Glenn Beck: Rising GOP star

Senator Thune

GLENN: All righty then. We go to Senator John Thune who is, it's crazy, an actual conservative in the Republican party. Senator, how are you, sir?

SENATOR THUNE: Doing well, Glenn, how are you this morning?

GLENN: I'm good. You know, I'm concerned about our country, quite frankly. I'm concerned where we're headed. I see the treasury and the Fed completely out of control. We've taken on now another $5 trillion of responsibility in debt. And Senator, when is this madness going to end?

SENATOR THUNE: Well, I tell you, I think there's a lot of anxiety across the country including among members of congress who supported what the Treasury was trying to do now and they shift gears and go to yet another permutation of various proposals that they put out to try and provide stability in the economy. It is a little troubling to see the apparent lack of clarity that they have about how to accomplish this. I mean, the thing continues to evolve and, you know, we got a new proposal yesterday from the treasury department. I think at the end of the day what's going to solve the challenges that we face in our economy, it's going to be the American people and their hard work and entrepreneurs and keeping tax policies low so that they can invest, and I don't think that government's going to be, in the end, going to be the solution to this thing.

GLENN: Then why are we -- I mean, what are we doing? What are we doing? Tell me where you stand on GM, Senator. What's going to happen with the Big Three automakers? How can we continue to just pour money into American Express and to GM and just open up our vaults and our treasury and our printing presses for everybody?

SENATOR THUNE: Well, it's really hard, Glenn, and the question is where does that end because if you selectively start choosing industries that you support and others are blind, then you've got government in the position of picking winners and losers and that's not a place for government to be. You know, I think that the -- what you're seeing right now as you mentioned is more and more pressure from more and more industries to step in and once you establish the President doing that, it becomes harder to say no. Then it becomes a question of the federal government, the congress, whomever The Treasury Department determining which ones are important in the economy and which ones aren't. So it is a dangerous precedent, and I say that as somebody who held my nose and voted for the rescue plan simply because I thought we had to bring some stability to the credit market but now seeing how they are attempting to implement that raises a lot of questions and concerns about whether or not we should be giving those types of authorities to the federal government in the first place.

GLENN: Do you regret it or are you just considering that maybe we shouldn't have done it? Or are you saying now just way too much authority?

SENATOR THUNE: Well, you do -- you know, you do what you think is right at the time and there was a sense of urgency and emergency and we had credit markets that were freezing up and we assumed at the time that they had a fairly thought out plan that they were going to use to restore some stability to the credit market to make sure that more people didn't get sucked into this spiral but, you know, now all of a sudden they said, okay, we're not going to buy nonperforming loans, we're going to make equity investments to try and capitalize some of these sectors of our economy. It just seems like they are very much, almost --

GLENN: They are grasping at --

SENATOR THUNE: Trying to see how to fix it and that's a real worry.

GLENN: They are grasping at straws.


GLENN: The Senate, what do you think's going to happen? I mean, it looks like now that Alaska, the Senate seat may go away. Al Franken may be joining you in the Senate, and Georgia's up for grabs. What is --

SENATOR THUNE: Well, I think we're going to hang on in Minnesota. As much as the Democrats are going to try and snatch that one through the recount process, Norm Coleman ended up on top, it's very hard to reverse those types of outcomes and I think he is going to be the next senator for Minnesota. Alaska as you said is not looking good. I think in a runoff Saxby Chambliss will do fine because I think when it comes to a runoff, the Republicans will turn out, particularly if they are convinced -- and they should be now -- that that vote has made the difference between the Democrats having the total keys and run of the place in Washington. If they get a 60 vote majority in the United States Senate, it makes it virtually impossible for us as Republicans to stop bad things from happening or in any way to shape legislation as it moves through there consistent with our principle. It's a very, it's a process that I think most Americans would be very uncomfortable with and I think that's going to help the Saxby prospects in Georgia.

GLENN: I don't know, Senator. I just saw a poll that said most Americans are happy and comfortable now with one-party rule.

SENATOR THUNE: Well, I think part of it is there's kind of the euphoria and the honeymoon period that you come out of an election with, Glenn, but I tell you what, when they start seeing how these guys govern, and you have to believe that it's one thing if you are talking about Democrats that were sort of in the middle of the political spectrum but Nancy Pelosi is going to represent the far left. The leadership in the Senate's going to be on the far left. They are going to try to be pulling Obama in that direction. This is a government that's going to be very far left of center and I think when people start realizing what that means in terms of policies that affect their lives, you are going to see a reaction against that. But sure, right now everybody feels very good about this historic election but, you know, it's a very different thing I think once they begin to govern and people see the direction they are starting to lead the country.

GLENN: If we have moved this far to the left with Republicans, you know, where we have done this bailout and George Bush has done prescription drugs and everything else, you know and I know that the more fear and the more strife that you, you know, interject into a person's life or into a country, the more they are going to look for a sugar daddy to protect them and bail them out. How do you stop something like universal healthcare at this point when the economy is tanking and everybody's worried about, "well, I can't afford my health insurance, I can't afford to go to the doctor"? How are you going to stop it?

SENATOR THUNE: Well, there's no question we have our work cut out for us but I still think that most Americans, I think Americans, this is a right of center country and I don't think the Republicans were talking to those people in the last election and probably maybe even election before that. But the fact that the outcome is what it is is something we have to deal with. It's a reality. But I don't think -- I think the interpretation of the election by the Democrats is very different than a message the American people were sending. In a lot of ways I think the American people were saying we are tired of corruption in Washington and we are tired of big government solutions. I think it's -- if we get back to our principles in govern, or at least have the opportunity to set the agenda. But if we stand up for those things that we believe in, I think that people will respond to that. And you are correct that sometimes when people -- there's a lot of economic anxiety, they are looking for somebody to protect them. That would seem to suggest that, you know, the Democrats' proposals for more government might find favorable with the American people. But I still think there's a basic mistrust of big government by the American people. I still think that most Americans believe in freedom in this country and I think in the end that's going to win out. I mean, there may be short-term here now, the sentiment that's out there, but I think that's going to change.

GLENN: Do you believe that people should be purchasing guns? I mean, there's a run on guns now. Trying to buy guns or ammunition in this country at least in certain parts of the country, I mean, damn near impossible. I mean, there's a run on guns. Does that amaze you or do you think that -- what do you think of that?

SENATOR THUNE: Well, you know, I think that you -- I know about being in gun stores here in South Dakota and, you know, the sales are up in double digits. It's an amazing time and, you know, you would hope that that reaction isn't overreaction, but you have to look at the record, and I think the policies when the Democrats have been in charge in the congress, particularly the liberal Democrats have been in charge of the congress, they have tried to restrict access to firearms and Second Amendment rights. And I think that the new administration probably, Senator Obama's record suggests that, you know, that is a direction in which they could head. Now, hopefully that won't be the case. With that being said, I think there's a belief by a lot of people around this country, a lot of supporters in the Second Amendment that, you know, they better, before something changes and they move to outlaw gun shows or move to change some of the requirements when it comes to gun ownership or the number, the types of firearms that people currently have access to that might be limited in the future, they are out there buying them up and so it's a reaction to what they perceive as a threat to the Second Amendment right in the future.

GLENN: Joe Biden and Barack Obama are really the kind of guys that only want revolvers available. You won't be able to buy a semiautomatic gun. I mean anything but a revolver.

SENATOR THUNE: Yeah, it's crazy. We went through this ten years ago. Also there was a real concern about it impacting semiautomatic shotguns and that's something, I shoot one of those when I hunt. You know, I think a lot of people in my state do. But that's why you are seeing people moving into these gun stores and it's -- there were a lot of people predicted to me before the election that you were going to see the price of some of these weapons, some of these firearms that were going to double after the election, and I think you are starting to see that.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, Senator, I thank you for all your hard work and we are sincerely counting on a handful of people like you to -- I believe the Constitution is in real, real trouble and if it's not -- if people like you don't stand in the line to block it, we're in deeper trouble than even I think we're in. So we were counting on you, Senator.

SENATOR THUNE: We appreciate the stand you are taking for freedom, too, Glenn. Keep it up.

GLENN: Well, and also I wanted to sincerely thank you for beating Tom Daschle and we'll leave it there. Thank you very much, Senator. Bye-bye.

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."

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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.

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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."

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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:

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