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.

Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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