Glenn Beck: The Red Phone finally rings



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GLENN: Yesterday the red phone rang. Yesterday is a date that will live in infamy. Yesterday at the end of the show, I get into the last commercial break and the phone rings. Now, the phone doesn't ring. It never has. Usually, they test the phone before I arrive on the set, you know, they plug it in and they test it, I don't know, about 45 minutes before I arrive.

PAT: Because the White House has never used it. So we have to make sure it still works.

GLENN: We have to make sure it works every day.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Now, two days ago or something like that, we were having problems with the phone or something and Harry called it right before the show? The phone rang for the first time that I had heard it, and it freaked me out. And Harry just, Harry is our boom operator. And so he just says from the back, from behind the jib, Glenn, that's me, that's me; don't panic, that's me.

PAT: And for those of you not in the know on TV camera talk, a jib is a big camera on a long thingy.

GLENN: For those of you who would like, I could of have just said boom. But I thought people would understand that more so I changed it to jib because I thought people in the press will write about that, that I don't even know what a jib is. This is how insane our life is.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: So he's a camera operator.

PAT: And the stories were already being written, too.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

PAT: It's that insane.

GLENN: So anyway, he says, it's me, it's me, it's me. But it made everybody on the set, it made everybody's heart race. We're like, oh, my gosh.

Now, last night in the last commercial break, the phone rings and the entire floor stops. And Harry just says from behind the camera, "That's not me." Now, Tiffany, our producer, says in my ear, everybody in the control room is freaking out, and Tiffany said I thought she said, that's us in the control room. But what she said was, that's not us in the control room.

So I pick it up kind of flippantly. I said, hello.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: And on the other end was a voice that I knew was not someone from our control room that very sternly said, is this Glenn Beck? And I said and I knew. And they were very stern and I thought, you think you are going to get into my face? And I said, who is this? "Is this Fox News?" And I said, who is this? "Is this Glenn Beck?" Yes, it is. Who is this? And he said what's his name? Do you have it?

STU: His name is Tim, Tim Griffin.

GLENN: Tim Griffin. Okay. You are reading that from a news story, aren't you?

STU: No, this one is the e mail from trying to get in touch with him.

GLENN: So Tim, he says, this is Tim Griffin. And I said, how can I help you, Tim Griffin? He said, is this really Glenn? And I said is this really Mr. Beck? And I'm still thinking that it's the White House. Now, I'm told later that everyone in the control room is freaking out.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: And they are like and they are trying to get it patched into the control panel so we can go on the air with it. But it had been so long, it's been like a year. Nobody even remembers how do we, what wires do we have to patch into the control room to be able to get it. So they are all trying to figure that out and they are in the control room and they are like, who is it, who is it? Tell us who it is! And so I said, how can I help you, sir? And he said, well, I just want you to know I'm from Texas and you held your phone up today and on the bottom of it was writing. So I stopped the TiVo and I looked at the writing, and it's the phone number and that's I picked up the phone and I looked at it and I'm thinking who's I'm thinking who's writing the phone number on the bottom of this phone. And he said, I waited until a commercial break because I didn't want to wreck the show, wreck the pacing of the show here. He said, but I had to call you right away to let you know because I'm not the only one in America, I'm sure, that did that and that phone is going to ring all the time now.

And then we went back on the air and he was still on the phone, and I asked him to stay. And we still couldn't figure out how to patch it. So I have to thank Tim for doing that because I did. I held up the phone last night. I just picked you it up off the desk and held it, and apparently, you know, there's a piece of tape on it and it had the phone number on it. And I can't imagine how many people would have stopped it eventually and, you know, luckily it happened live.

STU: That is absolutely amazing. It's a cool thing for the guy to jump in and

GLENN: What are we going to do for him? We've got to do something really great. I told him, I said, we're going to send you some stuff. We have to send him something.

PAT: A refrigerator/freezer! A washer/dryer set! A new car!

STU: No, none of that stuff.

PAT: None of that? A player piano!

GLENN: A player piano.

PAT: No?

GLENN: No, I don't think so. I was thinking a book.

PAT: A book or a T shirt, something like that? How about the shirt you are wearing today?

GLENN: This is the this is the prototype of a shirt, a polo shirt that I'm having made as a special limited edition for the fundraiser for the special ops warrior foundation. If you let me may I model it?

STU: Oh, yes.

GLENN: May I model it?

PAT: Oh, my.

GLENN: This is the actual prototype and they are all going to be hand done because we're not making them en masse. They are kind of expensive but the proceeds go to the troops. Just keep that in mind. You see here it's well, let me see. Here's which camera do you want me to turn to? Here, take 4, please. Here is the

PAT: For Insider Extreme members, if you are on radio, just

STU: Completely ignore.

GLENN: Picture a polo shirt with a number 17 on it.

GLENN: On one side it has the number 17. The other side it has George Washington. This is all cut out. It's layered fabric and all hand stitched. And then this is the number 17 and it's got a little, kind of little things on it. And then on the side it says 8/28 and there's the merit patch on the shield. See that? And then on the back

PAT: It's a delicious number 91.

GLENN: 91. And I'm not sure if anybody's going to get the numbering thing. Oh, and there's one more thing. There's this here.

PAT: That's really cool.

GLENN: This is George Washington's actual signature, and it's sewn on.

STU: Now, he didn't sign it specifically.

GLENN: No, he died the last thing he did was agree to be a part of this fundraiser.

STU: And then he died.

PAT: Wow.

STU: It's important to let people know that he was not actually here signing the individual shirts.

GLENN: All right. No, that's a sewn tag and it is that George Washington signature, and it's on the outside.

STU: Glenn Beck baselessly claims a dead president is signing his shirts! Ahhhh!

GLENN: So it's 1791, the year of I didn't think it was the year no, I think that was the year we made popcorn for the first time.

PAT: Oh, was it?

GLENN: We were like, those Indians, they have been eating it right off the cob.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: You should put it off as kernels and pop it over a fire. It's much better. So this will go up for sale, I don't know, in a couple of weeks from now or something when we can and so you know, as obvious because I'm wearing it, we are making fat man sizes.

STU: (Laughing). So what's the future of the red phone? Do you get, like, a new number? Do you get rid of it?

GLENN: No, we're changing the number today.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Changing the number today and we have to do what we did last time. I think with Anita Dunn or somebody was in, we had to special messenger or what do you call it when you registered letter to the White House and let them know the new number.

STU: Who should we send it to in the White House?

GLENN: I think they are

PAT: Sending it to Pfeiffer?

GLENN: Pfeiffer, I think.

PAT: Is it Dan Pfeiffer?

GLENN: Yeah, because we did it to Anita Dunn and then when she left, we gave it to Dan Pfeiffer. We sent it again to Dan Pfeiffer. So we'll send another one to Dan Pfeiffer.

STU: I mean, we could send it to Dan Pfeiffer but I mean, it doesn't have to be. Obviously once it gets in the White House, it's going to be passed around. I mean, maybe if Shirley Sherrod gets a job, maybe we send it to Shirley.

GLENN: I would like to send it to Shirley. I have a few questions for Shirley.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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