We'll Never Reach People Like Johnny Depp and His Ilk—But Here's Who We Can Reach

How can you reach across the aisle to people like Johnny Depp, who recently went on mic to suggestively discuss assassinating the president of the United States. You can't.

"Anybody who is calling for the assassination of the president is so far past reason that we're never going to get to them . . . you're never going to talk to them," Glenn said Friday on radio.

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Using a football analogy (surprise!), Glenn described the 80 percent of the country we should be trying to reach. They're the ones on both sides of the aisle that don't want chaos in the streets, buildings burning down and people being assassinated on baseball fields.

"If you're looking at a football field, that 10-yard line that all the revolutionaries are on . . . there's 10 percent of those people that are beyond reason with their anger --- ten percent on the right; ten percent on the left. Assuming that number is right, that means that there are 80 yards . . . 80 percent of the country that doesn't want to feel that way," Glenn said.

So how do we reach that 80 percent?

"We are currently talking to people that I guess you could kind of put into the behavioral scientist category, and I've been reading and reading and reading and studying and working with people trying to figure out how do we talk to the 80 percent," Glenn shared.

What it boils down to is speaking the same language.

"We have different languages, the left and the right. And it is proven . . . it goes so deep now that when we go to a grocery store, scientists can look at your grocery store record and pretty much tell who you voted for by what products you buy. We are so different. We are as different as somebody who lives in Mexico City and grew up with that lifestyle and somebody who grew up in Chicago," Glenn said.

Will we ever agree on all policy issues? Of course not. But if we learn to speak the language of the left on their playing field, we can reach common ground and learn to live as friendly neighbors again.

"Can we find and convince --- let's just say 50 percent of the country --- that saying assassination of the president is not a good thing, and we shouldn't feel that and we should stand together?" Glenn asked.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

GLENN: When you look at somebody like Johnny Depp, you say how can we -- Glenn, you want to talk to people like Johnny Depp. No, I don't. Because anybody who is calling for the assassination of the president is so far past reason that we're never going to get to them.

How are you going to talk to the people who are shouting down and throwing Molotov cocktails? You're not. You're never going to talk to them.

PAT: There's 10 percent of both sides that --

GLENN: Yeah, aren't reachable that quite honestly want revolution or, you know, burn the whole thing down.

Well, that's not where I am. And I don't ever want to go there. And revolution never works out for the people who start the revolution. Only the American revolution in world history ended with the same guys who started it.

So it doesn't -- it's not good. And if you think that you're in pain now, wait until there is chaos in the streets and the burning down of buildings, and we assassinate 30 people on a baseball diamond. It's not going to work out well. So what happens is we're all clashing, and we're all -- we want to feel good. And when we punch the other people in the face, we actually put ourselves into that -- if you're looking at a football field, that 10-yard line that you are -- that all the revolutionaries are in and all the people who are really angry and everything else, there's 10 percent of those people that are beyond reason with their anger. 10 percent on the right. 10 percent on the left. Assuming that that number is right. That means that there is 80 yards. There's 80 percent of the country that doesn't want to feel that way.

Now, are we going to convince the 80 percent that this is where, you know, this is the right way to go? No. But can we find common ground? And I'm not saying the past policies. I'm saying to lower the temperature. Can we find and convince -- let's just say 50 percent of the country -- that saying assassination of the president is not a good thing, and we shouldn't feel that, and we should stand together.

And being these people that say there is -- "We're at civil war, and there's nothing we can do about it. It's time to punch back. It's time to have violence."

It's over if we believe that.

So I believe we should play for the rest of the field. When Walsh said "Put the ball where the other team isn't." Well, the other team's on television because they look for views, ratings, clicks. They'll put the most outrageous headline, and they'll put the most salacious story up because that's what the red meat is. That's where the real people are that are just, like, I want to eat this all day long, and I'm just so angry.

That's maybe 20 percent of the population. The rest of the population is not feeling that way. But we're being led by the 10 percent on each side. So put the ball where the other team isn't. I look at both the 10 yards on the left and the 10 yards on the right with the real radicals. That's the same team, guys. They both want revolution.

So I'm going to put the ball in the 80 percent that doesn't want any of that. And let's talk to those people and forget the others.

So I want you to know when people say to you if you would pick up this philosophy as we try to teach it over the next few months. You say how are you going to talk to those people who are out of their mind crazy?

I'm not. I'm not talking about them. I'm not going to talk to them. That's an exercise in frustration. As Paul said, say what you have to say. Love them. Serve them. Be part of the community. If they're not listening, knock the dust off your feet and move on. We can knock the dust off of our feet of those people. You're not going to talk to the Antifa people.

But if you are standing next to them and screaming back, the 80 percent in the middle.

GLENN: And you were you in with them. Because there's no real good guy there. That's why Martin Luther King won. As people were shouting, turning hoses on them, releasing dogs, what determining? He was praying for those people. He wasn't trying to shout them down because he was right, and they were wrong. That's clear. That was Malcolm X's strategy. Take them on. Martin Luther King said "No, don't take them on. Worry about the rest of the country that will see their behavior and then see our behavior and say"I want to be with those guys."

Now, when you want to talk to the 80 percent, and this is the really -- this is the really hard thing when you want to talk to the 80 percent, we are currently talking to people that I guess you could kind of put into the behavioral scientist category. And I've been reading and reading and reading and studying and working with people trying to figure out how do we talk to the 80 percent? And there are people that will say "Glenn, you can't change your language. You're going to stop talking truth. Don't -- you don't stop talking truth."

No, I know that. I know. And I would never ask anyone to do that. What I'm saying is not that we have different truths, but that we have different languages. The left and the right. And it is proven, and it goes so deep now that when we go to a grocery store, scientists can look at your grocery store record and pretty much tell who you voted for by what products you buy. We are so different. We are as different as somebody who lives in Mexico City and somebody who lives and grew up -- lives, grew up as a Mexican in Mexico City as that lifestyle. And somebody who grew up in Chicago and lives that lifestyle and speaks that language.

Yes, we're both people. Yes, we both can recognize truth. But we have so many things that we don't share that if I wanted to be a missionary, and I wanted to go down and preach the truth, whatever that truth is, God, you know, the American scripture of the constitution, whatever it is. I would not say to somebody in Chicago "Oh, you want to be a missionary? Okay. Well, don't change your language."

I'm going down to Mexico. Yeah, don't speak their language. And whatever you do when you're there, don't eat any of that -- those taco enchilada things. You make sure you're eating ribs the whole time. You get as many good Chicago deep dish pizzas. And if they're not eating that pizza, don't you talk to them. And you just keep your language.

Well, don't you think I should speak Spanish? No. God will work it out.

Well, God will work some things out and sometimes he can translate language after you do all that you can do.

We have to look at the language of the left and the right as much as the language of Spanish and English. You can find truth, the exact same truth in both languages. But you will not be able to explain the truth to somebody who speaks a different language, unless you try to speak theirs, or they try to speak yours.

Otherwise, you're just sitting around yelling at each other.

"No, I said you should eat deep dish pizza. You know, pizza."

STU: That is exactly how I feel sometimes making arguments about politics. Don't you hear what I'm saying?

GLENN: No, they don't.

STU: Limited government.

GLENN: They don't.

STU: They just don't even hear it.

GLENN: Correct. And all we do is start shouting. And then when we're saying, "No, pizza." And they're looking at us, and they're screaming something at us that may not even be about food, we get angry, and we're, like, these people are worthless. They're -- they won't even understand pizza.

[Laughter]

Okay. Well, we're not speaking the same language. They don't understand it.

STU: Human life.

GLENN: Right. Right.

STU: Are you not -- let them live.

GLENN: Babies.

STU: Alive.

PAT: Murder is not a choice.

GLENN: Okay. And that's exactly what we're doing.

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