What's more disturbing: The fact that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized for 3 days and neither President Biden nor Austin's second-in-command were informed OR the fact that nobody NEEDED to know that a top cabinet official had been hospitalized? Glenn believes this says a whole lot about who's really running our government. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on Elon Musk's alleged drug use. So, Glenn, Pat, and Stu run through what the media should be focusing on: the list of questions that the Pentagon has still not answered.
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: So, Pat, you think it's a big deal at all, that Lloyd Austin is in intensive care?
PAT: No. No. Why should the president of the United States know about that? I mean, there's no reason for him to know that the guy is in intensive care for four days. Why would you need to know that?
GLENN: Hang on just a second.
The president doesn't need to know.
GLENN: You know, because he's not making the decision.
PAT: Was Barack Obama informed? That's what we need to find out.
GLENN: Amen. Amen.
Now, we have two theaters of war, that we're fighting in simultaneously right now.
GLENN: Ukraine. And, you know, in the Persian Gulf, where I believe Iranians are still launching rockets at our ships.
Was there -- was there no time in the last seven days, where somebody was like, you know what, let's call the pentagon. Let's see if we have permission to do this. Was there no time, really?
PAT: No. Uh-uh. And we still don't even -- at least I haven't heard, the reason behind the hospitalization. He went in for elective surgery.
PAT: And then had complications. What was the elective surgery, what are the complications? Well, it's his privacy. No. I'm sorry. When you're the Defense Secretary, you don't get medical privacy like that.
GLENN: And you could say. Hang on just a second. You could say, he went in for an elective surgery.
He's having his hemorrhoids removed. I don't need to know about the hemorrhoids. You know, so he's going in for elective surgery. It's no big deal. He should be fine. Then complications happened. Okay. Wait. What, what complications? Is he okay? How out of it, is he? When is he going to be returning. And, of course, the president needs to know. No one at the White House was informed when he was brought into ICU. And I love this. The deputy Secretary of Defense, who was to assume the responsibilities, she was in Puerto Rico on vacation. So for days she was the acting Secretary of Defense. But she didn't even know it. Like, I'm near Puerto Rico. Do we have phones here? What could I possibly do about it?
STU: They're like, well, Austin approved this before he had the surgery. It's like, okay. Well, sometimes things change. What if they surrender in the interim. What would have happened?
STU: It's bizarre.
GLENN: Honestly, what's happening in the Red Sea with the Navy.
And, you know, we're shooting drones out of the sky like skeet, and no one needed to get permission. That just didn't happen. In a week? I mean, you want to talk about a sock puppet regime. It must be this. Who is making the decisions?
STU: Yeah. You know, Glenn, I talked to two people randomly. As it was developing. Both of their reactions were the same. Well, you almost understand, they wouldn't tell Biden. Because he's out of it. It's like, how did people in the Pentagon not now? And it's like, how are we not recognizing that statement is a massive problem?
The American people are actually in a position where they think, it's normal, that the president of the United States just is so out of it, they wouldn't tell him that the Secretary of Defense was in ICU.
GLENN: With two fronts being fought right now. Two!
PAT: This is a major problem that's been going on for a while. Look what happened with Mitch McConnell. And we were never told what his deal is either.
The American people have no right to know anything about our leadership.
I mean, we're told that was tee hydration. He freezes twice on two separate indications. And that's dehydration.
I've been dehydrated before.
STU: How many times at you phrase?
PAT: A total of -- carry the one. None. Yeah. Zero times.
STU: Because you carried the one and he went.
PAT: Where are we now, as a nation? It's -- it's astounding.
GLENN: What we're seeing is a show.
GLENN: And it's becoming more and more obvious.
When the president just doesn't have to -- doesn't have to be aware. Notified.
When our leadership can be wildly impaired.
When -- when what's her name from California. When they were whispering into her ear.
Just vote yes.
GLENN: We're not being represented by the people we are putting into office.
Somebody else is representing themselves. Not us.
Themselves. How does this happen?
There's no chain of command? None. I mean, shouldn't that bother everybody?
PAT: Yeah. Democrats.
GLENN: Democrats too.
PAT: Yeah. Hmm.
STU: Yeah. And, look, we were honest. To bring up Pat's example, all of us called out the Mitch McConnell as completely unacceptable when it happened.
STU: And he should not be in the Senate. I stand by that. He should be gone.
PAT: Right. Me too. Yes.
STU: They need to put somebody else in there. You can't have two of those moments, and continue in that. It's totally separate from whether you think he's doing a good job or not. Or whether you think he's passing bills or not. It doesn't matter.
It's the country we're talking about. And watching the way this is going county do. It not only is disturbing. And makes you question a lot of things. It's also just utterly embarrassing. It's embarrassing that we have a president who can't find the jet that he's supposed to go on. He can't figure out which side of the stage to walk off.
GLENN: No. His wife has to come out and escort him offstage.
STU: It's embarrassing. It's embarrassing. This is supposed to be the world's superpower we're talking about.
Not like a sketch comedy troupe, and that's what it feels like we're sitting in right now.
GLENN: Here's something from the Wall Street Journal because this is very, very important. The world's wealthiest person has used LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, often at private parties around the world, where the attendees sign non-disclosure agreements or give up their phones to enter, according to the people who have witnessed his drug use and others with knowledge of it.
GLENN: Well, then you're in -- I mean, I believe you would be in violation of your non-disclosure agreement, but maybe that's just me.
Musk has previously smoked marijuana in public, and has said he has a prescription for the psychedelic ketamine.
So what they're talking about in this article, is illegal drug use. That's a violation of federal policies. And NASA is very concerned about it. Okay. That -- that could jeopardize SpaceX billions of collars in government contracts.
They are coming after this guy, again.
Now, by the way, so you know, when Elon Musk went on to Joe Rogan a few years ago, and was smoking pot, the -- the NASA came. And said, hey, we're a little concerned.
You know, are you doing illegal drugs.
And he said, you know what, you can test me any time.
So he did random drug screening. I think he did it for three or four years. Because NASA said, I want to make sure you're not on drugs, when we're launching things.
So this isn't even an issue. Where Y is the Wall Street Journal -- we don't care that the president is so lost on stage.
He's the guy that has to make the decision. Or is he?
If we go to war. And the second guy, who is in that chain of command. The Secretary of Defense.
He's in ICU for a week. And nobody knows.
And you're worried about the drug use. That you're already testing Elon Musk for.
Otherwise, he might -- maybe he should use his federal funding. My gosh, everything is upside down.
GLENN: And we have people in office, who don't even understand, what kind of government, they have been elected to.
You know, the Jeanne Shaheen quote over the weekend.
The tweet that she sent out, about Ben Franklin. Saying that he said, we've got a democracy, if you can keep it.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
She did not.
PAT: Yeah. She did. Yeah. Senator in the US Senate. A democracy, if you can keep it. That's not what we said. That's not what we are.
GLENN: No. No. That just shows, you are either so stupid, or you know exactly what you're doing.
PAT: That's what I think it is.
GLENN: And I think that too. You can't know that quote, and think it was democracy.
PAT: No. You can't.
GLENN: I mean, the whole point of that quote is, it's a republic. And those are hard to keep.
PAT: It's incredible.
Again, it's embarrassing. And it's incredible. But there is a concerted effort, to make this into a democracy.
They've been trying to get us used to that phrase for years now.
I mean, they are -- they are really pushing it hard. Really pushing it.
GLENN: So tell me, both of you, there is a -- there is a story here. Yet, JP Morgan. One of the big guys of JP Morgan Chase. Just came out. He's a strategist. Came out and he's predicted, the presidential race.
And it goes to Joe Biden, he says. No. No. Uh-uh.
His prediction goes to Joe Biden, pulling out of the presidential race.
PAT: Oh. Uh-huh.
GLENN: He says, he's going to drop out, after Super Tuesday, and cite health reasons, as he faces dismal poll numbers. You buy that?
PAT: I don't think that's going to happen. But I hope it does. I mean, it should. It should.
GLENN: Who do you want?
PAT: Who do I want?
GLENN: Not want. But who do you think they will give it to?
PAT: I think they turn to Gavin Newsom.
They'll try to Michelle Obama. But I don't know that she wants it. To have
I don't think she does.
And so they'll have to turn to Gavin Newsom, if that happens.
And I don't think Gavin Newsom wins. I don't think there's any way. California is in bad shape. And he's overseen it all. So I don't know why you would consider him, as an option.
STU: Right. It's so weird. It's not like they -- you can find Democrats that maybe have untouched resumes. And maybe think that they're food candidates.
I mean, Newsom has been terrible, on everything.
GLENN: Every front.
STU: His entire city is falling apart.
His entire country is falling apart. The city fell apart when he was mayor of San Francisco. And he got caught. He did a horrible job with COVID.
He got caught, by the way, having dinner when everyone else was supposed to locked in their homes.
The other part about this. No one remembers.
He had an infectious disease expert, as the head of their medical debate. Ready to go. And instead of giving the job to her. This is right before COVID.
He gave it to some woman who was completely unqualified, because she happened to have a different skin tone.
It was a total DEI hire, according to multiple people, inside the California government.
To the point that she was so embarrassing when COVID started, they had to start hiding her, from the -- from the media. And eventually, had to basically walk her out the door. Because she was a catastrophe.
All of this happened in front of our eyes.
Everyone saw it go on.
And they're like, he's the leader.
That's how bad their fringe is.