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.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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