Glenn interviews Jeff Foxworthy


Silly Street

by Jeff Foxworthy

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. You know, it's Monday and I just, you know, I wanted to start with some common sense and some laughs. So we got Jeff Foxworthy on the phone with us. Hello, Jeff, how are you, man?

FOXWORTHY: I'm great, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Where are you? Are you still back at home or wandering, meandering around the country?

FOXWORTHY: No, I'm actually home in Atlanta today.

GLENN: We had you up here in New York, I don't know, a couple of weeks ago and you're writing -- you know, you got another book out. I swear to you, you're a machine. You are an absolute machine.

FOXWORTHY: I'm just trying to keep up with you. You're --

GLENN: Oh, stop it. Please, stop it. So you've got another children's book out, et cetera, et cetera, and we had a conversation on the air that -- actually we had it off the air. It actually airs tonight. I've been waiting to play it for the right moment. It was a conversation about our values, our principles and god and the ten commandments.

FOXWORTHY: Yeah.

GLENN: And when we look at all of the things that are going on, Jeff. I mean, here you are writing children's books, you know, writing the family together. We have disconnected. I think most of our problems are because we have disconnected from family and from the principles that come from God.

FOXWORTHY: Well, and we weren't intended to live that way. You know, I say to people, you know, if you look at a microwave oven, well, somebody created that, and when they created it and planned it and designed it, they had a purpose in mind for it. And the same thing with a coffee mug. Somebody created it and planned it and designed it. Well, we're infinitely more complex than that and so it just seems foolish to me to think that we are just happenstance, you know, and so if we were created, then somebody created us with a purpose and a design in mind, and I think we've so gotten away from what that purpose is. I mean, you are right, we have disconnected from family and we spend every waking moment with a phone to our ear or a computer in front of us and we've lost any of that introspection time or that time to do critical thinking, and it's to our detriment.

GLENN: So in other words, what you're saying is if we're a microwave, we've been putting tinfoil in us?

FOXWORTHY: Absolutely.

GLENN: Okay.

FOXWORTHY: And that wasn't what we were designed to do and that's not how we function best.

GLENN: You know, it's really funny that you would say that. I was just talking to, who was it just the other day and we were talking about there's no time to think anymore.

FOXWORTHY: No.

GLENN: That is one of our biggest problems. Everything is happening at such a rapid pace and we are always distracted. Also no pondering time anymore.

FOXWORTHY: You know, well, it used to be if you got in your car, at least you had quiet time from one place to the other. But now, you know, we use that to catch up on phone calls or text messages, and it's -- you know, and I don't make any apologies for my faith, but I think there's something real big when it said "Be still and know I'm God." I mean, it's like you need to contemplate some things. You know, you can't have critical thinking when you're always occupied, and I just think that's one of the biggest problems in the world now. And you have to make a choice that that's what you're going to do. I mean, you know, I made a choice, I wasn't going to do e-mail because everybody I know that does it, it takes two or three hours of their day. And I'm like, I'm not giving up two or three more hours that I could spend with my family to sit there in front of a computer.

GLENN: You really are a -- I mean, you really are a family guy. How do you do what -- I mean, most people don't know. Jeff Foxworthy is the most successful comedian in the history of American comedy. You have produced and generated more revenue than any -- I mean, really Jerry Seinfeld is embarrassed when you compare the two of you. It's true. How do you, how do you maintain your family life? You know, it's probably easier -- maybe it's not. It's probably easier for you to do it now that you're successful, but how did you do it and hold it all together?

FOXWORTHY: Well, you know, to me life is about priorities, and I was probably influenced because my dad left when I was like 9 years old, I mean, and he was the most loving man I've ever known. He was married six times. He had a lot of love and he spread it around. But I think as a child when you have a parent that leaves, no matter how well adjusted you are, for the rest of your life you have this little thought in the back of your mind that something else was more important than you. Something else was more important than staying and raising you. And so -- and I think when you come from anything, you either end up being like it or you end up going 180 degrees from it. And I just decided, you know, from the moment I found out I was going to be a dad that my kids were never going to have that feeling that something was more important than them. And --

GLENN: So how did you -- wait, wait, wait. To break a cycle is extraordinarily difficult. How did you do it?

FOXWORTHY: You know what? I just made them the priority, and it was -- and I love this thing that I do. I'm so lucky because I've made a great living doing something I love to do. But it's like, you know, I would be offered movies and they would shoot for nine weeks in the summer and I thought, you know, if there's a finite number of summers that I have with these girls and I'm not giving one of them away. And so I would turn stuff like that down. And people thought I was crazy, but looking back I can't think of a single summer that I would say, oh, that one wasn't worth it. I'm glad, you know, I threw that one away. And so it wasn't being totally money-driven because there was something more important than money. Because I've been as broke as you can be. You know, the year my wife and I got married, I made $8300 for the year doing comedy. But we were happy as clams. We had nothing and we were happy as clams and so you realize, well, money's not the thing. Is it nice? You bet it is. But it's not the thing. And so I just, you know, kind of always made them the priority and then everything else fell behind that.

GLENN: Do you happen to -- do you know David Wilkerson?

FOXWORTHY: Yes.

GLENN: You do know him?

FOXWORTHY: I know who he is. We've not met, no.

GLENN: I'm only asking you because you are from the South and I think everybody in the South is Baptist, aren't you? Is he a rational, sane kind of guy? Because he was the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, was he not?

FOXWORTHY: Yes. Well, see, and I'm kind of weird in my faith in that I don't believe -- I don't believe in denominations because the word denominate means to divide. And again I don't think that's what we were created for, you know. I think we were -- we're not supposed to be divided. And, you know, and if you believe in God and you believe he's infinitely created, then we don't all have to look and act and sound the same.

GLENN: That's what -- I mean, our founding fathers were -- our founding fathers believed in nature's god. They believed in God. They believed in his force and the best way to praise him is to serve him. And, you know, it doesn't matter, you know, what your faith was. Do you worship God. But this isn't why I was asking you. What I was asking you is did you see what he said over the weekend?

FOXWORTHY: I did not.

GLENN: Okay, he said over the weekend that Christians should be aware, all people should be aware that this thing is about to melt down. He says, I can't tell you when, he said, but I see a time when the cities in America are on fire and it is chaos in this country. I mean, it's a pretty bleak outlook, but I was struck by it because I thought, gee, why is no one talking about it's -- everybody is saying that, look, for instance, Detroit, it's melting down. You're going to have, you know -- anybody who's saying that there's riots, they are saying this over in England as well that, you know, anywhere there's going to be riots, it's going to be in the cities. And I thought to myself, that's where people are less likely to take responsibility for their own actions. It's where they have -- it's the welfare centers of the country. It's where the people are the weakest. Where people are out, they are doing their own thing, they have to rely on themselves and their neighbors, there's not going to be riots in those towns.

FOXWORTHY: No, there's not. You're talking about the founding fathers. This country was based on everybody having an opportunity to succeed. And not a guarantee but an opportunity that if you worked hard enough, you know, that you had a chance. And somewhere along the line, it's become a sense of entitlement, and it can't sustain itself that way. And if you look historically, I mean, the Roman empire fell, you know, without a war. If you look historically, it can happen. And I think it's kind of a crossroads here in this country that you can't expect the machine, the top small portion of the machine to support the whole machine. It won't work.

GLENN: You know, I've been saying -- because I've been warning about this stuff for several years.

FOXWORTHY: Indeed you have.

GLENN: What does that mean is this is that a sign?

FOXWORTHY: No, I love listening to you and watching you.

GLENN: Okay.

FOXWORTHY: I sit there and go, there's somebody with some common sense!

GLENN: But I have to tell you, Jeff, I am coming to a place here, and I felt it for the last couple of weeks. I keep hearing in my head the paradigm is about to change, the paradigm is about to change. I'm not sure what that means, but at the same time I have been also feeling and hearing in my own head, "Prepare to witness miracles." I think, you know, as the dark grows stronger, it's only because that's a shadow. The light is growing brighter. I have a feeling that while there's great trouble ahead, there are great miracles to be witnessed soon.

FOXWORTHY: Well, light is always stronger than darkness, you know, and I mean it's a weird thing in that, you know, you bring up the fact that, oh, here's a guy that is a family man. And it's like, it's almost embarrassing going, well, should that be so weird that somebody goes, oh, isn't that cool. I mean, it should be the rule and not the exception. But --

GLENN: Do you think that -- because, you know, the media has so changed, the media has so disconnected from, you know, praising the family and getting away from the average person, they don't see it at all. When you are going around the country, has the population changed or is it just the image of what America is through the media's eyes and the big population centers that has changed?

FOXWORTHY: Well, I've always argued that the media is not an accurate representation of what this country really is. And I think I can say that with some confidence because as a comedian, I have been to all 50 states. I have been to all 50 states many, many times. And I've always argued that, you know, most of the media is controlled out of New York and L.A., well, there's 200 million people in between. But their viewpoints aren't often the ones that make the news or the newspapers. And, you know, we've been kind of the quiet majority, but I kind of get a sense now that they're starting to see this little feeling of discontent in that and people are like, no, no, no, you don't speak for us anymore, and I think that's what it's going to take.

GLENN: Can you elaborate on one thing? Because I'd like to see if you feel the same thing. This is not about Barack Obama or the Democrats.

FOXWORTHY: Not at all.

GLENN: This is about -- the discontent started during the Republicans.

FOXWORTHY: Absolutely.

GLENN: And I mean, it's all of them. It is just disconnecting from anything that's real in Washington.

FOXWORTHY: Yeah. And it's -- you know, and it's that sense of entitlement. And if you go out to the farm country of Kansas or Iowa, I don't think people are feeling entitled out there, you know, like somebody owes them something. It's like, "No, I've got to get up and get my kids off to school and go to work and help take care of my mom who's old and not doing well," and they're not looking for somebody to do it for them and --

GLENN: Have you thought, have you thought at all -- because I think of my grandparents all the time. Have you thought at all about your grandparents? And maybe they wouldn't with you, but looking at our lifestyles, looking at our society, how many times -- you know, your grandparents would have just looked at you and slapped you across the face and said, what the hell is wrong with you and your generation?

FOXWORTHY: I think they would have. I think they would have, and I think -- you know, because back when they grew up, you didn't have this mass exodus from the farm. So people lived close to their mothers and their sisters and their moms and their grandparents. And you have the advantage -- you know, and I find as I have gotten older -- because I used to kind of, like, blow old people off and think, oh, you don't know. There's a lot of wisdom in somebody that's been on this planet for 60 or 70 years. And now we're not -- you know, the way we live, we don't take advantage of that. Because they may not know all the technology, but they've learned a lot of life lessons walking down this road a lot longer than we have.

GLENN: Jeff Foxworthy has written a new book for your kids. I read his books to my kids. They absolutely love them. The latest is Silly Street. Spend some quality time as a dad or a mom and pick up a book. Silly Street by Jeff Foxworthy and read it tonight to your kids. Jeff, always great to talk to you.

FOXWORTHY: You, too, buddy. Keep fighting the good fight. See you.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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