Glenn Beck: Bill Clinton defends Robert Byrd KKK history



Obama On Robert Byrd

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.

Did Google create a SENTIENT artificial intelligence?

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Did Google create a sentient artificial intelligence?

A software engineer on Google’s artificial intelligence development team, Blake Lemoine, is convinced that the company's A.I. is now sentient and able to hold conversations at the level of a 7 or 8-year-old child. Google has dismissed Lemoine's claims and suspended him, but as Glenn Beck noted on the radio program, this isn't the first time a company insider has warned of the possible existence, and potential threat, of artificial general intelligence.

Glenn shared the details of Lemoine's "very disturbing story" and broke down the pros (curing cancer and other deadly diseases) and cons (the complete inhalation of the human race) of the remarkable scientific advancements in artificial intelligence.

"Because of high tech, we're going to see miracles in our lives," Glenn said. "The tricky part is to not see horror shows in our lifetimes."

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Here's why oil companies REALLY aren't producing more gas

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The Biden administration has been accusing oil producers of refusing to expand operations to help offset skyrocketing gas prices. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden even wrote a letter to seven major U.S. oil refiners, essentially saying that the administration is prepared to use emergency orders to force companies into compliance if their "greed" just doesn't stop.

"Your companies need to work with my Administration to bring forward concrete, near-term solutions that address the crisis,” Biden wrote. The letter went on to accuse refineries of capitalizing on the war between Russia and Ukraine, gleaning record-high profits while Americans suffer record-high pain at the pump.

But no matter how he tries to convince you otherwise, President Joe Biden isn't trying to bring down gas prices. In fact, he's doing just the opposite, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Thursday.

"Why aren't the oil companies putting more oil out? Well, they're a couple of reasons. And none of those have to do with Joe Biden. None of them, even though it was Joe Biden that said, when he was running [for president] that he was going to put oil out of business."

Glenn first played a clip of then-candidate Biden saying, "No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period."

The next clip had White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shifting the blame for high gas prices from Russia's war with Ukraine to U.S. oil refineries.

"We want you to act. It's time to act," Jean-Pierre said, addressing U.S. oil companies. "We have done our part, with the strategic oil reserve. We are calling on them to do the right thing, to be patriots here. And to not use the war as an excuse or as a reason to not put -- to not put out a production, to not do the capacity that is needed there."

A third clip showed Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry saying in no uncertain terms that the U.S. “absolutely" does not need to drill for more oil and gas, during a talk with the USC Center for Public Diplomacy

The Biden administration has made it clear that insanely high gas prices are all part of the plan to eliminate fossil fuels. But the problem doesn't stop there. The ESG war against oil industries is being waged across the world.

Glenn read an op-ed from Vivek Ramaswamy that explains how BlackRock is manipulating corporations like Exxon to decrease oil production, while Americans continue to suffer majorly at the pump.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been telling those naughty Americans who are struggling to afford fuel for their older, gas-guzzling vehicles to just go get a brand-new electric vehicle like the Ford Mustang Mach-E (listed at a market average of $47,553 in Consumer Reports.)

Here he is, all "charged up, ready to go" and, oh, so "excited to go pick up a friend" (Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm) and share the "momentous" news about a new" national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers."

And who could forget the transportation secretary's helpful advice to people who can't afford record-high gas prices in March?

"Clean transportation can bring significant cost savings for the American people, as well," said Buttigieg. "Last month we announced a $5 billion investment to build out a nationwide electric vehicle charging network, so the people from rural to suburban to urban communities can all benefit from the gas savings of driving an EV."

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But now that Ford is recalling 48,924 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles because of a defect in the vehicle’s "battery contactor," will Buttigieg have to go back to riding his bike — back and forth from his security detail's giant SUV that follows along behind him, which was definitely not ever a publicity stunt?

According to Consumer Reports, Ford is recalling the Mach-E because the vehicle’s battery contactor may overheat, causing the vehicle to lose power while driving. A Ford spokesperson said the company plans to send an over-the-air software update for current Mach-E owners in July.

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Unlike out-of-touch Buttigieg, Washington Examiner national political reporter Salena Zito understands the current sentiments of the average American. She joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about sky-high gas prices, spreading crime, the never-ending border crisis, and all the other reasons Americans are fed up with the current administration.

While Democrats try to get us to focus on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, most of us are struggling to afford the insane gas prices, which recently passed $5 on average across the country.

"There isn't a time that I don't pull up to a gas station where you don't hear someone cuss at the gas pump," Zito told Glenn. And that news, she predicted, could be "monstrous" for Democrats in the upcoming midterms.

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In his episode “Famine & Blackouts: How Biden-Made Disasters Will Cripple America,” Glenn Beck exposed the new global-based rule changes that gave the World Health Organization expedited authority over our nation. He traced the changes to the SEC and revealed Bank of America’s fawning praise for climate-related market changes.

So, Glenn decided to dig further, and what he uncovered shocked him. Financial records, dark money groups, and groups tied to the U.N. and the World Economic Forum are all pushing for a total reorganization of our financial system. You never voted for globalist leadership outside our borders, but IT IS HAPPENING.

Glenn reveals the foreign actors who are REALLY running our country right now and the domestic TRAITORS who are helping to fund the implementation on Main Street, USA. There will be catastrophic consequences for this betrayal of America First ideas. If you think food, gas, and labor shortages are bad now, just wait until all of this goes through.

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