Three Things You Need to Know - January 8, 2018

Bannon's Ghost Writing Debut

After reading Michael Wolff’s new book, I’m posthumously giving it a working title. Hell hath no FIRE AND FURY like a Steve Bannon scorned. “Fire and Fury” must have been easier to fit on the binding. They say the Devil’s greatest accomplishment was convincing the world he doesn’t exist, but Wolff rivals this in convincing his readers that this book actually about Trump rather than his real pro… I mean AN-tagonist.

Oh there’s plenty of juicy Trump details to chew on during this 300+ page bomb dropping bonanza. I’m sure some of it is true, A LOT is just rumor, but - make no mistake - this is not a book about Trump. The description of the book on the front cover, “Inside The Trump White House” is merely the vehicle used to highlight the real focus of this narrative… Steve Bannon.

I say NARRATIVE, because that’s primarily what you’re getting here. You get 5 parts confirmation of what we already knew about Trump. YES, his election caught everyone by surprise… apparently even his own campaign. YES, Trump and his team had close to ZERO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE and stumbled their way through the first nine months. This is all confirmation of what we already knew. You also get 5 parts rumor and tabloid-level gossip. Did Trump REALLY not want to win and rather just use his candidacy as a launching point for a new TV network? Is his marriage with Melania THAT bad? Does Trump REALLY try and bed all his friends’ wives? We’ll probably never know. That sure didn’t stop Wolff from publishing it though.

Regardless, the other 90% of the book was all Bannon narrative. Trump’s picture on the cover was equivalent to bookstore clickbait. Bannon and his agenda was constant throughout the entire book. According to Wolff, Steve was the only one in the administration that was smart, well read, and had a plan. Even things that could be considered as critical of Bannon, were nothing that he wouldn’t readily and wholeheartedly admit about himself anyway.

For Bannon, Fire and Fury was about launching his next phase. To separate and distinguish between Trumpism and Bannonism. This was the last paragraph:

“The disruption had just begun.

Trump, in Bannon’s view, was a chapter, or even a detour, in the Trump revolution, which had always been about weaknesses in the two major parties. The Trump presidency—however long it lasted—had created the opening that would provide the true outsiders their opportunity. Trump was just the beginning.”

Buckle up ladies and gentlemen. The next few years might be a wild ride.

Time Is Up Golden Globes

Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and mostly everyone at the Golden Globes last night, all wore the same thing: lapel pins with the words “Time’s Up” on them.

They wore the pins to show their support for all those who have experienced sexual misconduct, especially in the entertainment industry.

How very brave of these celebrities to compromise the integrity of their designer outfits with a lapel pin!

Give me a break.

It’s just another empty gesture by the Hollywood elite.

They tried to make a meaningless, indulgent award show into something more than just a meaningless, indulgent award show and failed miserably.

If Hollywood was genuine in their interest to stop sexual assault, they would have stayed home.

They should be embarrassed to attend the Golden Globes after all the years they condoned the actions of their peers and never uttered a word.

But they can’t turn a chance to celebrate themselves down.

And when the host, Seth Meyers, joked about Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey’s demise, they boo-ed him.

They gave Kirk Douglas a standing ovation and special award even though he has long been rumored to have raped actress Natalie Wood when she was 16 years old.

Meryl Streep couldn’t say one bad thing about Weinstein all night, only vaguely referencing him by telling Ryan Seacrest, “I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance and it’s led to abuse and we want to fix that.”

How courageous!

It just goes to show that Hollywood has apparently not learned its lesson. They can dress in black and wear lapel pins, but that’s not adequate contrition for their sin of silence.

“Time’s Up” on your hypocrisy, Hollywood.

Fire and Fury

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. You may have heard of it. Judging by the media coverage about it over the weekend, it was the only thing that mattered in the entire world.

So much for changing the narrative in 2018.

A book like “Fire and Fury” is business as usual. Dozens of books like this are written about every president while they’re in office. It wouldn’t even really be newsworthy except that the President heaped attention on it. And that’s a problem the President needs to fix.

Here is the simple solution for a President who so obviously wants to be liked: he must accept the fact that at least half the country will never like him. Just stop griping about books like “Fire and Fury,” because there will be a new book just like it every few weeks for the next three years.

The President tweets as if this is a winnable game. It’s not. He can’t control what the critics say, but he can control how he responds. So, he should just focus on his job. Show that he cares more about the country than criticism about him.

Americans are sick of the daily grind of this war on the president. The President won’t be able to stop the media war against him, but he could certainly stop throwing gas on the fire with every tweet.

A year into the Trump presidency, you would think this incessant game of he said/media said would have died down. But we’re stuck in the same annoying loop.

So what if this annoying game doesn’t stop in 2018? What do we do? You and I have a choice to make about today and about this new year – are we going to be part of the solution or part of the problem?

Making America Great Again has unfortunately become a punchline, but shouldn’t that really be the goal of every American, regardless of politics? It’s our job to build a better country in spite of the politicians and media. What can you do to make your home great again? Your neighborhood? Your community? How can you serve a fellow American today?

Less focus on the President, the media, and your side winning. Less focus on ourselves. More focus on serving others. That is what matters most.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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