Glenn Beck: Inside the Revolution

Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate...

GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. There's a couple of things I want to talk about. You know, I'm going to have to get back to this Christian Science Monitor article, The Coming Evangelical Collapse: An AntiChristian Chapter in Western History is About to Begin. Michael Spencer writes, this collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels that many of us did not believe possible in our lifetimes. I want to switch gears here. He gives several reasons and they're all tree. They're all true and we'll get back into that tomorrow, in tomorrow's program in Hour Number 2, but I want to switch gears here because there's something here on the mail online, the London Mail, and it is amazing because we've called Sky Television and there were no television cameras here. Surprisingly the press has dropped the ball on this one over in London. There are only camera shots of this. It is the troops coming home from Afghanistan and a Muslim preacher ridiculing the soldiers during the homecoming parade. Now, it's this preacher and he's got all kinds of other people and they're protesting and they're holding signs. They are the butchers of Basra. They were taunting them. They were yelling and screaming that they were cowards that had an uncanny knack for death by friendly fire. They also said that they had an amazing skill at murdering and torturing thousands of innocent people, women and children. They called them a vile parade of brutal killers. They were shouting that they were Nazis. These guys also, this group of people also want Britain to be an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law. Let me see what else they're saying. The parade was an insult, cowards, killers and extremists. That's what they said.

All right, here's the interesting thing. The police arrested a couple of them. Gosh, not the Muslims that were screaming these things. No, no, no. People that were screaming things back to this preacher and his flock. They couldn't even print it. It was so horrible for the English papers that they couldn't even print what was said. It was just this. Words came as police charged a man who allegedly shouted abuse at the war protestors. Later is says police were already out in force to protect the antiwar group and arrested two men among the soldier supporters. You cannot say a word in England against that kind of speech! They can be shouting it but you can't shout it back because yours is hate speech; theirs is not. This is what's coming, gang. This is what's coming. And you're going to see it. You already see it in small doses. The extreme left already says the most vile, vicious, awful things. They are standing up in our churches, in front of our children screaming hate speech. And what does anybody do about it? Is that even on television? And yet you can't say marriage should be between a man and a woman, and civil unions is fine. You can't have Barack Obama's position without being torpedoed, without being a hater, unless you're Barack Obama.

Joel Rosenberg has been watching these stories for a while. He's with us now. He's got a new book out called Inside the Revolution. Joel, are you familiar with these guys in England?

ROSENBERG: I am, and I write about this in one of the chapters in terms of how many Muslims. According to research done by the Pew Foundation, for example, 15% of Muslims in the U.K. believe suicide bombings against civilian targets are sometimes or often justified. 15%. 16% of Muslims in France believe suicide bombings against civilians are justified.

GLENN: Let me go here, Joel, I saw this story, this stat reported the other day. In England one out of seven say it's okay to beat your wife if she's wearing something too sexy. Where's that one coming from?



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ROSENBERG: Well, try this one. Again we cite this in the book from Pew Research. 5% of Muslims in America admit that they have a favorable view of Al-Qaeda. Now, what's interesting is almost 30%, 27%, 27% refused to answer the question whether they have a favorable view of Al-Qaeda. Now, we're talking about roughly 2 1/2 million Muslims in the country, 2.3 roughly. So we're talking about if you look at these specific numbers and in terms of suicide bombings, you are talking about 9% refuse to answer the question of whether they support suicide bombings against civilian targets. 13% said they believe suicide bombings are sometimes, often justified. Now, to put that in real numbers, 23,500 Muslims in America believe suicide bombings against civilians are justified, and 164,000-plus -- I'm sorry, 211,000-plus Muslim Americans refuse to answer the question. Now, the vast majority of Muslims in the U.S. and Britain aren't radical but that's not the question. The question is how many radicals are there and how serious a threat to they pose. And that's what I'm trying to do in this book is take people inside the thinking, what they're saying, what they're teaching, what they believe and how far they are willing to go to get it.

GLENN: Okay. Here's a question, Joel. I want to stray off the path just a little bit from the Muslim extremists and flip it around. I think there are anti-God forces as well that are aligning themselves with -- I mean, you're seeing it over in Europe. When you are such a coward and you can't say, "Excuse me?" That's hate speech without being shut down. And you are argue people who are speaking out against it, that's not about freedom of speech. That is kowtowing to a special interest. And there is also, there are forces from the left that want to destroy religion as we understand it in the West, and these forces are getting stronger and stronger. Am I wrong or am I right? Please tell me I'm wrong.

ROSENBERG: Glenn, unfortunately you are right. And this is a battle of ideas. This is literally a war of ideas, and the left has been saying for a long time that religion is bad but now they seem to have discovered that one religion is fine. Radical Islam in the view of the left, not so bad. People who believe in Jesus, that's the problem. And so this is becoming a huge divide. At least if the left were consistent, then that would be a useful marker, you know, that all religion is bad. About you that's not actually what they think. They are protecting the hate speech and the actions around them.

GLENN: But they are consistent. They are consistent in this way, Joel. They are consistent in the way of not really standing for any real principle. They are only standing for the principle of their power. And help me out on this. Try this thought line out. Just as -- and the premise is that kind of thinking will destroy them in the end because of this. What we've done is we have shut up the silent majority of America that wants to mean what they say and mean what they say and without any hate or malice toward anyone, just say the truth. These people are haters. These people hate the way we live and want to destroy our way of life. These people are teaching their children what God wants you to blow yourself up so you can get virgins. That's an abomination and a perversion of anything that could possibly ever come from God. That is the truth. But because we have just said, well, you know what, we don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, we don't want to do anything, what's happened is we have given all of this power to the left and the left is like, oh, yeah, yeah, just keep quiet, just keep quiet, and we're losing our religion. We're losing our way of life. As they coopt the extremists, what they don't understand is you can't coexist. It's like us coexisting with the extreme left. You can't coexist because they want to destroy you. They don't want coexistence. The same thing: The extreme left gets in bed with these crazy radical Islamicists. They are going to lose in the end because the Islamicists want to kill everyone including Hollywood and the left.

ROSENBERG: So many Americans don't believe that. I was just in the last -- just in the first couple of days of this particular book tour, I'm getting people on shows, one particular one I'm thinking of who was saying, "Oh, come on, Joel, you are completely distorting the views of people like President Ahmadinejad in Iran. They've never said they want to annihilate America. They've never said that they want to destroy the United States and Israel. That's all being misconstrued." And, of course, I quote them directly and it's all backed up. But the point is the left doesn't want to hear it and they really think we who are trying to defend our Constitution and our culture and our, at least our freedom to believe what we want to believe and share what we want to share with our friends and neighbors, it's up to them whether they want to agree with us, the left doesn't even want to hear it and it's interesting, just again in the first 48 hours of this tour how this inside the revolution discussion even, discussion about what the radical Muslims really want in their own words from their books, from their websites, from their speeches. That infuriates the left. They don't even want to hear it. They don't believe it. They just believe that we are the enemy.

GLENN: Tonight you are going to be on television with me. Would you bring some of the actual quotes with you? Let's get some of the quotes, from their own websites, from their own things about us and what they are really trying to accomplish.

ROSENBERG: Absolutely.

GLENN: We have the video now that somebody took. It wasn't a TV camera. I mean, how much time do you spend over in England, Joel?

ROSENBERG: No, I spend time in more radical Muslim countries than that one but I guess I need to spend more time there.

GLENN: But over in Europe you spend enough time.

ROSENBERG: No, it's a problem. It's a very big problem.

GLENN: They have kowtowed for so long, they are on the verge of losing their country. Do you know -- I mean, this amazes me. We played this on television because I said this in a meeting and everybody said, no, that's not true. And I said, go look for it but if it's true, put it on television. But I'm telling you I read it in the New York Times in a little blurb. They always have a Christmas message over in England. Do you know who delivered the other Christmas message? Now they have to have a point/counterpoint message. The queen delivers the Christmas message. Do you know who delivered the other side for the queen this year?

ROSENBERG: I'm guessing an Imam but I did not see it myself.

GLENN: No, sir. Think again. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

ROSENBERG: Oh, my gosh. Wow.

GLENN: He followed the queen to present the other side for the Christmas message!

ROSENBERG: Wow.

GLENN: I mean, that's how crazy Europe and England has become.

ROSENBERG: Now, get this one, Glenn. This just in the last couple of days. You know, as I'm making the case in this book, Ahmadinejad is bringing Iran and the world to the most dangerous moment in the Islamic revolution. We're 30 years into the Islamic revolution now. But this is the most dangerous moment and you and I have talked about why. But what's interesting is to me is that just this past weekend the moderate Muslim country of Morocco whom I spend two chapters on in this book -- these are good guys -- they have just severed all diplomatic ties with Iran because Iran has gone over the edge in their belligerence, the radicalism. And yet the United States, under President Obama, has decided to engage the radical belligerent, you know, "We're bringing about the end of the world" leadership. How is Morocco more sane on this issue than our own government?

GLENN: You know, let me tell you something, because they don't understand it. They are living in a place of denial on this. Let me ask you this: How do you sit down and negotiate and have open talks with somebody who says I'll have open talks at the table. When you --

ROSENBERG: Give up your Satanic ways?

GLENN: Give up your Satanic ways.

ROSENBERG: Yeah, that's a hard negotiating position for Secretary Clinton -- how do you look someone in the eye and say, list me the Satanic ways so we could work on this. I mean, you know, how do you --

GLENN: Right. They don't believe -- because the people on our side don't believe in Satan. They don't believe in God. So they don't think that people actually mean those things. You know, they have such disregard for religion that they think, "Oh, he's just saying. He doesn't mean really Satanic ways. That's just bluster." He means it!

ROSENBERG: You know what's interesting in the heart of it, I totally agree with you, Glenn. One of the things I found over the last couple of years of crisscrossing the Islamic world is as you just alluded to with Morocco, because Moroccans are Muslim, they do understand.

GLENN: I know.

ROSENBERG: They are living inside the region and they understand it. What we're finding is mass defect shun by the millions, really by the tens of millions of Muslims from Islam.

Now, some of them, many millions, are becoming followers of Jesus Christ. Not all, and I wouldn't even say most. But it's extraordinary the soul-searching that's going on inside the Muslim world as Muslims are watching radicals kill other Muslims and saying, if that's it, if that's what it means to be a pure Muslim, I'm out. I can't do this anymore.

GLENN: Joel, I tell you, there's soul-searching going on in the entire world. I really truly believe that an enlightened period is coming. A great, great vast darkness but also a great miraculous enlightened period is coming as well because sides are being chosen.

ROSENBERG: Yes.

GLENN: And there is no middle ground. You are either going to be engaged with darkness or with light, and I think people are starting to feel that and they're starting to say, you know, they're starting to feel callings on, "Well, wait a minute." And those who don't -- those who dismiss it, those who don't root themselves in the truth I think are going to be in very, very deep trouble. I just, maybe this is me.

ROSENBERG: I'm with you on that. And I tell you, you know, there's a guy I need to introduce you to, literally, physically introduce you to. He is the Glenn Beck of the revivalists. He is an Egyptian Coptic priest named Father Zakaria Botros. I profile him inside this book in the revolution. And he reaches 50 million Muslims a day. They are watching him now by satellite television in the Muslim world. Because he's taking on Islam verse by verse, chapter by chapter, hadith by hadith and he's deconstructing it. Then because he's a believer in Jesus, he explains now this is the truth. Now, people call in to his show and they're furious.

GLENN: Okay. Joel, I'm sorry to cut you off. I have a network break but I have to tell you we'll talk more about this tonight on television.

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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