Glenn Beck: Matt Damon humiliates himself




Rep. Cohen (D) Compares Obama to Jesus, Palin To Pontius Pilate

GLENN: Let me go to Steve Cohen. This is the congressman from Tennessee. I just want you to hear this. And Dan, include this in our free e mail newsletter today, will you?

DAN: Sure thing.

GLENN: I want you to see this because this is on the floor of the House. He is not saying this at a press conference. He's on the floor of the House of Representatives and here's what representative Steve Cohen has said, if you thought the pig with lipstick thing was bad and you could dismiss that&say, oh, well, he was just talking about the policies and he didn't really realize what he was saying because she had that famous line about the pit bull in lipstick, he didn't put those two together. If you want to explain that, that's fine. Okay. Just, to me that just shows how bad his judgment is, but that's fine. Try to talk your way around this from Democratic congressman Steve Cohen.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was the governor.

GLENN: Let me play that again for all of? ?for all of you liberals out there who might be saying that Sarah Palin is some sort of a religious zealot, there's an amazing story that I have seen that goes into exactly what she believes, what her church believes, the philosophy of her church, all of the tenets of her church. And I thought to myself, that is really, really weird because I have yet to see that on Obama's church. Because if you read just the website of his? ?I'm sorry? ?former church, that he could no sooner disavow than he could his own family but then, oh, wait a minute, let me disavow it, if the media would just report what's on the website alone, America would be horrified, horrified because it has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with Marxism. It has everything to do with hate the white man. Believe me, check out the website yourself.

Let me play it again and ask you the question, "Where's the media on this?" No double standard? Really? This was said yesterday.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Imagine if Sarah Palin would compare Barack Obama to the guy who killed Jesus Christ, can you imagine what would be said in this country, you tell me that a news cycle would go for 18 hours before you would have heard and seen the picture. You tell me this wouldn't lead the news on every channel. I don't care if it's 9/11, they would have led the news every single station if Sarah Palin would have? ?or any of her surrogates or anyone on the House of Representatives on the floor, any congressman would have said Barack Obama is just like the guy who killed Jesus Christ. Can you imagine the outcry? Because you're not going to hear it, you know, except for talk radio, you're not going to see it except for my show tonight guaranteed 7:00, 7:00, 9:00, 12:00 and 5:00 a.m., we guarantee that you'll see it four times, let me play it one for time.

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about, Pontius Pilate was a governor.



Matt Damon talks about Sarah Palin...

GLENN: Okay. So there he is, comparing Barack Obama to Jesus Christ and the guy who killed Jesus Christ as Sarah Palin ooh. Whoa, what a religious zealot. We should be afraid of all religious zealots. Not like Steve Cohen but religious zealots like Sarah Palin. Why do I say we should be afraid of religious zealots? Well, let me give you the next piece of audio, this one from Matt Damon today.

DAMON: I think there's a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be President and I think that's a really scary thing because I don't know anything about her. I don't think in eight weeks I'm going to know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town and she's governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don't understand. I think the pick was made for political purposes, but in terms of governance it's a disaster.

GLENN: Okay, stop for a second. Stop for a second. I just want to get? ?Stu, will you help me get the qualifications down. A mayor of a really small town, then she was a governor for less than two years.

STU: Right.

GLENN: And then she was picked for politically correct purposes or what was it he said?

STU: He said political purposes, it was just a political pick, woman or whatever.

GLENN: Picked for political purposes. Okay. Go ahead.

DAMON: You do the actuary tables, you know, there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be? ?

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whew. I can't imagine predicting Obama's death. Wow, I can't imagine even saying that. Whoa. But now we're predicting John McCain's death. I'm sorry. I'm not an actuary but I am a thinker. Is there an actual actuary out there that can tell me the one in three chance that John McCain has of not finishing his first term? I'm sorry. Is he also a geneticist? Have you seen his mother? She moves faster than I do. She's like 900 years old.

STU: Hey, Glenn.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: I don't know if we can get an actuary to help us with this, too. I think he's right. If he's right with the first step of it that it's a 33% chance that he might become President, can someone help us with the percent chance if Obama wins that he will become President? Because I think that one is even higher than that. I believe it's somewhere around 100%, and he has no experience. So? ?

GLENN: Wait a minute. Wait, wait, wait. What are you saying? 100%, he's saying? ?

STU: I'm saying if Obama were to win, what are the chances of him becoming President?

GLENN: Who?

STU: Barack Obama. Because I know that if the 33% chance that McCain won't make it through his entire first term according to Mr.?Actuary Matt Damon, I'm just curious to see the guy who, you know, Mr.?Barack Obama, the guy with that vast experience, what will the chances be if he wins?

GLENN: Yeah, okay. Well, let me get back to the experience and the 100% chance experience here in just a second. Again it's judgment, not experience, but let's go ahead and do that experience? ?or that, you know, that whole argument on experience coming up in a second.

Okay. So I need an actuary on the phone to give me the one in three chance that John McCain won't make it through his first term and then go ahead and listen to the rest of Matt Damon here.

DAMON: And it will be President Palin and really, you know, we were talking about it earlier. It's? ?

GLENN: Hold on. Just stop for a second. I don't? ?look. You just have to understand what you're about to hear. He's smarter than you, okay? He's much smarter than you. He has much more experience than you. He's an actor. Do you know how many roles he's played? Do you know how many jobs he's actually held down? I mean, he's never been, you know, a CEO of a company, but he's played that in many, many roles. He's never been a thief, but he's played that. Do you know that he was actually successful in helping pull off one of the biggest heists, in fact the only time anyone's ever gotten away with a heist in Las Vegas, he was part of that team. Okay, he didn't actually do it, but he's played it. So he knows how to do it. He's smarter than you are. So try not to? ?just try to remember that because he's going to sound a little condescending here.

DAMON: It's like a really bad Disney movie, you know? The hockey mom, you know, "Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska," and she's the President and it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and, you know, using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's just, it's absurd.

GLENN: Stop for a second. Can you go back and take this again? I want you to listen to two things. It's like we were talking before. So in other words, they've had this conversation. So this is not something off the top of his head. He has already had this conversation with the member of the media before they started recording. So this is almost rehearsed, and I want you to also hear, listen carefully for the member of the media laughing in the background when, oh, she's just a hockey mom. Listen to it again.

DAMON: You know, we were talking about it earlier. It's like a really bad Disney movie, you know? The hockey mom, you know, "Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska," and she's the President. And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and? ?

GLENN: Stop just a second. Hey, hockey moms, sorry. "I'm just a hockey mom." But remember, remember it's the left that respects you. It's the left that respects you. Joe Biden, he's just like you. He's Joe six pack. He's Joe lunch bucket. You know, he's a guy who is just like you. He is a working man. He's had all of your experiences because you want somebody that is a working man, but you're just a? ?you're just a hockey mom! By the way, it gets even better.

DAMON: You know, the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink, it's just, it's absurd. It's totally absurd and I don't understand why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we've gotten this far and we're that close to this being a reality is crazy. Crazy. I mean, does she really? ?I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. That's an important? ?I want to know that. I really do. Because she's going to have the nuclear codes, you know? I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago or if she banned books or tried to ban books. I mean, you know, we can't have that.

GLENN: Okay. Just a quote from Matt Damon. Last month he said, "For a lot of actors our biggest fear is that we're going to start talking about things we don't fully understand and sound like idiots. In the long run I'll do much more good if when I open my mouth I have something worth saying." So apparently this is something he believes is worth saying. All right. So he wants to know if she believes that there were dinosaurs on the Earth 4,000 years ago. He's got a problem with that. He wants to know. She's going to have the nuclear codes. He hates people with, you know, with any kind of religious conviction, you know, anybody saying, "Hey, I believe in the Bible," you know. Hate those people. Hate those people. Got to know that.

But let me go back to Steve Cohen again. Could you just play the audio of Steve Cohen?

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Okay, good. Because boy, I'm with you, Matt. I hate those religious zealots. Whew, those people are crazy. They're dangerous. They're dangerous. You would hate to give? ?you would hate to give Pontius Pilate the nuclear codes but let's make sure Jesus has them.

Now, I want to go back to the Matt Damon part where he says she was a mayor of a really, really small town. She was governor for less than two years and she was picked for political purposes. Let's just compare resumes. Stu, help me out on this, will you?

STU: Sure.

GLENN: Barack Obama, ever a mayor of a really, really small town?

STU: He's seen? ?he watched Northern Exposure.

GLENN: He's watched Northern Exposure.

STU: Which, that's about? ?

GLENN: So he was never a mayor, but he was a community organizer. Community organizer, they do a lot.

STU: Hold on one more second, Glenn, because I want to make sure I understand this because according to the governor of New York, what you just said is he's black.

GLENN: Yes. Well, he's black.

STU: You said he was black.

GLENN: Let me just, let me just get to the black part a little bit later.

STU: Oh, okay.

GLENN: Let's just focus on the mayor thing. He was a community organizer. She was a mayor. Okay. Got it. Then, she was governor for less? ?she's been governor for less than two years, he said. And then she was governor for, what, less than two years. Dan, do you happen to have the date when Matt Damon endorsed Obama?

DAN: Yes. Of course, that was December 19th, 2006.

GLENN: I'm sorry, what? December 19th, last year?

STU: No, no. December 9th, 2006. Before he announced his candidacy.

GLENN: Before he announced his candidacy even.

STU: December 19th, 2006.

GLENN: 2006? Well, wait a minute. When was? ?well, how long had Barack Obama? ?

STU: He was sworn in January 2005, Glenn.

GLENN: January? ?

STU: Do you need your calculator? That's what?

STU: That's less than two years.

GLENN: He was in the Senate for less than two years when Matt Damon endorsed him.

STU: I don't know if that's true because he's already on record saying he wouldn't endorse someone who had less than two years experience. That can't be true. You are going to have to check your numbers.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: Can you just run those numbers through the mega? ?

GLENN: Let's just stop thinking about that, okay? And then she was picked for political purposes. What do you suppose that means?

STU: She's not qualified and he just needs a woman and she's just, she's just a woman for woman sake.

GLENN: She's a woman, so maybe they can get some votes and use the woman thing.

DAN: She's a lipstick, Glenn.

GLENN: Right. She might be giving? ?she gives good speeches. We know that, right? But that's really about pretty much it. That and having breasts. That's all that matters.

STU: That's political purposes.

GLENN: Okay. Okay, all right. Hey, when did everybody get really excited about Barack Obama?

STU: I think? ?

GLENN: Oh, I remember. Wasn't it? ?it was right after he gave that really good speech for the Democratic convention. I remember that.

STU: 2004 that was, yeah.

GLENN: You know, I haven't even? ?you know, you brought this up earlier, Stu, that he's black. I never even noticed that he was black. Do you think the American people know? Do you think the Democrats noticed that he was black? Do you think there's a possibility that him? ?there couldn't have. I've never, ever heard this on how important it is that we elect our first black President. I've never heard that.

STU: Hasn't mentioned yet.

GLENN: I haven't heard that. So Matt Damon, you are right. I see how different these two candidates really are when we use your standard. And then, of course, you're right, those religious zealots that? ?what was the Republican that is from Tennessee that was the congressman that? ?

STU: Oh, yes. Congressman, he's from Tennessee.

GLENN: He's a Republican congressman.

STU: Republican who's? ?

GLENN: Oh, no, wait a minute. Hang on just a second. He wasn't. Hang on, can you play the audio again, please?

COHEN: But if you want change, you want the Democratic party, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.

GLENN: Good thing you guys have the high ground.

Go to the polls and keep mob rule at bay

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November is nearly upon us, and polls are starting to come out. The most recent was a poll conducted last week by the Washington Post and ABC News that showed Congressional Democrats have an 11 point lead heading into the midterms. The biggest swing, as expected after the Kavanaugh circus, is Independent women who are sliding Democrat 52% to 38% Republican.

This is a significant build on the lead last reported back in mid September. Real Clear Politics took the average of eighteen total polls, minus Rasmussen - because it's uh… Rasmussen - and it showed Democrats holding on to a slim lead of six and a half points.

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If this trajectory holds, it appears that the Left got exactly what they wanted when they tried to destroy a man's life all in the disgusting name of politics. They wanted a repeat of the 1991/92 Clarence Thomas fallout - later dubbed "The Year of The Woman - and they're on pace to get it.

How is it that we are so easily played by these awful people we call politicians? This is something I realize everyone listening right now already knows, but if your first thought is emotion every time someone in Washington opens their mouth… take a step back! Do some research and ask yourself, "Why am I feeling so outraged?" This has never been more important than right now. The left is abandoning the rule of law and moving towards mob rule. There's a reason why they all want to abolish the Electoral College. They want to work you up into a frenzy, and then they want to unleash you on the polling booth. But it's all fake. It's a con.

If fiscal responsibility is this bad now, imagine how bad it'll get with a Democrat controlled House, Senate and Executive Branch. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just released their annual report on fiscal accountability, showing which states are run the most efficiently. Over the past several years, these are the worst run states in the entire Union: Illinois, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island. Notice a common denominator here? Every single one is a blue state.

We cannot hand power over to mob rule.

On the other hand, these are the most efficiently ran states: South Dakota, Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida, Utah, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Montana. Umm, yeah… ALL Red states.

The facts and numbers are there, but the Left doesn't want you to see them. They don't want you doing your own homework… they just want you pissed off! Don't give in to the outrage. We cannot hand power over to mob rule. There's too much at stake.

"May you live in interesting times" it seems, is actually not an ancient Chinese saying, blessing or curse. The strongest match one can find to its origins comes from the Yorkshire Post in 1936:

Sir Austen Chamberlain, addressing the annual meeting of Birmingham Unionist Association last night, spoke of the "grave injury" to collective security by Germany's violation of the Treaty of Locarno.

Sir Austen, who referred to himself as "a very old Parliamentarian," said:

It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, 'May you live in interesting times.' There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us. We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.

I like the quote, Chinese or English, as it gives us a correct or new perspective on strife, should we care to view our struggles as neither blessing nor curse. My father taught this to me as a small child. But I only really learned it in one of the darkest chapters of my life. Alcoholism and divorce. There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it. Will you allow it to change you in destructive ways through anger, bitterness and despair? Or will you allow it, whatever it is, to strengthen you through enlightenment, correction, humility?

There is nothing that life can hand to you that is in itself bad. It all depends on what you do with it.

We have a desperate need for humility in our society from DC to Hollywood. Everyone left and right is convinced that either they are or their side is absolutely right. And if someone on their side strays from the pack, then they must be "a traitor to the race, party or cause". They are wrong and we remain right. Scientific atheists "know that there is no God" even though almost everything they now believe or "know" in science now proves that the scientists that came before them were wrong. How can those whose field has been built on enhancing, evolving, or outright proving that others and their theories were wrong, be so certain? If those who should be the least certain of final truth are now calling heretic for those who disagree, we are indeed living in interesting times.

But it isn't a "them" problem even though that is what the world is currently trying to sell each of us. It is instead a simple "us" issue. Perhaps we don't see it because we are so busy staging, filtering, or enhancing the colors on our Facebook or Instagram pics that we can no longer recognize or even like the simple truth about us and what our life really is. Much of our life is a lie. We have been marketed to since we were born, told that we are not complete unless we wear, consume, own, vacation at or buy product 1 or 2. It has gone so far as telling us that not only are we not good enough if we don't have all of that, but now, we cannot even be a part of the great new society unless we believe and champion (product, politician or party) A, B or C. Opinions have become products.

Now, however, we are in the next and perhaps final stage. We ourselves are the product. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and YouTube no longer see us as the customer, but what we do, think and believe are now commodities. If you cannot fill this line in: "I am ____________ , Someone will always be there to fill it in for you. Buy this makeup to use the word beautiful. This label to let others know "I AM cool, or in style," or even "I AM rich.'

Buy Democrat to be "compassionate," "smarter than others," or "science-minded." It doesn't matter if you really are any of those things in reality, the label is all you need. Buy Republican if you want to be patriotic, support our troops or for family values. We now buy and believe labels and always judge a book by its cover. Buy the label "Christian" and you can love any life you want but you now can use religion to excuse either yours or anyone else's behaviors. Buy the label progressive and you believe in science even though you deny it in basic biology.

Even labels that were never for sale like "courage" come with a price tag, and its price keeps going lower and lower. Now, this once time revered label can be yours for simply saying things out loud to a room full of people who agree with you and will all cheer when you say it.

Labels and words are experiencing a fire sale and it seems "everything must go."

What comes next is always tough.

Heaven knows the proper price to attach to something so celestial as freedom. — Thomas Payne.

Each generation, except for the last, has had to earn and renew their freedom. They did not buy or sell the label the "greatest generation." In fact, it wasn't even them that came up with that title. It was the "boomers." At the time, there were no labels - they just saw themselves as people, as Americans. They saw the crisis not as anyone's fault, but rather as their turn to stand and do the right thing. It is what they did with their "crisis" that made others bestow the "greatest generation" title on them, and only years later.

We are living in a time of great crisis, not much different or of smaller scale than the great struggles of the past. All of the labels we think we have now, will fall away. Those that we have bought will become worthless and every new label will be purchased with blood, sweat, tears and courage.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom.

What we will face, in the end, will not be smaller than what many of our grandparents or great grandparents faced in the World Wars. No less frightening than the global economic unrest of the 1930's. Nor will it be any greater. It will just be ours. And just like the generations past, it will be our choice on whether or not we survive. What a blessing. The boomers feasted off the crisis of their parents and never truly had to choose life or death, freedom or slavery. They never had to push themselves as a group beyond what humans thought possible to achieve something as valuable as freedom.

The crisis we are just now beginning to see is a blessing our parents never received. Each of us will have to pick between black and white, slavery or freedom, good or evil, and life or death. We will all know in the years to come who we really are, if we chose carefully or if we simply allowed ourselves to become. We can become, through this struggle, exactly who we were born to be. Our best and highest selves.

If each of us were honest and began to see this struggle in the proper light, we would admit that it is the softness of our foundations that have caused these struggles. Barack Obama and Donald Trump are neither the problem nor the solution. They are a symptom. Look all around you. No matter whom you voted for, you will admit that the country, and perhaps the entire world over, is sick.

We are all feeling it and each of our political doctors are seeing the same symptoms and prescribing the opposite medicine. Each of us, as patients, all so desperate to cure what is killing us, become more and more vested in our own "doctor's cure." Our doctor is right and yours is wrong! At the same times each doctor knows that he or she has everything to lose if his patients begin to seek another opinion, diagnosis or remedy. It is their best interest to keep their patients busy looking at the other side. Meanwhile, none of us stop and ask if the diagnosis is even correct. I guess we are just too busy fighting for what our doctor said.

I am not sure about you, but when I am sick or in pain, I am usually at my worst interpersonally. We all snap at others. We act as our lesser selves. When I am sick, fearful or angry, it is almost always followed by a time where I begin conversations with, "I am so sorry for what I said or did, I was just having a really bad day."

We are all having a really very bad, most difficult day. Everyday, it seems.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin. Many, if not most of those who voted for democrats and those who voted for republican have much in common with those who voted for neither. While parties and politicians try to convince us otherwise, and many of us may have believed it or even engaged in this "warfare," it is becoming more and more clear that our neighbors are not our enemies.

While it is true that there are difficulties and dangers that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we will lay down and watch our country go to ruin.

If you are finding this a difficult concept to reconcile, simply ponder what our ancestors came here for, be it three months or three centuries ago. To make a better life, in a country that would allow you to follow your dream, work hard and keep what you built so your children could live a better life than you did and achieve even more than you did. That opportunity came not from this land, or even its people, but rather from its mission statement: "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and pursuit of happiness." While that mission statement was and always be aspirational, it has never been fully achieved. It is shaped and given the best chance to succeed when it is protected by the guardrails of the constitution and bill of rights. It is indeed our laws, which come from our American Thesis, that has created the modern world. It is indeed why people still die trying to get on this side of our border.

Is it too much of a stretch to believe that you and I are not alone in our doubt of our doctors? Are we the only ones left that think our neighbor, who knows how sick we all are, really wants everyone who disagrees with their doctor to die? Maybe they have seen flaws in their practitioner as we have. Maybe if we stop spending all our time looking at what is wrong with "them" and what's wrong with America, we can begin to see the things that are right and good.

Perhaps we are not as sick as some of these doctors tell us we are. Perhaps they are more akin to bad, crooked chiropractors that have done more damage to our spine than good and will bilk us for every dime week after week until we finally say no or are broke. We haven't wanted to listen to our friends, or those who tell us differently, because we feel the fool.

Perhaps we are beyond help and only have months to live, but, I don't think it needs to be this way. If we are going down, I want to go down with my friends and family around me. All of them, even those who told me not to listen to my doctor or the one I angrily chased away because I just knew they were wrong.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and light fires. It is harder always to put them out. Easy to lose friends and harder to make them. In the end, our founding documents are just an idea. I think a really good idea. One that says we can and should all be who we choose to be and live the life we build for ourselves with dignity and security.

But that idea fails if no one remembers it or believes in it.

I still do.

I am not a doctor but I think our illness is all in our heads. We have been convinced by those who suffer from some sort of societal Munchausen by proxy, that we are fatally ill and will only survive because of them. I think they need us to be sick and I for one think we as a people have had enough bed rest.

Once we choose to see things the way they are, coupled with who we always strived to be — our best selves — we will be fine and perhaps stronger than ever. I believe if we can once again see the best in each other — put our past in the past, and our strife and crisis in the right light — down the road, some other generation will name this one — I believe it will be good.

But one thing is sure, it will not be one we choose but rather the label we earned.

North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson is a free man and back on U.S. soil. After being jailed for over two years by the Turkish government, U.S. officials secured Brunson's release on Friday.

Brunson appeared in a Turkish court on Friday, where he was declared guilty of aiding groups who attempted to overthrow President Erdogan in 2016, but he was sentenced to time already served. Brunson has always denied all the charges. He and his wife had served as missionaries in Turkey for 25 years without any previous such accusations. Brunson's arrest seemed to be just part of Erdogans's crackdown on any and all threats to his power, no matter how minor.

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The decision to finally release Brunson followed months of pressure and behind-the-scenes negotiations by the Trump administration. The pastor's detainment frayed relations between Turkey and the U.S. Turkey wanted the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric whom Erdogan blames for orchestrating the coup attempt against him. Doesn't look like that's in the cards now.

Brunson and his wife met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday, where Brunson prayed for the president. The media covering the meeting quickly changed the subject to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They wanted to know whether Brunson's release had anything to do with Turkey's desire for the U.S. to put pressure on Saudi Arabia for answers about Khashoggi. President Trump insisted that: "The timing is a strict coincidence. It really is."

That might've been a little more believable if he hadn't tacked on the "it really is" part.

Khashoggi, who works for The Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. The Turkish government says Saudi agents then murdered him and dismembered his body. Saudi Arabia continues to deny any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office.

Pastor Brunson's release will not suddenly thaw relations between the U.S. and Turkey. In reference to Brunson, the headline of a pro-Erdogan newspaper on Saturday said, "Never come back again!"

Pastor Brunson on the other hand, expressed no bitterness toward Turkey during the Oval Office press conference. He said: "We were there for 25 years, and we love the Turkish people."

Pastor Brunson looked severely out of place sitting there in the Oval Office – a humble pastor, devoted to his faith and flock, caught for a moment in the dirty, ruthless, sticky web of international politics.

This weekend, once again, Portland became the stage for radicalism and violence, insanity pretending to be heroic. An extreme, real-world outbreak of the tribal warfare that has shaken our culture and our country as a whole. Of course I'm talking about Antifa.

Yes, there were right-leaning protestors there, but, as usual, they were the ones under attack.

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If only Antifa members realized how utterly postmodern they are—I mean, let's start with the fact that they showed up to an event called the "Law and Order March" with "hard knuckle gloves, knives and firearms." The resultant mayhem has become so common that it would be redundant to give the details. And, more important, what matters here is that this behavior is not only continuing, but worsening.

I don't like to talk about problems and leave people without a solution, or at least a hint of reassurance.

Last week, The Atlantic published an article, titled "Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture"

Here are a few standouts:

Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don't belong to either extreme constitute an 'exhausted majority.' Their members 'share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.' Most members of the 'exhausted majority,' and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

And here's the real clincher, a hard-and-fast, data-based assertion that most of us, most of America, has realized all along but has been too petrified to express:

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are. With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country.

Antifa is the most perfect representation of this bratty population. They, more than any other group or individual, represent the heinous, obnoxious intentions of the New Left. As I have said before, their social justice warfare is inherently postmodern. Their war is against you.

But, there is a way out.

But, there is a way out.

I can assume that if you're listening to me now, you're already going to vote in a few weeks during mid-terms. That's a big one. The other thing you can do is stay informed. And remember that you are not alone, not by far.