Glenn's Debate Notes

Glenn thought Sarah Palin was brilliant last night, but also thought that Biden did what he had to do. There were no big gaffes or knockout punches, but there were some statements that were a stretch or even flat out false. Find out how Glenn saw the debate last night with his notes and running commentary.

  • I loved the “Can I call you Joe?” that came from an open mic from Palin.


     

  • The open of understanding the economy by talking to parents at a soccer game initially made me nervous she might go over-hokey, but that was actually a really good relatable answer.


     

  • The CNN scorecard thing is amazing to watch, it would be interesting to have a web feature to do your own while watching.


     

  • Palin pulls out “predator lenders” again. Meters flat. Then she says: Don’t live outside out means. “Personal responsibility.” Meters go through the roof. Why republicans don’t think this is a winning message is perplexing. Palin shows the guts to go there—does it with tact---and scores one of the best debate moments for either candidate.


     

  • Given several opportunities, Palin seems like she simply will not praise deregulation. I guess they’re thinking it’s a hard case to make at this moment, but it strikes me as another winning argument that they won’t exploit. Something like “I know a little something about being a small business owner—so I’m not going to stand here and say I want the government to be more involved in my life. The answer isn’t “regulation, regulation, regulation—more, more, more” like the democrats are always offering-- it’s smart targeted regulation—like what John McCain called for two years ago for Fannie and Freddie.”


     

  • First 15 minutes Sarah very, very, solid. (One of my friends said she looks a bit nervous at this point. I didn’t notice.)


     

  • Joe seems to like her---I think that’s positive. They both seem to like each other. This is a major part of what Biden had to do in this debate. Turn down the jerk-o-meter as much as possible. He’s reasonably successful.


     

  • Palin compliments ‘massive oversight.’ I am taking these sort of comments as “I’m John McCain’s VP, and I don’t want to look pro-Wall St. executives in the middle of this mess.” I have to admit though, if she sounded like this and she was running for the top of the ticket with no restrictions, I’d be a little nervous.


     

  • The meters hate when you avoid the question, but they get over it pretty fast.


     

  • Did Joe Biden just “promise” exactly where next attack will come from and be planned?? Really? And he says with a straight face that he knows where Bin Laden is? Isn’t it about time that nonsense gets challenged? We don’t “know” that. We suspect it. And a terrorist plan is almost as likely to come from a coffee house in Los Angeles as it can come from the mountains of Pakistan. That’s either a fundamental misunderstanding of the war on terror, or trying to look tough for stupid people.


     

  • About meeting with Iran without preconditions, Biden just lies. Obama was specifically asked about presidential level meetings with Ahmendenejad without preconditions. Palin is right to call him out. I kind of wanted her to add “This is a government that wants to wipe Israel off the planet. This is a government that executes gays for being gay. This is a government that wouldn’t let me leave my house without a male escort if I lived in his country. What do you expect to chat with them about?”


     

  • Biden loves to say “let me say that again”----very repetitive. I’m sure those liberals all over Palin for sticking to talking points too much will gladly point this out. His point about Exxon getting a $4 billion tax cut is embarrassing. As we’ve said before—his lone reasoning for this is that McCain wants to cut taxes for all businesses, and that Exxon is a business. You can just as easily say he wants to cut taxes curing childhood diseases. It’s literally looking over a list of all companies and picking out the one that you don’t like the most. I’d love for someone to call him out on that.


     

  • So far, so good for Palin. She’s been great so far, and she’s probably far enough in to this thing that people watching just to see if she’s going to be Tina Fey’s characture of her have already stopped watching due to utter disappointment. You can’t honestly make the point to me that she is an idiot. She obviously has a handle on these issues.


     

  • Speaking as a radio guy—we have a term called a “crutch”. Which is that thing in your speech pattern that you probably say too much. Think McCain “my friends” or Arnolds “and all of these other things”. Palin’s has to be “also.”


     

  • Interesting approach here by Palin. She is just standing there, toe to toe, running with Joe Biden at “his game” (not the gaffe prone, not telling the truth part of his game. The internal politics, well of the senate, debating policy sort of game.) After my initial worries about being overly hokey, I actually wouldn’t have minded seeing a tad more of “her game.” But that’s a nit-pick. We’re an hour in, and she’s been very impressive. SNL, Hollywood, and the media might win in painting her as unqualified—but in her two most watched appearances she’s been brilliant.


     

  • When describing a Biden administration, he says it would be a national tragedy of historic levels. Okay, yes I know what he was doing, but it was funny anyway.


     

  • Sarah didn’t seem to hear the question on her Achilles heel, and just answers in a sort of “what we would do while in office” sort of way. But Biden DID hear the question, and his answer is laughably horrible. I mean, it’s kind of a pointless question, but come on Joe. Your Achilles heel is “excessive passion”? That’s a “high school kid on a job interview” answer—not a “VP answer with a 2 minutes to prepare” answer.


     

  • Palin’s stop looking into the past, lets look to the future—argument is the best way to handle the popularity problems of Bush that I’ve seen all campaign. A lot of people will talk about her “Say it ain’t so Joe” line—but her point of ‘why do you always insist on looking backwards’ works really well—especially when delivered by her, standing next to him. Probably doesn’t work quite as well for McCain, but I haven’t heard a better option.


     

  • I find myself feeling a little bad for President Bush. He is really treated like poison, and I get the strategy. But, the democrats are insanely unfair to him, and republicans are afraid to compliment even the obviously good things he’s done. Imagine if I told you in 2001—NO MORE ATTACKS by 2008, and the president wouldn’t get a word of credit from either party for it. There’s no way you would believe me.


     

  • Joe Biden chokes up…it was a nice moment for him I thought. I didn’t hear her suggest “only women can understand being a single parent” though. Maybe I missed it.


     

  • For all the book talk about Gwen Ifill---she was fine tonight, I thought. And actually pretty good. I’ve heard some people complaining that Biden was always given the last word. That might be true—but I didn’t really notice it. She didn’t really go into the “come up with a list of 3rd basemen in the minor leagues in 1933” type of questions to try and make Palin squirm.


     

  • Biden did exactly what he had to do in this thing. Looked like a pro and confident in his answers, even when he was completely lying. If Palin was up against Tim Kaine or someone similar this could have been really bad for democrats. Instead it was fine for them. He did no real harm, although he will get hammered in some of the post debate fact checks.


     

  • But the big story is---this was great for Palin—and good for McCain. McCain shows he didn’t make a ridiculously reckless pick, even though his poll number drop has much more to do with the economy than it does Palin even at her worst moments. But for me—this was a huge night for the future. Unless she has a major gaffe later on, you can’t say that Palin was responsible for McCain losing, if he loses. And you likely can give her some credit if he wins. She did a great job setting herself up for a bright future—and perhaps a presidential run in 2012 or 16. Palin/Jindal ’12? Anyone??


     

  • Katie Couric’s CBS has a poll saying Biden won pretty handily, although it’s much less pronounced in the other polls I’ve seen. The CNN one has it at 51-36 or 51-39 depending on what graphic they were showing at the time. Remember—republicans ALWAYS lose post-debate polls. And they are up against a lot of momentum at the moment.


     

  • Obviously when you factor in ideas, I thought Palin won by a lot in my mind. But even just as pure performance, I thought it was a good debate—with Palin having the edge. I’m not sure if that has too much to do with the pre-debate expectations, or the fact that Biden said a lot of things that don’t jive with reality. But, either way—even a tie for Palin is a far more than she had to do.


     

  • Deeper in the polls, some great signs for Palin:

    • Did they do better or worse than you expected? Palin: 84-7 better than worse. She thrives when underestimated.

    • Who’s more of a “typical politician” ---Biden 70-21. –if this country is as annoyed with Washington as they seem—this certainly can’t hurt.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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