Glenn talks with Nancy Grace about the Natalee Holloway case

GLENN: This building was built in the 1930s to house network radio. The Government got involved and said, you can't do that. For the first time network radio comes out of Radio City every day, 52 weeks a year. Putting the radio back into from Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America and we're strangely proud of that. Welcome to the program. My name is Glenn Beck. We are going to -- I've got a theory on John McCain and how John McCain should absolutely French kiss Rush Limbaugh and I'll give this to you here in just a second. We've got a lot going on today.


 


 I also have a theory that we have, somehow or another we have entered into a wormhole where it looks like the America that we all know and recognize but somehow or another it's not, and I have evidence that we have slipped through a wormhole because nothing in the news makes sense to me anymore. And we have Nancy Grace on the phone. Hello, Nancy, how are you?


 


 GRACE: Well, I don't like being associated in the same paragraph with wormhole and McCain French kissing Rush Limbaugh, but sobeit. There's nothing I can do about that now.


 


 GLENN: I'm telling you, Nancy, I'm telling you --


 


 GRACE: What?


 


 GLENN: The French kiss, the John McCain French kissing Rush Limbaugh will make sense but I won't bring it up now.


 


 GRACE: Okay, whatever.


 


 GLENN: Help me out on a story that I have -- because we've been so focused on Super Tuesday and everything else, help me out on the Natalee Holloway tape. The more I look into this, the more this thing is just a nasty tangled web and there's nobody good in this except for Natalee Holloway's family.


 



GRACE: I agree, I agree. And first of all, I don't know why you're so obsessed with Super Tuesday. If you had asked me about six months ago, I could have said it's going to be tight between McCain, Hillary and Obama, boom. But no, you tortured yourself.


 


 GLENN: Made my head hurt, Nancy, making my head had your.


 


 GRACE: Anyway, Natalee Holloway, yeah. I think the only truly innocent here is Natalee Holloway and believe me --


 


 GLENN: Well, and the mom.


 


 GRACE: I've seen the -- yeah.


 


 GLENN: Yeah.


 


 GRACE: I've seen the smear, the victim campaign so many times over so many years. I almost immediately take a look at the victim to prepare myself. There's nothing about Natalee, absolutely nothing that could make her look bad and derogatory.


 


 GLENN: Okay. So there's this videotape that is out.


 


 GRACE: Yeah. This is what happened.


 


 GLENN: All right.


 


 GRACE: There is a guy. He is a 34-year-old Dutch businessman. They say businessman. He's got a criminal history. But you know what? Who do you think Van der Sloot, the former judge's son, is going to hang out, priests and virgins? Yeah, this guy, Patrick Van der Eem, 34-year-old guy out of -- a Dutch businessman befriended Joran Van der Sloot at a casino. They spoke the same language, they struck up a conversation, they struck up a friendship and it went from there.


 


 GLENN: How long was the friendship?


 


 GRACE: Months. This was two to three months in the making, and at no time did Van der Eem bring up Natalee Holloway.


 


 GLENN: Okay.


 


 GRACE: So, of course, he got Van der Sloot to talk about Natalee Holloway because nobody brought it up. So for all this team even leading up to, they spent a lot of time driving around smoking dope, smoking pot and their big plan, their big plan in life was to start a pot farm. Okay. That's where the whole thing starts.


 


 GLENN: Okay.


 


 GRACE: And ultimately --


 


 GLENN: At least they're setting goals.


 


 GRACE: They are setting goals.


 


 GLENN: Yes, jeez.


 


 GRACE: As a businessman. So about two or three months into it just as Van der Eem gets this fantastic SUV outfitted with secret cameras and secret audio recording devices, Van der Sloot gets arrested, again, by the Dutch authorities. Of course it was another catch and release. They let him go after a week or so.


 


 GLENN: Okay. Hold on just a second. Hold on. So was this guy that Van der Sloot met at the casino, was it his intention the whole time to have -- to befriend him and have this a setup? Was he approached at sometime during the relationship by a third party that said, why don't you videotape it? What was the guy's intention that he met at the casino?


 


 GRACE: He was absolutely planning it the entire time. Van der Eem had been approached by a news guy. His name is Peter DeVries. He has his own TV show and it's kind of like their Most Wanted, their America's Most Wanted. It's all about --


 


 GLENN: So it's a show that has some credibility.


 


 GRACE: Yes.


 


 GLENN: All right.


 


 GRACE: He's been over a long time and he's all about cracking cases and reporting on crime. So he approaches this guy. The guy says yes, Van der Eem. He befriends Van der Sloot and about two months he's got him right where he wants him. The plan is thrown awry when Van der Sloot gets arrested. It's another catch and release under the Aruba justice system, dare I call it that.


 


 GLENN: It just happened just a couple of months ago.


 


 GRACE: Yes. And they didn't keep him. They decided they didn't have enough evidence to keep him. They let him go again. At that point, as soon as he gets back, they get into this specially outfitted super expensive SUV and he starts talking. He starts talking about the arrest, he talks about the fact that Natalee will never be found, that she is in the ocean, and his story in a nutshell, Glenn Beck, is that he was with the girl, they were making out on the beach alone the night before she leaves, just hours away from returning to America and she suddenly goes into convulsions and dies. Instead of calling 911 or rendering aid, he hides her body in some mangrove trees, calls a friend to come dump the body about a mile offshore. That's his story.


 


 GLENN: Okay. Now he says, and I'm just quoting -- I wish I could play the audio but it's -- you know, it's in, you know, wooden shoe language. So he says, "I almost wanted to cry." He said, "She was shaking." And Van der Eem says, "Shaking?" Van der Sloot: Yes, a lot. I almost wanted to cry. Why does this -- expletive -- always happen to me. I mean, first of all his first thought is, me, I wanted to cry because it was happening to me.


 


 GRACE: Me, me, me, me, me, me, me.


 


 GLENN: And what does he mean by, why does this stuff always happen to me? There's later in the tape where he kind of, he alludes to somebody who helps him out on this kind of stuff.


 


 GRACE: Yes, he keeps saying, "I'll never give up the name, I'll go to my grave with it." And then the guy goes, it's Daury Rodriguez.


 


 GLENN: He does give up the name?


 


 GRACE: He gives up the name Daury, D-a-u-r-y. The only Daury that is in his world comes forward and goes, that wasn't me. I wasn't even on Aruba at that time. So he's lying about the whole disposal of the body. But I found that to be true in many cases, Glenn. Example, I had a guy in a bank robbery, he will tell you the whole story up until the time the security guard is shot. I go, well, who shot the security guard? Well, I turned away at that moment; I don't know who did the murder. Yeah, right. You hear a gun in the room with you and you don't look to see what happened?


 


 So at the time of the disposal of the body and the actual death, he gets a little fuzzy about what was going on there. But here's the other thing. This guy, Van der Eem, is asking him, starts asking him questions and he says he's not altogether sure Natalee was dead when he threw her into the -- when she was thrown into the ocean. He could very likely have thrown her into the ocean still alive.


 


 GLENN: He said also, "I have absolutely no bad feelings about it. I have not lost one night's sleep over it." You know, I've seen the videotape. I just haven't had enough time to watch the thing from start to finish, but I've seen the videotape and it looks -- the guy doesn't look like he's making it up. I mean, it looks credible.


 


 GRACE: Well, remember, Glenn, also this is the guy that stayed behind bars and looked prosecutors and cops right in the eye and lied the whole time. This is what I firmly believe. I think he was with Natalee the night she died and I think it's very likely he killed her. Natalee Holloway has no history of epileptic seizures, she had not used drugs according to any of her friends, her confidantes at school, never, ever.


 


 GLENN: Were they -- did he just say they were just making out on the beach?


 


 GRACE: That's what he said this time. On other occasions he has said that they had sex. On other occasions he has said that he just dropped her off at her hotel and didn't see her after that. Although according to her father, her father told me to my face that Joran Van der Sloot could describe Natalie's body unclothed and the underwear she was wearing that night. So, you know, I don't know what's true and what's not true but I do know that he is responsible for her death.


 


 GLENN: Why would he, why would he confess to this guy driving around smoking pot when they had the pot farm, you know, plans all in place? I mean, he was about to be a wealthy, wealthy pot farmer.


 


 GRACE: Oh, speaking of wealthy, they also discussed Joran Van der Sloot and his father's plan to sue the government for all their pain and suffering and all the money they're going to get. And he says, I'm just sitting back waiting for a big fat compensation check for all I've been through.


 


 GLENN: I've heard that, I've heard that dad was involved. Is that true, that dad was --


 


 GRACE: I don't know. I do know that he's not giving up the name, the real name of whoever helped him dispose of the body. I do know that. And I know the next day, the very next day when they should have been out searching for her, looking for her, he and his father arranged a big meeting in their backyard around their pool, according to my sources, with defense, to work on defense strategy.


 


 GLENN: And what is his defense on this? Just that he was --


 


 GRACE: That he was lying. His state attorney, United States attorney said, oh, he just made all that up. I don't buy that. I really do not buy that because this is what we know without his confession. We know he was the last one with her, we know that he is not telling the truth to the police, we know that at no time that night did he call 911 or try to render aid, and we know that somehow the Kalpoe brothers are involved because they had an argument over a wiretap telephone conversation about this. We know all of that.


 


 GLENN: We should get a Kennedy to try to figure this one out.


 


 GRACE: But it's just so disturbing because Natalee Holloway's parents are left with no real recourse and what's amazing to me is that American tourism in Aruba has only gone up after this.


 


 GLENN: I have to tell you, Nancy, I don't know if I've ever -- we should post this picture on the website. It was right during the Natalee Holloway, when it was really kicking up. And right by the Lincoln tunnel there was a giant billboard for Aruba and I am not kidding you --


 


 GRACE: I saw it.


 


 GLENN: Do you remember what the slogan was? "Your last glimpse of daylight, come to Aruba." And it was right as you went into the tunnel and I thought, that's quite possibly the worst slogan that could be up on a billboard at this time that I've ever seen.


 


 GRACE: I just hate the last thing Natalee Holloway saw, she didn't get to say goodbye to her parents, she wasn't in their loving arms or with them at the time of her death. She was on an isolated beach with Joran Van der Sloot who feels nothing. I mean, he may not have lost a minute's sleep last night but I sure did after I heard this.


 


 GLENN: Well, I heard somebody over there in the wooden shoes and their finger in the dike saying, "Ya, but he's got to live with this for the rest of his life, he's not -- even if he doesn't go to jail, oh, he will be a pariah." And I thought to myself, no, he's not.


 


 GRACE: No, he's not.


 


 GLENN: He doesn't care.


 


 GRACE: He is at school, he is happy, he's drinking beer, he's planning a pot farm, he is driving around in a luxury SUV.


 


 GLENN: He's quite a guy.


 


 GRACE: He's complaining this father, the former judge, doesn't give him enough money. He is a parasite. He is living off his family and he's responsible for Natalee Holloway's death.


 


 GLENN: Here's the last thing that I don't understand. Apparently, apparently Natalie's mom didn't know about the video or didn't see it or anything. They flew her over at the request of this TV show and then filmed her.


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: During this TV show to get her reaction?


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: That's a little tasteless.


 


 GRACE: Yeah, it's tasteless, but it's TV. I -- look. It's TV, and it put her in the bad position of, I imagine -- she didn't tell me this -- either you see the tape this way before the rest of the world sees it or you don't see it.


 


 GLENN: I mean, I know she had no choice. But did she know what she was about to see?


 


 GRACE: I don't know. And she has said point blank that she knew there was a break in the case but she did not reveal whether she knew what was in the tape.


 


 GLENN: Have you talked to her since this?


 


 GRACE: I've talked to the father. I talked to the father.


 


 GLENN: And how are they feeling?


 


 GRACE: Very distraught and in a way relieved that they finally have him on a confession tape.


 


 GLENN: But is it going to stand?


 


 GRACE: Well, this will come into evidence. There's no way in the Constitution that it will be kept out. The Constitution protects you from overbearing police or prosecutors torturing the statement out of you, but the Constitution here -- and this also is the case there in Aruba -- does not protect you from blabbing to your drug buddy. And they are on video smoking pot, you know.


 


 GLENN: But I'm sure that was for agricultural purposes.


 


 GRACE: Medicinal purposes. Maybe that's why they sleep so well.


 


 GLENN: Yeah, maybe that's what they were trying to do.


 


 GRACE: But the way he says it, Glenn, the way he says it -- and I'm going to show I think again tonight, the way he says it is with no feeling, no remorse except irritation that his life has been disrupted. He calls her a bitch throughout, he calls her a whore throughout with absolutely no reason to do that.


 


 GLENN: Right.


 


 GRACE: It's just, it's horrible.


 


 GLENN: And that's the kind of stuff that, at least in movies that I've seen, that the killer does.


 


 GRACE: And no remorse --


 


 GLENN: They demonize the --


 


 GRACE: No concern. Nothing like, she was a really nice girl, I'm sick about it, I wish I knew what happened, nothing like that. Nothing, nothing. And if this is a lie, what kind of a freak would make this up.


 


 GLENN: So Nancy, may I change subjects with you here for just a second?


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: I need your help on something because this is what you do. It's not what I do. I'm not an investigative reporter. I don't do this, I don't "Missing people" things, I don't do this. We've got 21 missing people down in Laredo, Texas, Americans that have just disappeared. Now there's a story that just came out yesterday that I'm going to talk about tonight that Americans are being pulled off the streets in San Diego and being held hostage in Tijuana across the border. Mexico is completely out of control. I cannot get the FBI to go on record. I can get them to go on record about the missing people but they will not go on television. I can't get a single reporter to go on because they're all afraid for their lives down by the border. How do you find this information? How do I get somebody to help expose this story?


 


 GRACE: You know, I've heard rumblings about that story for some time. I didn't know that it was true or not.


 


 GLENN: No, it is. Nobody -- and here's the problem, Nancy. All of the reporters down at the border are afraid for their life. Do you remember when Lou Dobbs went down to the border?


 


 GRACE: Uh-huh.


 


 GLENN: And they put snipers on the roof all the way around them? I'm going down to the border. The security is incredible. No reporter is willing to do this stuff that actually lives down there because they're blowing up newspaper buildings and killing people who are speaking out. And these are Americans that have been kidnapped and are missing.


 


 GRACE: Well, I learned pretty quickly when we were covering the Maria Lauterbach case, the perpetrator, the alleged perpetrator in that case has gone to Mexico and the Mexican authorities are doing absolutely nothing to apprehend him and he has been cited there specifically at a certain street corner and a certain store. They have done nothing to stop him. So that's an American issue. And they are totally looking the other way.


 


 GLENN: Well, you know what, Nancy? I would like to talk to you off the air because maybe you and I can join forces on some of these.


 


 GRACE: You know, I would really love to because I've heard about the story for a long time. I didn't know how much was true.


 


 GLENN: Oh, yeah.


 


 GRACE: And how much was urban myth.


 


 GLENN: I'll show you the evidence and it will blow your mind.


 


 GRACE: I would love to.


 


 GLENN: Nancy, thank you so much. And you do have the video on tonight, right?


 


 GRACE: I do. Bye, dear.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.