Glenn Beck: Alec for Prez?


To help celebrate Gun Week here's a young Alec Baldwin holding a gun...

GLENN:  Have you seen Alec Baldwin on 60 Minutes?  Let me ask you this question.  Anybody watch 60 Minutes anymore?  We tape it but I only watch it because it's a habit, like I have to watch it because I think like, oh, well, 60 Minutes, it must be some expose on how evil Republicans are."  So I watch it and I don't even know why I'm watching it anymore.  Is there anybody that watches 60 Minutes?  Did you watch it last night, Stu?

STU:  You know --

GLENN:  No, you didn't.

STU:  The television exploded.

GLENN:  Really?

STU:  I was about to turn it on and there was apparently an explosive device planted inside my television.

GLENN:  That happens so often at your house.

STU:  And every other television all at the same time.  It's obvious someone did it on purpose.  I just don't know who it was.

GLENN:  When's the last time you watched it?  60 Minutes?

STU:  When my television didn't explode?

GLENN:  Yes.

STU:  I --

GLENN:  Nothing, huh?

STU:  Well, are you saying like -- because I watch sports sometimes and sometimes the TV stays on, I'm not watching it but the TV might be on.  Does that --

GLENN:  No.

STU:  What if --

GLENN:  No.  So apparently Alec Baldwin was on 60 Minutes last night.  I don't know why.  Does he have a movie out?  Is it just because he's just a cool guy?  30 Rock all of a sudden got popular, didn't it?

STU:  Yeah.  You know, it's one of those shows that I watched the first couple of episodes of it and they were terrible and I have --

GLENN:  Now you like it?

STU:  No, I --

GLENN:  Oh, I never came back.

STU:  I never came back and I have had several people whose opinion I actually respect tell me that it is good.

GLENN:  Okay, let me ask you this question.  So last night I didn't watch 60 Minutes because instead I read a book by James Kunstler.  I'm reading two of his books.  One is The Long Emergency and the other one is the World Made by Hand.  The Long Emergency, I read about three pages and I'm like, all right, I just can't do it.  The World Made by Hand is basically Jericho except it's really good.  You know how Jericho was kind of like -- did you ever watch Jericho?

STU:  My television exploded.  That was a chemical attack on my television that night.

GLENN:  So Jericho was like, it was kind of good but you were like, you know, if they really cared, if CBS cared, they would have casted better people in it, maybe a little better writing, you know.  It was like... all right.  So last night I'm reading the World Made By Hand which is probably not a good book for me to read.  The Long Emergency is a nonfiction book about how important oil is to us and everybody goes, oh, gee, we're running down the oil; oh, gee, that's horrible, huh?  Do you know what gas prices are going to be?"  He says don't worry about gas prices because really gas prices are the least of your worries.  When China comes online, there will be war for oil.  Right now, "Oh, no war for oil."  Well, get used to that because it's what runs everything in our society.  It's not just like, oh, gas prices.  It is the reason we have civilization today.  We are not addicted to oil.  Unless you want to be Little House on the Prairie, you've got to have oil.  And the rest of the world has figured this out and we haven't.  And for as much as we want to say alternative energy, there's just, the alternative energy that we have right now, the technology that we have or is in the pipeline is just not going to be enough for us.  So he actually believes that we're going to go back to Little House on the Prairie that, you know, when China really comes online -- they've already doubled their oil consumption in the last ten years.  When they really come online, when India really comes online, there's just not going to be any oil and there's going to be wars for it, et cetera, et cetera.  And America he believes is going to break apart into, I think ten different regions.  And so it's a happy -- I put that one down and then I decided to read his fictionized account of this called the World Made by Hand, which isn't an awful lot more cheery, but I believe it was better than Morley Safer and Alec Baldwin.

Stu, I have a gun to your head right now.  I'd click it.  I cock the -- pull the hammer back.  There's a bullet in the chamber.  Stu, World Made by Hand or Alec Baldwin and Morley Safer?  And I know what you're going to say.  You have to do one of them.

STU:  Or I get shot?  That is the other option.

GLENN:  Yeah.  You're going to go for the gun?

STU:  Yeah.  It is gun week.

GLENN:  It is gun week on the Glenn Beck program.  (Gunfire).  I'm giving the key note address Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky for the NRA convention and so we thought we would make it gun week.  Yeah!  (Gunfire).

So you're going to go for the bullet to the head?

STU:  I think that's the most sensible choice.

GLENN:  That's probably good.  I went for the World Made by Happened and actually kind of enjoying it in a dark sort of -- oh, my gosh -- sort of way.  But then I got here this morning and Dan had pulled the audio from Alec Baldwin and I realized that, oh, Alec Baldwin is thinking about running for office.  So it's only getting better, America.  We have Alec Baldwin to hope for.  Oh, I don't know if these clowns have any answers, but Alec Baldwin sure would be the answer, huh?  He would be the guy that could get 'er done.  That probably should be his slogan, get 'er done, Alec Baldwin.  Here he is last night on 60 Minutes with Morley Safer, a guy who couldn't sound older.  No, I've consulted professors and scientists and there is a global consensus, Morley Safer cannot sound older than he does in this interview.

BALDWIN:  Running for office to a degree, that I might do one day?

SAFER:  You think being an actor puts you under public scrutiny?

BALDWIN:  If you go through the things I've gone through in the media, like this thing with my daughter.

GLENN:  Stop just a second.  Let me go back, in case you don't remember, the thing that he went through, the thing that he went through with his daughter.  Here it is.  Just a flashback memory here of Alec Baldwin and what he had to endure.

VOICE:  I want to tell you something, okay, and I want to leave a message for you right now because again it's 10:30 here in New York on a Wednesday and once again, I made an [BLEEP] of myself trying to get to a phone to call you at a specific time.  When the time comes for me to make the phone call, I stop whatever I'm doing and I go and I make that phone call.  At 11:00 in the morning in New York and if you don't pick up the phone at 10:00 at night and you don't even have that [BLEEP] phone turned on.  I want you to know something, okay?  I'm tired of playing this game with you.

GLENN:  Stop just a second.  By the way, just want to remind you that he's talking to his daughter here.  She's 11.

VOICE:  I'm leaving this message with you to tell you you have insulted me for the last time.  You have insulted me.  You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being, I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old or 11 years old or you're a child or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the [BLEEP] who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned.  You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone.  And when I come out there next week, I'm going to fly out there for the day just to straighten you out on this issue.  I'm going to let you know just how disappointed in you I am and how angry I am with you that you've done this to me again.  You've made me feel like [BLEEP] and you've made me feel like a fool over and over and over again.  And this crap you pull on me with this [BLEEP] phone situation, that you would never dream of doing to your mother and you're doing to me constantly.  And over and over again.  I'm going to get on a plane or I'm going to come out there for the day and I'm going to straighten your [BLEEP] out when I see you.  Do you understand me?  I'm going to really make sure you get it.  I'm going to turn around and I'm going to come home.  So you better be ready Friday the 20th to meet with me.  I'm going to let you know just how I feel about what a rude little pig you really are.  You are a rude, thoughtless little pig, okay?  "To replay this message."

GLENN:  "To replay this message you have Audix."

Okay.  So anyway, he was saying all the things that he -- all the things that he went through.

BALDWIN:  There's only one thing that comes to mind, how my daughter must have felt to have this played out in public.

GLENN:  Stop just a second.  You know, the only thing that comes to mind is how his daughter must have felt.  Well, apparently -- I don't know.  Did you ask her?  Are you on speaking materials anymore?  Does she talk to you about feelings?  Because I don't think my daughter would pick up the phone after that.  She's 11.  You're a thoughtless little pig.  I'm flying out, oh, and I'll set you straight, you thoughtless little pig.  Was she worried about -- was she really, was it -- I mean, was it like, oh, jeez, and then they ran it on Entertainment Tonight or was it maybe you that left the message that it was a problem there?

BALDWIN:  The second thing I realize is you can pretty much bet everything you own that I would never leave another voice mail message for my daughter that wasn't just like something out of a Rodgers and Hammerstein score, "How are you today, my little darling," you know, whatever.  I mean, you've got to really, really manage.  You know what I mean?  You learn.

GLENN:  Stop.  (Laughing).  Hey, Stu, Stu, Stu.  Oh, wow.  I'm starting to whip my kids with a belt the other day.  (Laughing).  And I'm like, what are you doing playing that on TV?  Can you imagine how that made her feel?  So you can bet that I just use sticks now, you know?  I don't ever -- I don't even walk into the house with a belt because they would beat me with a belt.  You know what I'm saying?  So I use sticks and sometimes drum sticks.  (Laughing).  Morley, it's so good to see you again.

SAFER:  I've got to ask you about that notorious phone call that you made.  How could you do that?

BALDWIN:  You get so frustrated.

GLENN:  Stop.  As a dad, as a dad who has gone through this with daughters, oh, I can relate.  I can relate.  I can relate on so many levels and I'm sure my ex-wife can relate as well in the reverse.  Oh, yes, you get frustrated.

BALDWIN:  And you realize, number one, and it's wrong, it's totally wrong.

GLENN:  Stop.  And you realize -- I just want to say here because my attorneys and my handlers are making sure that I say it's wrong, it's totally wrong and I sound totally sincere right now.

BALDWIN:  That I was speaking to somebody else when I left that message.  I mean, I was pissed.  I've been putting up with this for six years.

SAFER:  But you weren't talking to another person.  You were talking to your daughter, to a kid when you said, you thoughtless little pig.

BALDWIN:  Did you ever lose your temper with your kids?

SAFER:  Yeah, but --

GLENN:  Yeah, stop just a second.  I don't think I really -- I'm trying to think.  Nope, nope, never said thoughtless little pig to my kids, nope.  Never said... never really, I don't think I ever did that.  Lost my temper with my kids, said some things that I regret but really never, "You little pig."  Never, "Little pig, little pig, let me in."  Never said any of those things.

SAFER:  Nothing like that.

BALDWIN:  If you are asking me do I feel bad about leaving that message?  I think that goes without saying.

GLENN:  Stop.  Does it really?  Because I don't think it does.  Stu, do you think it does?

STU:  I think he needs to say it.

GLENN:  I think it does because it didn't really -- play that back because when it goes without saying, it doesn't sound like he felt bad about it.

STU:  And none of the other things he's saying would lead you to believe.

GLENN:  So it goes without saying, no, it really doesn't.

STU:  You are going to have to say it, Alec.

GLENN:  Go ahead and play it, please.

BALDWIN:  If you are asking me do I feel bad about leaving that message, I think that goes without saying.  At the same time I'm a pretty overwhelmed by the sanctimoniousness of people who say that -- I mean, I got so many phone calls from people -- wait a second.  I got so many phone calls from people who seem learned and sober and together as you are.

GLENN:  Right.  Stop just a second.  So I just want you to know, hey, you toothless hicks from West Virginia, he's not talking about you.  He's talked about the learned people, with ezotic names like Barack Obama, like that, you just hate their skin color.

Anyway, he's talking about the learned, learned.  So once they're learned, well, they can make any mistakes.  Anyway, go ahead.

BALDWIN:  Who all said to me, man, I'm glad they didn't tape some of these I said to my kids.

SAFER:  As appalling what you said may be, even more appalling is that it was released by someone.

BALDWIN:  That tells you what I'm dealing with.

GLENN:  It does.

BALDWIN:  Listen, you use words like "Appalled" and you have, and I may say so pretty judgmental tone of me.

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  Pretty -- if I may say so?  Who are you to say that I shouldn't call my 11-year-old daughter a -- what was it, a worthless little pig, shameless little?

STU:  Thoughtless little pig.

DAN:  And he called her brainless earlier.

GLENN:  Thoughtless little pig.  Yeah, who are you to judge.  Who are you to judge?

STU:  Can we make sure and just point out yet again, yes, Alec, you do have to say it.  It doesn't go without saying.

GLENN:  Again, you don't really sound like you feel bad for saying it.  You really --

BALDWIN:  I think that as truly sorry as I am that that happened, to me --

GLENN:  Stop, stop.  I don't -- play it again because he did say there that he's truly, truly sorry.

BALDWIN:  I think that as truly sorry as I am that that happened, to me it only illustrates how difficult this --

GLENN:  Wait, stop.  Hold it.  I'm sorry, I was singing the "Truly, truly sorry" song and I missed, what did he say there?  Could you do it again?  Because he's truly sorry.

BALDWIN:  I think that as truly sorry as I am that that happened, to me it only illustrates how difficult this --

GLENN:  Stop.  Hold it just a -- you know what this is?  This is the Second Amendment debate, Stu.  Where's the comma.  Where's comma?  Could you play it again?  Because I don't know where the comma is.  Is the comma "I'm really sorry that this happened to me," comma, but the statement is; or is it, "I'm really truly sorry that this happened," comma, but to me the problem is --

STU:  There's no but in there.

GLENN:  There's a comma issue there.

BALDWIN:  I think as truly sorry as I am that that happened, to me it only illustrates how difficult this process has become for many, many people.

STU:  Well, we are the media and he's told us that this is really our issue here, not his.  So I'm going to be unfair to him and assume he meant it was -- he was sorry that it happened to him.  Because that's what we do in the media, Glenn.

GLENN:  Truly sorry, he's truly, truly sorry (singing).

STU:  But clearly, I mean, if you really look at this case, Glenn, from Alec Baldwin, this is Morley Safer's fault apparently.  He's got a judgmental tone on him.

GLENN:  He does.  That's what -- I never hear that judgmental tone from 60 Minutes.

STU:  Never.

GLENN:  Never.  I never hear them say -- well, never to a liberal.  But I never hear them say things like, "But you were stealing the company blind."

STU:  Never.

GLENN:  I never heard that, ever before from 60 Minutes.  Usually they're cream puffs.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.