Glenn Beck: Harry Reid uses the term 'negro'

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

by Glenn Beck

GLENN: I think we need to start with Harry Reid. Harry Reid is under fire now for ‑‑ what was the phrase that he said?

PAT: Well, he was speaking of, this is a couple of years ago during the campaign and he was obviously talking about Barack Obama as a, quote, quoting now, light‑skinned black man with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one, unquote.

GLENN: Hmmm, that's quite a phrase, is it?

STU: So this is a Republican?

PAT: Harry Reid, the Democrat, leader?

GLENN: This is the guy that's so enlightened that he is friends with Joe Biden who made the statement that Barack Obama, what was it?

STU: Articulate?

PAT: Clean, articulate African‑American who wasn't ‑‑

GLENN: Not ill smelling individual. You know, what else didn't ‑‑ I mean, can you imagine if anybody would ‑‑ I mean, anybody. The guy ‑‑ then he becomes our vice president.

STU: I mean, we have some serious, we just need Nancy Pelosi. Our VP is saying something now, we've got the head of the Senate. We've just got to get Nancy Pelosi to come out on this front and we're going to have a clean sweep. I didn't realize. I thought it was only Republicans who thought these things. And then occasionally their evil racism would leak out and we'd be able to catch them out of their leadership positions.

GLENN: May I just point out that I never thought those things? I never thought, what was it he said, he didn't have a Negro accent?

STU: Dialect.

GLENN: I mean, Harry Reid, who are you? My grandfather or my great‑grandfather? I mean, that's the kind of language that your, that ‑‑ I mean, we talked about this, what, on Thursday that one of the reasons why in the census we think the word "Negro" is used as a race is because it, A, is an actual race and, B, you were saying, Stu, that you read some place that it is ‑‑

STU: A lot of the older, I don't even what ‑‑

GLENN: Gentlemen.

STU: The older gentlemen, we're going to have to ‑‑ you are going to have to guess at what I'm trying to describe here because I don't know what we're supposed to say. But the older gentlemen from this race refer to themselves that way. I guess 57,000 people on the 2000 census classified themselves that way.

GLENN: Okay. So I mean, unless Harry Reid is an older Negro gentleman and classifies himself as that, which there are only 57,000 people? Maybe he's one of the 57,000. I don't know. But I haven't heard ‑‑ if I would have heard the word "Negro" used by anybody, I would have gone, "Excuse me?"

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Not because it's necessarily offensive or whatever. It's just, what it is.

STU: It's totally out of the way we speak at this point.

GLENN: It's like 1940s. Yeah, what is that? But apparently now the GOP is demanding that he step down.

STU: Sort of.

GLENN: Well, kind of, yes. The press is making it into ‑‑ they say ‑‑ what Steel said was if Trent Lott is the standard, then Harry Reid should step down.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And that's true.

PAT: Tough to argue with that.

GLENN: Remind everybody what Trent Lott did. He was at a birthday party.

PAT: The 100th birthday party of his friend Strom Thurmond, yeah.

GLENN: 100 years old.

PAT: And he said that America might have been better off if he'd been elected president.

STU: Which was just a compliment like, hey, I love you, my man.

PAT: I think you would have done a good job. It had nothing to do with race.

STU: Nothing to do with race. And they read into that comment of, which is just helping, you know, saying something nice about a friend at a birthday party when he's 100 years old.

GLENN: 100 years old, 100 years old. It's like, you know what? You would have, you would have been just a remarkable man. Of course, you could have never been president because you're a racist bigot! I mean, he's 100 years old. You're at a birthday party. You are saying something nice.

STU: Right, right. And they tried to make Lott's comments out to be that he was saying that he believed that that one individual policy from when he was running for the campaign should be brought into today.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: And that's what he was really meaning by that.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: Ridiculous by every standard.

PAT: If a close Democrat friend of Robert Byrd said, hey, I wish he would run for president and be elected, could you imagine anybody barbecuing him over Robert Byrd's past?

STU: Because they don't mean I want a KKK member as president.

PAT: No, no.

GLENN: Let's not be unfair here. I don't believe he was just a KKK member, was he? He was the grand wizard.

PAT: Grand wizard, yeah.

GLENN: So I mean, let's give him the title that he deserves.

STU: He worked hard for that title, as Barbara Boxer was saying.

GLENN: There's a couple of things I want to address. First of all, the Republicans, stop playing the game. Stop playing the game. If you don't want people to treat you this way, don't treat them that way. Stop with the double standard thing. You know, they say, "Oh, there's a double standard." No, there's a double standard? You've got to be kidding me!

STU: We know that, but that argument has to be made. It has to be made. I mean, it's so insanely unfair.

GLENN: You can make a double standard without then saying he should resign.

STU: Right. And that's when I think he qualified the statements by saying, if that's the standard then.

GLENN: Yeah. And that's a totally fine statement. If this is the standard. Because I believe someone else talked about race and racism and said, "If this is the standard, I believe you've got a winner in the racist category."

STU: Right. So there is, you know, there is that double standard. Got it. But A, don't force him to resign. Let the people decide. I'm tired of this PC nonsense to where if somebody ‑‑ if that's what he says, if that's what he believes, if that's the way he speaks, I think we have a right to know that. And I think then we decide as a public, "Yes, he's in step with the American people" or "He's not." I don't think he's in step. But I don't think he's in step ‑‑ I mean, really? This is like Van Jones going away because he's a 9/11 Truther. The guy's a communist! You know what this is? He used, he used the word "Negro" which I don't even understand anybody in today's world using that word thinking, pulling that out of the lexicon. You know what I mean? It just doesn't make sense to me.

STU: Bizarre.

GLENN: It's bizarre.

PAT: Which is what we were talking about last week in the census. You know, you never see it. So for the census to use it, it's got to be clinical.

GLENN: Well, it's got to be clinical. I mean, that's what we're looking for as the answers. That's got to be the designation. But to use that in casual conversation, nobody does that. So it's bizarre. But do I think Harry Reid is a racist? Do you think Harry Reid is a racist?

PAT: I don't know what Harry Reid is.

GLENN: I don't, either.

PAT: I don't know. I really don't know.

GLENN: I think he's a horrible senator, horrible.

STU: He is.

GLENN: He's destroying ‑‑ you are going to get rid of Harry Reid because he's used a different N word? You are going to get rid of him for that? He's destroying the country.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Okay?

PAT: If you are going to set a standard, let's set that one.

GLENN: Let's set that one as the standard. Let the people decide. However, I'm going to make a prediction and tell you why I think this is even really, A, an issue. How many people, how many people are going to be thrown up on the altar for this president? How many people are going to lose their careers for this president's agenda? It is the easiest way for the Democratic Party to get away from Harry Reid. They're going to get away from this man, and they want to get away from this man. And they will use this. They've used him, they've used him up, they've used everything they can get out of him and now it's time to discard Harry Reid. We'll see what happens, but it ain't gonna be the right pushing for him getting out. It's not going to be.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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