Glenn Beck: Dark Knight = W?



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GLENN: Stop the music for a second because I'm really confused. I don't know, I -- my whole world is upside down. I need somebody on the phone that has seen Batman. I sat in a movie theater over the weekend with my family and I didn't know what to say. I walked out of the movie theater and I was -- you could have hit me in the head with a shovel. I looked at my daughter and I said, I'm confused. And she just smiled at me. And I said, was -- did I -- she said, no, Dad, no. No, that was -- that was a movie that you should have liked. Boy, that really kind of said it all about the war on terror, didn't it? I said, I was sitting through the whole movie going, what am I missing? They've got to be saying that this is wrong somehow or another and I'm not smart enough to figure that one out. You can go to Batman and you can enjoy Batman on the surface. I tried. I just wanted to go see Batman. I tried, but I -- I'm watching it the whole time going... what? This is quite possibly the best movie on the war on terror I have ever seen. The Joker they called a terrorist. Not like a bad guy, not like -- at one point they were like, he's a terrorist; he's going to kill. Well, we should understand him. What do you want to understand about him? He wants to kill everybody. Kill him before he kills you. What? I... I thought this was like a practical joke on me. I thought at the end it was going to be like, And you see what happens when Batman goes bad and decides just to engage in rendition? Go to a foreign country and get the bad guy, snatch him off the streets and fly him... hello? Was anyone else confused? I don't think I've ever seen them -- which makes -- Stu, could you look this up? Was this made in the United States of America? What, it's Warner Brothers, right. Are there other Warner Brothers? Are there like two Canadian Warner Brothers? Is it the Warner Brothers that we know? Skip and Pippy Warner? I don't know which ones those brothers are, but is this an American film? I haven't seen any -- I haven't seen any movie like this. I don't think I've been to a movie that had a political message since 9/11 that didn't piss me off, not one. How did this movie ever get made? Have you seen this movie yet, Stu?

STU: No, I have not.

GLENN: You've got to go.

STU: I want to. I really do. I liked the last one a lot. Everyone's saying great things about this one.

GLENN: No, no, this isn't like the last one. I liked the last one, too, but I didn't rush out to see Batman because I didn't fight the crowds and everything else.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I would have taken baseball bats to people: Get out of my way, I'm going to see Batman. I can't believe. And where is anyone that's talking about this? Why isn't this -- I mean, I know we've seen, we had Andrews Clavin on, what, last week when the -- two weeks ago when the movie first came out. He is a conservative writer who has just come out of the closet and he's --


STU: (Laughing)

GLENN: He has.

STU: You have to.

GLENN: No, he has. I can't remember all the things that he's written but he's a big Hollywood writer, and he wrote this book. Oh, shoot. What is it? It's a -- I mean, I saw myself in it. It's -- so you know, it's very offensive if you are a conservative because it's got language in it like you wouldn't believe, but it is the character. It is the way the guy is. It's me. It's the way I used to be. Just a hard living, you know, bad guy. And so I'm reading this book of his and I can't believe it because I'm like, oh, my gosh, it's my life in many ways, the way I used to live it, and now I'm -- you know, I've come to my senses. I try to be a decent guy and I see the world a different way than I did 20 years ago. And I couldn't believe it, and we were talking and he said, yeah, I'm on the blacklist now. He said, I'll never work in Hollywood again. And so he's come out of the closet and he wrote, like, three weeks ago that he went to Batman and it was George W. Bush, Batman is George W. Bush. He's right! I mean, I can't --

STU: Has to be unintentional, though. Did they slip up?

GLENN: I don't know. This -- I'm serious. What part of this movie did I miss? I sat in the whole thing. Am I so stupid that I didn't, I didn't see the overwhelming message that all of this stuff -- I mean, Stu, eavesdropping. Batman starts eavesdropping and, you know, there's an outrage on it. He's like, got to do what you got to do, brother.

STU: Did he institute a No Bat Left Behind policy?

GLENN: No, he didn't get into his other policies. I mean, it was, it was incredible. Absolutely incredible. The people of Gotham -- I don't want to give it all away, but there's one point where the people of Gotham are put in an impossible situation by "This terrorist, the joker," and they make an incredible decision. This, this movie, unless -- I mean, I'm serious. Unless I've missed something, this is what I've been talking about since September 11th. When the movies kept coming out, I kept saying, "Would you please, Hollywood, when are you going to get it? Would you please look at the superhero movies. The only blockbuster movies you have are these superheroes." Why? Because they are Americans. They are people fighting for truth, justice and, dare I say it, the American way, that it is good conquering evil, that good doesn't somehow or another become evil. It is tempted to become evil but it doesn't. When is Hollywood going to start making these movies? They just did. It's called Batman. And how satisfying is it that Batman now has made more money in a three-day or four-day weekend than any other movie, made more money in a ten-day period, now has made more money, I think it's, what, almost $400 million and it's, what, fifteen days ahead of Shrek which broke all records making $400 million? Is that right?

STU: Yeah. Shrek is at 400 -- their final capture was $441 million. Dark Knight 17 days has pulled in 395. Now, it's got a shot to pass everything outside of Titanic and maybe even Titanic. It's coming up to 600 million.

GLENN: I think this movie has so many layers, especially when it's so fascinating to me that nobody in the media -- I mean, guys. Stu, when you go and you watch the movie, look at the bat signal. What does the bat signal look like?

STU: A bat.

GLENN: A bat. Look at it and tell me that it doesn't strangely not really make it into a bat but almost could look like a W? I mean, it's --

STU: (Laughing) Is it George W. Bush?

GLENN: I don't know.

STU: I don't think that that's happening.

GLENN: I left there. I was crazy. We stood -- it's the only movie that I have gone to in I don't know how long where I sat there after it was done and I was -- I swear to you it was like you hit me with a shovel and I was like, I don't think I understand that movie. Really that was my first thought, "I don't think I understand that movie." Because I agreed with it! How satisfying is it and how add it is that no one in the media, no one from Hollywood, nobody is saying anything about the message about this movie. The message in this movie -- excuse my language, but I have waited so long for this kind of movie, I can't believe that -- I'm going to go watch it a second time. The thing is almost orgasmic. It is like you're watching and you're like, you -- the first time you watch it, I swear to you you watch it with -- you're waiting for the other shoe to drop. I waited for the titles because I thought maybe they had these disclaimers and they're like, yeah, we just want you to know Batman's an evil son of a bitch. You know what I mean? I can't believe it. Maybe it was just me. Maybe I missed it.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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