things to ask you. One that everyone is asking. And I'm sorry that I have to bring this up.

But is there any relation between you and John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt?

ERIC: Well, his name is my name too.

GLENN: Okay. All right. Good.
(laughter)
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Good.

So the -- first of all, let's start with the Mayorkas thing. It's coming now to the Senate. Late February. According to Schumer.

And, I mean, I think there's plenty of reasons for him to be impeached.

One is just -- just lying to the American people, over and over again.

In front of Congress.

Under testimony. Under oath. That the border was secure when it clearly wasn't.

But is this going anywhere in the Senate.

ERIC: We'll see. Schumer issued a statement yesterday, the process when it comes over, the House managers will literally walk it over. It's received by the Senate. What's supposed to happen, all the senators that are immediately sworn in as jurors.

And we act as jurors in the trial. Now, I suppose Schumer can try some sort of -- some trickery to sort of table it or dismiss it, or something.

The way it's supposed to work. We're supposed to hear evidence, and ultimately make a decision. Now it would take a supermajority, not a simple majority, to convict.

GLENN: Right.

ERIC: So we'll see if the Democrats ultimately sort of, you know, rally here. But I do think there's a lot at play.

I mean, one of the things, in this debate, about this border security. So-called border security bill, which is a total disaster. It actually made things worse. And weakens our immigration laws. One of the things on the books right now, is ability for parole, right? You can parole people in the United States. It's supposed to be extraordinary. It's supposed to be individualized. A case-by-case sort of basis. You know, Mayorkas in this administration, have paroled an entire class of people, just because they're from a particular part of the country. That's a clear violation of the law. He obviously lied before Congress. And so we'll see what those articles and impeachment looked like, and then as jurors make a decision make a decision based on the facts and the evidence in, you know, upholding our oath.

GLENN: So there has been so much going on. I mean, I listened to the news this morning.

And it is all about the different cases, against Donald Trump.

We have -- I mean, law fair is the way of the future, it seems.

ERIC: You know, this is -- I wish the Democrats would take their blue jerseys off for a minute. And look at this, in a way of, how does this affect our republic long-term?

We have never, Glenn, never seen anything like this.

I think Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. These people have completely lost their minds. And are willing to do almost anything, to not allow the American people to send Donald Trump back to the White House. Because I think that's exactly what would happen.

And I think he will win in November. I think they know that. And I think that that's why this desperation in DC is playing out. Whether it's kicked him off the ballot. I think that case was argued early last week, before the Supreme Court. I would expect them to rule quickly on that. And hopefully, voice unanimously. There's just no legal basis, for him to be thrown off by the state of Colorado. Or any state.

Which is not. That's one piece of it. And then trying to throw this guy in jail, for the rest of his life. It's totally -- totally insane.

This is the kind of stuff, Glenn. If it were happening somewhere else, you know, our State Department would be warning us about it.

This is banana republic kind of stuff.

GLENN: Yeah. All right.

So let me switch to the 20th Fifth Amendment.

They tried to do this to Donald Trump. And the media brought on experts. And everything else.

How senile Donald Trump was getting, et cetera, et cetera.

Obviously, not true.

This one, you can see.

I mean, this is not a conspiracy at all.

This isn't made up.

This, you can witness firsthand. And it is terrifying, as a citizen, to watch a man, in charge.

But I don't know if he's actually in charge. I don't know who is running the White House.

But normally, no matter who it was, right or left. I would be raising the same alarm saying, this is dangerous.

But we also have a replacement, who Kamala Harris is -- I don't know if she would be any better.

You know, she would at least be alert and there.

But I don't know how good she would be.

But the 25th Amendment has to be invoked by the vice president. Right?

And the cabinet?

GLENN: That's right. The majority of the cabinet. So the president under the 25th Amendment, can do it his or her herself. I mean, that's not going to happen.

Or initiated by the vice president. Voted by a majority of cabinet members, essentially.

And then that goes to the House and the Senate. Now, there's a little back and forth, theoretically, that's played out between the president saying, no.

I am confident. No. You're not confident.

And ultimately, it would go to the House and the Senate for a two-thirds vote, ultimately, to remove or temporarily transfer, powers, to the vice president.

So it's obviously -- it's an extraordinary kind of thing to have happen.

Because you have someone, you know, elected to be president.

So that's why you have that kind of high bar and that high threshold.

However, I don't think, Glenn, we have not seen anything like this. I mean, the president -- you know, in these interviews. As it relates to the document case. Couldn't remember when he was vice president.

Couldn't remember the years, in which he served as vice president of the United States.

People see this playing out every day, as he struggles to get through sentences. Walking from place to place.

You know, falling. All of these sorts of things. In very plain view.

And, by the way, I don't take any pleasure in that. There's no joy in that.

GLENN: No. Sad.

ERIC: You know -- yeah, it's sad.

And that trajectory of age and decline is not the same for everybody. But clearly, you see a precipitous decline now in his capabilities. And that deposition was probably a case in point.

Which is why we need to see a full transfer to that.

Because there are only bits and pieces, in that report that came out.

It's not good. It's a real problem.

To your earlier point, Kamala Harris is a nightmare. And a total ideologue. Who is not all that bright.

But if you're talking about --

GLENN: She's competent.

ERIC: Yeah. She's mentally competent.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. You know, the only time we have seen something like this, it was kept under wraps. And it was Woodrow Wilson.

But they hid it. They hid it from Congress.

But once his own party. I think he was in hiding at the White House for like a year.

And his wife was actually signing all of the things, from the White House.

And once his own party, the democratic party found out, they said, you're done.

You're not running for reelection. Because he -- she was planning on him running for reelection.

You're not running for reelection. Or we expose the whole thing.

And it was -- it was about this time.

That they had come to them.

It was this close, I think to an election. When they finally came to them.

I don't think -- is there anybody -- I mean, do you hear senators talk about this?

On the other side?

And say, this is dangerous?

ERIC: Yeah. I think that they -- they will tell you that this was not the same Joe Biden.

Certainly, that they served with.

Some people that served with him. Or even just a few years ago.

It's just not. It's not. It's obvious. To your point. With Woodrow Wilson. Who I would argue, is probably our worst president in American history.

GLENN: Oh. Give me the Valentine's Day music, will you? This guy shot an arrow through my heart. That was my Valentine's Day gift from you, wasn't it?

ERIC: Yes. Woodrow Wilson is terrible. But, yeah --

GLENN: Yeah.
(laughter)

ERIC: But, yeah. His wife was essentially doing everything at the very end. And it's amazing, that in 20th century America that actually happened.

So, yeah. People get it. People see it.

You know, people who serve with them. People who have been in the Oval Office.

Talking with him.

Right now. It's really a mess.

But I don't know if anybody can go.

There's betting odds of whether he'll end up being the nominee.

He's not willingly giving this up.

He's running. Now, I think the Obama's have a lot to do with what's actually going on in the White House.

And I know there's a theory, that Michelle Obama could be put in place, at the convention.

GLENN: Hang on. Start the music again.

You may be singing music to my ears again. Go ahead. What's going to happen there?

ERIC: Michelle Obama could be playing -- you know, at the last minute here. We'll see. But Joe Biden is not -- is not willingly going softly into that good night.

GLENN: No. No.

So if he doesn't -- I mean, they're trapped. They're really trapped.

Because there's no way that guy will win. I mean, he'll be -- think about how fast he's declined recently to now.

Imagine from now until November. From November to January, I just don't think the guy is going to make it.

ERIC: Yeah. I agree. So there's two things outside of a typical -- like if you're comparing President Trump's record to Joe Biden's record. You would say, hey, look, we have a secure border.

We had wage growth, across all socioeconomic levels. We're energy dominant.

A lot of great things were happening, right? You didn't like them, whatever.

But the truth is, America was doing great then. We had no wars. That's what America was for his presidency.

All that stuff is very different now, under Joe Biden.

So under a typical campaign, people will compare, I think Trump wins, anyway.

You have a couple things happening now that are very different. One I think is this law fair, it's backfired.

We talked about it earlier.

It's really backfired. People see it. They know it's dangerous.

And I think that will be a motivation for people to say, we're not going to allow that to happen in this country.

There's no way, we will be able to descend in this third world banana republic. Where you're eliminating -- disenfranchising millions of people that way. And secondly, there's this competency thing. People see it.

And if you're an independent voter, and you haven't made up your mind.

Compare those two -- you know, the schedule that Donald Trump has.

Because his energy, versus, what you see now. From Joe Biden.

Is a stark contrast. And I think that's why.

Especially in states like Michigan.

You're seeing this polling. I think that's part of it.

GLENN: Senator Eric Schmidt. One of the good guys in Washington, DC.

Thank you for everything that you do and have done, and will continue to do. God bless you. Thank you.

ERIC: God bless you.