Buck Sexton Live From the Scene at the Attempted Terrorist Attack in New York

What happened?

Terror struck Manhatten again but thankfully there were only a few minor injuries and a major tragedy was averted. A man from Bangladesh strapped a pipe bomb to a suicide vest which detonated early, avoiding any type of major damage. Fortunately, the suspect wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most the bomb's force went into the suspect himself who is now in custody.

ISIS threat...

ISIS issued a cryptic message about "Christmas in New York" using the image of Santa Clause in Times Square with dynamite.

"We meet at Christmas in New York... soon," the message stated. It was shared online and on social media by ISIS sympathizers.

On the scene...

Glenn welcomed former CIA agent and radio host Buck Sexton on radio Monday who called in live on his way to the scene.

"So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the --- in Times Square, 'We're going to visit New York soon,' is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?" Glenn asked.

"You know, it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual," Buck answered.

"But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two."

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GLENN: So early this morning, there was a terrorist strike in Manhattan. For those who watch ISIS, this was not a surprise. They, a couple of weeks ago, put out a meme that had Santa standing next to a box of dynamite in Times Square. And it says, we'll be visiting New York very soon.

And so today, there was a failed attempt, thank God, because it could have been very bad, right on 42nd and eighth, which is the Port Authority bus station and the subway terminal that kind of brings you right into Times Square.

Buck Sexton is in New York. He does his own national radio program. It can be heard here on TheBlaze Radio Network. Welcome, Buck. How are you?

BUCK: I'm good, Glenn. It's great to talk to you.

GLENN: So tell me what's happening in New York.

BUCK: I just have to tell everybody, if you do hear sirens in the background, those I believe are actually likely on the way because I'm on the way to the site, still. I'm right nearby. So there is still a lot of activity, a lot of police activity. I'm only a few blocks away from where this happened this morning. I think this is one of those weird instances, Glenn, where we have to say, wow, we got lucky. You have someone here who most likely -- I mean, I would -- I would bet money, although we don't know quite yet that he has ISIS paraphernalia at home, that he probably was spending time on various jihadist chat forums. And he might have even either said he did this for the Islamic State or left a note, which are things now that ISIS-inspired individuals do.

But he built a pipe bomb and tried to use it as -- he tried to take that IED and turn it into an S vest or a suicide vest. And fortunately, he wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most of the blast, it seems -- there's a video that people can watch on the -- I know it's on NewYorkPost.com now. It's probably up on TheBlaze too. There's a video you can see of the actual incident.

And I think a lot of the bomb's force went into this guy, went into the suspect now, who is in custody. And we're just really lucky that -- Glenn, I don't know how he's thinking he's going to fight for the Islamic State and chooses to make a bomb, instead of go with a vehicle attack. A vehicle attack is so much more likely to kill people. So the terrorist incompetence in this case was our greatest ally.

GLENN: So I can't imagine how the force of the blast went into him and it was still alive.

BUCK: I think it was probably a partial detonation.

It reminds me very much of what happened with the underwear bomber. If you recall, Farouk Abdulmutallab. And he really burned himself. He didn't -- there was no real detonation of that explosion.

Because, yeah, Glenn, absolutely. I mean, a pipe bomb, the shrapnel from that, even with a kind of low-order detonation would tear him up. And he would be dead very quickly, you would assume. But it might have been more of a burn than a bomb, if you know what I mean.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

BUCK: It might have ignited, but not actually exploded. And the other injuries are minimal, as has been reported -- which I don't know if they are from people -- look, it could be from people running for their lives, and somebody gets pushed down in the -- you know, they were down in the tunnel and hits their head.

But that's, I think, just more evidence of the bomb being a crude device. And that this individual was fortunately not skilled and did not plan this out well, and that's why we're not counting any bodies this morning.

GLENN: So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the -- in Times Square, "We're going to visit New York soon," is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?

BUCK: You know, I -- it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual.

But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two.

But eventually, one of their adherents, or one of their trained fighters, depending on what kind of attack we're talking about, does attempt to -- does attempt to make good on the threat.

I also feel a little conflicted about it though, Glenn. Because we don't want to allow the terrorist to keep us in a state of perpetual fear over the holidays. And I know that that's part of it. Right?

That's part of the cyber jihad game. They post all this stuff so that every person who goes to Rockefeller Center here in New York to see the tree, gets a little bit nervous in the crowd. Every person who walks around in Times Square with their family has to think, you know, was there a commotion over there? What's going on?

Unfortunately, that's part of this long-term psychological warfare they're waging against us. So we have to create this balance between vigilance and anxiety. And they're playing games with that too. The terrorists are playing games with that all the time.

STU: Buck, we're obviously happy that this turned out the way it did and there wasn't a real tragic loss of life.

But it does pop to, I think the top of the mind, other important questions. Like, is there something we can do to secure Santa Claus, or is the remote location of the North Pole enough to keep him away from ISIS?

BUCK: You know, fortunately, Santa is like the original off-the-grid guy. So we don't to have worry much.

GLENN: You're saying Santa is the original prepper? Huh.

BUCK: His digital foot precipitate -- I mean, first of all, I don't even think he's leaving prints of any kind. Right? He's a slick individual.

GLENN: Right. Yeah, yeah.

BUCK: But, yeah, you're not going to get much off of Santa's social media. So the ways that they would usually try to track him down, I'm not too worried about him. Plus, reindeer, I don't know if, you know, if you get them annoyed, it depends on the time of the year, but they can be a handful.

GLENN: Yeah. Okay. Buck Sexton, thanks.

BUCK: Thanks so much, guys.

GLENN: You bet.

STU: You can catch Buck on his national radio show. He's on TV all the time. Buck Sexton is the place to find him.

I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.