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GLENN: All right. I want to play a little bit of something that I predicted a little while ago and this is important for you to understand in conjunction with the warning that I gave to the tea parties a little while ago. I was driving in this morning and I'm listening to Fox News and I hear this happen on the air.

VOICE: Are more and more voters making their voices heard by moving away from the progressive label and aligning themselves with another word that starts with a P, the populist view. A recent Rasmussen poll finds that 65% of the American public hold mainstream or populist views. That is a rise from 55% just last year. Joining us nor for a fair and balanced debate we have Miles Rapoport, president of Demos, a progressive think tank which President Obama was a founding board member of and ‑‑

GLENN: Barack Obama was a founding board member of this progressive, and they are moving more towards populist. Now, listen to this bridge that they are starting.

VOICE: Saw a moment ago, Deneen Borelli, fellow of Project 21 and a Fox News contributor. Good morning. Miles, let's start with you. You say that there are some things that populists and progressives have in common.

RAPOPORT: I'd say there are two men features and that is, one, a real concern for the problems of ordinary citizens and trying to make sure that people who have been losing ground for 30 years, you know, are the center of public debate. And populist ‑‑ and also secondly the kind of resistance to the dominance of wealthy special interests. That's what has characterized populism for a hundred years.

PAT: Oh, that's characterized progressivism for 100 years, class warfare. That's not populism.

GLENN: Well, populism also has included, hey, the rich and blah, blah‑blah. But it's not ‑‑ they are shadowing. What populism does not ‑‑ and at least right now does not reflect at all is gigantic government. It doesn't reflect that at all.

PAT: That is not mainstream, no.

GLENN: This is exactly the road block the progressives moved into at the turn of the century. They were blocked by 1920. From 1900 to 1920 it was a huge time for the progressives and they came right out, we're all progressives now, we're all socialists now. And it was this big movement until people saw the policies and went, these people are out of their mind; we want nothing to do with it. So they went undercover, became liberals. They've destroyed the word liberal now. Nobody wants to be a liberal, not even Hillary Clinton: No, I'm a progressive. Because people forgot what it was. Now they've reminded us through their policies. Nobody's reading history on the progressive movement in the early 20th century. You are. This audience is. But most people aren't. But they are seeing the policies. It was a populist movement early on in, you know, 1900 to about 1915 and then people figured it out and they went, no, no, no. And the populist movement was away from progressives. And it's the same thing now. Sure, they care about the little people and they care about special interests and closed door meetings. What do you think President Obama is doing right now? You don't think they are having closed door meetings with special interests? That's exactly what the tea party's about. They are wondering about the little person. I've got two stories for you I'm going to share with you. Two stories on the school systems. One came from a watchdog. You better watch what is going into your kids' schools. Because Organizing For America, the Obama administration organizing for Obama, they have put flyers out, "Hey, have your kids become a community organizer with us." Intern for Obama. Wait until you see what the requirements are for reading. You watch yourself. And then the other is how we are, how we are now changing the Child Left Behind act to help unions. To be able to control the schools more. I mean, it is nothing to do with populism at all. They are completely misreading it. Wait, there's more. I've got to give you the latest on what this guy said about the tea party movement. We'll do that, next.

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GLENN: This is really good. We've got a $3 trillion budget being announced today by the president and only $1.56 trillion of that is deficit.

PAT: That's pretty good.

GLENN: But that's it. That's it. Only about half of it is on credit cards. Nooooo, problem. No problem.

All right, let me go back to the, real quick to this progressive point. This is a guy who is part of this think tank, this progressive think tank that one of the founding members was Barack Obama and he's talking about, you know, the progressives and the populists, we've got a lot in common. Really? Do you? And here's what he says about the tea partygoers.

VOICE: Okay, Deneen, what do you make of, because suddenly you look at the tea parties, you look at the town halls, you look at Scott Brown who doesn't fit cleanly into his party's designation of the entire agenda. People do like the idea of, I'm going to follow the crowd rather than I'm going to follow the party.

VOICE: Well, here's the thing. You know, people can call themselves whatever it is they want to call themselves for the day. But the fact of the matter is the American people have awakened. They are ‑‑

VOICE: Miles, do you think it's a strategic error that a number of progressives have painted the tea party people as just crackpots from the rightwing?

RAPOPORT: Well, I think there's something fundamentally flawed about the tea party populism and that is that you need an active government to sort of counterbalance watt street, the big banks. And I think that's the ‑‑ when the tea party aims its Eyre at the government and hamstrings it from fighting back for ordinary people, I think that's a fundamental mistake that differentiates them. They are not populists.

VOICE: Wait. But they are ordinary people who are fighting back against the government.

VOICE: They are fighting back against the government but if you look at populism, it is asking government to fight back with the big special interests. So if you Wall Street reform, if you see ‑‑

GLENN: Hang on just a second. So how do these people cast me as a populist then? If that's what the progressives believe populism is, big government, if that's what they believe it is, well, then how do they cast that my way?

STU: Right. Because you were a populist six months ago.

GLENN: Yeah. And that was their slam on me.

STU: Right. It was used as an attack because I remember I wrote something about that. I was so annoyed at it because it seemed like such a ridiculous attack against you because we were supposed to be the evil elite crushing all the little people up until that point.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Then they were attacked that we were populist. Now it's a good thing. These people can't even get the definitions of their own words straight.

GLENN: These people are going to change everything.

Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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