Glenn Beck: And the Palin bashing begins

GLENN: Let's go to Erick Erickson. He is with redstate.com and working on Project Leper which I just, I love the name of that, Erick. Tell me about Project Leper.

ERICKSON: Well, Glenn, first I hear what you're saying and, no thank you, I'm a happily married man.

GLENN: I don't think I've said that in a long time. God bless you, Erick. Thanks, man.

ERICKSON: Project Leper, there's this effort underway right now, McCain staffers who are trying to hitch their ride to a 2012 candidate already are out just smearing Sarah Palin. The leaks they are going with as well are so absurd claiming that Palin didn't know what NAFTA was, that Palin thought Africa was a country instead of a continent: They're just bizarre. We do know that one of the smears in chief as some of the other people in the McCain are calling her is Nicole Wallace who was picked to be Palin's PR person on the campaign -- in fact, I'm told by two different people on the campaign that she was in the office several weeks before the election raling against Palin because Palin wouldn't keep to the talking points. According to Newsweek, by the way, the talking points were that the McCain campaign didn't want to talk about Bill Ayers and Palin made them forcibly made them talk about Bill Ayers.

GLENN: Boy, that sucks. Here's the thing. I think Sarah Palin did go rogue a little bit because I think that she knew, "Look, I'm not going to be trashed by these people." I think she got the impression when she finally got in there -- you tell me Erick, what you think. I think she got in there and she realized I'm going to have my career destroyed by these people because of their advice and how they want me. And you know what? You picked me, you picked me for a reason. I'm not going to be your little chew toy to chew up and then spit off onto the side when you lose. I'm not going to be blamed for it. I think she did go rogue.

ERICKSON: I absolutely think you are right. In fact, if you read some of these profiles, you know all the reporters write the long "Behind the scenes" looks after the campaign's over, they're sworn to secrecy. They didn't want her to talk about Bill Ayers. She had to force them to talk about Joe the plumber. It's bizarre that they were so out of tune with this. Palin was the best thing that happened to this campaign. She excited the base and now these people who are preparing for 2012 are trying to throw her under the bus because they had already hitched a ride elsewhere. A lot of them are former staffers to other candidates who didn't get the nomination and now they are hoping their guy is set up for 2012.

GLENN: Okay. So tell me what Project Leper is.

ERICKSON: Project Leper is we intend to continue writing about the people on the McCain campaign who were sabotaging Sarah Palin and make them political lepers so when 2012 rolls around, they are not going to be able to work for their chosen 2012 candidate.


GLENN: Who is it? Do we have any names?

ERICKSON: We know Nicole Wallace is one of the people smearing. I've heard Steve Schmidt. I haven't been able to confirm that one yet.

GLENN: Who are they? Because I don't know.

ERICKSON: Steve Schmidt was the day-to-day manager of the McCain campaign. Nicole Wallace was McCain's press person who was put in charge of Sarah Palin's -- by the way, Nicole Wallace handled the beautiful communication shop of the Bush administration before she was put on for Sarah Palin.

GLENN: Oh, she was really good then.

ERICKSON: Yeah, exactly.

GLENN: Yeah, she was very good.

ERICKSON: So we just, we want to make sure people know in 2012 these are the people out trying to smear Sarah Palin. You just don't do that. You don't run a presidential campaign and then the day after it's over start hurling blame on the candidates who put themselves out there and saw their families attacked and their lives smeared.

GLENN: Erick, what do you think, why do you think about the idea that Sarah Palin, that there's a lot of people within the Republican party that don't like her because they know she ain't going to put up with any of that kind of crap? She is not a system person. She'll keep the good stuff but she will dismantle all the bad stuff. She is not going to play anybody's game.

ERICKSON: I totally agree with you on that. If you look at a lot of the people who are upset with her, it's this old guard D.C./New York establishment who has always wanted those people as part of the base but has never wanted those people in charge of the party. Well, she's one of those people and now she's in a position to lead the party and they feel threatened.

GLENN: Is it true that John McCain said to the conservatives, you know, when they said you've got to stand up for some of these things and he said, back off; I've already given you people Sarah Palin. Have you heard that?

ERICKSON: I haven't heard that but it would not surprise me. I mean, she really was -- this is one of those things that proved Karl Rove was right in 2000, in 2004. You go to the war with your base. McCain did not. So he had to go pick Sarah Palin to bring the base along.

GLENN: And yet that is, they are blaming it on this because they are saying if Sarah Palin wouldn't have been on the ticket, if it would have been somebody like Joe Lieberman, maybe he would have won. But if it would have been somebody like Joe Lieberman, you would have had Democrats and socialists running. I mean, you would have -- half of the country would have said, well, now I don't have anybody to vote for.

I mean, I have to tell you if I heard once, I heard 1,000 times from people, and I never said this, never said this on the air because you just don't say these things, but I heard a million times from people, "I'm going to vote for John McCain and, you know, I mean, he's old. Maybe we get Sarah Palin in the first term." You know what I mean?

ERICKSON: Exactly. I mean, the McCain campaign seemed to think their strategy was to win with moderates and independents, the mushy middle. You don't win elections like that. I'm a political consultant. I've run races for 10 years. You go into the campaign by uniting your base and then picking off enough of the moderates and independents to build the 50 plus 1 coalition. You don't go in without your base and go try to get the mushy middle that everyone else is fighting for and then pick off some of your base to come along, too.

GLENN: Do me a favor, Erick. You stay in touch with us and make sure that we're alerting our audience about Project Leper as well. I want to make sure that we rat these -- I mean, you know, it's time that -- forget about the Democrats. Democrats can police themselves. It's time that the Republicans really answer to the conservatives, and I don't mean the conservatives like, "Oh, those are religious right crazy whack jobs." I mean the people that believe in the Constitution and believe in freeing people from the shackles of government. So anything we can do to help and anything you are doing in that line, you let us know, will you, Erick?

ERICKSON: I sure will. Hey, Glenn, real quick, let me tell you your advice on having family game night changed my family and is one of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard anybody give on the radio.

GLENN: Really?

ERICKSON: Yes.

GLENN: Tell me how it changed your family.

GLENN: Yeah, we played Leapfrog in our living room in our hallway just earlier this week and I mean, it's like I can't believe I'm playing Leapfrog but you play Leapfrog but you lay down on the floor and you laugh and you have a good time and it just does change your family. Thank you. I appreciate it.

ERICKSON: Absolutely.

GLENN: Appreciate it, man. We'll be watching redstate.com.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation or find the full interview on BlazeTV:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.

The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

Watch the video below to hear Glenn break down the details:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.