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GLENN: Oh, yes. That's right, it's the book where your idiot friend comes to you and says...

PAT: The other day you told me of the top 10 best selling cars of 2008, right?

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: None of them were hybrids.

GLENN: Yes, yes.

PAT: Okay. I was on a hybrid car website.

GLENN: You were on a what?

PAT: A hybrid car website. And they said when pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list. This is a lot like your lie about Keith Olbermann. Keith Olbermann, when you talk about midgets who walk with a limp and are blind in one eye and don't listen to Fox, he's number one. Well, when you and you are always lying about you being number one. And

GLENN: But we are number one and

PAT: But this stop your lies.

GLENN: Okay, what is the

PAT: Just like the hybrid. When pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list, the Toyota Prius ranked number 10.

GLENN: Wait a minute here.

PAT: When

GLENN: Hang on.

PAT: Is this too tough for you to follow? When pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list, the Prius ranks number 10.

GLENN: Okay. So your counterargument is that if we just delete all of the pickup trucks, right?

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Which would include the top two selling vehicles in America, then you squeak onto the list and finish tenth.

PAT: Well, yeah. And when gas prices were over four bucks a gallon, the Prius was number eight! How about that?



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GLENN: Well, that's

PAT: How about that?

GLENN: That's a great

PAT: Thank you.

GLENN: That's a great point.

PAT: About time.

GLENN: So when gas mileage was by far the biggest concern to people looking to buy an automobile, they still picked the Prius as their eighth favorite, their eighth favorite vehicle.

PAT: Is this funny to you, fatso?

GLENN: No, I just

PAT: No.

GLENN: If you remove several of the other vehicles from the list, are you even trying to make a good argument here?

PAT: Please, Mr. Triple barbecue chin, you know you know what I like to call your quoting of sales figures from industry reports?

GLENN: No. You tell me.

PAT: Cherry picking! I noticed it's all about the Prius, right? Why not mention any other hybrid models? Why not? Why don't you mention it?

GLENN: Well, quite honestly because I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt and talk about only mildly successful hybrid models. For example, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic, they were the second and third best selling hybrids in 2008.

PAT: You see? I told you, told you.

GLENN: Let me finish. Their combined sales were less than half of the Prius.

PAT: I'm sorry. Could you repeat that?

GLENN: The Prius wasn't in the top ten, and the next two best selling hybrids combined didn't even equal half of the Prius.

PAT: Well, what if you multiply them?

GLENN: Excuse me?

PAT: If you multiply their sales by five or six, then it would be selling pretty good, right?

GLENN: Well, I guess, but you

PAT: (Laughing). You can't argue with the numbers, Glenn. Oh, the numbers are stubborn things. And you can't argue with hybridcars.com.

GLENN: What?

PAT: Who expose your lies about people liking hybrids. Even people on the rightwing war mongering side for example, I've got one here. Quote: One visitor of hybridcars.com wrote in 2005, "I am a tried and true Prius owner and my next vehicle will be another hybrid. I'll never go back to a full gasoline car! And, I am a conservative church attending Christian!"

GLENN: Hold it.

PAT: Who probably prays every day. I love Rush and I support George Bush.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. I need to break in and ask our producer, Steve Burguiere, is hybridcars.com an actual website?

STU: Yes, it is.

GLENN: And is this an I'm a tried and true Prius owner from 2005 and my next vehicle will be another hybrid; I'll never go back to a full gasoline engine; I'm a conservative church attending Christian, I love Rush Limbaugh and support George Bush.

STU: They called you out, Glenn.

PAT: See? Fatty Fat Fatso.

GLENN: So hang on just a second. Your evidence

PAT: They've got you. They've got you.

GLENN: Your evidence is one visitor from hybridcars.com?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: From 2005?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: Well, he may have visited again, since.

GLENN: Right, sure.

PAT: But we don't know. And besides, don't try to hide your real agenda. Quote, quote: Beck's comments could be dismissed as populist rhetoric, although such anti hybrid viewpoints have resulted in acts of vandalism.

GLENN: Antihybrid viewpoints have?

PAT: Yes, they have. For example, quote: I'm told a Prius was set on fire in Los Angeles.

GLENN: Oh, my goodness.

PAT: Unquote. Which by the way was one of at least eight attacks in four months and, quote, anti Prius vandalism dates back to 2004 when there was a spat of Priuses being, quote, keyed, unquote, in Las Vegas.

GLENN: Wow. A car being lit on fire in Los Angeles.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's rare.

PAT: I know.

GLENN: And an increase in car keying, that's I mean, that's quite a case.

PAT: See?

GLENN: that you're making there.

PAT: I told you. I told you.

GLENN: Did you happen to read the next sentence in the story?

PAT: No, sir, I did not.

GLENN: All right. Let me help you out. Quote: The most

PAT: You mock. That's all you've got. You mock.

GLENN: The most visible act of car related political vandalism occurred in 2003 when so called eco arsonists set blaze to 20 Hummer H2s valued in total at $3 million. What do you have to have, like three million hybrids to equal that? The Earth, the Earth Liberation Front, a radical fringe ecological group which claimed responsibility for the tax, end quote.

PAT: Okay, all right. Mr. Big oil, Exxon Valdez, coal in the lungs, black hearted, mania crazy person on a conspiratorial lunatic fringe!

GLENN: And?

PAT: And what?

GLENN: I mean, aren't you forgetting something? We're at the end.

PAT: Oh, yeah. And you're fat!

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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