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GLENN: Oh, I am I'm sick, Pat, I'm sick of it. I'm just

PAT: Yeah. The story you kind of leaked last night on the I mean, you probably should have thought through answering the phone while you were on the air, you know? Because then

GLENN: Do you have the

PAT: I don't have can you play it there?

GLENN: I can't play it off of this.

PAT: Oh, okay.

GLENN: Let me just see if I can send this link to you.

PAT: Send it to me and then I can

GLENN: I feel so bad, I really do. Last night we put it

PAT: Just a horrible misunderstanding.

GLENN: Really is.

PAT: You know, because I would hate to see, I would hate to see something bad happen with the job opportunity. I mean, I'm sure that arrangements have been made and deals have been struck and, you know, maybe they haven't officially consummated anything but, you know, I'll bet they're putting the wheels in motion, wouldn't you think?

GLENN: No.

PAT: I mean, it's like, when we were talking about the job, you know, it started two months before it happened or whatever.

GLENN: Yeah, sure, sure.

PAT: And I started making arrangements.

GLENN: Sure, sure, maybe he sold his house or told his business partners that he was out of it. Look, here's what happened. Do you have the, do you have the audio there? Click on the audio. If I just may, if I may quote the Examiner here: Glenn Beck on his television show told viewers that he said just too much, and I did.

PAT: You did.

GLENN: I did.

PAT: You really did.

GLENN: The statement preceded a mysterious phone call that Beck answered live during his show with the message that the husband of the White House communications director and Fox News attacker Anita Dunn was getting a new job. According to Beck a huge announcement is pending regarding Anita Dunn's husband, Robert Bauer and his new controversial job. But for some Bauer's wife, Anita Dunn, is already fraught with controversy and Bauer, too.

PAT: I don't know if you said it was a controversial

GLENN: I don't think I did.

PAT: job, did you?

GLENN: No, it was going to be a big job, going to be an important job.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: It's just going to be the chief counsel for the White House. That's all

PAT: Gosh.

GLENN: I said it again!

PAT: I hope he doesn't spoil anything.

GLENN: I've got to call the White House and apologize to them. You know what?

PAT: You want me to do that?

GLENN: Would you just do that? Somebody just call. Would you just call sometime today and congratulate?

PAT: I will. Anita?

GLENN: the White House and Anita on her husband's new job there as the chief oh, I've got to stop doing that! I hope this hasn't, I hope this hasn't put because look, this guy's really important.

PAT: He's done he's already worked with Obama quite a bit.

GLENN: Quite a bit.

PAT: Quite a bit.

GLENN: Quite a bit. His law firm, he is the chair of the political arm of this law firm I think out in Los Angeles, and his law firm has already, I think have done a million dollars just since, in the last 12 months with Obama.

PAT: Oh, okay.

GLENN: And he's also, he's represented ACORN in court. So

PAT: So it would be so great for him to be with Obama now.

GLENN: Yeah. But it might cause some problems.

PAT: You know?

GLENN: Because Obama has no connections to ACORN.

PAT: None.

GLENN: So

PAT: I don't think he's even heard of the

GLENN: His chief legal counsel oh... (mumbling). Okay, I think I got it now.

PAT: All right.

GLENN: So... he's also the guy who had the firm sending threatening letters to radio stations that if you played certain ads? Do you remember that?

PAT: I do.

GLENN: That they would sue you. So wouldn't it be great if you're trying to do a hostile takeover or intimidate the media to have your

PAT: Your chief intimidator.

GLENN: Don't say it!

PAT: Sorry.

GLENN: I almost said it. Now you please.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: Do whatever you have to do to remember. Don't say

PAT: Don't say that he's going to be the chief

GLENN: No, don't!

PAT: All right.

GLENN: Okay. Isn't he the guy also that wrote the letters against the NRA?

PAT: I think he is.

GLENN: I think he is. I think I have that letter in my office some place. I'll have to look for that.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Huh. Wouldn't that be great? I hope I

PAT: I hope it's still on because

GLENN: I hope it is, too.

PAT: They make a great team.

GLENN: They do.

PAT: They have done some work together.

GLENN: It'll be great. It's going to be great. It can't be true.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Because how could I possibly get that information, really?

PAT: That's why it was so weird when the phone rang last night on the show.

GLENN: And it did, right in the middle of the sentence.

Candidate here, the perfect candidate. (Phone ringing)

PAT: Listen, there it is.

GLENN: Oh, boy. Oh, boy. Telephone call. This is our hang on. This is our refounders and tip thing? Yes? Mmm hmmm.

See, right now I'm hearing, you are never going to believe who's going to be the chief legal

PAT: Done it again. Not very good at remembering.

GLENN: I'm not.

Well, I've been awfully worried about him. He's going to be okay? He didn't lose his job, I don't think. Okay. All right, thank you.

America, you are going to be excited. You know the lady who's on the other end of that phone, what's her name, Anita Dunn?

PAT: The red phone.

GLENN: But I've been so worried because I thought maybe there's something wrong. Maybe she's, I don't know, maybe who knows. So I started doing some checking on the family, and we just got a phone call from somebody who doesn't want to be known. They don't want anybody to know who they are, but they just brought me good news because I was concerned, maybe there's something wrong with the family. No, there's not. In fact, her husband, he's fantastic. We'll explain who he is, but I just want you to know

GLENN: Stop, stop, I don't want to reveal that he's going to be the chief oh! Now let me ask you this, Pat. If you were in the White House and you had a guy who because I've read it just recently again. He doesn't even have a college education. He's just a dope. He's a nobody. Where did this guy even come from? He's crazy! He's riddled with ADD. He cries all the time. We've just done a massive smear campaign on him for months, trying to show what a bad guy he was that everybody who's listened to him or read any of his books over the years know and quite frankly are sick of hearing him talk about how much of a scumbag he used to be. Anyway, who is this guy? And now we've only told a handful of people, just a handful of people. Maybe, maybe 10, all there in the White House, maybe 10! Only our best friends know it! Don't you think that maybe you might say, who's talking? Who is the leak in the White House? Whew. When you can't trust a group of revolutionaries

PAT: Boy, who can you.

GLENN: Who can you trust? When you

PAT: That would destroy all of my faith.

GLENN: When you can't trust a group of people who are only standing behind you because you've promised to shoot all the enemies in the head.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And you're like, hey, this guy's not getting the job done, I mean, he promised me one thing and then another, I mean, when you can't trust them to stand behind you even though you are screwing them and knifing them in the back, I mean, who can you trust?

PAT: Nobody.

GLENN: Nobody, I guess.

PAT: Nobody.

GLENN: Nobody. And maybe that's a good rule of thumb. They should go, trust no one. Because what you know we'll soon know, too. But don't worry. I'm really good at keeping secrets. You tell me something, I can keep it to myself.

PAT: Seriously? Because I

GLENN: Yeah. You call me up and say Anita's husband's going to be the chief legal okay, I'll get better. I'll get better at it.

PAT: See, that's what I was talking about.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.