Karl Rove interview

GLENN: Let me go right to Karl Rove. Hello, sir, how are you?

ROVE: I'm great. How about you?



Karl Rove

GLENN: This big brain of yours sitting there, I don't know what you're doing, writing books or whatever but it's sitting there and I would like to tap in. I'd like to suck your brain dry a bit for a few minutes.

ROVE: Sounds like a horror movie.

GLENN: You never listen to this program?

ROVE: I do.

GLENN: Let me just start with what you thought happened last night in Michigan with Mitt Romney and McCain.

ROVE: Well, I think two things. He was born there, he grew up there, he went to school there. His family's still there. His father was a very popular three-term Republican governor of the state. So he had a home, you know, a home court advantage that he took great advantage of but I think also there was an interesting play on the issue of the economy. John McCain in a pretty straightforward way said that some of the jobs in the auto industry were not coming back and that he would work with Michigan to find new jobs for the 21st century and talked about that. Mitt Romney sensing, I think, an opportunity basically said I'm going to work to strengthen America's auto industry and as President I'll be attentive to and work closely with the auto industry to bring back America's automobile strength and I think that helped him.

I took a look last night at some of the returns and it looked like Romney was doing particularly well on the eastern side of the state, the counties surrounding Detroit in particular where, you know, auto jobs are important.

GLENN: With you being the expert that you are, is there a guy that you look at from the results that you are seeing and just your gut saying this is the direction; if this guy would change 5% of his message or just tweak it, 5% of his message, he's on the right track, who is the guy that you think is going to bubble up?

ROVE: Well, I don't think it's that simple. There are four or five who could bubble up. The question is in the contests that are coming very rapidly here, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida, is somebody going to begin to pull away; that is to say, to have a consistent pattern of wins and by a convincing margin. Thus far we've had three different winners in five different states and nobody -- you know, last night was the biggest victory I believe we had seen thus far in a primary and we still are just at the beginning of the process. I mean, think about this. I mean, we had a big turnout last night. There were more people that turned out last night than voted in the three previous contests, Wyoming, Iowa and New Hampshire combined.

GLENN: If you were going to go to work for a candidate, who would you advise?

ROVE: I'm not going to go to work for a candidate and I want to stay married, Glenn. My wife, there would be a nationally known homicide if I would go to work for a candidate.

GLENN: All right. The Giuliani strategy, quite possibly the smartest thing or the dumbest thing, nowhere in between?

ROVE: Well, I think -- I wouldn't characterize it as smartest or dumbest but it is a big gamble. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. He is basically willing to say I'm willing to absorb five or six losses before I have a big win. I was last night at dinner with some people from Florida. They were not Giuliani supporters. In fact they were like a lot of Republicans, still up in the air. But they had gone to -- one couple had gone to an event and seen Giuliani in their neighborhood and they said it was a huge crowd, very curious, interested to see what the mayor had to say but they said this appears to be the pattern throughout. He's been down in Florida campaigning here consistently the last several days and drawing big crowds. So we'll see if the gamble pays off. It will be a very unusual strategy. I've never heard of one like it before but this is a year when the inexplicable and the unusual happens.

GLENN: Talking to Karl Rove. I was watching the Today Show this morning and they were talking to Mitt Romney and they took a quote from Mike Huckabee that I had not heard where Mike Huckabee said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "The constitution in many ways," he was talking about abortion, "Is out of step with God's law and we need to not change God. We need to put our Constitution more in line with God, not try to change God." And when I heard that, I thought, my gosh, why is that the first time I've heard this in this media? Somebody overtly talking about changing the Constitution to make it more in line with God and yet it was just, it was a quick question to Mitt Romney, which led me to think, gosh, there's one candidate that I think that they are playing with kid gloves because they would like this guy to win the nominee and I think it's Huckabee because they just think that the Democrats can destroy him. Who do you think the Democrats want to win the Republican primary?

ROVE: You know, I think that's a parlor game. I think that's something that we political junkies talk about but in reality smart people understand that neither party has the ability to affect the outcome of the other side. And sometimes you better not wish, you know, wish hard because you may get it and it may turn out to be wrong. I mean, I think the Democrats more than a specific candidate would like to see the Republicans go at each other in a deeply personal way so that there are deep fissures, both personal and ideological that identify us at the end of this process. Now, the interesting thing thus far is that the party that is starting to see some deep personal animosity and some really long-lasting, you know, fratricide going on is the Democrats, not the Republicans. There's a lot of back-and-forth among the Republicans, but my sense is that most Republican voters are sitting there saying of the five candidates, I could find myself voting comfortably for three or four of them.

GLENN: Yeah.

ROVE: And on the other side we see particularly in the aftermath of New Hampshire some really strong divisions emerging, you know, on the basis of personality. They just don't like each other and they are finding ways to scrap with each other and that's the kind of thing that is long-lasting. That's what Republicans do. But thus far we have been pretty well within the bounds. There have been a couple of instances where I think things have gone beyond but I think by and large people have been, you know, sort of the normal political combat.

GLENN: It's been interesting to watch the Democrats last night. They were just playing kissy face and yet none of them looked at each other. Just by body language you could tell they all hated each other. Karl, I've got to run. We have Mitt Romney coming up in just a second. Karl Rove, I appreciate you being on the program. And by the way, you just signed with my imprint Threshold Books. I was the first number one author for that. I'm passing the torch to you.

ROVE: Glenn, they promised what they would do for me that they did for you, make me number one on the New York Times Best Seller list.

GLENN: Congratulations, brother.

ROVE: Glad you're back. Good health to you.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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