Glenn Beck: Joe the Plumber

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Who Is Joe the Plumber?

GLENN: By the way, Joe the plumber. Joe, he's from Toledo, Ohio, I believe, isn't he? Joe, if I may recommend, change the name of your business to Joe the plumber, immediately. It should be on trucks and everything. I'll give you a loan in your business. You can't get a loan? I'll give you a loan. I want a nice kickback because you're going to do the best you're going to have the best business ever. "Hi, I'm Joe the plumber. You know, candidates are all up in my face." I think that's fantastic.

STU: Wasn't there like a crappy Kevin Costner movie that just came out where he was like the swing maybe it was called swing vote and he was the one guy I didn't see it but I saw the previews.

GLENN: No, I saw it. Ooh.

STU: You saw it? He was the one guy? Joe the plumber.

GLENN: The Kevin Costner guy was a dope, a scumbag and I think the Joe the plumber, have you heard this the guy speak? He's very, very intelligent.

STU: Yeah, just what I've seen him in a couple of interviews.

GLENN: He should have a reality show because he hasn't said who he's going to vote for.

STU: Oh, you know that's coming.

GLENN: Joe the plumber, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't have his own show, his own news show. Hi, I'm Joe the plumber and I'm just like you; let me tell you what's going on. And you know what? People would watch it. And then you know what? Probably should.

STU: What a bizarre experience it must be for this guy, though. He's just at a little campaign event, asks an honest question, has a little bit of a conversation with Barack Obama like thousands and thousands of people have all across the country. The next, three days later the debate is focused around his business.

GLENN: It's amazing.

STU: How does that happen?

GLENN: I don't know. You know what, if you are in Toledo and you've ever worked with Joe the plumber, if he's ever come and unclogged your toilet, "He was scraping crap out of my pipes just like last week." I wanted to have Joe the plumber on this morning but Diane Sawyer has locked him up, won't allow him to speak to anyone else until tomorrow morning. So hopefully we'll have Joe the plumber on. I can't I mean, I just, I heard somebody this morning. They were on television and they said, you know, this is what it's all about. This is what politics really is all about, is these politicians, when they bring this these anecdotes of the people they've met, that's when people are really intrigued. I'm like, I don't care. I mean, Joe the plumber thing, because it was organic, because it was Joe asking the question and it was on tape, now I'm interested, you know? Now I'm interested. I've never been has anybody ever really been interested in, "Oh, Sally Muckenfutch's two children, one without eyes, one without hands. And it's Sally Muckenfutch and her handless, eyeless children have had such a hard time in this Bush economy." I mean, have you ever really been interested in those stories? I'm not. I think they share those stories because they don't have anything else the only time that they are ever out in real life is, you know, when they're on a rope line. That's the only time they are in real life. They don't say, "You know what, pull the bus over; I need to get some diapers in Wal Mart." That's why they share those anecdotes because they don't have any real life experience.

I was writing an editorial that, is it going to be posted today? Do we even know when that thing comes out?

STU: It's coming out today, posted now at

GLENN: Oh, is it really? I was writing this banging out this editorial yesterday and it was you know, it's on the economy and, you know, should there be term limits and et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. And, you know, what can we do to fix this problem. And I'm thinking to myself, term limits. You know, I'm for term limits but I'm also against term limits just because, you know, who's going to be running it except the people who are in the government through a job that are going to be, "Oh, yes, hi, newbie, come on in." I think the whole thing should be a draft. I think we should just draft people. "Oh, crap. I've got to show up next week to the White House. I'm the President next week. I hate that. I was just President two years ago!" I think that's what we should do. I think we should start drafting people, not drafting them like, "You, you're going to be good." I mean just like drafting. You get a letter in the mail. Oh it's like jury duty. Wouldn't that be great? Because these people wouldn't get anything done.

STU: That should be the goal of the government, to do nothing.

GLENN: To do nothing, zero.

STU: Because everything they do, they screw it up.

Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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