Glenn Beck: Bill Clinton defends Robert Byrd KKK history



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GLENN: You see what they are doing to the Internet today. It is amazing to me. This should be an outrage everywhere, that Homeland Security is now banning what they deem controversial websites with the federal government. So if you are a federal employee, your computer will block certain websites. But there's no, there's no definition of controversial websites. I guarantee you GlennBeck.com will be banned. Guarantee you. That is your first step to becoming China. First the government bans controversial websites. Excuse me? Do not become a slave of the federal government. Don't do it. Please don't do it. You want to — here's something that I think should be deemed controversial and is not. Let me play the audio of what Bill Clinton said about Robert Byrd. Listen to this.

BILL CLINTON: A lot of people who wrote these eulogies for Senator Byrd in the newspapers, and I read a bunch of them, and they mention that he once had a fleeting association with

GLENN: Fleeting.

BILL CLINTON: the Ku Klux Klan and what does that mean. I tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and the hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected, and maybe he did something he shouldn't have done.

GLENN: Stop, stop. Insult to West Virginia: You're just a bunch of stick cretins that only understand the Klan. Now, may I ask if the — if Robert Byrd, could you find out for me, Stu, how many years he was with the Klan? A fleeting association with the Klan. If my memory serves correct, it was significant association with the Klan.

PAT: Well, and he became a, what do they call it, Grand Kleagle. A Grand Kleagle is a — a Kleagle is a recruiter. A Grand Kleagle means something even more significant. And the guy was — I mean, up until 1946, writing to the head of the grand wizard of the KKK talking about how necessary it was for West Virginia and how it was needed more now than ever before in its history, and he wanted to be a big part of bringing it back in West Virginia and nationally. And, you know, up until 1964 even though he wasn't a member anymore, he was still filibustering the Civil Rights Movement.

GLENN: Look, do you remember what happened to Trent Lott for saying, I wish you were president?

PAT: Barbecued.

GLENN: They drummed him out.

PAT: Strom Thurmond was —

GLENN: Let's just give a little history on Strom Thurmond. Strom Thurmond was a racist, period. He was a racist. But he had a change of heart. Now, whether or not it was sincere, no man knows. Only God.

PAT: Like Robert Byrd.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. But Strom Thurmond was the first senator from the South to hire an African American to serve on a senatorial staff. The first in like, what, 1970, 1971? The guy took action steps.

Now, you are exactly right, Pat. Just like Robert Byrd, we can't know if the guy had an actual change of heart. And I'm not saying that we should judge him solely on his Klan membership that ended in the 1960s. Everybody makes mistakes and there is forgiveness. Everybody — listen to this: These are the same people that trash our founding fathers. They can't cut our founding fathers an inch of slack, not one inch. And yet they cut a Klan member slack and say he was just doing it for politics.

Let me ask you this: Which is worse? A guy who is stringing people up because he believes it, or a guy who's stringing people up because he's just trying to get elected? I mean, it's hard to choose between those two nightmares. Is there a difference between the two? "Hey, I'm only making this news to lynch somebody just to get elected. I didn't mean it." What?

This is a — this is a disgrace. Every American, every American, you cannot judge Robert Byrd. We don't know the man's heart. We have no idea. Did he actually change or not? We don't know. Give the man the benefit of the doubt. But to sweep his Klan membership under the rug as, A, fleeting, B, just about politics is obscene.

PAT: And to sweep the entire population of West Virginia under the rug with him by saying that he was a, backwoods guy from West Virginia, I don't remember the exact quote. But to lump the West Virginians in with him and that's how you appeal to them to get elected, that's despicable.

GLENN: Well, that's, what is it, bitter?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Race, white people? What was the bitter God fearing?

PAT: Clinging to their guns and religion?

GLENN: Clinging to their gods and their guns? Yeah. I mean, that's basically what he's saying. And didn't he say it about the people in West Virginia?

PAT: No, that was —

GLENN: Pennsylvania?

PAT: Pennsylvania, uh huh.

GLENN: Okay. I mean, parts of Pennsylvania are the same as West Virginia. I mean, it's the same, you know, kind of backwood toothless kind of clinging to your God and gun kind of people. I mean, they are — how would elites say it? Simple people? I would like to say they're normal people. Look what he's doing. He's saying the same thing about West Virginia and Obama has said about Pennsylvania. "You're just backwoods stupid people that are just freaked out by a different color skin." You know what? There are those people. There are those people. And there is the Klan.

How many times have I said over the last 20 years, stop playing the race card. Because racism exists and you're making it — you are a little boy that cried wolf. There is race — the Klan exists. The Klan shouldn't exist. We should all be against the Klan. All of us. I don't care where you live. But to say that it's okay because a politician can just use the Klan to get elected, oh, my gosh. You know what, I just, I happen to live in a devil worshipping community. Okay, all right, so I was worshipping the devil with them, but I was only doing it, you know, to get elected. Oh! Okay. Now I feel better. Good heavens!

STU: And to go back to the Trent Lott thing, I mean, Lott praised the political career in general of Strom Thurmond and said, well, what he really meant was this one specific policy when he ran for president. With Byrd Clinton is specifically excusing him from his one bad thing that supposedly wasn't that big of a deal and was fleeting.

GLENN: No, it wasn't and, yes, it was a big deal.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: But do we judge Robert Byrd only on that? No.

STU: It's a big — it's something you have to consider.

GLENN: It is a big part of Robert Byrd's past.

STU: The Washington Post reported that not only did he — you know, he was in the KKK. He recruited 150 other people to be in the KKK, and it was the head — one of his mentors at the KKK that urged him to first go into politics.

GLENN: So I ask you, who's the racist here? We're being called racist all the time. I would never excuse a person's KKK membership. I didn't excuse Strom Thurmond's past. But that doesn't mean you solely judge a man on that and it doesn't mean it with Robert Byrd. But you don't dismiss it as historic fact. And you certainly don't embrace and say, well, a politician can do that because he's just a politician, he was just trying to get elected. Who's the racist here? Hey, African Americans, how do you feel that the first black president said that it was cool that a guy was in the KKK because he was just trying to get elected? How does that make you feel? I mean, that is — now, here's what should happen. That story should be everywhere. It's not going to be. That story should be everywhere. Everyone should be universally disgusted by it and we just chalk it up in our memory that that's what Bill Clinton said, that's who he is, and we move on with his life — our life. We don't need to destroy anybody with it. We just need to remember it.

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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