Glenn Beck: The new Arlen Specter




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GLENN: May I give you the latest from Arlen Specter who I believe is the most transparent person I have ever seen. In a reversal of his longstanding position, Arlen Specter, the Republican turned Democrat from Pennsylvania called now for the repealing of the Defense of Marriage Act which bans federal recognition of same sex marriages. Mr. Specter who became a Democrat in April in acknowledgment that his moderate view severely jeopardized his chances to survive a Republican primary in 2010 why? The Republicans are just as moderate. What's the problem? Oh, no, I'm sorry. He is saying about the voters. He has moved to challenge a primary on, now on the left and he's got some pushback from the Democrat Joe Sestak. Sestak has long championed gay rights issues. Mr. Specter agrees with Mr. Sestak now in calling for the lifting of the don't ask don't tell possibly.

PAT: It's just an evolution of my policy. That's all it is. My policy on gay marriage has evolved. It's somewhat nuanced now. It's sort of an evolution of a nuanced policy.

GLENN: He said on the Senate floor cultural shifts and new laws in some states allowing same sex marriage have occurred since he voted for the marriage act in 1996. So it's not

PAT: I didn't leave the marriage act. The marriage act left me.

STU: He is not saying it's indifference in his opinion. He is saying, what, it's a cultural shift?

GLENN: Shift, yeah.

STU: And what else?

GLENN: And new laws?

STU: Other states have passed new laws, he is switching his opinion?

GLENN: Well

PAT: It's an evolution.

GLENN: It's an evolution?

PAT: These states are evolving and I'm evolving with them.

GLENN: Are you an evolutionist? Do you believe in evolution?

PAT: That's more nuanced.

GLENN: With a do you mean? We either came from monkeys or we didn't.

PAT: Well, my nuance position on evolution is simply that from time to time my policies evolve. For instance, I didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me.

GLENN: No, I'm asking you did we come from monkeys or not.

PAT: I didn't leave the Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense of Marriage Act left me.

GLENN: What I'm asking you is

STU: Don't ask don't tell, did that also?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: I'm asking about monkeys. Did we come from monkeys?

PAT: I enjoy monkeys. I've been to the zoo. I fought for funding of zoos and bringing animals into the United States in order to be looked at.

GLENN: I think this guy is the most transparent person because you know exactly what he is. We want transparency. We want to know what you believe. We know! He believes nothing.

STU: Nothing.

GLENN: Absolutely nothing.

STU: Whatever helps him that day.

GLENN: He believes in, strongly.

STU: He wakes up that day and decides, hey, you know what's going to help me today is X. And so he does X.

GLENN: But he strongly believes in that.

PAT: Surely you don't have any numbers to back up what you are saying. You are just besmirching my good name.

STU: It's very rarely that you can prove something like this statistically.

PAT: Very rare.

STU: But in this case you are very rare, Arlen.

GLENN: What kind of statistics do we have?

STU: Okay, we have four versions.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Before we get to this, I just have to go back. This is not about the defense of gay marriage. This is about anything. This is about anything.

PAT: It really is.

GLENN: Does anybody have, like, I don't know, I don't really care? You are either going to stand on the Defense of Marriage Act or gay marriage, you are either pretty solidly, you know, I think it's this or I think it's that.

STU: Yeah, wherever you are, you are probably there for a reason.

PAT: Usually pretty passionate about it.

GLENN: Yeah, you probably and if you are the average person, you might be saying, well, I don't know. But if you had to make these decisions to vote on them, you most likely didn't go, defense of marriage...

STU: The Defense of Marriage Act isn't this sort of like historical thing he's talking about. He was there when it was voted on.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: I mean, he was in the Senate. He voted for it in the Senate.

GLENN: It's kind of like, I'm going to send some people to war and kill people. And then the very next day, I think that's wrong. And then the day after that, I should send them back to war to kill people. I mean, what are you talking about?

STU: Now, everybody changes their mind from time to time.

GLENN: Absolutely.

STU: There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

GLENN: There is, there is something to be said about evolution of thought.

STU: Yeah, exactly.

GLENN: You do have that. I've had that. Everybody if you haven't, you're dead. But this guy is like, "I don't know. Gay marriage I'm against. Wait a minute. It's good for the polls wait a minute. I am so for it. Wait a minute, the poll I hate that whole gay marriage thing." Just have the courage of your convictions. It's one or the other.

STU: If we were coming to you with just the gay marriage thing, you might say, well, that's one thing.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: You would be right.

GLENN: Because you could evolve. On all of these things you could say, you know, I've thought about it an awful lot. But how many of those can you have in one lifetime?

PAT: Well, it's like you said. He's transparent. When he announced his switch from Republican to Democrat, do you remember what he said? It was because he was so far behind in the polls and he wasn't ready. He wasn't... "I'm not ready to step down. I'm not going to have these people decide my..." the voters? You are not going to have the voters decide? "No, I'm not. I'm not going to have them decide.

GLENN: Is that really what he said?

PAT: Yeah, he did.

STU: Yes. I mean, he was up front about it. I mean, he was going to lose to Pat Toomy in the primary.

PAT: He switched. "I'm not going to have these people decide my future."

GLENN: You are right. If I could just put a gun to people's heads and

PAT: I'll switch back and forth as many times as it takes.

GLENN: Maybe his maybe his theory here is if he confuses enough people, they just won't even know. He should just start switching names.

STU: Right.

GLENN: I didn't say I was Arlen Specter.

PAT: I'm Obama.

GLENN: (Laughing). Look at me.

PAT: I'm evolved.

GLENN: I'm evolved. I'm Joe Sestak. He should just show up on Joe's first day in office: I'm Joe Sestak.

PAT: (Laughing).

STU: Great idea.

GLENN: I will not listen to the politics of the past from this man.

PAT: I did not lose. I am going to serve the Sestak term.

GLENN: (Laughing).

STU: Now, there's a winning policy.

GLENN: It is. He's been Joe Sestak his whole life. It's time for him to step down as Joe Sestak and give other people a chance to be Joe Sestak.

PAT: I didn't leave Arlen Specter. Arlen Specter left me.

GLENN: (Laughing).

PAT: So did his votes. Don't they track exactly with

STU: Yeah, let's look back at Arlen Specter 1.0. You can refer to this as Arlen Specter classic.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: This is back when we thought what Arlen Specter was, which was a mod

GLENN: A dirt bag?

STU: No, a moderate Republican. That's what we were told he was.

GLENN: See, I thought the original genesis of Arlen Specter was that he was a crusader against corruption.

STU: I don't remember that one.

GLENN: Was he not one of the big guys in the Watergate council?

STU: Was it Watergate wasn't it the Kennedy assassination? Wasn't he on the Kennedy assassination panel?

PAT: He was on the Warren commission, wasn't he?

GLENN: He's been in Washington too long!

PAT: Yeah.

STU: He was like the head, he was the guy who wrote the single bullet theory, didn't he, if I remember.

PAT: I think he may have.

GLENN: But I think he was also one of the big guys in the Watergate thing. Of course, I don't know if he was for or against that.

PAT: I signed the treaty of the Spanish American war.

GLENN: (Laughing).

STU: All right. So this is not it's not Arlen Specter 1.0 in his career but let's say recent Arlen Specter, this is Arlen Specter

GLENN: The last 30 years, here's Arlen Specter.

STU: Right. And this is also a lesson on what you get what you have a quote/unquote moderate Republican.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Okay? Because during Arlen Specter 1.0, he voted with the Democrats on contentious votes 58% of the time. So that's what you're getting when you are getting these moderate Republicans. You are getting about 60% of the time they are voting with Democrats.

PAT: Wow.

STU: But things change in a political season, and Pat Toomy jumps into the race. He is a more conservative Republican. So Arlen realizes obviously if he's going to win this primary, he better move right and he better move right fast. So Arlen Specter 2.0 is developed. Arlen Specter 2.0 votes with the Democrats, instead of the 58% he did last time, he now goes from 58 to 16%. So now he needs to be more conservative and he's only voting with Democrats 16% of the time. Well, people aren't apparently buying that. The polls don't change. Pat Toomy still leads by a significant margin.

GLENN: Maybe it was just a rush of bills that he happened to agree with.

STU: I'm sure that's what it was.

GLENN: Maybe that's all it was.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Was just a few things that he got in like, I these are the ones I've been waiting to vote on.

STU: Right. So this is one, Pat, that he realizes he is not going to win this primary and he needs to go. And admits it, he needs to go and become a Democrat because that's the only place he has a chance of winning.

GLENN: But he said at the time he's not going to change his views.

STU: No, of course not. Not going to change his views. So he goes back to, now he flips to a Democrat and he's there by himself essentially unchallenged in the primary for the Democrats. And he resumes his 69% voting for Democrats. So he's increased it from Arlen Specter 1.0 and he's increased it vastly from Arlen Specter 2.0, but Arlen Specter 3.0 votes with Democrats about 69% of the time.

PAT: 3.0 is just a slightly nuanced position.

STU: It's almost like 1. it's almost like 1.1.

GLENN: No, 1.1 is usually when you have the point O, those are the ones with dramatic flaws. The point one is, you know I got rid of all these bad ideas; my system will no longer shut down.

STU: Right. All right, so we've got

GLENN: I won't be in the middle of a vote and all of a sudden it just shuts down.

STU: Just freezes. So Arlen Specter 1.0 is 59% with Democrats. Then 2.0, the conservative version, was 16% with the Democrats. 3.0? Back up to 69% with the Democrats. Then Joe Sestak comes in, okay? Now Joe Sestak's a liberal challenging Arlen Specter from the left in the Democratic primary. So he needs to move left. Arlen Specter 4.0 votes with the Democrats 97% of the time.

PAT: That is absolutely incredible.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: That is incredible.

STU: In literally a period of a month from the end of Arlen Specter 2.0 to the beginning of 4.0, he went from voting with Democrats 16% of the time to 97% of the time.

GLENN: How does this guy live with himself? Seriously how do you live with himself, how do you do it?

STU: I don't know. You are just at that point

PAT: That's just playing the political game. You've got no principles at all.

GLENN: Have you seen any kind of poll, is there any chance that the people in Pennsylvania buy this?

STU: Well, he is currently leading in the Democratic primary.

GLENN: You have got to be kidding me!

PAT: He is not ahead of Toomy, is he, in polls?

STU: He believe he is actually losing to Toomy the last poll I saw that they were running against each other.

GLENN: I have to tell you

PAT: If you are a Democrat from Pennsylvania, how do you vote for this guy?

If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn's message for all the Trump-haters who have forgotten Trump's accomplishments, or you can read Glenn's list HERE:

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