Glenn Beck: Meltdown on MSNBC



Lawrence O'Donnell's meltdown

GLENN:. So, the left is just melting down. Here is Lawrence O'Donnell. Lawrence O'Donnell, is he a news man over at NBC or is he just a talking head?

STU: He's an actor. He was on, like, West Wing or something.

PAT: Really?

PAT: I think so. I think that's his background, his expertise.

STU: Lawrence O'Donnell was a --

GLENN: He was a news man?

STU: No. I think he played one on TV.

GLENN: You've got to be kidding me. Wow. No. He's a lead guy.

STU: Acting, played Lee Hatcher, the family attorney on Big Love. And also --

GLENN: What?

PAT: Oh, man.

STU: And also was a producer on -- he played President Bartlett's father.

PAT: He played -- no.

GLENN: What?

STU: He appeared in a role --

GLENN: No. You're --

PAT: He played Martin Sheen's father?

STU: It must have been obviously in a flashback.

GLENN: Is it the same guy? Is there a picture of him?

STU: Yeah. It's the guy. It's the guy.

PAT: That's weird. Well, he's --

GLENN: He had a meltdown. Listen to this meltdown on NBC.

SPEAKER: This program is why we did not have --

PAT: First of all, there's, like, a former Bush pundit on here.

GLENN: What are they talking about?

PAT: They're talking about the anti-terrorist methods of the Bush administration, as compared to the Obama administration.

GLENN: Which, by the way -- I love the fact that now the people in the Obama administration, their defense is: We did it exactly the way Bush did.

PAT: Exactly.

GLENN: We're doing exactly the same thing. Wasn't that the problem?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Wasn't that what the left was saying was, Bush he's insane. He can't do all these things. He's out of control. We're doing exactly what the Bush administration did. That is not a good defense for you.

PAT: So, this is on the morning show thing they do. So, the Bush pundit is speaking and then Lawrence comes in.

SPEAKER: -- after the attack.

SPEAKER: Lawrence O'Donnell.

O'DONNELL: Well, you're lying about the West Coast thing. That's been covered very clearly, but you as a former speech writer in the White House, you took an oath of office when you took that job that you might or might not remember. You actually published a book that says that the President of the United States on its entitle, the President is inviting the next attack. Isn't it true that the President you work for invited the first attack by having no idea --

SPEAKER: All right. All right.

SPEAKER: That's ridiculous.

O'DONNELL: You just admitted that when you were hit on 9-11, you said we didn't know who hit us.

SPEAKER: Lawrence, Lawrence --

O'DONNELL: You said We didn't know who hit us. You were told who was going to before we were hit on 9-11 and your administration invited the first attack --

SPEAKER: Lawrence, Lawrence --

O'DONNELL: -- for which you should --

GLENN: Lar --

SPEAKER: Listen. Here's the record. When the Obama administration first approach was working, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the bombing being of the U.S.S. Cole, the bombing of --

O'DONNELL: Talk about the President from the day he was sworn in until 9-11 --

SPEAKER: Hold on. Can I get a word in?

SPEAKER: Let's stop, let's stop.

GLENN: Stop, stop. Listen to Lawrence O'Donnell. They have tried to cut his microphone off because --

PAT: He's screaming in the background. Yeah.

GLENN: He's screaming in the background. You're only hearing him through ambient noise, room noise, from Joe Scarborough's microphone. I mean, as a guy who's done audio my whole life, I know what it sounds like. NBC tried to shut Lawrence O'Donnell's microphone off.

PAT: And he kept yelling from across the room.

GLENN: So, why is NBC now trying to silence the left? I mean, they are falling apart.

PAT: And it was so bad Scarborough had to actually pick you want his lapel and speak into his collar where the microphone was so that they would know --

GLENN: Listen for the -- listen for the room noise. It sounds like Lawrence O'Donnell is way off mike because he is. Listen.

SPEAKER: We're going to a break right now and I'm going to be interviewing Marc by myself. We'll be right back.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: So, he had to say -- from this discussion because he's out of control. You talk about -- you talk about hate and anger.

GLENN: I just wish they would stop with all this rage. I mean --

PAT: Geez. It's scaring me.

GLENN: I remember --

PAT: Have you seen this before?

GLENN: I've seen it before.

PAT: Where have you seen it?

GLENN: I don't know. Back in the Sixties or Seventies.

PAT: You mean the Democratic National Convention of 1968?

GLENN: Let me go back to -- play cut 650. Let me play one more cut from NBC news. This is how they're now describing -- this is how they're now describing the tea party movement.

SPEAKER: The tea party has a bit of an integrity problem, as everybody from birthers to open racists to out-right Nazis are actually on the team and no one involved, including its leadership, seems to mind that fact.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I'm glad he brings this up. What were they? Birthers.

PAT: Birthers.

GLENN: That was started by the Hillary Clinton people.

PAT: Open racists.

GLENN: Open racists like Jeremiah Wright.

PAT: And -- let's see. The actual Nazis.

STU: Actual Nazis.

GLENN: I don't believe we have found any actual Nazis, but we have found 9-11 truthers in Van Jones or communists, Maoists, Marxists. He sounded to me like he was describing Obama administration because he was, like, and nobody seems to care. Nobody in a reared leadership role seems to care. It sounds like the Obama administration.

PAT: And which is worse? I don't know. The tea party movement -- the executive office or the tea party movement?

GLENN: One of them we should be a little more careful. Do you know what I mean?

STU: And, of course, they immediately after this went into how when you were talking to someone who was supposedly in the tea party running in Texas and mentioned they were a truth err, you immediately said you would not vote for them. So, when you said -- when they said, so, no one in the leadership doesn't have any idea or doesn't seem to care, it does seem that when you found out about one, you did seem to care.

GLENN: They always try to make me, which I'm not, try to make me the leader of the Tea Parties or whatever, but that doesn't really work for you. Oh. And the birther thing, too. I've been exposing the birther thing, too. It's just amazing. So, please, don't even -- it's just amazing. Listen. If you're in the tea party movement, you have to be very, very careful because -- I warned you about this actually in Common Sense. There are enemies within and without in our country and there are two things that you need to worry about, extremists, most Americans are not extremists. So, just make sure you know, you know, in your little local group, who you're dealing with. Most people are not extremists. And most people don't -- the answers don't need to be extreme. They need to be found in the Constitution and, you know, I know a lot of people that are entrenched in power will find that extreme and that's where you're extremism needs to be. It's just extreme Constitutionalists. That's good. The rest of it, just be very careful and the other thing you need to look out for is the infiltration of politicians. The politicians are going to look at it and go, yeah, I just -- boy, I'm like you so much. I'm like you. No, you're not. You're a weasely politician. I haven't seen your come to Jesus moment yet, GOP. You got one? I would like to hear it. Otherwise, you're going to -- you're going to witness a rerun of 1934, because Obama knows something that you don't want to admit. Two thirds of the stimulus money's about to be spent right before the election. You better have a real platform.

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

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