Glenn Beck: White House pleads the 5th on 8/28 Rally


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GLENN: I want to play the 8/28 question that came up at the White House press briefing yesterday. Here it is.

REPORTER: Second question. Does the president have any reaction to Glenn Beck's August 28th rally which some are taking as an insult to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech? Has the president said anything to you about that?

GIBBS: I've not seen — let me go back and see what Glenn back has said. I just — you are going to be surprised but I don't spend an inordinate amount of my time watching them.

REPORTER: I understand that the permit is under review right now at the National Park Service for using the Lincoln Memorial to do a rally on the steps.

GIBBS: I will check that out.

GLENN: Let's go through this. First of all, Robert, you don't spend an inordinate amount of time with the Glenn Beck program. I'm sure you don't, watching it. Is that because you have all the George Soros funded people just monitoring and is that — is that how — do you just get a briefing on it? Because boy, it sure seems like you guys spend an awful lot of time worrying. The 8/28 rally, really interesting. Now, who is taking this as an affront to the Martin Luther King speech?

PAT: Some.

GLENN: Some.

PAT: Some are, Glenn.

GLENN: Some.

PAT: Some people.

GLENN: Wouldn't it be interesting to see what those some people are? Because from what I understand according to, according to some reports that I got last night, I haven't seen the exact words myself, but some are the Black Panthers. Some are the Black Panthers. It's very interesting. And there's the usual suspects that are upset about this. It's, boy, you are going to be so disappointed when you see what is happening on the Lincoln Memorial.

Now, the other thing that is going around in the press is that I hear that the permit for the Lincoln Memorial is in the permit process now. "See, Glenn Beck is lying again. He doesn't have a permit." You don't refuse a permit. Remember, this is the federal government. So this doesn't work like you work. This permit process has been in process for, what, eight months, something like that?



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PAT: Yeah, I'd say at least.

GLENN: Forever. You don't — first, you have one level. They say, can we — you say, can we do this. They say, what is it. You have to explain it, you have to put up money, you have to do everything. Then what happens is — here's Liz. Because you're down with these people, and these people are good people. It's the National Park Service. They're good people. They are not political. I just want to explain, Liz, that this is just a — this is the way it always happens, right? And you only get the permit, for anybody?

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Three days prior?

LIZ: Right. We won't have the permit until the week of. They are always in the application process. That's how they do it with everyone. It's not just us.

GLENN: It's not us.

LIZ: No.

GLENN: And we have no reason to believe that this is a political — I mean, this is the National Park Service. These are good guys.

LIZ: Right. They have been wonderful to work with so far.

GLENN: And there is — the process is you have to first get the initial approval because they could reject you and say, "No, you are not going to do that."

LIZ: Right. You have to reserve the space and see if, you know, there is already an event planned for it and that's what we did a few months ago.

GLENN: Correct. And then you go, you have to put up certain amount of money, right?

LIZ: No, you don't have to pay anything for the space.

GLENN: No, not for the space, but —

LIZ: For the permit fee?

GLENN: No, don't we have to have a certain amount of things guaranteed along the way that we have to have the port a potties and you have to —

LIZ: Right. You have to follow the rules and regulations, yeah.

GLENN: So you have to reserve things and get things done and pay for things along the way, and they check you.

LIZ: Correct.

GLENN: How many times a month?

LIZ: We've met with them twice now in person but we submit things as we go through the process. They have to approve everything we show at the rally, program.

GLENN: Not content. It has to fall within the purview of what we said.

LIZ: Right, exactly, how we file the permit.

GLENN: So they are just making sure that there's nothing, you know, that there's — you know, that we're not, what? Commercial —

LIZ: Going rogue, yeah.

GLENN: Going rogue on them. Commercial sponsorships I don't think are allowed.

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Et cetera, et cetera.

LIZ: Right, right.

GLENN: But they look at this. It is a free speech event and so they don't interfere with the content of it except for the rules that they have already.

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: And as long as we abide by everything that they've already laid out, the permit is granted, as it is with everyone, the week of. And it's done by the National Park Service.

Now, is the National Park Service probably going to get heat or are they already getting heat? Oh, I bet they are. But we're abiding by everything they've asked. They've been really upstanding and, you know, right people. They've never given any indication they're fans or anti Glenn Beck. They are just doing their job. And we have respected them for that. So anybody who tells you that we don't have the permit, they've never tried to file a permit, as we hadn't. We have experts now that file these permits all the time. We've hired them to get this process done. When it first happened, we said, wait a minute, you are not going to get the permit for, like, a week, until a week before? And they are like, relax, this is the way it always happens. So everyone knows, we have not only the permit, the space of the Lincoln Memorial, we have the space — we have taken the mall and asked for the space from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the capitol building. We have the entire mall reserved for that day. Not because we're expecting that whole place to be filled but because we wanted to make sure counterprotests and everything else, we want this to be a peaceful event. There is only one sliver of the mall that we don't have. It was reserved by the White House and it is like a quarter of the space behind the Washington Memorial. So we wanted to make it a safe space, we wanted to make it a peaceful space, we wanted to do justice to the space. It is a sacred space to me as well, and anybody who thinks that we're going to desecrate the image of Lincoln, Washington, or even MLK, I invite you to come and bring your family because you will be amazed. You will be amazed at how uplifting this will be.

STU: Glenn, we also have some breaking news because a guy from Mediaite is the guy who actually asked this question. Breaking news from Mediaite in this article. They also have an exclusive upcoming interview with new Black Panther Party chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz who is promising that he also will be attending the 8/28 rally and I mean, if you remember, he's not a fan — the organization isn't a fan of white babies, as we learned yesterday, but they will be — they will be there, I'm sure, to restore honor.

GLENN: I ask you, the American people, to say a prayer of peace and to make sure that our — to, don't sit down, have no fear, do not let them intimidate you.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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