Glenn Beck: Vets for Freedom

GLENN: Well, let me introduce a couple of people.  One you know because we've had on the program several times, Marcus Luttrell.  Hi, Marcus, how are you?

LUTTRELL:  Good, good, how are you?

GLENN:  Author of Lone Survivor.  And David Bellavia who is also now with us, are you up in Buffalo, David?

BELLAVIA:  I'm in Florida actually.

GLENN:  I thought you were on your way to Buffalo.  I thought you were going home.

BELLAVIA:  We got detoured.  It turns out the people want more stories of the good news that's happening out here.  So I'm in Florida now.

GLENN:  Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.  So you're not in Buffalo.  You are a he in Florida.

BELLAVIA:  Buffalo's a beautiful, beautiful city, though.

GLENN:  Oh, come on.

BELLAVIA:  My heart's in Buffalo.

GLENN:  Oh, yeah, your heart's in Buffalo.  We're going to start dropping out of the sky just giant bundles of food from the UN.

BELLAVIA:  Glenn, they love you in Buffalo.  They love you in Buffalo.

GLENN:  So David, I want to start with you because there's been some controversy and I didn't bring it up on the show last night because honestly I didn't realize how out of control this thing is getting and when I found out what's really happening, it was already too late for the TV show and I said, you know what, I'll put you on radio because this is such an unbelievably horrific thing to do to somebody like you or to do to anybody, but it is the perfect example of what we've been talking about on this program about how people will use anything for power and to get elected.  Tell me the story of what happened when you were down in Washington along with the Vets For Freedom and you introduced John McCain.

BELLAVIA:  Well, what it was, I was with the organization Vets for Freedom.  Recently, about two weeks ago my congressman in the 26th district of New York decided not to run.  I threw my name in the race.  So I will announce my candidacy for congress.  As soon as that happened with my war pedigree, I just, I knew that I was in the target and on the radar.  I introduced John McCain at this rally and what I basically said was, was that I was making a comparison of heroes, that all ages and races can look up to, referring to Senator McCain as more -- someone that, you know, should be on a pedestal for my two little boys to look up to, someone like Marcus Luttrell, Michael Mansoor.  These are American heroes, compared to professional athletes or entertainers.  I looked in the audience.  I saw a guy with a Callaway golf hat on and I automatically thought of the most famous golfer who is Tiger Woods and I said, you can have your Tiger Woods as your heroes.  We have men like Senator McCain.  That's who my boys will look up to.

GLENN:  Okay.  And what it's been turned into by, what a surprise, the ultra left NBC, what they have turned this into is we have a white guy; you have the black guy.  Right?

BELLAVIA:  Exactly.  And just the fact -- just not going to play that game.  The first response was, you know --

GLENN:  Are you there?  Oh, boy.  Belle sorry about that.  Are you there?

GLENN:  Yeah.

BELLAVIA:  Yeah, the first response --

GLENN:  Dick Cheney, if you're on the phone, hang up the phone!  Stop listening.

BELLAVIA:  I must have set off a keyword.  The first response I thought was ridiculous and then it just got more and more absurd with these bloggers getting my personal information out there calling me a bigot.  In my world, I have an 8-year-old and a 1-year-old and I'm raising these kids to know that a man who sacrifices.  You know, Marcus Luttrell could right now be in a ranch somewhere.  He could be in Texas, he could be going to medical school.  He chose to serve his country and he sacrificed for his country.  So you know what?  I want a baseball card on Marcus Luttrell.  I want my kids to know what he went through and why he is important and how they should guide their life after him.  And I'm sorry, but, you know, Brangelina and Britney Spears are not important.  They are not important people and I made the mistake of mentioning African-American to people who are morally and ethically bankrupt and they turned this whole thing around to race.

GLENN:  David, have they really, they've actually targeted your children, your family?

BELLAVIA:  Yes, sir.  They have been not only the e-mails that come pouring in but someone leaked, you know, phone numbers and everything else and locations of where people attend school and how they want to educate my kids and save them from their bigoted father.  It's just absolutely ridiculous.  But you know what?  I can deal with that.  I can deal with that.  I'm a big boy.  I've known what it's like to fight.  I can handle that.  What annoys me, though, is the fact that I've got to go on a Glenn Beck program and defend.  We are fighting as Americans.  We're bleeding next to African-Americans.  I fought with Muslim Americans, Glenn, in Iraq.  This was never about religion or ethnicity.  It's about Americans defending our culture and our way of life and I am proud to say that our legacy, we are the greatest humanitarian organizations ever lived in the United States military and we have nothing to apologize for and I'm not going to apologize for saying that Tiger Woods -- I don't think it was the Masters, by the way, but you know what?  He's a golfer!  He's a golfer!  He's a golf ball.

GLENN:  We've made this point on the program over and over and over again.

BELLAVIA:  And by the way, Tiger Woods' father was a hero.  Tiger Woods' father was an American hero that I want my kids to look up to.  But Tiger Woods, until he puts -- gets a bad haircut and throws a rug sack and starts to shoot bad guys like your in-studio guest there --

GLENN:  Notice you're playing yourself down because you've done nothing.

BELLAVIA:  Well, no, what I'm getting at is, you know, look the reality of the matter is that we have so many people that have stories.  I mean, some of the stories are fantastic but the reality is, Glenn, we've had two female silver star recipients for the first time since World War II.  There are people on the left that go, what are women doing in the war.  They are taking down bad guys is what they're doing.  Why are we debating gays in the military and women in the military when the reality is they want to kill us in an equal opportunity manner.  I just don't get it.

GLENN:  David, are you really running for congress?  You announced that last, what was it, last week, two weeks ago?

BELLAVIA:  Yeah, the official announcement's going to come on next week.

GLENN:  Have you sincerely thought about that?  I mean, how are you going to keep yourself, seriously?

BELLAVIA:  I've got to shave every morning.  I understand that.  You know what it comes down to?  It comes down to the Fact that our generation needs to start bringing out these guys that return from the war since World War II.  The 1948 generation.  We've got to get guys.  You know, Marcus and his peers did what they did.  Now it's time to move that generation, that we elected them for one reason and then they get to Washington and all of a sudden it's, hey, I want to go to a party on the weekend.  I can't really stand behind my principles as a conservative and my whole thing is, look, man, I faced down six guys in a house.  That's my -- you can have your Princeton degree.  I got my Ph.D. from the university of Fallujah and to me it's like if I'm not going to back down from Islamo terrorism, I'm certainly not going to back down from a special interest group.

GLENN:  Yeah.  Well, I mean, it would be easier, though, if the special interest groups, you know, had guns.  I really think because I think you get into -- I think these good people get into Washington and they will compromise a little bit because then they can help me on this and before you know it, your soul is gone.  I mean, it's going to take some people like you and like Marcus and certainly not like me.  I mean, I'm an alcoholic.  You just, people who just won't lose their soul.  That's hard to do.

BELLAVIA:  But, you know, guys like you are giving us the compass and telling us the right and left limit and that's what's important.  You know, like it or not, when you come up and you're successful, I mean, they're going to come heavy at you.

GLENN:  Oh, I know.

BELLAVIA:  What I love about this whole thing is obviously we intimidate them.  Obviously having that rally in front of the people that we have it with Senator McCain and, by the way, Senator Lieberman was there, Jim Marshall, a Democrat from Georgia was behind us.  This is intimidating to them because they don't want to hear from Marcus Luttrell.  Marcus Luttrell would put his valor awards on a table and automatically silence everyone on the left that uses their war pedigree as subject matter expertise.  So I'm saying, look, man, I'll see your John and raise you Marcus Luttrell.  And we win.

GLENN:  You know what?  Can I tell you something, David?  And Marcus, I don't mean to continue to embarrass you here because I know you're a humble guy and if that ever changes, I'm going to send somebody bigger than you to beat the snot out of you.  You're a humble guy.  So I don't mean to make you more uncomfortable but, you know, I was having a conversation with somebody after you guys visited and there was one guy that came down and said "I've got to meet these guys, just got to meet these guys.  I want to watch these guys, I want to meet them," and he's new to the Glenn Beck world and so he had never seen, you know, what happens when there's celebrity on the set or something.  Usually nobody comes down, but there's been a couple of times when there's been a celebrity on the set and it was a baseball player, if I'm not mistaken, where everybody just lined up to see him.  He said to me afterwards, he said, I have to tell you my heart is broken.  And I said, what do you mean?  He said, there was nobody, there was nobody that lined up to see these guys.  These guys are remarkable.  They're heroes and there wasn't anybody that lined up to see them.

But Marcus, you guys have gone out now and you've seen the regular people.  Do the regular people, do they know who you guys are?  Do they understand?  Are you guys starting from scratch and saying, look, guys, stop being brainwashed by the media, here's what's really happening?

LUTTRELL:  Both actually.  You get out there and sometimes people line up and sometimes they won't.  Sometimes people turn their back and walk away.  But, you know, so what, I don't get any heartburn over it or anything like that.  But -- and it is nice when people come up and actually thank you for what you're doing.  And not all -- you know, we don't -- actually it's kind of embarrassing to me, when people come up and shake my hand, thank me for my job.

GLENN:  David, you just brought this up a minute ago.  You guys aren't doing your job now.  What are you doing, Marcus?  What does your future hold for you?

LUTTRELL:  What am I going to do personally?

GLENN:  Yeah, what are you going to do personally.

LUTTRELL:  Losing my mind.

GLENN:  That was a little awkward, wasn't it, David?

LUTTRELL:  No one's ever asked me that before.

BELLAVIA:  I think he's going to start a wrestling career.

GLENN:  Wait, wait, wait.  Answer that question.  Go ahead.  What are you going to do?

LUTTRELL:  I want to be a doctor.  I want to go to medical school.  That was my dream for a long time.  I want to go and serve my country and I wanted to go to medical school.  So that's what I'm going to do.

GLENN:  Do you find that -- I guess on the surface almost diametrically opposed but then, David, your words come to mind that the military is the biggest charitable organization ever on the Earth.  We're not killing people just to kill people.  We're killing them, you know, for a reason because they're trying to kill us.  It's strangely your first part of your career has been --

LUTTRELL:  To kill people?

GLENN:  Yeah, to kill people.

LUTTRELL:  Going from that to being a doctor?

GLENN:  Have you ever thought of that?

LUTTRELL:  It crossed my mind a couple of times but, you know, I was good at what I did then and now I want to be good at this.  You can only do that for so long, I guess, before it catches up with you and I just, I couldn't do it anymore.  If I could go back and be a frogman again and keep doing the job and be over with my brothers right now, I would.  I'd do it in a heartbeat, I swear to God.  I think about it every day.  It was the most funny ever had in my whole life and being around those guys and being a part of the team.  But I had to do it.  I couldn't do it anymore.  So I had to move on and now it's time for me to (inaudible).

GLENN:  Let me ask you a question because I saw this story, I think it was in the New York Times and I have never, ever seen it before, ever where the interview was done with a bunch of military people over in Iraq and they asked them, who are you supporting for President.  You guys aren't supposed to answer that, are you?

LUTTRELL:  I don't think so.

BELLAVIA:  No, that's definitely in uniform against the rules.

GLENN:  Yeah.  But they asked these serving over in Iraq, who are you voting for, and they were quoted in the paper as saying, all of them, every single one said Barack Obama and, you know, I asked my nephew who is in special forces and just -- anyway, he spent a lot of time over there.  And when I said, you know, what do you think of, you know, your mother.  I said, you know your mother is going to vote for Barack Obama.  And he said, oh, "I have to talk to her."  Is there a movement?  According to this article, it was almost like there was a movement towards Barack Obama and antiwar and everything else.  I know you guys can't speak for the military, but did you sense that?

LUTTRELL:  I know with my group of guys, we don't really, I don't think they are concentrating too much on that.  I think they are concentrating on the mission at hand and worrying about what we're doing over there.

GLENN:  Right.  But is there an antiwar sentiment with the military?

LUTTRELL:  I don't think so, not on my end, not that I'm aware of.

GLENN:  Because these guys were saying things like, I just want this to be over, I just want to go home.

BELLAVIA:  But Glenn, all those polls, I remember I was actually in the country when they asked me and it was part of a ABC News poll and they asked our soldiers, myself, I was in the group, do you want to go home at the end of the year.

GLENN:  Yes.

BELLAVIA:  Of course I said I want to go home at the end of the week.

GLENN:  Right.

BELLAVIA:  And then they strapped on that information to be, these troops want to go home now.  They don't want to see the mission completed, this he want to throw away their fallen brothers', you know, memories and say, hey, look, cut it as a loss and let's repeat the shame that was brought upon the Vietnam generation unnecessarily.  I don't think that anyone that says who they're looking for -- I didn't have time to even know when election day was in 2004, let alone vote.  I mean, ask -- you know, we're not exactly talking about the price of oil per barrel when we're getting rockets shot over our head, you know?

GLENN:  Yeah.  By the way, I just want to point out to the listener, this is the way I think professional soldiers answer the question.  Did you notice neither of them have said who they were for or what their politics are or anything else.  Neither one of them have said that.  That is the way.  That is the exact opposite of what the left has been saying about Vets For Freedom:  Oh, they're so political, they're so blah, blah, blah.  I just asked them and neither one of them would say it.  And it wasn't, I don't think it was intentional on either one.  You guys just don't get into that.  Good for you.  Good for you.

BELLAVIA:  Well, thanks.  You know, I don't --

GLENN:  Well, David, I'm not talking to you.  You're clearly a racist.

BELLAVIA:  Oh, my goodness gracious.  Glenn Beck is piling on.  You see that?  I knew.  You are a cut-and-runner.

GLENN:  Hang on just a second.  David, I want to talk to you guys both a little bit more here.  I want to talk about Lone Survivor being a movie.  The other part, the other thing I want to talk about is I met Jesse Ventura the other day and this guy made blood shoot out of my eyes.  So I just want to talk to you because he talked down to me like, "You're not a SEAL, you've never blown anything up."  You guys have.  So let me ask you some questions.  We'll do that in just a second.

(Bonus audio: The insider audio for this transcript contains the remainder of the interview)

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.