Glenn Beck: Media ignores Yusuf Islam's appearance at Stewart's rally

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GLENN: Now, there is something that the media missed over the weekend that I find fascinating.

PAT: What? The media missed something?

GLENN: The media missed something.

PAT: Hard to believe.

GLENN: On the Jon Stewart rally which, by the way, I thought was an absolute I mean, it was a high school production. It was a high school production, the comedy. And even Jon Stewart. I mean, he said it from stage several times. This didn't work. I mean, it was really bad. Colbert, I thought there were a couple of things

PAT: When he was off stage

GLENN: It was good.

PAT: Everything went pretty well.

GLENN: Yeah. When Jon Stewart was just talking, I thought, okay, this is going to go into you know, this will be good. And then Colbert would come out and it was awful. It was embarrassing.

PAT: It was.

GLENN: I was embarrassed not for Colbert.

PAT: Train wreck.

GLENN: It was beyond it. I was embarrassed for Jon Stewart because he's better than that. And the music was great. I mean, they had really great musical guests and everything else. And the message that Jon Stewart had after the concert was good. I mean, it was very similar to what I said. Just in different, you know, obviously different language. I framed mine in God, but we're better people than what we're allowing ourselves to become. Let's stop being used by, you know, red and blue. And so that was, you know, basically his message. And I think it was a success for him. I think if he wouldn't have given that message, it would have been jump the shark. I think it was jump the shark for Colbert. I don't think Colbert ever recovers from that. Just awful. No, it really was.

STU: It was that bad? I mean

PAT: It really was.

GLENN: You didn't see it?

STU: No.

PAT: Stu, you've got to watch it. It was really

GLENN: Awful.

PAT: It was painful to watch at times.

GLENN: It was awful.

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STU: It was interesting because when we were at the rally, there was a couple of times he said some sort of you know, there wasn't much comedy in our rally obviously but you said a couple of things that were funny and I remember thinking this is a tough convenient now oar comedy. It takes a long time for the voice to get there, it takes

PAT: It wasn't that, though.

GLENN: No, it wasn't that.

PAT: Because it translated fine on TV. You know, good comedy translates on TV.

STU: Sure, yeah, yeah.

PAT: It doesn't at the venue necessarily very but on TV if you are watching it

GLENN: It was awful.

PAT: There was nothing anywhere near approaching anything funny.

GLENN: It was awful.

STU: By Colbert?

GLENN: I really was no, by both of them. When they were both on stage.

PAT: When they were together, it was just a train wreck.

GLENN: They did a song that was, you know, I'm more American than you.

PAT: It was horrible.

GLENN: I mean it was high school I'm not kidding you, it was high school talent show stuff. It was awful.

PAT: We're like, these guys have like 70 writers between them?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: This is what you got?

GLENN: It's really I mean, look, I can give somebody kudos. When they do a good job, they do a good job. Jon Stewart, you know, I could nitpick and say he doesn't notice the division that he causes. He just gets away, he gets a pass because he's doing COM did I and yet everybody takes my comedy out of context?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: It's the same stuff. I could nitpick. But his message was good in the end. And he was good. And the musical guests were good. The production value was good. That thing cost him $5 million had to cost them $5 million. If it cost them a dime, it cost them $5 million, you know, so it was good. The comedy, the actual show was awful. I was praying

PAT: It was.

GLENN: I was praying for the second coming of Christ. I'm like, look, this must be the Tribulation; Christ is coming. Because it was awful.

STU: But the message was good.

GLENN: The message was good. The message and Jon Stewart, much to in his defense, he knew it. He said it on stage.

PAT: Any good comedian would know that.

GLENN: Yeah, we felt bad for him because we're like, he knows. You could tell he knows. It's not working. He just wants to stop right now. Let's stop doing so much damage to our careers.

PAT: He did.

GLENN: He did.

PAT: You could tell. Seriously, yeah.

GLENN: But, you know, his message was good. However, with that being said, one of the things that they did was

PAT: What did you think of the message?

GLENN: It was good.

PAT: It was good? Okay.

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GLENN: What they did that the media missed was they brought Yusuf Islam on stage. Now, do you know what that is?

STU: It's Cat Stevens?

GLENN: Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens did Peace Train. And then he went Muslim. Which, I don't have a problem, you go Muslim. But they brought on Yusuf Islam. Now, you'll notice here in the introduction, something is missing in the introduction. Here it is.

VOICE: We'll do the trick that could express some emotions that are difficult for us to express with words. Ladies and gentlemen, there's a very special person that I have asked to come here today and he has traveled an awfully long way to sing a song especially for you. You knew him as Cat Stevens.

GLENN: Okay, nobody in the audience knows Cat Stevens.

VOICE: His melodies have inspired millions of us to be better people. Ladies and gentlemen, Joseph, or as it is also pronounced, Yusuf.

GLENN: Yusuf what, Yusuf who? He's not Madonna.

PAT: Not anymore, that's for sure.

GLENN: He's Yusuf Islam. Okay. And that is just and maybe he just got I don't know. Maybe he forgot that his last name was Islam and he thought he was Madonna, or Elvis. I don't know. But that was a little odd. But here's the problem with Yusuf Islam. He's been on a no fly list. Now, you can say that it was for this or for that. But here's the truth in Yusuf Islam's own words: When Salman Rushdie had a fatwa on him because he wrote the Satanic Verses, a book, Yusuf Islam wanted him killed. In his own words this is from the BBC if I'm not mistaken, back in the day. Listen to Yusuf Islam.

(Audio playing).

GLENN: This is the interviewer.

(Audio playing)

VOICE: by taking their food between sunrise and sunset.

PAT: Now, he's setting up the question he's about to ask to Yusuf Islam who's part of this panel.

(Audio playing).

VOICE: You've completed your fourth prayer of the day. Time for supper? You go to eat at a little hallow restaurant near your Islamic center in Islington. As you're halfway through your meal, you suddenly recognize a man at a nearby table. He is an author. His name is Salman Rushdie. What do you do?

STEVENS: Depends on my mood that evening. I may concentrate more on my meal, I may concentrate on them. I can't answer that very clearly.

VOICE: You don't think that this man deserves to die?

STEVENS: Who? Salman Rushdie? Yes, yes.

PAT: Yes, he does.

VOICE: And do you have a duty to be his executioner?

STEVENS: No, not necessarily, unless we were in an Islamic state and I was ordered, say, by the judge or by the authority to carry out such an act, yes.

GLENN: Fatwa.

VOICE: Yes. Gets on the front page of the Independent. Weeks later nothing has happened. The book is still in stock. Behold, come to you and say we want to hold another demonstration, march to the town hall. This time we're going to burn an effigy. An effigy of the author. Is that all right?

STEVENS: We are going to be questioning the motives because it

PAT: This is a police officer now in England answering this question.

GLENN: But listen to Yusuf's answer about burning an effigy.

VOICE: We're going to peacefully club the effigy to death?

STEVENS: I would be looking at the demonstrations itself. I would be looking what a position has been

GLENN: So now we're going to burn it or club it.

VOICE: Would you go to a demonstration where you knew that an effigy was going to be burned?

VOICE: I would have hoped it would be the real thing but, actually, no, if it's just an effigy, I don't think I would be that moved to go.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: So there's your Peace Train, holy roller.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.


America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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