Most Influential Conservatives



GLENN: Oh, that is right, my friends. We have talent on loan -- I don't even know who I have talent on loan from today. I don't -- I mean, it may be a member of the holy family. I'm not sure. Not God but maybe it was one of the lambs or something there in the -- I'm just saying. Because I believe that everything I've been saying for the last few years, that we are in deep, deep trouble as a country. It's absolutely right because I find out this morning -- and this is so funny because last night we were all having dinner here in New York and we were talking about this conservative list that has been coming out in dribs and drabs from the U.K. Telegraph and when I saw that we didn't make the top -- or, you know, from 100 to 80, I said there's no way we're on the list, and I didn't even expect to be on the, you know, 100 but, you know, if we're not in the 90s, we're not going to be on the list. Last night we're joking about it, how just worthless, you know, we're just, we're a clown show, and I know that. And then the list comes out and we're named the 18th most influential conservative in America which, I'm a clown show, America. I mean, this is hysterical. And again I go back to this country is in deep, deep trouble if I'm number 18.

STU: You know, you've been telling me, you've had all these, you know, well researched things.

GLENN: Yeah.


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STU: And ideas that you've been presenting. This is the most -- this is the best evidence you have.

GLENN: This is the best evidence that the world is coming to an end, isn't it?

STU: I mean, it's over.

GLENN: Do we have Ed Gillespie on the phone?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: He's number 20 on the list. How humiliating is it for him? I mean, Ed?

GILLESPIE: I am proud to be number 20 and you may want to hire a food taster because I'm coming after you. I want to be number 18.

GLENN: I love this. I love this. I saw you on the list and I thought, you -- let me ask you. You went to college, didn't you?

GILLESPIE: I did go to college.

GLENN: Yeah.

GILLESPIE: I didn't do real well but I got out. I got a degree.

GLENN: Yeah. I didn't. (Laughing.)

GILLESPIE: Well, I will put that in my formal protest to the newspaper.

GLENN: Are you surprised that you are actually above the President, President George W. Bush is 21st?

GILLESPIE: Yeah, I'm not going to share that with the President.

GLENN: You are not going to be the one? "Mr. President, you are now the 21st most influential conservative"?

GILLESPIE: I'll keep my job.

GLENN: Can we just talk about this just for a second with you? Rudy Giuliani being the number one most influential conservative, I saw that, and I don't agree with that. I mean, I know the list is a joke because I'm the 18th, but Rudy Giuliani, do you believe he's -- I mean, he's a Republican. If you said who's the most powerful Republican? Probably Rudy Giuliani right now.

GILLESPIE: Yeah. He's a good guy and obviously I'm neutral. I'm a former chairman, I'm not involved in this race, I'm with the President. I'm so hurt by being number 20, Glenn.

GLENN: I know, I know.

GILLESPIE: I'm bitter and it would affect my comments on the rest of the list.

GLENN: If you'd like any advice on how to be more influential, you just call me at any time.

GILLESPIE: I'll talk to you off-line.

GLENN: Okay, good. Let me ask you this because this is not political. General David Petraeus is number 2. I find this one amazing because I don't look at him as a conservative or a liberal or a Republican or a Democrat. I look at him as a soldier.

GILLESPIE: Yeah, I see camouflage, fatigues and I suspect that's the way he views himself. He is concerned with winning in Iraq and watching out for his troops and obviously when he came back and testified in September, he was incredibly impressive and knowledgeable and very effective as a commander in the field and I suspect he doesn't think himself of any political persuasion. He may have a viewpoint, but I don't think anybody's ever heard him express it other than a viewpoint about how we defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq and make sure that we're successful there, our troops are safe.

GLENN: Okay. Let me -- let me kind of piss you off at the same time I kind of give you a little hug.

GILLESPIE: Where is the hug?

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GLENN: Hang on. The hug's coming. The hug's coming. I know the White House and I completely disagree on the border thing.


GLENN: And the way it's been handled, and I honestly think throwing these border guards in jail has been an -- I think they are political prisoners quite honestly. And one of them, Hernandez, has actually, he served his time and he said on my program that he was asked by a Justice Department official to change his police report to say that he was intentionally aiming at Mexicans in the back of a van when it is his testimony that he was aiming for the tire and they would suspend his sentence if they did that. And I would really like to have an attorney general that would look into what's going on in the -- at the border. Tell me a little -- here comes the hug. From what I know about our attorney general nominee, I like him. That's as good a hug on the border I can give you today. Tell me about him.

GILLESPIE: Well, Glenn, let me first of all note that we have made great strides securing the border and the President is for securing the border and we have met some milestones in terms of the fence and certainly funding going out and increasing our, you know, the security along the border in terms of personnel. This specific allegation I'm not familiar with but that's, you know, that's a serious allegation that anybody at the Department of Justice would direct an official to, you know, to be untruthful in a report, and Mukasey, Judge Mukasey is the kind of person who would make sure that those kinds of things -- and I don't know that his account is accurate obviously. I'm not rendering an opinion one way or the other of it but he is the kind of judge that would make sure the Department of Justice and would be the kind of attorney general who would make sure they are enforcing the laws and entirely aboveboard and ethical and I think that's what Democrats and Republicans alike see in him and that's why he was so widely hailed and lauded when he was announced as the nominee and joint support across the political aisle. But as is often the case in this congress and with this committee in particular, you know, they seem to be -- they've been slow walking him and now they are ginning up in issue over a question that no responsible nominee would ask because they don't have the basis of information by which to answer it, which is a question as to whether or not an alleged tactic that is part of an enhanced program for terrorist interrogation is legal or not, and it's a legitimate question but it is illegitimate to ask someone who has not been briefed on the program and doesn't have the ability to know the classified information that underlies the entire program and doesn't even know if the tactic itself or how it's used, if it's used at all and what are the circumstances, to render a legal opinion on that. And no responsible person who could serve as attorney general could answer that question. That's why the President said yesterday they are establishing a standard or seem to be trying to establish a standard that would result in no confirmed attorney general during a time when we were in a war on terror.

GLENN: Okay, here's the -- I mean, here's what I'd like the President to say. And I'm number 18, you're number 20.

GILLESPIE: I've got to listen. So I can move up the chart.

GLENN: I know. Here's what I'd like the President to say on this. Congress, if you don't think that waterboarding should be legal, then ban it. Then pass a law. But these weasels in congress, they did it with the phone tapping. They know what's needs to be done and they just use it for political expediency and it's sickening quite frankly.

GILLESPIE: Well, Glenn, actually there was a vote on the Senate for waterboarding and it failed.

GLENN: I know.

GILLESPIE: By a vote of 53-46 and so these senators are asking Judge Mukasey to render an opinion and make a judgment that the United States Senate itself a year ago refused to do.

GLENN: Right.

GILLESPIE: And then possibly blocking his nomination over that refusal.

GLENN: It's absolutely unbelievable, and I have to tell you something else. I think John McCain, how do you feel about -- well, you don't have to tell me that. John McCain coming out and saying that this should be taken off the board? I got news for ya. When did we stop understanding why the President says, yep, nukes are on the table? We may not ever consider, seriously consider dropping a nuke on somebody but we should always let them think we would. If our enemies know exactly what we do and don't do, that's not a good thing.

GILLESPIE: Well, and one of the reasons that this government does not rule in or rule out any of these interrogation techniques and say what may or may not is because you don't want a checklist for those who want to kill Americans and commit terrorist acts here on our soil or -- at Ramstein airbase or in other places to kill Americans, not say "Here's what you ought to train for and here's what you ought not to train for to withstand giving information to save American lives." This is an interrogation program, Glenn, that has saved American lives and the idea that someone should publicly comment on what is in that classified program is wrong.

Now, Senator McCain has understandably strong views on this and he has expressed those views I think in a very careful manner. He did come out yesterday and he supported Judge Mukasey's confirmation for the very same reason which is to say he believes that this should be an illegal matter but he doesn't believe that Judge Mukasey should have to answer that question without the basis of information that Senator McCain has. Senator McCain has been briefed on the program as have many members of the United States Senate including all the members of the Senate intelligence committee.

GLENN: I appreciate your time and I'll let you go. I know you're a busy man. I do want to just tell you that I'm starting some work and going to be exposing the 70 kidnappings of American citizens on the border that I don't think anybody in the media has been talking about, and it's an abomination. It is -- everybody who says that a conservative is racist and they want the border taken care of because of race problems, all 70 of these are Hispanic Americans. Two girls were given to drug lords as a gift. It is an outrageous thing that's going on. The people, the reporters down at the border are afraid to report this. I've talked to the families of some of these kidnapped victims and they're afraid to talk on the radio because they know that their life will be in danger and they've got other kids in the family. With what's going on down in the Laredo and everything else, it is out of control. I know you can say we've made progress, and we have built more fence, et cetera, et cetera, but it is bad news down at the border, and America's not getting the whole story.

GILLESPIE: Well, Glenn, I am one of your viewers. My schedule doesn't allow me to be a listener, but I watch ya and we'll be watching with interest on these reports and see what we can do here to help effect that.

GLENN: Thank you very much.

GILLESPIE: Thank you.

GLENN: Appreciate it. Bye-bye. Ed Gillespie, 20th most influential conservative. 


The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.


In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.


Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?


In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.


By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.


In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.


In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.


In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.


In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.


In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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