Glenn Beck: Hilarious crowd reports



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GLENN: Two words: Thank you. What an amazing, amazing weekend. Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your time. Thank you for trusting me with your hard earned money to be able to get across the country. Thank you for coming in, what is the media saying? Tens of thousands. We're still waiting for the real number. We have obviously you've seen them overhead shots. We have we'll show you tonight the comparisons of crowds in the past. The number is at least 500,000. The high estimate I have heard is a million. I don't personally believe that. I believe that it could be as high as 650, maybe 700, but I think the number is probably closer to 5 to 600,000.

PAT: You know it's big, though, when even MSNBC is citing the number 500,000. Scarborough said it, what, three times this morning?

GLENN: Yeah, this morning.

PAT: In the report they are spending all kinds of time on this item.

GLENN: So you know that and you know that it's big when no one will print the number. Only CBS News said it was 87,000, which is just I mean, look at the pictures.

PAT: Ridiculous.

GLENN: 87,000? Wait, how did you even come up with that? It's 23,471.

STU: It's insane. If you had 87,000 people there, then the capacity, the largest crowd you could possibly have is, what, 100,000? We've quoted how many different rallies there that have happened over the years that have been 200,000 and 300,000 and 400,000. It's insulting and whoever made that estimate literally should shutter the doors of their company, terrible.

GLENN: If you look at the photos, you go to the Restoring Honor page, the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor page and look for the photos and click on the, what is it, the five photos of just the crowd, what is incredible is when you see the aerial photo, understand that there is that the trees are blocking a lot of the crowd. So if you go one, two, three, four, five photos down, you see the beginning of what's under the trees. And what's under the trees is remarkable. Absolutely remarkable.





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PAT: I mean, there were 87,000 people at 6:00 in the morning, you know? They didn't start until 10:00.

GLENN: There were thousands the night before.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: And we haven't even had a chance to talk about the revival that happened at the Kennedy Center. What happened at the Kennedy Center was possibly more remarkable than what happened at the mall on Saturday.

My fear is and I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about what the media has said because they have proven themselves to be, in my opinion they have proven themselves to be so untrustworthy and so out of touch that it's really not even worth reviewing. I mean, I know Pat is itching to review. How many times on this program did I say, media, be careful what you're saying and what you're printing because you don't know what's on the program. No one has asked me what was on the program.

PAT: Oh, no, they did. MSNBC reported right before the program what was on the program.

VOICE: You have plenty of people as you mentioned set to speak. You have Sarah Palin today about 10:40, Michele Bachmann, congressman from Minnesota also set to speak, a tea party favorite as well as Dick Armey also expected a little later today.

PAT: So how did you enjoy Michele Bachmann and Dick Armey's speech?

GLENN: I didn't know she was there. Oh, I saw her in the VIP section. I did see her down in the crowd during my speech.

STU: She was probably at some point, spoke to the person sitting next to her.

GLENN: She did speak at the rally.

PAT: She, nor Dick Armey spoke at this rally, nor were they on schedule, they were never scheduled to speak.

GLENN: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter.

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The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

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After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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