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New York Dems Propose a Tide Pod Law. Glenn Calls This ‘Progressivism 101.’

What’s going on?

Tired of hearing about Tide Pods? Sorry, you’ll have to read at least one more story about the internet’s favorite trend because two New York City Democrats want to use it to create a new law.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas have proposed a law that would ban packaging that makes laundry detergent pods look like candy, CBS New York reported. The law would force companies to individually package each pod in a uniform color and include a warning label.

Are Tide Pods a real problem or just another Twitter meme?

The “Tide Pods challenge” is an internet trend and running joke. But how many people are actually eating the brightly colored pods?

The American Association of Poison Control Centershas reported at least 86 cases of intentional misuse of Tide Pods so far this year. In comparison, there were 53 cases in all of 2017. So yes, more people are intentionally trying to poison themselves with laundry detergent, but no, it’s not a nationwide epidemic.

A far more dangerous problem is when parents and caregivers don’t keep highly concentrated detergent pods out of reach. More than 600 children age 5 and younger were exposed to laundry detergent packets last month.

Glenn’s take:

“If we’re talking about 2-year-olds, I don’t think they’re going to read the warning label,” Glenn said.

What about teenagers? If you’re old enough to know better and do it anyway, all the government regulations in the world can’t keep you from eating laundry detergent pods.

“This is Progressivism 101,” Glenn said of the proposed law.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Okay. Stu, how do you expect anyone in the press or anyone in America to really understand the nuances of three other options, you know, when it comes to General Kelly and what he said?

STU: Right.

GLENN: He gave you four options. One of them was he didn't care enough about their citizenship to get up off the couch. How could you expect that anyone could possibly follow four different things when you have this story?

A pair of New York Democrats have introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly that says it is necessary to combat the consumption of Tide pods. And so the bill requires the pods to be packaged in a uniform color to make them less appetizing.

STU: Less appetizing.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: Detergent?

GLENN: Yes. They need to look less appetizing.

Teenagers -- not little 2-year-olds. Teenagers are eating Tide pods.

STU: And, again, you're talking about the packaged detergent that is colorful, and therefore looks appetizing.

GLENN: Yes. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Because it's colorful. I -- you know what --

STU: Jeez.

GLENN: I say, make them look more appetizing.

STU: Make them look like hamburgers.

GLENN: Yeah. If it is in the laundry detergent -- I mean, first, how many parents can get their kids into the laundry room to do the laundry anyway? Okay. How many parents -- you have that.

So if they're in the laundry room and they're looking for something to eat, and they're like, that Tide pod looks good, you know, it's time for Darwin. It's time for Darwin.

STU: Yeah. This thing started like last year, when it was toddlers, right?

And so I know, as a parent of two young kids, we have Tide pods. We use them all the time. We make sure they were on a high shelf, especially when they were below the age we could communicate with them completely. Teenagers, you shouldn't have to do anything.

GLENN: Well, so here's the thing: They have to be packaged in a uniform color, so they look less appetizing. They also have to -- each type -- what?

Each Tide pod has to be individually wrapped in plastic, complete with a warning label.

So if we're talking about 2-year-olds, I don't think they're going to read the warning label.

I mean, General Kelly maybe should have added a fifth category, people that were too stupid to know how to even get out of their house.

STU: Is there not one Dreamer who has eaten a Tide pod? There has to be one.

GLENN: I don't know. How many people have eaten Tide pods?

STU: I mean, I feel like this is a little bit of the shark scare of 2001. Where they were like, oh, guys, there's lots of shark attacks. And then no.

GLENN: Stu.

STU: It's just like, how many has happened? Yeah, there are a few YouTube videos.

GLENN: In the entire world, there have been 80 cases. Eighty in the entire world.

STU: That's real? Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Take line one. Patrick in Pennsylvania. Hello, Patrick, welcome to the program.

CALLER: How are you doing, Glenn?

GLENN: I'm pretty good. How are you?

CALLER: Not bad. I broke a rib on that last segment. The Tide pods.

GLENN: The Tide pods. Have you eaten any Tide pods lately?

CALLER: No, I haven't.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Well...

CALLER: I'm calling in regards to, Glenn, what the president said about having a military parade.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

CALLER: And my thoughts on it is that, you know, we've had that before. I could see them doing a patch and review (phonetic) with the troops. But if we start bringing out our military hardware, that looks like something we've seen in the past. I really don't think we should go down that road.

GLENN: You know, Patrick, I'm going to give you my opinion on that here in a second. But I think you're -- you have a very unpopular position right now, at least on social media, if you're a conservative.

But I say --

CALLER: I am a conservative.

GLENN: I say, Matt, stand tall in that. I think you're exactly right. And I'll tell you my opinion coming up in a second.

Stu is lost in thought. I can see it on Tide pods still.

STU: Yeah, we can't leave the Tide pod thing. This is too important.

Because, again, my instinct was, this is kind of like one of those overblown controversies. But I did not know the actual facts on it.

GLENN: The 80. Yeah.

STU: And you said there was only 80 people --

GLENN: Yeah. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

STU: Well, that's an extreme source.

GLENN: Now, this is -- in case you just tuned in.

Yeah, I know. If you just tuned in, New York Democrats have introduced a bill in the state assembly that say it's necessary to combat the consumption of Tide pods, so Tide has to package in a uniform color, as well as requiring each Tide pod to be individually wrapped in plastic, complete with a warning label.

They said that people don't understand the danger associated with swallowing commercial cleaning products.

If you're that stupid at 15, Darwin needs to ring your doorbell. It's time for the tails to fall off.

Now, they say these -- these state senators say they look appetizing to some people because of their colorful design.

STU: Insinuating that it's a mistake. They just see yummy detergent and can't help themselves.

GLENN: Red. It must be ketchup.

STU: Right.

GLENN: According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have been 80 cases of intentional misuse of Tide pods reported in 2018, up from 53 cases in all of 2017.

STU: So 133 cases in the last --

GLENN: Two years.

STU: Yeah. We're not done with this year yet. But a year and a change, 133 cases.

GLENN: Yeah, but that's an epidemic, when you look at that there's 7.6 billion people on the planet. This is an epidemic.

STU: No, it's not. This is a great example of progressivism.

GLENN: Isn't it? Oh, yeah.

STU: Here it is. You have -- again, and what was the word? Can you give me that sentence one more time?

GLENN: Yeah. Over 80 cases of intentional misuse of Tide products reported so far.

STU: Ah! So that's not someone who mistakes it for a delicious product and eats it. That is intentional misuse.

GLENN: Well, I want you to know, even if it's intentionally used, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the child poisoning -- and I use the word child. When it's a 15-year-old, I use the word child loosely.

The number of cases of child poisoning due to Tide pods that are reported every year is, quote, not out of line with other similar household products, which strongly suggests that the product is not objectively more dangerous to children, due to its packaging or colorful design.

STU: Well, yeah, because the only thing that the colorful design would theoretically do is have someone eat it unintentionally.

GLENN: Listen to you. Listen to you.

STU: They would say, hey, that looks like a breath mint and eat it, right?

But this is saying, it's intentional misuse. Meaning, kids that are 15, 16 years old, are going on YouTube to make their friends laugh and you do a dare.

GLENN: No. You just don't -- look, look, let me quote the senators. We want to make sure that these poisonings are prevented. And it's easy. All we have to do is make sure that public safety trumps the corporate profit.

STU: Right. Because Tide is saying, we don't care about those 80 people who are intentionally misusing our product because it's blue and orange.

GLENN: No. Let me tell you what Procter & Gamble has said.

STU: Oh, they finally came out. Did they admit it?

GLENN: They responded.

They said, there are studies which have shown that colorful packaging does not increase the risk of child ingestion of dangerous products. Additionally, requiring an additional layer of plastic wrapping around the pods would have detrimental environmental effects, as well as creating other possible ingestion hazards for children.

STU: Democrats. Right.

Seriously, I bet it would cause more problems because the parents would rip the thing off. One would drop on the floor, and some toddler would eat the plastic, which does not look appetizing. It's a toddler.

GLENN: It's a toddler.

Finally, consumers have a choice, those who prefer single-colored pack can use Tide Free & Gentle, which is all white.

STU: So they already have a product that is one color, already available on the market.

GLENN: No, no. And what do you do when it snows? You go outside, and kids eat snow. They think it's notice, Stu. They think it's snow.

Fifteen-year-olds will think it's snow. Tide is also available in a liquid and powder product form.

STU: So you don't have to buy --

GLENN: So is cocaine, Procter & Gamble.

STU: So you're not legally required to purchase Tide pods?

GLENN: No, you're not.

STU: Oh, my gosh. I thought you were.

GLENN: No. And they have other options.

STU: I thought it was like, you know, health insurance, where I was legally required to purchase it until recently.

GLENN: Procter & Gamble said, ensuring the safety of people who use our products is fundamental to everything we do at Procter & Gamble. However, even the most stringent standards and protocols, labels and warnings, cannot prevent intentional abuse, fueled by poor judgment and the desire for popularity. End quote.

But why care about any of that? I mean, the FDA was created because cocaine was in Coca-Cola. The only problem is, Coca-Cola at the time said, no, in 1880, it was. It hasn't been in Coca-Cola for 20 years. The government still said, there's cocaine in Coca-Cola.

So Coca-Cola, through the court, was tested at an independent laboratory, and it was shown that there was no cocaine in Coca-Cola.

And what did Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican say? It doesn't matter. Public safety is first.

But wait. There's no public hazard, really, here.

This is -- this is progressivism 101.

STU: Typical is.

GLENN: It really is.

STU: It's a great example of it. They have to protect you from eating detergent. Now, of course, every green product --

GLENN: No, you don't. You don't. You don't. Even Procter & Gamble doesn't have to do that.

How is it the human race survived for as long as it did -- we have -- I remember when I think there was like 4 billion people on the planet. There's now 7.6 billion. And we're the only ones that has all of these problems with Tide pods. We're the only ones that need the little label that says, don't use snowblower on roof.

No, they don't have any of that crap in China. And yet, we're 7.6 billion people and growing strong. So we are doing so well, that there are people now trying to say, you got to slow down the population explosion.

We've got to stop it. The same people who are worried about overpopulation are the same people who are trying to save all the dummies from eating Tide pods. Never in the history of the world have people been so stupid, that they needed a little parent gate around absolutely every mud puddle. You better put a pool fence around that. That's a pretty deep mud puddle. Somebody could fall and actually put their face -- just fall. They're completely dry, everywhere, except that 1-inch puddle, where their face falls directly in it. And they're going to be stupid enough to lay there, because there's no sign that says, take face you off puddle. What are we doing, man? What are we doing?

Honestly, I'm beginning to pray for AI. It will be nice to have an intelligent conversation, even knowing that the end of the conversation is, you guys are too stupid to live. I'll take that one.

Are Attacks Against Free Speech Meant to Protect a New "Religion"?
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Are Attacks Against Free Speech Meant to Protect a New "Religion"?

An op-ed titled “The First Amendment Is Out of Control” was recently published in the New York Times. In it, law professor Tim Wu argues that free speech arguments – especially for online speech – are now used to protect corporate interests and harm everyday citizens. While Glenn admits that he makes a persuasive argument, he lays out another take on what free speech STILL means: “You can speak your mind without fear of censorship or persecution.” Is that the version of free speech that our government and media are currently standing up for? Or are they instead trying to censor anyone who speaks out against their new “religion”?

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GLENN: You know, I talked to you a little bit about the story in the New York Times yesterday. The First Amendment is out of control.

Tomorrow is Independence Day. And we should all review what freedom of speech is really meant for, and what it is. Now, it was written by a guy named would. He's a law professor at Columbia. (?) and he writes about tech and everything else.

And he says, First Amendment was a tool that helped the underdog. But sometime in this century, the judiciary lost the plot. Judges have transmuted a constitutional provision meant to protect the unpopular opinion, into an all-purpose tool of legislative nullification, that now mostly protects corporate interests. So he's making the case, that we've turned it upside down.

And I have to tell you, he makes a persuasive case here.

But he is wrong in the end. Let me just skip to this.

He's talking about regulation of the internet. Such regulation is not always perfect to be sure. But it represents a legitimate tool which democratic governments can stand up to private power. The next phase (?) the regulation of artificial intelligence.

I fear the First Amendment will be extended to the -- to protect machine speech. At considerable human cost. I 100 percent agree with that.

It's something I have been warning about, for about three decades. In our era, the power of private actors has grown to rival that of nation states.

True again. Most powerful are the big tech platforms. True again.

Which in their cocoon-liken compassing of humanity has grown to (?) in ways that would make totalitarian states jealous.

Correct again. In a democracy, no. Republic. The people ought to have a right to react and control such private power. As long as it does not trample on the rights of the individual.

Again, correct!

But thanks to the Supreme Court, the First Amendment has become a barrier to the government's ability to do that.

Free speech rights have been hijacked to suppress the sovereignty of humans. In favor of the power and companies. And machines.

Okay.

So wait.

But, no. There's a the difference between individuals, and the government.

And regulations, and suggestions. You want to regulate. Okay. Regulate.

And let's have that not going G through the administrative state.

Let's have that go (?) through Congress.

Let's have that debate. A serious debate about it.

We can do that. And I think the -- the right of the individual, is what will win in that. If we don't have some closed door, you know, Google writing the bill. But actual debate, the way Congress is supposed to work.

Then I think, free speech will win. Because it's a strong argument. For the people. But what the Supreme Court was talking about, was, well, now, wait a minute.

I think the government, you know -- maybe -- maybe we send it down to the lower court. And have them reexamine this.

Because should the government be able to just say, hey.

You really need to -- you need to silence these people P

No. The government (?) should never have that power. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone. It is why it is the first amendment.

Freedom of speech. Freedom of the press.

The way that the people can stand up against the government.

They can stand up against the government. They can question our government.

They can demand answers from our government. They have a press that should be completely separate from the government. To stand guard, against the government.

Remember, this whole document was made to stop a government from becoming tyrannical.

So if you're afraid of, you know, Trump or Biden becoming a tyrant, your answer, the only answer should be, return to the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The freedom of speech thing, is so important. Again, it was the first.

But what it means is, you can speak your mind, without fear of censorship or persecution.

Now, that doesn't make you popular.

But it does mean that the government and those powerful institutions can do nothing against you, to stop you.

Would you like it if a church all of a sudden was in charge, and said

You can't say these things?

I mean, how many people on the left believe in burning the flag?

You have a right to do that.

Okay.

So why did the kid -- oh, gosh. Where was it? Never

In Oregon. The kid that burned rubber on the pride flag that was painted on the road.

He was just charged with a felony!

A felony!

What is that? Other than, a religion?

Or a government saying, this is what we stand for, and you will not tarnish it!

Excuse me?

I don't want that happening through a church. I don't want that happening through the government.

I don't -- I would like people to self-regulate. But things like peeling out on the pride flag. That happens sometimes, not because of homophobia. Sometimes it is homophobia.

Other times, it is just -- you know what, I'm a rebel. You are telling me, and jamming this down my throat.

No!

And it's their only way for freedom of speech. That's the case that is made for burning down the flag.

Why is it different on the pride flag?

See, we have a -- if we didn't have freedom of speech. We wouldn't understand anything.

Because the things that were said at some point or another, that have made progress, and pushed us into new areas. Have always seemed crazy. Or dangerous.

But they move us forward. Well, I'm not talking about speech that moves us forward, makes progress. I mean the speech that's dangerous.

Oh, really? Because that's what every authoritarian and theocratic (?) dictator always says. The problem is: Who is in charge of judging what's dangerous and not?

The church? The government? Academia? Some other group or organization that would have the power to silence people?

Remember, the only speech that needs protecting is the speech that either the majority doesn't like, or power doesn't like.

You know, the world was flat for a very long time.

And for centuries, that was the accepted view.

And challenging it seemed like (?) and later during the age of exploration.

Ferdinand Magellan. And Christopher Columbus. Dared to propose or demonstrate otherwise.

It was their courage to speak out and explore beyond the known boundaries. That led to an understanding of what the earth really was.

Now, the power didn't want it.

The church didn't want that.

The church would prosecute and persecute anybody.

You know how they got King Ferdinand to do it?

Gold.

I'm telling you, there's lots of gold. What happens if he's wrong. He falls off the edge of the earth. Big deal.

The idea that the sun revolves around the earth. Or is it the earth revolves around the sun. That faced significant resistance.

Copernicus and Galileo.

Pioneers, revolutionary idea, went against the power of the time.

In 1633, the Catholic Church, which was the power, tried Galileo, during the inquisition. And forced to -- forced him to recant under threat of torture.

Okay. Who is deciding what free speech is good? What's progress? What's not?

It's easy to see them in reverse. You know what Socrates was killed for? He was killed bit government. He went through a fair trial.

(?) you know what he was killed for? Because he was corrupting the youth of Athens.

Because he encouraged questioning the established norms and beliefs.

Anybody who ever says, don't -- you can't question that. Don't question that.

You should run from. Socrates was corrupting the youth, because he said, question everything. Jeer Don zero Bruno, I think was his name. (?) he's the guy who said there's infinite suns and innet worlds. He was burned at the stake, in the inquisition of 1600.

Martin Luther, as well as Martin Luther King. How about Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla? The war of currents. This was all about power, literally, and figuratively.

Power and money.

Here's Thomas Edison, who is using the system, to stifle invasion.

Edison wants (?) direct current. Because he was losing that battle, because it didn't make sense and it wasn't working.

He had to discredit Tesla.

And he did it through smear campaigns. And propaganda.

He had public demonstrations where he got this sick doctor to go, and electrocute animals, using Tesla's alternating current.

He would take down horses, dogs, whatever you have. (?) Tesla wants to put in your house.

Thank God we weren't afraid of the scare tactics. Because that's what we all have in our house today.

Or at least we will for a while, until they believe up with something even better. That you're not allowed to question.

If you can't challenge prevailing wisdom, if you can't propose a new idea, if you can't say, wait a minute. This doesn't make any sense, everything stops.

Progress depends on the free exchange of ideas. And if you get rid of your opposition, life falls apart. Even the Bible says, opposition in all things. You have to have the metal and the flint. It's when they rub together, when they strike against each other, that's when a spark is made. And that's when things change.

This is what we're arguing about right now. It should show you the health of America.

I mean, when you have a cold, the doctor might talk to you about, okay. I want you to take this, and this, and this. And just get some bed rest.

But when you have a cold, and you have cancer, the doctor is not talking about the cold. Okay?

He's talking about cancer.

Our cancer is so deep, we're down to the fundamentals. We're down to. Okay.

You can't lose freedom of speech.

You can't lose your -- your protection against your own civil rights. We're down to the big ones.

That's how sick this body is.

Meanwhile, they want you to yell and scream about Biden or Trump.

Or whatever. It's the fundamental rights, that are first expressed in our Declaration of Independence.

Something that was signed and agreed upon on July 2nd. Finally announced to the American people, on July 4th.

That we should be concentrating on.

I urge you, this Independence Day, tomorrow, and I know your family will roll their eyes and go, Dad. Please. At least mine do all the time.

Dad, please.

Read the Declaration of Independence. Tomorrow.

Read it. Understand it. Work through it with your kids.

Work through it with yourself. It's still alive today.

Is THIS Why Hunter Biden is Joining White House Meetings With Joe Biden?
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Is THIS Why Hunter Biden is Joining White House Meetings With Joe Biden?

Hunter Biden has reportedly started to join White House meetings with his father, Joe Biden. But what expertise does he provide? Could it perhaps be an expertise in a white powder that would keep his aging father awake during those meetings? Glenn and Stu speculate. Plus, they discuss how some in the media and Democratic Party are insisting that the President is fine: Deny what you see! And is Kamala Harris going to make a move to become the Democrats' presidential nominee?

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STU: Because I will say this, I don't want this man to step down. I want him to be the nominee.

I want Joe Biden to be the nominee for the democratic party. And it's wrong to have him have to step down.

He's the right man for this race.

He needs to stay in it.

GLENN: Yes. I -- much to my own eternal shame, when I do put politics ahead of everything else, I agree 100 percent.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: With you. Because it's not really going to get better with Kamala Harris.

STU: Oh, no.

GLENN: Imagine her, answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. No.

STU: Good God.

I will say, and I think she did that in her previous jobs when she was working for mayor in Los Angeles. I think if you kind of go to the real future of the country, my initial reaction was similar to yours. And I've sort of evolved, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah, okay.

STU: Which is, I'm really terrified for the next six months of Joe Biden being president. Should he step down immediately, for the good of the country?

Of course he should. However, if he does so, it's more likely, we have four years and six months of a president who is putting our country in danger. One that might be Mora wake. Might be more coherent in speeches.

But is also very, very damaging to the future of our country.

And so I'm kind of at that point now. However, you get these people out of office.

For the next four and a half years. Or four years. Is almost more important that happen what happened in the next six months, fingers crossed.

GLENN: Well, I have to just point out.

We have a puppet president. And we've told you. We've asked you, over and over again.

Who is actually running the country.

Well, it's a conspiracy theory. Because Joe Biden is so healthy.

He doesn't even need Viagra. He's having sex all the time. He's just so alert. And -- no, he's not.

STU: He even said something to that effect, didn't he?

He even sort of referred to that idea, that it was like his sex life was super active still.

GLENN: Yeah. Uh-uh.

STU: To show his virility. Not sure how that's going on the last few days. But good luck, Joe.

GLENN: Yeah. There has to be somebody that can put him on the back of a horse with his shirt off just to show his virility, like Putin did.

But, you know, he's -- he's not running the country. And that's the reason why Kamala Harris was selected.

Because she can't run the country either.

And we know this now. You notice the administration hasn't missed a beat. They just keep going. They're doing what they're doing. He doesn't know. He's not making the decisions. The question is: Who is? Who is?

If the president of the United States is having CPCs. (?) starting. Waked up at 11 o'clock in the morning.

Having a meeting, and now and then going to bed at 4:00, who is running the country?

My gosh!

STU: Yeah. And, Glenn, you should point out, those preparations which took place over six days for the debate. Never started before 11:00 a.m. And Mr. Biden was given a time for an afternoon nap, each day. This is according to the New York Times.

GLENN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

STU: The only example they could come up with, had they were pressed with examples where he was really, really on top of things. Was him screwing over Israel. Which is when they were in the middle of all these missiles being fired at them.

He was on his game telling Netanyahu, no, you're not allowed to fire back. That's the only thing they could come up with.

Of course we had no evidence that was true. But the fact that he was inspired to be awake by screwing Jews over isn't necessarily something that gives me more confidence.

GLENN: You know, Jake -- did you hear Jake Tapper yesterday?

Jake Tapper accused the Democratic Party of engaging in Orwellian tactics. The opening of the show, Tapper called out the Democratic Party for engaging in a discernable pattern of lying to the public.

He argued party officials want Americans to not believe what you saw and what you heard with your eyes. And your own ears last Thursday night.

He said, quote, the party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.

It was their final, most essential command, end quote.

You know where that comes from? George Orwell's 1984.

And that is true. But it's not just on this. America needs to wake up. It's not just on this. Listen to this story from space.com. Boeing star liner capsule is performing well, on its first ever naught mission. In fact, it will likely be able to stay in orbit beyond the initially envisioned 45-day limit. Now, wait a minute. Now, wait a minute. It's performing so well, that it's going to stay up there! You know, for a while. Maybe up there for a long while. And we might leave it up there. And then we will return those astronauts home on some other vehicle. That is not as good as the Boeing star liner. The star liner. They still haven't figured out what why the jets weren't working. Why the -- you know, the positioning jets around the side -- like 28 of them, just didn't work. They can't figure out why. Plus, it was leaking helium.

I don't know if they were having birthday parties up there. Why they had helium. But it was leaking helium. And now they're trying to convince us. No, no, no, no.

It is so good, it can stay longer than the 45 days. Yeah. That's right. Probably because the astronauts are like, I'm not getting into that Tet trap. I'm not getting back into that thing.

But deny what you know. Deny what your eyes tell you. Deny what your ears tell you. Deny what you know. That is the problem now, Biden said, he fell asleep on the stage. He fell asleep -- when did you fall asleep on the stage? And so now they're going to fix it. Because, yesterday, apparently hunter Biden is joining Joe Biden for all of his meetings now.

Hunter Biden.

STU: The crack addict.

GLENN: Well, I mean -- the only explanation for that is, yeah. Hey, Dad, do you need a bump? I can -- do you need to wake up? Yeah, I have something here for you. That's the only explanation. The people in the meetings are saying, we're confused. We didn't have any idea why Hunter Biden is now in the meetings and taking notes and discussing things, mand like taking the lead for dad.

What are you -- we -- what!

STU: I don't think -- look, there's a lot on the line here. And I don't know that I would recommend this course of action.

But he has this interview coming up with Stephanopoulos.

Do you consider a bump before it?

Do you just -- do you give it a whirl?

We know regular Joe Biden doesn't work. What if, you know. I mean, what -- what could possibly go wrong?

I don't think it could be worse than Thursday night!

I think maybe, you give the guy, a little bit of juice, and see what happens.

I mean, you know.

It might be a fun -- a fun story.

GLENN: An unnamed source from the White House said, Hunter Biden popped in to a couple of meetings.

And phone calls with the president. That he had with some of his advisers. Another person familiar with the matter said, the reaction from some senior White House staff members. Has been -- what the hell is happening?

Yes. Now you know what the hell the rest of us feel. What the hell is happening?

Hunter came back with the president from the family weekend at Camp David and went with the president straight into a speech prep. Hunter's presence in and around his father's meeting comes amid questions about whether Joe Biden should continue his election campaign.

Good Lord. Oh, yeah.

What is happening?

25 House Democrats are preparing to ask Biden to withdraw now.

STU: Jeez. Can't let the -- you have to stop this bleeding, somehow. If you're Biden.

If you have to figure out a way to shut these people up.

Get them through the next couple of weeks.

Get them through the Friday interview.

Let them see how good it will be. Delay. Delay. Delay. If you're Biden right now.

I don't know how you can do it. The momentum makes it impossible. He's toast.

GLENN: He's toast.

If he fails this Friday, George Stephanopoulos interview, if he screws up at all, if he zones out. If he can't express himself. If he doesn't look vital and invigorated, he's done. He's done.

STU: And we're going to learn so much about this. Because, I mean, you look -- the New York Times is all in, on him being gone.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: Every single story, is not only like, all these people are saying, behind the scenes, he's terrible. He can't speak.

He can't get through meetings. He's another anecdote. Here's another unnamed official.

And then over and over and over again, and then how can he be replaced? How would this work? Every story is about this, Glenn. And I've never seen any story like it.

Because we all know what the New York Times can do. And normally does in this situation. Lie. They don't report these anecdotes.

They don't tell you what these people are saying behind the scenes. They form the opinion, they want you to have. And that is what they're doing again here. And Stephanopoulos' approach in this interview will be fascinating to watch.

Because obviously, he can help take him out. If he presses him. If he goes after him. If he really makes this uncomfortable as possible. He could end the campaign.

Or will he do the old school thing, which they've been doing for as long as I've known every Democratic media member, and just soft-pedal it.

When he has a bad moment, step in. Cut him off. Help him. What do you think happens?

GLENN: The press is being used by somebody. I don't know who is in charge of anything anymore.

But the press now is spreading the narrative. That it's over.

He's got to go.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: He's got to go. So we'll see, does the press get their way? And when did they decide?

You know, they decided that he was fine, up until last Thursday. And then all of us were liars and, you know, misinforming. And using disinformation.

And Russia, Russia, Russia.

To -- to mislead, the nation. In thinking he was incompetent.

Then he went from -- he's Superman to, good heavens, we have to get him out of there.

Overnight.

And now they're rushing and saying, he's got to go. He's got to go. I would like to know what the plan is.

I mean, we're talking about all of our future here.

What is your plan? You know, they -- they -- they're now talking about maybe we do a mini primary.

And we kind of do it like speed dating.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: What?

It's not speed date for the leader of the free world! Speed date.

STU: It's interesting. It does to me, feel like the Kamala thing is the most likely thing. I mean, there's a lot of intricate, logistical reasons for that, mostly revolving around money. That make that so. But still, it's like. If they try to go down this road, and turn this into some big spectacle. I don't think that's necessarily going to help them. And you see a lot of people who are leaking against Biden are saying wonderful things about Kamala. Now, some may speculate. As we have said, since the very beginning. There's no way, this four-year presidency ends without Kamala Harris taking a shot.

At winning this. She is the most ambitious, selfish person in Washington, DC. And she, I guarantee right now, her people are all leaking against Biden to make this thing happen.

GLENN: Of course they are. Of course they are. And you know what is weird? Is so far, there is not a big push for her. Only Clyburn. Only Clyburn is really jumping on the Kamala train.

STU: Which is huge.

GLENN: Everyone else is kind of quiet about it.

Yeah. That's enormous. He's the guy who got Biden to pick her.

STU: And he's the guy who got Biden elected. Remember, Biden was losing in South Carolina. That endorsement is what turned around the primary in 2020.

So that is a -- a huge part of this.

So let me ask you this, Glenn. Maybe you can answer this after the break.

You are going on vacation, next week.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: When you come back, is Joe Biden the democratic nominee?

GLENN: Okay. If he holds his own on Friday's George Stephanopoulos. If he's okay and he doesn't make any critical errors. And he doesn't look bad, he's still the nominee.

STU: Hmm. That's a big question though.

GLENN: I know.

If he does poorly, it's over.

STU: This interview, you think is the entire ball game. At least for the moment?

GLENN: Oh, yeah. Yeah. And they might turn to, you know, Dr. Hunter.

Seriously.

I mean, if you have -- if you have this, and you're Joe Biden, I mean, you don't try a little cocaine? It's the end. It's the end. It's the end.

STU: I like this. It's possible he might just try -- look, they've already found it in the White House. I don't know why everyone understood (?) was more of a crack guy. It's a different form of what they found in the White House.

Maybe Joe has taken the other path. I don't know. But I think you're right though.

This is -- this was his attempt to say, let me put something on the board.

You're going to see me in real time. You're going to see how I perform. And judge me by that.

There are 100 reports today, that I read this morning, Glenn. From insider tip sheets. And all these other things, of people saying Friday is too late.

It's Wednesday!

They're saying Friday is too late.

GLENN: And you have a holiday. And tomorrow is a holiday.

STU: When was he supposed to do the interview?

I guess he could do it on Tuesday.

They're saying, yesterday. Yeah. We know the Stephanopoulos thing is coming. That's too late.

This is how committed they are to this.

GLENN: Yeah. And I am -- you know, I just don't -- I mean, I'm on with peers Morgan today. And I know he's going to argue (?) with me on Ukraine like, oh, gosh. Shut up, man.

You know, and he's going to call me a Putin apologist and everything else.

Because if you disagree with him on Ukraine. You're a Putin apologist.

And I was thinking about my approach with this. And I think I'm just going to say, first of all.

You know, we're never going to agree. So why are you doing this?

Why?

But the second thing is, peers, you've never understood America. Never (?) you conflate American conservatives, with, you know, the far right, in France. And they're completely different.

And what you don't understand, America has fundamentally changed. Conservatives have fundamentally changed.

We don't trust the government. And this time we have a list of things to show us. No.

I don't -- I don't trust the government. So when it comes to Ukraine. It comes to who is president. Who is running the country.

I have no idea.

I have no idea.

And all possibilities are out on the table. Because we're seeing things that we have never seen before. I would just say, it's time for people to take responsibility of their open actions and their own life, right now. Because I don't trust anyone, in power.

Glenn CAN'T TAKE Biden's Hypocrisy After the Supreme Court's Trump Immunity Ruling
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Glenn CAN'T TAKE Biden's Hypocrisy After the Supreme Court's Trump Immunity Ruling

President Biden spoke after the Supreme Court's ruling on presidential immunity ... and Glenn couldn't believe what he heard. Biden slammed the Court's ruling, which granted former president Donald Trump absolute immunity for presidential actions and presumptive immunity for "official" actions. Biden followed the lead of dissenting Justice Sonya Sotomayor, claiming that the Court basically allowed the president to do anything, including go after his opponents ... Wait? Like Biden is doing right now?! Glenn reviews Biden's speech line by line and highlights all the hypocrisy within it.

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GLENN: Well, I just don't know what to say. I watched the president's speech last night. And everybody coming out and saying, he could go after us. He could shut us down. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled. Donald Trump, if he's elected, he will come in and he will start putting people in jail.

Huh. I want you to remember that here in just a second. We will get back to it.

Here's what the president had to say last night, at a press conference.

It's cut nine.
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BIDEN: The presidency is the most powerful office in the world. It's an office that not only tests your judgment. Perhaps even more importantly, it's an office that could test your character.

GLENN: Yes. Yes.

BIDEN: Because you not only need moments where you need courage for the full power of the presidency. You also face moments where you need the wisdom to respect the limits of the power of the presidency.

GLENN: Yes. Stop there for a second. So, Stu, what would some of those limits be?

Because it's an awesome responsibility, to be president of the United States. But you can't just do anything. Right?

Like, what would some of the limits be. You couldn't just go out and kill people, right?

STU: I don't know. That's not what I have been hearing, Glenn. Over the past 24 hours.

GLENN: Really. Wow?

STU: My understanding is the Supreme Court gave James Bond license to kill, to the president of the United States.

GLENN: No. No. No, I don't think that's true. But we'll continue to listen.

STU: Yeah. Immune. Immune. Immune.

GLENN: I didn't hear the whole speech. So we'll go on.

I was thinking something smaller, like -- like maybe you say, hey, you have student loans.

I can't help you with those. That would be the -- the constitutional thing. But the president couldn't just say, I'm going to just forgive all student loans.

STU: Yeah. Yeah. That -- you're thinking of the old-timey America.

There was a version of America, where the -- you know, the head of the executive branch couldn't just spend $500 billion on a whim, without Congress.

But those days are long gone, Glenn.

GLENN: Okay. But it would go to the Supreme Court. If it was wrong, it would go to the Supreme Court. And they would tell a president to stop it. And he would.

STU: No. He would just do it again.

GLENN: Oh, it went to the Supreme Court.

STU: Yeah. They shot it down.

GLENN: Awesome.

STU: So he just did it again.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: And then in a slightly different way. Like 1 percent different.

And then sends it through the courts again.

And, again, it will get rejected again.

Then he'll just do it again.

GLENN: Right. So that's weird. It's an awesome power. And, you know, it shows character. You know, when you restrain yourself from doing those things that you can't do. Anyway, I digress.

BIDEN: Respect the limits of the power of the office of the presidency.

Legislation was founded on the principles. There are no kings in America. Each. Each of us is equal before the law.

No one, no one is above the law.

GLENN: Okay. Stop for a second. Stop for just a second here.

Stu, are we all equal under the law here?

I mean, is that true?

STU: It doesn't seem true. Uh-huh.

GLENN: Like, for instance, if you were held in contempt of Congress.

Right? You would go to jail. Right?

Like Steve Bannon just went to jail yesterday.

STU: Sure. Another Trump adviser who said, no. I can't share that. That's executive privilege.

They sent him to jail.

STU: Navarro. But it's all equal, right?

I mean, let's say, somebody was -- yeah. Not releasing tapes of testimony.

And they say, well, that was executive privilege.

And they were in contempt of Congress. They go to jail as well, right?

STU: No.

I mean, I don't know what you're talking about specifically. But what you just described does not sound at all like something you would go to jail for.

GLENN: Okay. Well, let's say you were the head of the DOJ. And Congress said, you have to produce this information, and then you didn't.

STU: Right. Totally fine.

GLENN: You would be in contempt of Congress.

No, no, no. You don't go to jail?

STU: That doesn't seem like a jailable offense at all.

It's like, I can see where you're getting confused here.

Like, for example, if you were to -- like, riot at a federal building.

Right? That's something you would go to jail for. It's wrong!

You don't do those things.

GLENN: Right. Right. The darkest day.

STU: Yeah, and then there's another separate scenario, where let's say you were to riot, at a federal building. You don't go to jail for that.

GLENN: Oh, wait. Was it just a federal building?

STU: If you're rioting at a federal building, you're going to jail.

If you're simply rioting at a federal building, you don't go to jail.

GLENN: So is it kind of like -- it's a very subtle difference, it's kind of like, when you're praying in front of an abortion clinic. You would go to jail.

STU: Jail.

GLENN: And but if you burn down an abortion clinic. You don't go to jail.

STU: Depends on -- are you burning it down, because they're not doing enough abortions? If you're burning it down because they're frequently aborting enough kids, then yes. You cannot go to jail. But if you burn it down because you think they're doing too many abortions. Then obviously, you go to jail.

GLENN: Okay. So if you burn down an abortion clinic, you would go to jail, if you disagreed with them. But if you burned down the people's business, where they were pro-life, I also go to jail.

STU: Well, they're pro-life? The owners of the business. Yeah. No. You would not go to jail for that.

Why would you go to jail for that? That's stupid.

GLENN: Okay. I want to understand, that I understand equal justice under the law.

I think we have it. Go ahead with President Biden.

BIDEN: Not even the president of the United States. Today, the Supreme Court decision. On presidential immunity.

That fundamentally changed. For all. For all practical purchases.

Today's decision almost certainly means that that there are no limits to what a president can do. It's a fundamentally new principle. It's a dangerous precedent.

GLENN: Yeah, dangerous.

BIDEN: Because the power of the office, will no longer be constrained by the law. Even the Supreme Court of the United States.

GLENN: Wow. Stop for a second.

That is news, isn't it?

Especially to the Supreme Court.

That is news. That no matter what the president does. Even if it breaks the law, you're not going to have pay a price for it.

I didn't know that. I didn't know that.

See, what the left is afraid of right now is what they're saying is, he is going to silence speech. Donald Trump will silence any dissent.

And that's not happening now. Uh-uh.

Or he would put his -- he would put his -- you know, former allies -- I mean, his former foes in jail.

For instance, let's say, you're running against a guy who Donald Trump didn't think he could beat. Then he would just make up some charges.

And then get the guy arrested.

And then keep him, you know, in the court system, until you finally got him into jail.

That's what Trump could do. Trump could do that.

Because of yesterday's rulings.

So that's pretty -- pretty frightening.

You know, I think if we're really going to go all the way. What should be terrifying, is that Donald Trump could just round up a whole group of people, because he didn't like them.

You know what I mean?

Just round them up.

And then put them like in a concentration camp. Kind of like FDR did with the Japanese. And that wouldn't be legal. You know, he would get out of office. And he would never pay the price. that FDR had to pay.

STU: Which is that he named our best president.

GLENN: Well, yeah. That's weird.

STU: Over and over again.

GLENN: Yeah. The guys who would violate these are always the progressives. Always.

The deep, deep progressives are the ones, who violate all these things.

Now, when it comes to just killing people, or doing something illegal, the Supreme Court case laid out it must be constitutional. So if the -- if the president acts in an unconstitutional way, then you can get him!

But unless it's -- unless it's unconstitutional, he can't do it. So it would be unconstitutional to round up the people that disagreed with you.

It would be unconstitutional to silence those who oppose you!

It would be unconstitutional to go after your opposing political foe, and try to put them in jail. All things that Joe Biden is currently doing.

STU: Yeah. I mean, it's funny, this ruling is coming from Roberts. Who is an institutionalist. Right?

If anything, we've complained about him a million times, because he's so unwilling to shake up things. Just because, you know, it happens to be the constitutional way.

I mean, Obamacare is a great example of that.

It will shake things up. I don't want to give the impression, that we're too impactful on society.

He's always doing these things. That's in a way, what this ruling is.

What he's saying is, hey. We shouldn't have -- I mean, in a way, it's designed specifically to protect Joe Biden.

Because everybody knows, if there's no immunity. What do you think Donald Trump will do when he's president of the United States, after what he's just been through. He will go in there, and find everything that he can. And go after Joe Biden on that.

He promised to do with Hillary. He didn't do it. He now says he regrets not doing it.

And now they've done it to him! So you think he will just sit back and say, you know, let me show you what I will do as president.

It's a shoulder shrug. I don't think that's the way it will go down. In a way, Roberts is protecting both sides from this back and forth that can easily come.

GLENN: However, what the president has done, is not constitutional.

And he should go to jail. Not for the things that he's done in office.

I disagree with all his policies. The whole thing, of, you know -- of, you know, taking away your student loans. And things like that.

You know, that's unconstitutional. But I don't think that's something that you go after.

However, the business dealings with China?

Yeah. I think that should be prosecuted.

STU: At least as far as we know.

GLENN: That didn't happen as president.

STU: As far as we know, none of that happened while we were president. That wouldn't help at all. I think what Roberts is doing here, is just setting a high bar.

GLENN: That's what he's saying.

STU: Of course you can go after a president for the worst things in the world. However, there's a high bar for you to clear. So don't bother bringing up your BS nonsense every ten seconds because it's not going to work. That's beyond the fact that we all knew what he said was true.

Official acts would be -- you would be having immunity for. Like you're not able under the law, Glenn, to kill people. Right?

Like you can't just -- like, you couldn't send a drone to start murdering people, in other countries.

The president, with his powers, as commander-in-chief, has -- powers that we don't have.

Like, we all know that. There was some sort of implied immunity for official acts. We all knew that. We all knew unofficial acts would not be covered here.

There was nothing new in this ruling. It was blatantly obvious. Yet they have to do this charade every single time. And act, oh, SEAL Team Six might come and just start being utilized to kill people. You know how many -- how many different layers of checks and balances would have to -- including SEAL Team Six, just going along with this.

Which they would not be covered to do. They would all get prosecuted. They would all be put in prison. But we're supposed to believe, that Donald Trump would be fine for doing this.

It's insanity.

GLENN: All right. Well, let me just end with this.

As the president was saying this, two things happened yesterday. Christian pro-life father of 11 is now facing over a decade in prison.

He will be sentenced today, okay? For a peaceful protest in Tennessee. It was a violation of the Face Act, you know. They were praying in the hallway.

What he said, yesterday, is this: Quote, it's real easy for me. I can go and go to battle and go to jail as an individual. And it's not a big loss.

The challenge comes, when you're leading your family through it. When you're talking to your 3-year-old and your 23-year-old and your other family. Von said that he wanted to pray to God, quote, every day. And get up ready to take on the day, with whatever circumstances believe my way, with a humility and a grace and a spirit-led life. That represents all of us in our society. Represents him and our community around us.

How many politicians order their life after truth and justice, versus power, greed, negotiation, and negotiating principles?

So here's a guy who said, I believe what I believe. God will be with me.

I'm going to go to jail. At the same time, Bannon also went to jail.

For contempt of Congress. There are now 15 -- I believe 15 people in the Biden administration that have been deemed in contempt of Congress.

None of them are being prosecuted.

But Donald Trump's people are. Bannon said this, and I don't like Bannon. Okay?

I don't agree with Bannon on everything. I think he's -- a thought leader, that I really strongly disagree with many times. But he should not be going to jail.

He said, I am proud to go to prison. If this is what it takes to stand up to tyranny, if this is -- if this is what it takes to stand up to the corrupt criminal DOJ. If this is what it takes to stand up to Nancy Pelosi, if this is what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden, then I am proud to do it.

You have people crying that they might go to prop. While they're putting people in prison, for the things that they have done themselves.

Please, Mr. President, don't talk to me about out of control tyranny from the Supreme Court. They have done exactly the opposite.

They have protected the presidency, while they are dismantling the administrative state.

"Biden Advisor" Reveals How to SAVE Biden's 2024 Campaign
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"Biden Advisor" Reveals How to SAVE Biden's 2024 Campaign

President Biden suffered a major blow due to his embarrassing CNN Presidential Debate performance: He came across as way too elderly and now, many in his party are considering replacing him. But don't worry! His campaign has a plan! Glenn speaks with the just-as-ancient "Biden advisor," Wilfred, who is an expert at youth outreach. Wilfred (totally not Stu) lays out all the wonderful ways that Biden can reinvigorate his campaign ... and also why the President may actually be "TOO youthful!"

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GLENN: Well, this is an amazing turn of events, from the -- I guess what do you say who did you say. White House spokesperson.

Wilfred. I don't know if I have your last name. Hi.

How are you?

STU: May I speak to Rush?

GLENN: Oh, yeah. Rush? Let's just say, Rush doesn't work here anymore.

STU: Yes.

Right. My name is Wilford.

And I'm calling from Sun City Florida.

GLENN: Yes. Okay.

And you're a Biden adviser.

STU: Yes. I'm one of his campaign spokespeople. Person.

GLENN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

And -- and it's my understanding, that you have some inside news of what happened this weekend. Were you there at Camp David?

STU: No.

GLENN: With the family?

STU: Positions would not let me involved in air travel. However --

GLENN: Positions. Yeah.

STU: I have been in close touch with the campaign.

GLENN: Okay. All right.

STU: I've been working in campaigns, like this, for quite some time.

GLENN: Quite some time. Really?

STU: And I watch the debate on the television set.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: And I -- and look, did Joe Biden have a good night?

No. No.

GLENN: No. He didn't. No.

STU: He -- it -- it was -- look, it was a catastrophe. Let's be honest about it.

GLENN: All right.

STU: Joe Biden. It's like the time I tried to make a move on Ethel, at the prom.

GLENN: Ethel. Okay. What happened there?

STU: She -- well, she seemed to be into it.

But she had so many layers of pantaloons.
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And I was unable -- to get --

GLENN: Right.

STU: To get to the conclusion of the evening. And the sun came up. I was still trying to remove layers.

GLENN: Right. Okay. All right.

So Wilfred, we're really looking.

We're looking towards the future here, on whether he's going to drop out from the campaign.

Or, I mean, what has been decided?

STU: Well, the first thing that was decided, was that his entire campaign would now be sponsored by Prevagen.

So we can get the donations from the Prevagen Corporation. And really, if we fill him up, to make his internal digestive systems approximately 80 percent Prevagen. We believe multiple sentences will come out!

GLENN: Really? Really?

STU: Together. Yes.

GLENN: Right. Okay. All right.

STU: So there are decisions we can make, but this is similar to when I worked on the Fillmore campaign.

We had --

GLENN: The what?

STU: When I worked on the Fillmore campaign? Millard Fillmore.

STU: The Fillmore campaign. Millard Fillmore. When I was working.

GLENN: Hang on. I'm sorry to -- just trying to remember what year that might have been. I can't remember.

STU: Oh, you were -- well, you were -- he was lucky 13. Thirteenth president.

GLENN: Thirteen.

Okay. Good. All right. Go ahead.

STU: And I was working with him, on messaging.

And it was difficult. Because, for example, we must have really electricity.

Pretty much at that point.

GLENN: Right. Right.

STU: And we were trying to communicate to the people. Now, fill more was a much better communicator than Joe Biden, obviously.

GLENN: Right. Right. Sure.

STU: But he also beat Medicare with be and I'm -- I think that's a good thing for him to come back to.

Joe Biden beat Medicare. And Millard fill --

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Millard fill more did as well. And I think he can stand on that.

GLENN: All right.

STU: By the way, am I speaking with Don? Is this Mr. Imus?

GLENN: No. He's -- let's just say, Don does not work here anymore.

STU: I listen every day, Don.

GLENN: All right.

STU: And I would say, I'm concerned that Joe Biden may come off as too youthful.

For the American people.

GLENN: Too youthful?

STU: I don't know if you've noticed lately. But the American people love old candidates.

They don't want people who are coherent. When was the last time you watched a Sunday show, and saw someone.

GLENN: Are you there? Are you there?
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GLENN: Yeah. You got that out. Are you all right? All right. We may have to come back to -- we may have to believe back to Wilford a little bit later.

STU: Just remember, Hedy, this is Hedy Lamarr. Am I right?

GLENN: Yes. Yes, you are.

STU: I have been a huge fan of your show since it began. And when you and Marconi were doing that one thing together.

GLENN: All right. We're going to let you go now. But thanks for calling in from the Biden. From the Biden team, that's Wilfred.

STU: I know my pill.

GLENN: Just hang up the phone. That's all you have to do is just hang it up.

Maybe -- may be a while. Let's move on, shall we?