Glenn Beck: Rare 'R' in Hollywood




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GRAMMER: Hi, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good. I have run into you in the street several times. You are always with your family. I see you on the street all the time.

GRAMMER: Oh, no kidding. Which streets?

GLENN: Which streets? You know, the streets you hang out on. So -- 

GRAMMER: Listen, I've become quite a fan of yours. I think you are doing a hell of a job.

GLENN: Thank you very much.

GRAMMER: Please come up and say hi next time.

GLENN: I will. How are you feeling, first of all.

GRAMMER: I feel great. I had a pretty severe, you know, situation back in May and then I had a little bit of a redo, a do-over in August which ended up putting a pacemaker in me. So that's okay. You know, I mean, it's a little bit of an adjustment but frankly I feel strong and good and I've lost a little weight and I'm not eating salt anymore.

GLENN: Jeez. You know, did you ever think -- when they're starting to tell you about, you know, the food that you can't eat anymore, do you ever think, I don't know.

GRAMMER: You know what, they've really come up with some great, a lot of colorful and rewarding food options. So it's really not horrible.

GLENN: Colorful? What do you mean?

GRAMMER: Colorful and rewarding. Well, you know, I first had -- I had my heart attack on the island of Hawaii. I ended up on Oahu, Queens Medical Center, a really advanced, great facility, especially the intensive care unit. They had prepared their own cookbook because apparently a lot of Hawaiians have heart trouble and I guess it has something to do with their diet and in some cases massive size.

GLENN: You couldn't think of the diet. They are eating fish all the time.

GRAMMER: Yeah, but all that other stuff that goes with it. Until last year it was the Spam-eating capital of the world.



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GLENN: Was it really?

GRAMMER: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: You live in paradise and you're eating Spam? That kind of stinks.

GRAMMER: You know what, there's just something about it.

GLENN: Kelsey, last night I saw American Carol.

GRAMMER: Oh, you did?

GLENN: You are brilliant in it. I'm trying to remember his name. The lead character, yeah, surprisingly looks so much like his brother but, you know, usually when the brother comes along, you are like, okay, not so good. Really, really good.

GRAMMER: Very funny. Wonderful guy, too. He's got a warmth and a charm and honestly, I mean I really think we've served Michael Malone much better than he would have served us or Michael Moore.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

GRAMMER: You start to really like the guy. Even for standing up for what he believes in, you know?

GLENN: I thought it -- obviously I thought it was a little too fair quite honestly.

GRAMMER: Maybe that's true.

GLENN: Have you seen the finished piece yet?

GRAMMER: I have only seen a rough cut that had a water mark over the top of it. So, you know, it looked like an illegally distributed thing that, you must show this to no one and blah, blah, blah. It looked like crap on my television.

GLENN: I will tell you this, Kelsey. When I watched it last night, I think there are some real "Laugh out loud" parts, but did you ever think as watching it or doing it that there are parts that, that ain't just -- that's just not funny because it's true.

GRAMMER: Yeah.

GLENN: I mean, a lot of the stuff, you come back as Patton and, you know, he's sitting there with a rat eating pizza which is just hysterical but, you know, you come back as Patton and the stuff that you guys put in there, it's almost, in some ways I want my kids to watch it because it's true.

GRAMMER: Yeah. If it weren't true, it would be funny. But it is and that's the thing. So there are definitely some moments that impact you. Certainly the moment where George Washington says "Dust" took my breath away when I read it even. It was just, oh, my God. But, of course, I don't know how much time you spent there right after the bombing but when the towers went down, I went a couple of times in that first month and it was as devastating as anything I've ever seen in my life and I don't like people feeling the distance that they feel from it and I don't like the complications that the political climate has sort of, you know, heaped on top of it. It's a pretty simple thing. We were blasted big time and that's not something that goes away and it's not -- there's no way to just have it go away without fighting it.

GLENN: You know, I've said it a million times. I went to the towers right after they came down and it's the only thing -- because they were still -- you know, they were still looking for people and then the smoke was billowing. It's the only thing that I've ever done that in some ways I'm glad I saw it because I'll never, ever forget but it's also the thing that I wish I wouldn't have seen. I'll never get that out of my mind. I can still smell it.

GRAMMER: Yeah, me, too.

GLENN: Do you feel that way?

GRAMMER: Me, too, absolutely. No, it's an indelible mark. We cannot allow people to forget about it. And I guess in some ways, to the people who died there as well as the people that gave their lives in trying to help others and what will be I think an eternal vigil at least by Americans that remember. You know how we have to stay vigilant.

GLENN: Do you -- the opening scene where -- you are not in it yet but where the Al-Qaeda members, they are up on a hill and they say -- 

GRAMMER: This is the virtue of the film. We have kept one of our greatest arrows in our quiver, let us say. Because Hollywood definitely has. Is to go after these people with humor. I mean, I constantly think about, you know, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, like Road to Baghdad, stuff like that.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

GRAMMER: We've forgotten that we can do this. I think the greatest weapon against these guys honestly is to make fun of them, is to ridicule them. And what we discover in the American Carol is that this is a bunch of inept idiots who some are clinging to a really warped ideology and the rest are kind of just being dragged along. I love the guys in it. I mean, I love our terrorists and our jihadists.

GLENN: I love the one that's voting. He is in line, he's a terrorist and he's in line. He's like, what are you doing voting, you are not supposed to do this? And he said, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. It's just great. Do you think, are you worried at all about backlash in a couple of ways? First of all, the opening scene where it is Mohammed and everybody stands up and they are like, no, no, no, I mean Hussein, and everybody stands up. Are you worried at all about the -- about political correctness?

GRAMMER: No. The great cover of the movie is that it is a Dave and Zucker movie and they have never been politically correct, nor should they be. I mean, this is the style that David and his brother championed of course but now they have split on the basis of politics and it's just David on his own. But no, no, I mean, you know, he has never, he has never pulled his punches in terms of being politically incorrect and I think that's to his credit.

GLENN: Did you see Sarah Palin last night?

GRAMMER: Yes, I did.

GLENN: Do you mind talking about it a little bit when we come back?

GRAMMER: Don't mind at all.

GLENN: Okay, good. Back with Kelsey Grammer in just a minute and your phone calls. The number's 888-727-BECK. And if you missed any of the show today, a lot of really important stuff on the show today. Please go back and grab it online at GlennBeck.com or you can sign up for our free e-mail newsletter.

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GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Opening this weekend, an American Carol. It's a spoof from Zucker which, the guy, the maker of Airplane and all the rest and it is, they are laugh out loud, mainly when Michael Moore's getting hit in the face by Kelsey Grammer or an have anvil or an oar or et cetera, et cetera better there are laugh out loud parts in this movie. It will make you feel good. It's for conservatives. Boy, it is a vet movie but a lot of parts you are thinking, he I can't, that's exactly how I feel. We're talking to Kelsey Grammer and what did you think of the -- what did you think of the debate last night with Sarah Palin?

GRAMMER: Well, of course, I watched and I am -- you know, I was cautiously optimistic about Sarah Palin and I certainly am blown away by her when she spoke at the convention.

GLENN: She was great.

GRAMMER: I think she could be a formidable politician in the years to come. I think she's got enough time to fully, you know, sort of cocoon herself and emerge as the butterfly that she can be. I am very impressed with her. I thought she held her own against Joe Biden who clearly is, you know, more knowledgeable about a lot of things. But honestly he made a lot of misrepresentations on the partisan scale, so to say.

GLENN: And he may be more knowledgeable but he's wrong on a lot of issues.

GRAMMER: That's what I said. I listened to his diatribe about John McCain's voting record and I said that's not true. There were several that are not true and I hope you guys are doing your job in correcting him. I mean, I know the left has stopped listening to voices like yours and certainly not mine but I think rational Americans do remember. I mean, one of my chief objections to this whole financial crisis thing is that we haven't hung this albatross around the necks of the Democrats. I mean, honestly this is Democrat-inspired policy. There's no question about it. I mean, the Republicans jumped on board and it was certainly popular.

GLENN: Yeah.

GRAMMER: But there were those, especially John McCain, that said, hey, wait a minute, you know, we're in a world of trouble here.

GLENN: Why do you suppose they're not doing that? I mean, they didn't even do it last night. Sarah Palin did not -- she should have said, look, I -- 

GRAMMER: I think John McCain has taken the stance that he's not going to do tit for tat in terms of a political harangue.

GLENN: You don't -- I don't want tit for tat but I do want someone to understand. The media is not uncovering this. The media is not doing it. When Charlie Rangel was in the well of the House lecturing on how important this bill is, I'm thinking, Charlie Rangel? You've got to be kidding me.

GRAMMER: You've got to be kidding me. I mean, it seems absolutely unbelievable. I mean, I listened to Barney Frank and I thought, why aren't we just running this guy out of town.

GLENN: This guy, you know the name, Andrew Fastow.

GRAMMER: Yeah.

GLENN: Ken lay?

GRAMMER: Come on, these guys should be going down. Honestly I can't believe, he's one of the biggest recipients from these failed organizations. It's just disingenuous to the extreme and I find it incredible that they stand there and even, you know, just sort of face it out that they're, you know, under scrutiny. But somehow they're ducking that bullet.

GLENN: So let me ask you something because you're an actor. You can act and you can do things and say things that you don't believe and you're like, well, I'm acting, I'm doing a movie, I can sleep at night, right?

GRAMMER: Yeah.

GLENN: How do these people say these things and sleep at night?

GRAMMER: I don't know because honestly, you know, an actor's job is to actually lend a sense of truth to whatever fantasy's been written for him honestly. And actors are terrible liars. I mean, they are really good actors don't know how to lie. They accept, they discover the truth of the character that they are playing, but these guys are charlatans, these guys are hustlers. I find it, it's reprehensible. Honestly the folks from the other side of the aisle, they've got to clean house. They talk about all this integrity and, you know, graft among politicians. They are living, breathing examples of it. It's just been horrifying to me.

GLENN: Where do you think we are as a nation today? If we don't wake up soon, we don't turn our lives around, where do you think we are as nation?

GRAMMER: We're in a crisis of a Civil War basically, just not a shooting one. That's been my feeling for some time now. I was honestly, I said it years ago but I mean, the guy that did anything to really bring us together was Osama Bin Laden and that's a pretty awful situation. And, you know, when people were going down in those planes, and I knew several people on board, they weren't Republicans and Democrats. They were Americans. And I attended several memorials where actually they were used as opportunities to punch George Bush around and I thought, already? This is already happening? I mean, there's a sickness. It's like decay from the inside, and it scares the hell out of me. I mean, otherwise rational, you know, cordial human beings have lost their minds about -- I recently spoke at one of these McCain campaign things and I said simply that in my community it has been impossible since George Bush was elected to have anything but a tortured and dysfunctional conversation. I mean, it's as though we stand in completely different worlds and that does still make me nervous.

GLENN: But we do. You know, to kind of go off on your Civil War thing, I was, two weekends ago I met with a guy who was I believe the first person to say a global terror network. That was his phrase. And he said this is not -- we're treating this like a police action. This is not. This is a global terror network. And I said to him, I asked him, you know, where are we in our history, where do you think we are. And he said, people don't understand. We're in 1860.

GRAMMER: Oh, yeah. There you go.

GLENN: We've got to have a leader that steps to the plate that says united we stand, divided we fall, and can actually unite us.

GRAMMER: Yeah.

GLENN: Do you think there's a chance that Barack Obama can unite us? Do you think that's possible?

GRAMMER: Well, certainly that's been his rhetoric but, you know, his actions are all, at least the policies will just drive wedges between us. I mean, that's the problem. As soon as you start to criminalize success in this country, you are taking a big jump to the kind of country that I don't believe in and that's going to be very hard. That's going to be very hard to, you know, stuff down most of our throats because I'm all for doing my patriotic duty which has been always when I had a good year, the U.S. Government had a better year. I have never paid less than half my salary to the U.S. I think that's patriotic enough in terms of my donation to the wellbeing of the federal government.

GLENN: Yeah. Kelsey, I would say I -- 

GRAMMER: I do not know if he's the guy. I like the way he talks but I just doubt he has the juice to make it happen. Or even the will to really make it happen. I think that under the veneer we see is the gentleman who really does have very little regard for those of us on the right.

GLENN: I will tell you that I think you are doing your patriotic duty with this movie. As I watched -- 

GRAMMER: That's nicely brought back around.

GLENN: We're running out of time unfortunately. I'd love to talk to you anytime again, but as I was watching it, part of the unfunny part for me was watching me going, where are these movies, where have these movies been. You know, where you love America, where it's okay to say you love America, we're if good guys.

GRAMMER: It's time for that slack a little bit and all of us really have a right to.

GLENN: Kelsey, what a pleasure, sir, and we'll talk again.

GRAMMER: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: American Carol opens up this weekend.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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