Glenn Beck: Congressman offers pathetic apology




Congressman Bob Etheridge

GLENN: Congressman Ethridge, we played the video for you of him being grilled by college students as he was walking down the street, they ask him -- cover your children's ears -- do you fully support the Obama administration's agenda and you can see why it was fist to fury. To me this is -- not just to me. Legally this is assault. I wonder where the college students are. I will tell you that there is enough of a wonderer to begin to wonder, with this story being as huge as it is, why haven't they come to table, why haven't they revealed themselves. Interesting to me. Not that it would excuse the Congressman's actions, but where are they, because you've got them dead to rights. Where are you? Who are you? Oh, my gosh. Does that sound fair and balanced, like I'm actually searching for the truth, without an agenda. That's weird.

PAT: Whoa.

GLENN: But that doesn't -- again, it doesn't excuse the Congressman's actions at all. Now, let's continue with what MSNBC was saying.

VOICE: -- under false pretense. One of these so-called camera men at one point reportedly identified himself as a student. So, there is discrepancy over who these individuals are but for the record, the Congressman --

GLENN: Hold on. Hang on. So-called cam cameraman? He was holding a camera?

STU: The only thing required of being a cameraman is holding a camera.

PAT: No. There is an official cameraman union

STU: Oh, there is? You can be professional, but that doesn't mean --

GLENN: Oh, wait a minute. Stu, you just said something that's interesting.

STU: I'm interested.

GLENN: What you said was a professional cameraman or professional journalist. You see, what a lot of people have a problem with in Washington and those who are wanting power or have power is an end to these so-called citizen journalists.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You know, the citizen journalists like Ben Franklin.

PAT: They don't know what they're doing.

GLENN: No, they don't. They haven't been trained.

PAT: No.

GLENN: They don't know what they're doing.

PAT: You have to be trained to ask questions like was the most enchanting thing during your administration, you know.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: What about your administration has surprised you the most, what enchanted you the most.

GLENN: Usually you would think that that could become a -- that's the question of an eight year old girl.

PAT: No, but the --

GLENN: That's an insult to eight year old girls.

PAT: You have to go to school for that. So --

GLENN: Right. So, a citizen journalist, Stu, is something that we could shun

STU: Really, because I think that would be important for citizens to --

GLENN: That's an old, outdated idea, Ben Franklin.

PAT: You're living in an old, America.

STU: Ben Franklin is. I mean, that's an older example of that, but there's also a lot of important things going on now that we wouldn't have found out about, like, for example, that ACORN wanted to bring prostitutes into the --

GLENN: Yeah, but that didn't matter, did it?

STU: I mean, we were giving them a lot of money and --

GLENN: It doesn't matter. We're still giving them a lot of money, just under different names.

STU: But isn't it important that we learn about that kind of thing?

GLENN: No, not if it doesn't matter, not unless it fits into the right agenda.

PAT: Plus, they were set up.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: They were set up by someone asking them to --

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: -- just asking them a question?

GLENN: Clearly the guy was set up. He was walking down the street and then somebody jumps out -- well, they didn't jump out but they say, when he's at a great distance, Congressman, Congressman, then he smiled and they say, we have a question. Do you fully support -- again, cover your ears -- do you fully support the Obama agenda.

STU: That's a legitimate question, right, from a citizen?

GLENN: No.

PAT: That's hate-filled rhetoric.

STU: No. I'm saying for a citizen for to just ask a representative, Sir, do you agree with the agenda of a particular president --

GLENN: Please stop spewing the hate speech.

PAT: Stop mongering your hate.

VOICE: Just by releasing these written statements of apology at least regarding his actions, not, certainly, those of the people who some would categorize it as an ambush interview, ambush attach.

PAT: Some Democrats are -- I loved her report because some Democrats were blasting the students and some were saying that these two students ambushed this poor Congressman.

GLENN: Ambushed? Jumping out -- I've had this happen to me. Jumping out of the bushes is an ambush.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Standing on the sidewalk as somebody is coming down the street and you're, like, Hey, Congressman, that's not an ambush. That's not an ambush. Okay? Jumping out from behind a pillar, that's an ambush. Hey, I've had that happen before.

PAT: Or hiding in the bushes at shooting someone when they walk through a certain place, that's an ambush.

GLENN: That's a real ambush.

STU: This is sniperish.

GLENN: This is someone standing on the street with a camera.

STU: In full view.

GLENN: And all you have to do is just walk on.

PAT: But MSNBC had some more help for Congressman Ethridge

VOICE: So, a lot of Democrats are saying, wait, hold on. This was a setup, this guy was intentionally put up by the republican party. We don't know if that's true or not, but it's more interesting that we do not know who the folks actually took the video are this late in the process, you would think they would want some notoriety, especially if they're perpetuating this cause against the Obama agenda.

PAT: Does it matter if the guy was set up -- let's say the Republican party did send him out to say, Hey, ask him about the President's agenda.

STU: Right. The bottom line is --

PAT: -- that's an excuse. They didn't force him to act like that.

GLENN: That's like the Republicans, the Republicans got Monica Lewinsky hired as an intern. Okay, but the Republicans weren't there saying, Hey, do you know what you can do with this cigar? Let me show you

STU: But Monica Lewinsky was a willing participate in that. These guys were just standing there asking questions and got hit.

GLENN: Yeah, but the Congressman was a willing participant, as well.

 

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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