How many times has Obama's re-election team used & lied about Joe Soptic's story?

by Sara J.

This morning on radio, Glenn played the scathing pro-Obama ad from “Priorities USA,” accusing Mitt Romney of being kind of responsible for the death of the wife of a steel worker who was laid off by Bain Capital.

Watch the ad below:



"I don't think Mitt Romney realizes what he has done by closing the plant.  I don't think he realizes that people's lives completely changed. When the Bain Capital closed my family lost healthcare.  And a short time after that my wife became ill.  I don't know how long she was sick.  Maybe she didn't know we couldn't afford the insurance.  And then one day she became ill and I it can her to the Jackson County healthcare.  And by that time it was stage 4.  She passed away in 22 days. I don't think Romney realizes what he's done to anyone.  Furthermore I don't think Romney is concerned." says the former steel worker, Joe Soptic, in the ad.

As tragic and sad as the story about Soptic’s wife is, Romney had left Bain Capital seven years before this happened.
 On top of that, after Soptic was laid off, his wife still had access to health insurance through her own job.

But the lies don’t end there.

Soptic also fails to mention that after Bain Capital bought out the steel company he was working for, they also offered to buy him out.

If they offered to buy him out, why is Soptic so upset?

His pension was cut. 

Soptic is apparently no stranger to the “anti-Bain” campaign tactics that have been used throughout the course of Obama’s re-election campaign. According to Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner while discussing the Bain buyout he clarifies that his 401k was not affected but he lost $400 a month from his pension. But in a January 2012 Reuters story, Soptic reportedly said that he only lost $283 per month from his pension.

Here is a clip of the Democracy Now segment:

All of that aside, the biggest problem with this ad isn’t that Joe Soptic is lying, it’s that the Obama re-election team is.

After the timeline of Soptic’s story was exposed, causing the PAC to receive some well-deserved scrutiny, the Obama team claimed to have had no knowledge of his story. According to the Examiner, that is an out-in-out lie.

Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told CNN, “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”

Robert Gibbs echoed a similar statement saying, “We don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”

Unfortunately, according to policymic.com, Soptic was on a conference call with Stephanie Cutter on May 4th of this year.

Conference call:

Moelane.com reports:

"The audio is from Guy Benson; it’s from a May 2012 conference call where Mr. Soptic recounted his story – without mentioning the details that Romney wasn’t with Bain at the time of the layoff; that his wife still had healthcare until she lost her job, years later; and that five years passed between M’. Soptic’s layoff and Mrs. Soptic’s  cancer diagnosis – and Stephanie Cutter was not only on the call.  She introduced Joe Soptic, then wrapped up his testimony.  And as to any coordination… Politico notes that Joe Soptic is apparently wearing the same shirt for both the Obama for America and the Priorities USA campaign ads."

In addition to that, Buzzfeed reported on Thursday that the Obama campaign used Soptic’s story in a slideshow posted online earlier this year. The slideshow also failed to mention that Romney was not at Bain Capital during this time.

While there may not be enough evidence to claim that the Obama team coordinated with ‘Priorities USA,’ they certainly lied about Soptic’s story repeatedly. And accusations of breaking PAC regulations and a push for an FEC investigation was enough to scare Stephanie Cutter away from her schedule appearance on  ABC’s ‘This Week.’

So, just add these to the list of baseless smear tactics Team Obama is willing to use to win this election. Will they be able to stoop lower than lying about and using the death of a laid off steel worker’s wife? 

Let’s hope not, but we won’t hold our breath.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.