Interview with Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root


Wayne Allyn Root

GLENN: Okay. Now we have Wayne Allyn Root on the phone who Stu has given his -- I don't want to say you have endorsed but you have given his -- Stu has said this guy is worthy of the main show.

STU: Yeah, he is worthy of the main show. I think he is worth looking into seriously.

GLENN: And he's on the phone with us now. He's a libertarian candidate for President of the United States. Wayne Allyn Root.

ROOT: Hey, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good. How are you?

ROOT: I'm fantastic.

GLENN: All right. Would you -- you can't have it but would you like a Kenneth Cole concealed weapon handbag?

ROOT: I'd love it. It would be a great souvenir.

GLENN: Okay, that's where I -- we are on good footing so far. Now may I take you to the next level? You're a libertarian and you may be a libertarian that I could actually really kind of get behind, and I'm only basing that on your initials spell out "War."

ROOT: Well, you know, I think you would get behind me because I'm a lifetime Republican conservative who changed to libertarian the last year and a half because I got sick of George W. Bush and the big government Republicans that are currently running the GOP.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I need to -- go ahead. Talk some more to me.

ROOT: And I think I'm a little bit different, Glenn. I think that's why you like me. I'm a son of a butcher. I'm a small businessman. I'm a home school parent. I've got a brand-new baby. I want education reform, I'm a fiscal conservative and I'm strong on defense. I think those are all things that you can get behind.

GLENN: You're speaking my language here. Now, usually the devil is in the details. So let's find the devil, shall we?

ROOT: Sure.

GLENN: Let's start with -- oh, let's just go for the big one. Let's start with war.

ROOT: Okay.

GLENN: Tell me about -- tell me where you stand on Islamic extremism, what we're fighting, how we should fight it, et cetera, et cetera.

ROOT: Well, first of all, you know, it's not like Ron Paul where I don't believe that the war on terror is a fraud. I don't believe that at all. I believe there's a terrible enemy out there. I think yesterday pointed that out with the terrorist attack at the seminary in Jerusalem. We've got a horrible enemy out there. I believe Israel is the canary in the coal mine. They are just like us and the Islamic extremists want to -- what they want to do to us eventually.

GLENN: This is like a conservative -- this is like a conservative porno right now. I haven't heard words like this for a while.

ROOT: I think what yesterday pointed out is nothing is sacred. They will kill women, they will children, they will kill the elderly, they will kill religious scholars in the same place. They are all infidels, they don't care. You know what they pointed out, that seminary shooting? The reason that more people weren't killed is one of the students in the seminary was armed with a rifle, and in America I'm a big gun guy, by the way, and I believe the reason we have so many shootings in America is not because guns are bad. It's because the people are getting killed in these slaughters are unarmed, they are complete unarmed because the Government will not let us fight back. So that's a good example of why we should have different kinds of gun attitudes in the United States of America.

GLENN: Hang on. I'm just -- I'm just --

ROOT: So you wanted to know about war.

GLENN: No, I'm just cradling my Kenneth Cole concealed handbag right now. It's crying. It's weeping. Kenneth Cole's bag is weeping right now.

ROOT: We all know who Kenneth Cole is married to, by the way, Mario Cuomo's daughter. I've never been a Kenneth Cole fan. I wouldn't buy his shoes right off the bat.

GLENN: So let's see. The war in Iraq, the war in Iraq, were you for the war in Iraq? Are you for the war in Iraq?

ROOT: I was for the war in Iraq in the beginning, as I think everyone was. Hillary Clinton voted for it. We all had information that led us to believe we would are safer if we had the war. But I've come a long way since then. I am no longer for the war. I don't want to drop our guns and run with our tail between our legs but I do want to get out as quickly as possible. I supported the surge and I believe now the surge has proven successful. We should declare victory. We achieved our goal. We built a democracy. Let's get the heck out and the lesson I think I learned is that nation-building is a failure and I never want to do it again. We can't afford it, first of all. Even our great country can't afford it with a little country like Iraq.

GLENN: Where do you stand, where do you stand on Iran?

ROOT: Well, where do I stand on it? Let's see what the facts are. At the moment I don't trust the information we get from the CIA very much due to the fact that they were pretty wrong on Iraq, don't you think?

GLENN: Yes.

ROOT: I wouldn't be in any rush to jump into Iran. I don't think we can afford any more wars quickly but certainly I would use any diplomatic means, any United Nations means, and I'm no fan of the United Nations. I can't stand them. I think we should get out of them. But I would use any means to put pressure on Iran. I would do anything at this point to avoid another war. War is expensive, it's unaffordable, it doesn't even achieve our goal. The end result is we keep butting in all over the world and the wrong things seem to happen instead of the right things after all.

GLENN: If you had to drill through a caribou's head to get oil in ANWR, I know you would avoid drilling through his head but if that were the only choice, would you do it?

ROOT: Well action actually I --

GLENN: Cover your ears, Kenneth Cole.

ROOT: To avoid terrorism we've got. Right now we depend on foreign oil and it's the liberal environmental whackos who are stopping us from finding oil in Alaska, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the California coast, off the Florida coast. That oil could wean us off our dependence on foreign oil, which is nothing more than paying the people who are supporting the terrorists who are killing us.

GLENN: Okay.

ROOT: So yes, of course I would.

GLENN: His name is Wayne Allyn Root. He is running for President of the United States. His website is RootforAmerica.com. You went to school with Barack Obama. You also had an amazing experience when you were in school in Ronald Reagan, the day that Ronald Reagan was shot and I want you to share both of those stories. We'll do it when we come back.

So far I like him. I'm waiting for the shoe to drop, but so far I like him.

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GLENN: Wayne Allyn Root is the libertarian that is running for President of the United States. Wayne, how come there's -- I mean, how come -- you know, what happened? Why weren't you in the national debates or -- you know?

ROOT: Well, I mean, the national debates were Republican and Democrat. I haven't had the opportunity yet but if we come to September, October, November and I believe the threshold is to have 15% of the national vote in the national polls, you get to be in those national debates. Certainly the classmate of Barack Obama, we graduated on the same day. I'm going to call on my classmate to include me in those debates.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. You were actual -- did you have any classes with Barack Obama?

ROOT: Well, I'm sure I did. I just never knew him. We were both political science majors at the same college, Columbia University, graduated in the class of '83. So I guarantee you we were sitting in the same classes together but I did not know him. It's probably a graduating class of 600 or 700. So it's very possible to be in the same class and not know a person. I didn't know everyone in the whole class.

GLENN: Right. Were you -- did you have the political leanings then that you have now?

ROOT: Oh, yeah. I actually represented Ronald Reagan in the class debates in 1979 or '80, I think it was.

GLENN: So you were popular. You were popular on campus.

ROOT: Well, funny enough they took a vote before the Columbia class debate and it was 85% for Jimmy Carter. Then we had the debate and they asked the students to vote and I won in a landslide, representing Ronald Reagan. Quite amazing actually.

GLENN: It's weird how facts actually play a role in people's thinking sometimes.

ROOT: Not too often with liberals but once in a while.

GLENN: You were in class the day that Ronald Reagan was shot.

ROOT: Right.

GLENN: And I have heard the story told that Obama may have been in that class.

ROOT: Well, who knows. I'm not going to say he's in or he wasn't. I'm just going to say it was the most popular political science class at Columbia University. It was Professor Fuke (ph), it was actually taught at the women's school at Columbia University and it was about 250 kids in a theater in a round. The door opened behind us. Somebody ran in completely out of breath and started talking loudly, and everybody turned around to look and it was just so loud, it was reverberating, echoed into this large hall. And the kid said, President Reagan's been shot, he's been assassinated. He's dead. That was the first words out of his mouth and I guess that was the first erroneous report in the media was he's dead or this kid shot to that conclusion or whatever. But in any case that's what we all heard. At that moment, you know, I literally -- I'm a pretty rough kid born on the streets of New York, right on the Bronx, been in my share of street fights and I don't cry and tears started running down my eyes because this was my hero and here he was shot. I couldn't believe it. Do you know what the reaction was of the rest of the class? The entire class, after about a two second delay, jumped up like it was the middle of a football game and started screaming, yeah! High-fiving and hugging each other because Ronald Reagan had been assassinated. That was when I realized what the liberal intellectual elite in this country are really like and I was tell you, I don't know if Barack Obama was in that class. I have no idea. So I'm not saying that. But I do know that those were my fellow students at my Ivy League college and I do know that most of them today are the elite media and elite political and the elite journalists and the elite lawyers of our society. Every one of them has gone on to something special and this is their true leading in life. They cheer and high-five and hug each other and jump up and down like a football game and a touchdown's been scored at the thought that a George W. Bush or a Ronald Reagan or maybe me, Wayne Root, has just been assassinated who has conservative fiscal ideas. And that's a sad, sad thing, sad conclusion to come to.

GLENN: Wayne Allyn Root, I tell you, you've earned a second longer interview on the program. I'm intrigued to learn more about you and learn more about what you stand for.

ROOT: Could I sum up one thing that I think is real important to get out?

GLENN: Yeah.

ROOT: Well, you know, never before in the history of America two classmates run against each other for President. If Barack indeed has the nomination, and we don't know that, I have a funny feeling Hillary may find a way to steal the nomination at the convention, but Barack certainly has a lead that she probably cannot pass a delegate. There's never been a more stark contrast in comparing the life of two people that graduated the same college on the same exact day 25 years ago, and I just think it's important to note in those 25 years I've done nothing but started small businesses with my own money, created jobs, risked my own money, helped other people that worked for me achieve the American dream, paid health insurance and payroll taxes for others. I think I understand the economy where small business, the majority is nongovernment jobs.

Barack Obama sits those 25 years, talks about a very different big government existence. He's been a lawyer, he's been a community activist, which is a professional protestor on his own definition, and he's been a guy who lives off government paychecks as a state legislator in Illinois and now as a U.S. senator.

GLENN: Wayne, I've got to run but we will have you on again, sir. Wayne Allyn Root, it is RootforAmerica.com.

Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving for radical leftists. This charade goes on year after year, where decent folks across America try to enjoy and celebrate Christmas, and a few militant progressives disapprove. It's exhausting. We get it, you don't like Christmas. And that's totally fine. But entire communities of people who do like to celebrate Christmas are tired of their celebration being held hostage by an extreme minority—sometimes just one person—getting offended.

This year, a self-described “Unintentional Grinch who stole Christmas" is in the lead to win Scrooge of the Year. The principal at Manchester Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska sent her teachers a memo this week outlining all the Christmas-related items and activities that will not be allowed in their classrooms.

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The banned list includes:

  • Santa
  • Christmas trees
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Singing Christmas carols
  • Playing Christmas music
  • Making an ornament as a gift
  • Any red and green items
  • Reindeer
  • And, of course, candy canes. Not because the sugar will make the children hyper, but because, as the principal explains, the candy cane is shaped like a “J" for Jesus.

She writes, “the red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection." In case you try to cheat, different-colored candy canes are not allowed either.

Why is this principal going out of her way to delete any trace of Christmas in her school? She explains:

“I come from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools…"

Her list, “aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students."

What about being culturally sensitive toward students who do celebrate Christmas?

Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa.

The irony here, for this principal and others who hate Christmas and the Christianity that undergirds it, is that Christmas has long existed on two parallel tracks. You've got the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ on one, and you've got the Santa Claus, secular mythology on the other. That means there is more than enough about the Christmas season that has nothing to do with Jesus if that's your thing.

You don't need a totalitarian list of forbidden things to protect the children from a 2,000-year-old holiday. Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa, or a Christmas carol, or—heaven forbid—a manger scene.

Avenatti bails on 2020 presidential run, leaving Biden as 'most qualified' — really?

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Well, that de-escalated quickly. Michael Avenatti, lawyer of Stormy Daniels, announced he will not run for president in 2020 after all. That takes the number of Democrats planning to challenge Trump down to around 724.

In a statement, Avenatti said he would still run, but he decided not to out of respect for his family's “concerns." He didn't list their concerns, but said:

“We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one."

Speaking of — if you've been wondering who's the most qualified person in America to be president, wonder no more. It's former vice president Joe Biden.

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How do we know? Because ol' Joe told us so, at a book tour stop in Montana. The 76-year-old says he'll make a decision about a 2020 bid within the next two months, which is campaign-speak for “I'm definitely running, so get out your checkbooks."

Biden admitted:

“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."

Yeah, about that… the first time Biden ran for president, in 1987, he was actually pulling ahead of the Democratic pack until his campaign got snagged on plagiarism. He got caught lifting entire sections of a speech by Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Party candidate who ran for Prime Minister and lost to Margaret Thatcher. It wasn't just the fact that Biden copied exact sections of Kinnock's speech, he also stole biographical facts from Kinnock's life and tried to pass them off as his own — like saying his ancestors were coal miners.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Perhaps in the pre-Internet era, Biden thought he could get away with it. But he didn't. An adviser for Michael Dukakis' campaign saw a tape of Kinnock's speech and put together a side-by-side comparison video of Biden's plagiarizing, then sent the tape to the New York Times. As reporters dug further into the story, they found that Biden had also lifted large portions of speeches by Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

Those revelations led Biden to admit he got an “F" for a course in law school after he plagiarized five pages for a term paper. Biden was caught in more lies about his academic credentials and enough embarrassments mounted that he finally withdrew from the race.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel, an Emmy-nominated comedian, is the latest victim in campus culture's wacky game. Patel is the first Indian-American writer for SNL, so by the usual standards of identity politics, he should be safe. Not the case. All of the rules went out the window when he was performing a stand-up comedy set for an event called "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim" at Columbia University hosted by the Asian American Alliance.

He joked that being gay cannot be a choice because “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, 'this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.'"

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For one, that's less of a joke and more of a statement. It's exactly the kind of safe, pro-LGBT statement that you would think campus feminists and trans activists would squeal with glee to hear.

According to Columbia's school paper, student organizers, offended by Patel's joke, rushed the stage 30 minutes into the set and told Patel that he needed to finish his set and say a few closing remarks.

Patel argued that his jokes were not offensive, and that they were actually much-needed insights into the real world. He also made it clear that he stands in solidarity with the Asian American Alliance.

They still cut his microphone off and booted him off stage.

Patel hasn't commented on the uproar, but here are a few comments from people who were in the audience:

The Columbia Spectator quoted three students who were in the audience. One of them said:

“The message they were trying to send with the event was opposite to the jokes he was making, and using people's ethnicity as the crux of his jokes could be funny but still offensive... He definitely wasn't the most crass comedian I've ever heard but for the event it was inappropriate."

Another student said:

“I really dislike when people who are older say that our generation needs to be exposed to the real world. Obviously the world is not a safe space but just accepting that it's not and continuing to perpetuate the un-safeness of it… is saying that it can't be changed," said Jao. “When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it's like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer."

The radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses... will eat their own without thinking twice.

The third student wasn't bothered by the jokes:

“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn't heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience."

The third student is a little ray of hope in all of this, but I'm afraid that people like her are increasingly outnumbered and unwilling to speak up.

The jokes were clearly not racist or homophobic. If anything, they seem to have been designed to pander to overly sensitive campus activists who all too often cry “racist" and “homophobic" and all their other insults.

It just goes to show that the left, particularly the radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses, will stop at nothing to push its postmodern narrative. They'll spare nobody. And they will eat their own without thinking twice.

Forbes recently described student loan debt as the $1.5 trillion crisis, adding that "Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category - behind only mortgage debt - and higher than both credit cards and auto loans," which is affecting 44 million borrowers in the U.S.

There's also the cultural effect that college is having, the indoctrination that young people are being subjected to. More and more powerful people are recognizing that college as an institution is a problem.

Last Friday, Peter Thiel gave a keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network editors' conference. He told a roomful of 100 students:

Universities today are as corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 years ago. At some point, if it's 100 to zero, you start to suspect you're in North Korea. Does the unanimity mean you've gotten to the truth, or does it mean you're in a totalitarian state. We have this illusion that all sorts of important decisions have been decided.

He added:

We are not on the losing side of history. The other side is on the losing side. The reformation is going to happen, and it won't come from within, but from the outside.

Thiel has worked actively to bring about the change that he's talking about here. The lawsuit he led against Gawker helped topple their empire of filth and lowest-level journalism. He has also created The Thiel Fellowship, which "gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom. The idea that we are on the losing side is a form of psychological warfare."

We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest.

And he's right. We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest. We're on the up-and-up. Things are only going to get better from here.