Glenn Beck: Michelle Obama Dangles the Bait




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 Let me get right to some audio and video that is being spread around the Internet that I believe needs to be commented on.  Here is Michelle Obama.  Do we know where she was speaking? 

PAT:  I don't. 

 

GLENN:  Can you find out for me by the end of the monologue because this is important on the point that I want to make on this. Listen carefully to Michelle Obama recently about Barack Obama. 

 

MICHELLE OBAMA:  Surrounding HIV testing which is still plaguing so many of our communities, which you all know a lot of that is due to homophobia.  Barack has led by example.  When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test. 

 

GLENN:  Okay.  Stop, stop.  First of all, let me just say this because I think everybody wants us to concentrate on the second part, and let me just say this.  Play the first part again, please. 

 

MICHELLE OBAMA:  Surrounding HIV testing which is still plaguing so many of our communities which you all know a lot of that is due to homophobia. 

 

GLENN:  Stop. 

 

PAT:  What? 

 

GLENN:  I don't, I don't know a single person that looks at HIV testing, Sarah, do you?  Are you shaking your head?  Okay, because you're laughing and I thought maybe you did.  I don't know a single person that looks at HIV testing as anything other than promiscuous sex at this point.  Homophobia? 

 

STU:  So the case would be that I would go get an AIDS test but I'm afraid of gay people? 

 

GLENN:  I guess. 

 

STU:  I don't ‑‑ 

 

GLENN:  It is such a skewed, ridiculous point of view that, I mean, just needed to be addressed.  Because that can't stand. Now, I just have to say one more thing.  If somebody has HIV, if I was living in 1981, they have HIV, are they gay?  Rock Hudson, wasn't that his name, Rock Hudson?  Remember when he got HIV and we were like, he's gay?  Somebody says, he has HIV.  I don't ‑‑ I think, oh, jeez, who was he having sex with?  And I don't mean male/female, male/male, female ‑‑ I don't mean that.  I mean, you think of the person having promiscuous sex. 

 

STU:  Unprotected sex, that's the point. 

 

GLENN:  What you think of. 

 

STU:  Or sharing needles. 

 

GLENN:  Yeah.  Can we please once in a while just recognize how far our society has come, please, just once?

 

Okay.  Now, what else did she say in that magic treasure trove of sentences?  Play it again, Sam. 

 

MICHELLE OBAMA:  Surrounding HIV testing which is still plaguing so many of our communities, which you all know a lot of that is due to homophobia.  Barack has led by example.  When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test. 

 

GLENN:  Stop.  Stop. 

 

PAT:  So obvious. 

 

GLENN:  When we ‑‑ and we visited his home country in Kenya.  Okay.  Really?  Really?  Are we this stupid?  Really?  "Oh, my goodness, she just verified!"  Did she now?  May I ask this question:  What is it that they're trying to do right now?  What is it they are trying to do?  Every bit of their action is poke, poke, poke, make them extremists, poke them some more.  Every bit of it! Uh‑huh.  Mmm‑hmmm. 

 

Let's see.  Nancy Pelosi gets on along with everybody in congress and says these people, these tea partiers, they're radicals, they're out of control, they're violent, they're dangerous.  I can't take it!  I saw this in the Seventies.  I'm very afraid of them!  I'm very afraid of them!  They don't want us to pass healthcare because they hate people so much! 

 

Okay.  They gave that speech and then they go right out and walk through the crowd of dangerous people?  They walk through that crowd to pass what they say... (sobbing).  That doesn't make any sense.  No rational human being does that.  Poke.  Poke. Waiting for you to strike back.  Waiting for something to be done.  Waiting for you to yell a racist epithet, anything.  Waiting. They need you to be what quite honestly many of them were in the 1960s.  Radicals.  Violent.  They don't know you.  They don't know you.  That's not who these people are.  That's not who the tea partiers ‑‑ the tea partiers, generally speaking, hate the hippies.  They may have even been a hippie at one point but they're embarrassed by it now.  It's like the old photos, you look at yourself from 20 years ago and you're like, oh, jeez, was I stupid.

 

So now there's a couple of, there's a couple of options here, I guess.  One, Michelle Obama has just made the biggest gaffe of all time. 

 

PAT:  Uh‑oh!  Uh‑oh! 

 

GLENN:  My gosh! 

 

STU:  She let the cat out of the bag! 

 

GLENN:  It's a treasure trove! 

 

PAT:  Lucy, you got some splainin' to do! 

 

GLENN:  Look at how crazy she is. 

 

PAT:  Whoa! 

 

GLENN:  She just said he's not a citizen!  Oops!  Okay.  I guess that's a possibility.  I don't think there's a very good chance of that unless, A, was she drunk?  She doesn't appear to be; B, heavily sedated, doesn't appear to be; three, incredibly suddenly stupid beyond belief.  I don't think so.  Barring those or a sudden brain aneurysm. 

 

PAT:  Stroke of some kind. 

 

GLENN:  Maybe, could have. 

 

PAT:  Didn't appear to have one. 

 

GLENN:  Yeah. 

 

PAT:  Didn't appear to have one.

 

GLENN:  Can't imagine that that was what happened there.  Second option:  She's speaking to the Kenyan Society of America for the prevention of AIDS.  I personally can see a spouse or a candidate going to, let's just say I'm speaking to the Italian American community.  The Italian American house of spaghetti and AIDS prevention.  And I could say, you know the whole AIDS thing, boy, we've really got to get tested.  In fact, when Tania and I went on a trip, she did a responsible thing.  She got an AIDS test when we went to her home country of Italy.  Now, she was born in the United States, but she's, what, second generation Italian, or second generation American.  So is it her home country?  No.  Could I be playing to the audience, you know, hey. 

 

STU:  Right. 

 

GLENN:  "And I'm German, too."  No, you're not.  You're American but, hey, we love you for that.  Thanks for throwing us that bone. 

 

STU:  Yeah.  And how many times has he said, you know, my dad, he's Italian. 

 

GLENN:  Yeah. 

 

STU:  People do talk that way. 

 

GLENN:  You do do that. 

 

STU:  It's possible. 

 

GLENN:  Now, that has some likelihood of happening.  Do we know where she was speaking yet? 

 

PAT:  I don't. 

 

GLENN:  Okay. 

 

PAT:  I can't find it. 

 

GLENN:  If she was at the Kenyan ‑‑ 

 

PAT:  She wasn't, I don't think. 

 

GLENN:  You don't know.  Let's leave that possibility out there. 

 

PAT:  All right, okay. 

 

GLENN:  She may have been speaking at the Kenyan Society Against AIDS.  And that makes that a possibility.  What reduces that possibility is her husband is so tortured by these people.  You don't know what it's like to live with the people contributory negligence my husband's, even his birth certificate.  They won't leave us alone!  "And they are so frightening.  I saw stuff like this back in the Seventies and I'm so afraid!"  If your spouse were tortured, tortured by people that were claiming that my wife was an Italian, was born in Italy and they were just relentless on it, if I said, "And my wife and the home country of Italy," I would have immediately had a look of dread on my face like, oh, crap, I didn't mean it that way.  And I might have even said, "I didn't mean it that way," but I could see somebody just going on, "But they have to have the look of dread like, oh action dear God, what have I just done to my husband."  Because I know I would have gotten home and my wife would have said, I'm being tortured by these people and what do you say!"  And she would have been right.  But the spouse being stupid?  Not incredibly profoundly stupid like Option Number 1 but just a spouse being stupid and saying something wrong is a possibility.  But I don't think that's the answer.  So let me tell you the third option, what I think it is.  We'll do that ‑‑ hang on just a second.  No, go ahead, Stu.  No, no, go ahead and interrupt the show at any time. 

 

STU:  You were just going to go to a commercial and now you are blaming it on me and that is the sort of blame shifting that occurs on this program. 

 

PAT:  Yeah, it was good. 

 

STU:  I have some additional details on the speech. 

 

PAT:  Okay. 

 

STU:  Would you like to hear them? 

 

GLENN:  Was it the Kenyan Society for the Prevention of AIDS? 

 

STU:  No, but in a way it does explain the first comment that you were very frustrated about. 

 

GLENN:  Okay. 

 

STU:  She was at the, let's see, the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council.  So the homophobia remark may have been explained. 

 

GLENN:  Okay, that was throwing a bone to the audience. 

 

STU:  Potentially.  But the other thing that's significant, it is a June 2008 speech, June 2008. 

 

PAT:  Oh, it was that long ago? 

 

STU:  Yeah, apparently just going viral. 

 

PAT:  June 2008? 

 

GLENN:  How did that happen? 

 

PAT:  Uh‑oh, Lucy, you got some splainin' to do! 

 

GLENN:  I'm telling you. 

 

PAT:  That does ‑‑ I will say this. 

 

GLENN:  I'm telling you. 

 

PAT:  That adds validity to ‑‑ 

 

STU:  Option Number 2. 

 

GLENN:  Wait, wait.  Does it?  Does it?  Does it?  Who released this tape?  Who's been sitting on this tape?  Who's been sitting on this tape? 

 

PAT:  True. 

 

GLENN:  Who had their videotape recorder going at the gay and lesbian advisory council?  Who ‑‑ were you there, Pat?  Did you tape this and then decide to ‑‑ 

 

PAT:  No, uh‑uh. 

 

GLENN:  Where did this tape come from at this time?  Huh.  I think it actually adds credibility to theory Number 3, which we will give to you here in just a second.

 

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GLENN:  We're back with Michelle Obama and new video that is going around now from Michelle Obama where she talks about Barack Obama and his home country of Kenya.  I gave you the first two options.  The first two options is, oh, my gosh, she's just verified he's not an American citizen!  Oh!  Uh‑huh.  Option Number 2, she is just saying something stupid as a spouse.  She's just saying something, you know, political.  You know, remember if this came out in 2008, they are trying to ‑‑ he's a man of the world, he's lived all over the world, he's his home country of Kenya, which, his dad is from Kenya.  His dad left him to go join the communist government of Kenya.  Hello.  He's from Kenya.  His aunt is about to be deported back to Kenya because she's an illegal alien here.  That's never going to happen, but you get the point.  So it is kind of home country.  Saying something stupid. The third one is, it's really, why is this coming out now?  As we find out, it's 2008 and it was at the, what is it, the gay and lesbian ‑‑ 

 

STU:  Leadership council of the DNC. 

 

GLENN:  Of the DNC.  Who had this videotape and they have been sitting on it for so long?  Why is this being released now? Here's the third theory.  The third theory is this is a losing battle.  This paints people into nut jobs, just as much as Bush blew up the World Trade Center and Dick Cheney went and was SCUBA diving and he blew up the levees in New Orleans.  Now, there are people that believe that the 9/11 job was done by George W. Bush and his henchmen and Dick Cheney only having heart attacks because he was trying to SCUBA dive so much, getting in shape for blowing up the levees.  Those people are nuts.  The idea of the birth certificate?  Let's just say that it's not true.  Let's just say that he's actually born here in America. 

 

STU:  Let's be crazy. 

 

GLENN:  Be out on the edge.  Be out on the edge.  Let's just say he was born here in America and there weren't, you know, KGB government operatives that were planting stories in the press this in Hawaii in 1962. 

 

PAT:  Okay, but this is all silly. 

 

GLENN:  I know. 

 

PAT:  You know. 

 

GLENN:  I know. 

 

PAT:  I mean ‑‑ 

 

GLENN:  I got it. 

 

PAT:  You are asking us to stretch. 

 

GLENN:  I know. 

 

PAT:  Okay. 

 

GLENN:  Let's just say that he's not the Manchurian Candidate from birth. 

 

PAT:  Okay. 

 

GLENN:  Okay?  If you have ‑‑ if you're playing to your base and you are trying to paint people as crazy, as tea partygoers, as hateful, as people you just can't be around and you are trying to rally your base around you, wouldn't one of the best things that you could do is go on the Birther thing?  Let me just give you the poll numbers on it.  With independents, 83‑8.  Was he born in America?  83% of independents say yes.  8% say no.  Among adults between 45 and 59, 82 to 8.  In the Midwest?  90‑6.  In the midwest, not the Northeast.  In the Midwest ‑‑ think Ohio ‑‑ 90‑6.  They have nothing that polls this well, nothing.  Is he an American?  Yes.  The majority says overwhelmingly yes.  So if you want to make them into moon landing people, what's the most effective sign that you could carry at a tea party?  I mean, if you are thinking like the Obama administration, he was born in Kenya.  It's the most effective sign to paint you into a nut job that you can carry.  Why is this tape being released now?  They need you to be perceived as a nut job! 

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Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?