Glenn: New TikTok filter could be DISASTROUS for society
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Glenn: New TikTok filter could be DISASTROUS for society

Earlier this year, TikTok unveiled a new filter (the ‘Glamour’ filter) which could bring with it DISASTROUS consequences for our society. Glenn and Stu explain how this new filter doesn’t just smudge some edges or add makeup — it completely TRANSFORMS your face into one that looks like a model’s. What will this mean for teenage girls? How will this affect beauty standards? Why aren’t the same women who were once outraged at magazines for photoshopping images speaking out in the same way now? And is this kind of terrifying filter available for TikTok users in China, or just in the Western World? Glenn and Stu discuss all these questions, plus more…

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GLENN: Hey, the Chinese government has just introduced a new filter on TikTok that's going to be really good for all of us, especially our girls.

You're going to love this.

STU: Remarkable.

GLENN: This is a new filter that you can put on all of your TikToks. And it is making, you know, beautiful women and average-looking women and a few not so good-looking women, look like models.

STU: They all look incredible, in realtime.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Even on mobile. And these filters, which are -- have a basis in a computational model of facial beauty, will alter your face in realtime, not look a little bit better. We've all seen filters, right?

It blurs a little bit. And it makes your skin look a little bit more smooth, or whatever. And this changes you completely into an incredibly good-looking person -- version of yourself.

GLENN: And it's not just like a makeup effect.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I mean, it's -- it actually alters your face, into -- takes what you have, but then alters it in such a way, to where it beautifies you.

STU: Yeah. I retweeted this at Stu Does America. If you want to see some of the back and forth. And the commentary in some ways, is as valuable as the picture. Because the picture will make your jaw drop, when you see what these people really look like.

But then also, every one of them has this reaction like, oh, my gosh, I look so beautiful. And then they show their real face. And they say, oh, gosh, I've never felt more ugly.

What is this going to do to people?

GLENN: Oh, it's terrifying. It is terrifying. And, you know, I have to tell you, the first though was, how do I get one of these for our cameras? But that was really more about you, than me. You know, I know what I'm inflicting on you, if you happen to be watching.

STU: Right.

GLENN: There's a reason I'm on radio, you know.

STU: No kidding.

GLENN: Shut up.

Because you're there too.

STU: No kidding.

GLENN: If you're watching on the Blaze. I don't know if you can take it from behind me, and show what's on the screen. But this -- this woman, she is pretty. She just looks like she got up in the morning. Right? She doesn't have any makeup on. But she looks pretty. And look at that.

Now she's a -- an absolute model.

And she is -- she's one of them that's like, this is -- they're all saying the same thing. This is bad for society.

STU: Yeah. My initial two reactions were the same as yours. Which is, oh, my gosh, this is terrible for society.

How do I get this on every camera I use? The market is going to push this through. It's too good. It's too good.

Everyone will want to look like this. Especially when you have an entire society based on turning people into broadcasters.

GLENN: When you -- when you -- for instance, let's say I would use this.

And then I would be out in public. And they would be like, oh, my -- he's a dog face boy. What happened? You know what I mean?

STU: You know what, Glenn. What does being out in public even matter anymore, to these people? There is it don't out in public. There's just this camera. There's just the social media.

GLENN: But then think about how hollow this is.

Let's say you become famous, because you're so beautiful. But you're only beautiful in the virtual world.

And you get all kinds of attention, and all kinds of love and blah, blah, blah. And you're so hot. And then you go out in the real world, and you're the dog face boy.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You're not going to want to be out in public anymore.

STU: Right.

There is no, and then you go out in public. Right?

That just ends --

GLENN: It's terrifying.

STU: It ends.

And it's just going to screw with people.

Think of -- think of the teenage girls. We've been talking about it for a while. Who already have all sorts of problems, and what it's doing to their brains.

GLENN: Can I say, where are the women's groups? Do you remember when we used to complain?

STU: Glamour Magazine is Photoshopping. Oh, are they? That's a real problem compared to this.

GLENN: Yeah. Where are those people? I will tell you, I will not -- I started my dad years, just thinking, I would have loved to be a child in this era, because it has everything. You know what I mean?

Anything you want, you have access to. And now, as I have teenagers and I see the pain they're in all the time -- you go to school, and the girl -- my gosh. Girls are so vicious to each other.

You think, you know, I am so sick of hearing about boys and, you know, how bad boys are. And men are.

Girls are vicious. They are absolutely vicious with one another.

But my daughter comes home. My son comes home.

I can't imagine all of the pressures. My sisters had, you know, Vogue magazine, or what was the one you just said? Glamour.

STU: Glamour, Cosmo.

GLENN: Cosmo. They had those. That, you know, I can't live up to that.

STU: Right.

GLENN: This. How is can't daughter or your son -- does it do it to men?

STU: It does. And I haven't -- the transitions don't seem as dramatic with guys, I guess.

GLENN: Of course not.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: It just maybe puts us in pants, instead of cargo shorts.
(laughter)

STU: You just have my shirt no longer has wrinkles.

GLENN: We can't do any more than that.

STU: That's it. We're not scientists here.

GLENN: And isn't that weird that it's mainly for women? That they don't really have it for guys?

Women are already so freaked out about their looks. Guys are like, oh, I've got -- oh, yeah. It's just a piece of baloney been stuck in my beard for a week.

I'm sorry. Thank you.

STU: Yeah. Remove spinach from your teeth.

GLENN: Right. That's all it does. That's all it does.

STU: The guy who is talking about it on Twitter said, the effect seems to do different things to different people. On men in general, it's very subtle. Not so subtle on women, much harsher and unrealistic expectations. But even on men, it's not just makeup. It makes structural changes to the face.

You know, and you just look at this. And you're saying, you know, as we deal with this, think of --

GLENN: It's incredible.

STU: Now even the real people have turned into the AI models. Right?

You're not even seeing people anymore.

Think of every advertisement. Think of every account you follow.

These people will all start using this stuff.

GLENN: Think of this, when they say they airbrush her hips to be a little bit -- no.

No. No. This is so far beyond that.

And it's being done in realtime, to your daughters.


STU: And the market --

GLENN: Get off TikTok.

STU: Yeah. But wait. Just because it comes directly from the Chinese Communist Party. You think I should remove it from my phone?

Why wouldn't I carry it around with me, everywhere, with every piece of monitoring technology, that the Chinese government could ever beg for. Isn't that a better option?

GLENN: I would -- I would love to see if TikTok is doing this to their own people. I highly doubt it.

STU: Lots of times they aren't. Their algorithms often will promote, hey, here's some -- some incredible -- an accomplishment. A female, Chinese scientist. Like, for example, releasing a plague on the -- on the world.

They'll promote these incredible achievements.

GLENN: We like to call her "bat lady."

STU: Bat lady. Here's bat lady. She's -- remember coronavirus? That was her!

GLENN: She changed the world!

STU: She sure did. Look how many millions of capitalists she destroyed.

But they will -- like, these incredible achievements by Chinese citizens, they will promote those in the TikTok algorithm there. And then for us, internal to America, we get people who have had tragedies, who have been -- you know, who are developing Tourette's Syndrome out of nowhere.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: You know, all of the Tide pods.

GLENN: Yeah. You just get all of the -- yeah, you get the dumbest of the dumb, which just --

STU: Dumb. Victimhood. Tragedy.

That's what gets promoted there, to our algorithm.

GLENN: And people think that we're not really in a war with China. They think that -- I mean, even my own family. I -- my wife has TikTok. My wife -- I bet your wife has TikTok.

STU: Good God, of course she does.

Half the time I'm saying this to her, hoping she's listening.

GLENN: Right. And it's like, okay. Guys, we got to stop with TikTok. Got to stop with TikTok. It's really bad. Yeah. I know. I know. It's gathering information on everybody.

Yeah. Okay. Yeah, it's gathering information on everybody. If I would have said, hey. By the way, the Nazis -- the Nazis are back in Germany, Hitler is actually alive. And they have this device where they're gathering all the information on you.

You might say, that's a bad idea. I'm not going to help them.

STU: And I will also mention, their genocide killed far fewer people than the one in China.

GLENN: Thank you.

STU: So, yeah.

I think it's kind of a bad idea. And, you know, look, I think -- this is a debate that will go on until the end of time.

I mean, these -- these -- this is such an egregious one.

Look, Mark Zuckerberg is really annoying. You know, Mark -- I don't think -- I don't want to give my information to Mark Zuckerberg either.

I don't want to give it to Google either. I don't want to give it to Apple either. But like, when it's actually owned by the Chinese Communist Party, is there no line?

I mean, seriously, this party is literally responsible for more deaths than the Nazis. They currently have millions of people in prison camps, and are basically at war with us. They just floated a freaking balloon over our country, to spy on us.

And we're like, I think they can get access to everything I've ever done. And my location at all times. And all my photos. And all the words I've typed and then deleted.

And everything -- they should have access then. They seem like nice people.

I don't know.

Sounds like there's a flaw in the logic somewhere.

Somewhere.

GLENN: When you have -- when you have -- when you have TikTok. Correct me if I'm wrong.

They monitoring everything. So if you do your banking online.

That's all being sent to the Chinese communist government.

They know your banking.

Your banking code. They've got it all.

STU: Certainly, they deny they have that.

GLENN: Of course, they do.

STU: But there have been many security experts and agencies that have come out and said, no. They are doing -- I mean, they have access to basically everything.

GLENN: Everything. Even what you deleted.

So I'm typing, you know what, you SOB, you better -- I better not do that. Delete, delete, delete.

Hey, Mike, you know, I was really disappointed in our conversation. You know what I mean? They have the first draft. They have everything.

STU: Again, a lot of people are like, well, I don't care. I never do anything that I would have a problem with --

GLENN: The Chinese.

STU: -- being public. Or having the Chinese -- I don't do anything. And I get that. A lot of people haven't. For example, I doubt that's true. You know, one of the things we talked about before, is this theory of cloudburst. The cloudburst apocalypse, which is, we put everything up in the cloud. It all sits up there. What if, at some point, AI, for example, hacks all of it at once. And releases all of it. Everything you've typed on a private message, on your computer.

Every photo you've ever put anywhere. What if all of that, for everyone comes out on the same day in a searchable fashion?

Theoretically possible in the future. And, yes. You might think, well, I never did anything. First of all, I doubt it. If everything you ever typed got out there, you're telling me, you wouldn't have friendships that blew up, at the very least? Not to mention, your financial future.

But forget that for a second. You are helping to fund this effort, which is targeting people all around the world. That did do something that might run afoul of the Chinese government.

You're helping fund it. You're giving them money. You're funding the operation, when they go and take down some dissident in a helpless person in some other country.

GLENN: All right. By the way.

STU: You're doing all of that.

GLENN: That's on TikTok, and you'll be able to find the rest of this monologue on TikTok later on this afternoon.

“This Should Have Been Identified”: Security Expert Explains Failures at Trump Rally
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“This Should Have Been Identified”: Security Expert Explains Failures at Trump Rally

It's clear that many things went wrong with security on the day of Trump's near-assassination at his rally in Pennsylvania. "The Secret Service, in my view, is inept," Glenn says. Former Department of Defense intelligence analyst Jason Buttrill, who spent years planning and leading protective details for politicians, stars, and other high-profile people, joins to explains what he believes the biggest failures were. Why weren't law enforcement officers placed on the rooftop the attacker used? Should the Secret Service have shot first? Why has it taken so long for the government to release more information on the killer? And — scariest of all — did he work alone?

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GLENN: All right. We have Jason Buttrill with us. Who is my chief researcher.

And also, in charge of national security, and -- and -- and global wars and everything else, that we have to look at. He has extensive background in military intelligence. And that's why you know military intelligence was a joke, because Jason was involved in it.

But it was also -- you were never a lead of my detail, right? Of my protective detail?

JASON: I was never the lead, but I was the manager on your detail, and I led many other details in the past.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

So the reason why I'm still alive today, is Jason was not in charge of the detail.

JASON: That's good. That's good.

GLENN: Yeah. But I will tell you, that we have had many dealings with Secret Service. And without getting into any of the details, but I would be running to testify on it, the Secret Service is in my view, inept. It's nothing against the agents or anything. I think the people who run it, they rely on money and technology, and they just don't think.

And we have seen things that could get people killed, quite honestly. We've experienced it, with the Secret Service ourselves.

And I've been warning about this, for a very, very long time.

Now, Jason, you have actually planned events like this with the Secret Service. You have been with major politicians, and done major events, not only with me, but with others. And worked side by side with the Secret Service. How could this have happened?

JASON: I'm glad you had me on today, Glenn. Because I saw a lot of speculation. I think it's important to understand how these things happened.

How did we get to where we got to on Saturday. And I just want to briefly run down.

I will reveal a few tricks of the trade here. I think it's good for crazy people and potential attackers to know this as well, to know how difficult it is.

It should be almost impossible to pull off what happened on Saturday.

But, as you know, Glenn. You've seen this work, an advance team is always sent out. This is copied from the Secret Service level all the way to the governor's protected details. All the way to public officials. Or, you know, personalities like yourself.

But an advance team would go out. Secret Service would go out, weeks in advance. They would go out and set up a multi-tiered security plan. So basically, like let's say you see a president on a rope line. And he's shaking hands.

And, you know, patting people on the back. That's political smoke and mirrors.

Those are not people that just randomly show up. Those are friends, family, highly trusted people that have been vetted. That talks a little bit of the sexiness out, but that's the same way as when Donald Trump is on a stage. The people right in front of him are supposed to be there.

They have been given access. They have a wristband or lanyard. They're wanded. They're checked. They're fully vetted, trusted people right in front of them. There's another tier beyond that.

They're usually high level donors. They're also very, very trusted. Vetted. They've been searched. Then once you get beyond that, there's not a thousand Secret Service agents out there. So they have to delegate to law enforcement officers. Local law enforcement officers, SWAT, just regular beat cops. They designated those areas.

Now, as all this is happening, they also identify further out threats. And they -- they identify sectors of fire. Positions of fire.

Potential sniper positions. Going all the way to like a thousand yards.

130-yard sniper position. Absolutely, which -- which is where this attacker was. Would have been identified.

And there would have been several designated. They would have said, this is alpha position. This is bravo position. Whatever.

They can go through them. So they can quickly address the situation. They would also, in this instruct the witness not to answer plan, have local law enforcement guarding those areas to make sure no one would gain access to those areas. And they would number contact with the Secret Service.

Now, there's multiple different questions here, that need to be asked. As you said in full transparency. Knowing this entire complex plan, A, did the Secret Service designate those sniper positions as they always do, and as they're supposed to?

Now, let's assume they did. The second question. Did law enforcement adequately man those positions?

It does not appear so, on the videos that we have seen.

I mean, we've got tailgaters, basically, screaming at law enforcement. The only thing missing was like a couple of beer cans hanging off their helmets. And they're chugging down beers. That's basically -- hey. Look over there. There's a guy climbing up there. How did no one respond? That breaks the entire plan. There should have been a law enforcement officer or officers watching it.

GLENN: Right. So there's also the fact that when you have a position like that.

First of all, that position, if it was left open.

They keep saying. Well, it wasn't part of the secure perimeter.

It was 130 yards away. You know, when you are on rooftops and sniper positions, you don't have to be on just the building right across the street. You can be watching all of the rooftops, all the way around, that have any kind of angle at that street. So not only should they have somebody there, or at least had a team around. And it looks like they had local police. And I don't know if local police failed.

But they also, when you have a position like that, and, for instance, there's woods in this same venue area.

You always put up something that blocks the view, so you would go up on that roof. And you would say, okay. There is the podium.

So let's put up a big screen. Or a big sign, or something, that blocks that view from that position. They didn't do that either.

PAT: Yeah. To say, as an excuse, that it was outside the secured perimeter, is absolutely ridiculous. I cannot believe someone would say that. I've been at events where Secret Service was there. Where there was a river, hundreds of yards away. But they still had local law enforcement driving Zodiacs up and down the river, because they were worried about potential snipers coming from a boat. That was not inside the perimeter, but that was a potential firing position that they had identified.

Now, that's the key right here. They would have identified all these positions, especially 130 yards, with a clear line of sight to the president. That would have been identified. There would have been a team of law enforcement officers, or should have been, protecting that area. Now, did they leave that -- this is the second question. First question was, did Secret Service identify them? I'm assume they did.

Second question, did law enforcement adequately man those positions? Third, and this is probably the scariest part of the question, was there a law enforcement officer there?

Was there help given to the shooter? Now, this is not a conspiracy theory. It's a question. It needs to be asked. Because we heard people saying, there's the shooter, no one did anything about it.

So they -- look, this has to been done in full transparency. Can you imagine, Glenn? And the JFK assassination. All these weird things that happened. Right?

You have, let's just say, there were cell phones and camera phones. And they were like, again with their beers and helmets. And they're like, look at that. And they're film the grassy nothing like. Look, officer, there are guys at the grassy nothing like. They have fedoras on. They have sniper rifles.

And they're about to shoot. Like, can you imagine, if we had all of this evidence, what would the conspiracy theories be like then? This is what we have right now. We need to ask these questions. It's very, very rational to do so.

GLENN: So we're about to have Dallas Alexander on. Do you know who he is?

JASON: Oh, yeah. Very, very famous sniper here.

GLENN: Yeah. So he's a sniper, and he says, there's no way this happened without help. I don't want to go there. I don't want to believe that.

Because that takes us into an entirely different world.

JASON: Yeah.

GLENN: Do you believe that as a realistic possibility?

JASON: Okay. Okay. I think it is a possibility. There are also the other random possibilities that it was just lackadaisical security, by the local law enforcement, in my opinion. I'm not jabbing law enforcement. But I don't think they make great security guards because they're primarily reactionary.

GLENN: Right.

JASON: The Secret Service aspect of security like that is not reactionary. It's preventing the attack before it happens. The law enforcement, as a security --

GLENN: It's why they -- it's why the shooter, which I don't believe was a Secret Service sniper, may have only shot after shots were fired.

JASON: That's what I mean.

GLENN: Where Secret Service. You're in Secret Service, you have permission. You see a guy with a gun, pointed at the president, shoot him before he shoots.
Where, law enforcement would need the permission to shoot, unless he shot first. Would they not?

JASON: Right. That's exactly right. Secret Service is a different mindset than other law enforcement. Basically, they don't manage a situation with a firearm. If you see a Secret Service with a firearm, it typically means someone is getting shot. Law enforcement is completely different.

But I will not rule out the fact that it could just be very lax security. Maybe they were big Trump fans. Maybe they weren't fans at all. Maybe it was the exact opposite.

And they weren't as vigilant as they could have been, and someone was able to sneak over there. That is possible.

But the most random things in assassinations happen. Who would have known that Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian activist, would have been posing as, or blending in with hotel staff, and would have been in the right place at the right time, and caught RFK going through that private areas. You've been through those areas yourself, in public events? It's chaotic. Who would have known? Things like that happen.

Who would have thought that a crazed Hinckley would have -- looking to gain the support of Jodi Foster. Had no political ideology at all, just was a crazy guy looking to impress a movie star, would have been able to get to Ronald Reagan. These things do happen.

GLENN: So I want to ask you about the things that are being said now about the shooter, that we really don't know who he is.

I don't believe that for a second. If so, what the hell is the CIA and NSA doing with all of the eavesdropping on all of our communications? I don't believe that at all.

And this ruse, this lie, that, well, we just don't know. We don't know anything about him. We don't. You know, it smells of the Nashville shooter. Now, it's still early. But if they don't come out with the full detail on this guy, they're going to lose all credibility.

"A Different Fight": What Glenn Hopes Trump Will Say in His RNC 2024 Speech
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"A Different Fight": What Glenn Hopes Trump Will Say in His RNC 2024 Speech

Former President Donald Trump said that he has completely changed his RNC 2024 speech after surviving an assassination attempt. His new speech will allegedly focus on unity instead of political jabs. So, Glenn lays out what he hopes Trump will say in his speech: "What we need in the United Sates is not division, hatred, violence, or lawlessness. It is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another...We need to fight, but not with violence. We need to stand up and show what America really means. To stand up against the fear and intimidation."

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GLENN: I want to make something really, really clear. The only one to blame for this assassination is the shooter. He's the one who tried to shoot the president, with the facts that we know right now.

I -- I am bringing up the president and the left's rhetoric, for a couple of reasons.

Did it play a role? Absolutely. Are they responsible for it? Well, I want to get into that in just a second.

But the rhetoric has been non-stop, that this guy is Hitler, that has to be eliminated. He's a Hitlerian, he's a fifth Reich. He's going to round people up just like Hitler did. That plays a role in unstable heads. Okay?

But you can't -- you can't be responsible for all unstable people that are out there. Because there are a lot of unstable people.

But you can watch your language. Here's what I think really happened with this kid. And I'm just guessing.

This kid is being pumped full of all kinds of bad ideas, in school. He is being pumped full of all kinds of bad ideas in the media, and social media. He is also seeing that you're really kind of a hero, if you, you know, are part of BLM.

And you burn a city down.

If you're on the right side, there is -- there is no trial for you.

There's no problem.

In fact, the vice president will bail you out!

So he's seeing the lack of enforcement, on one side. Which makes it appear, that that side is right.

And the oldest question in -- known to man in the 20th century is, if you could go back, and kill Baby Hitler, would you?

Implying that you're a hero, if you would.

The only one that's responsible, is the shooter. But there are other things that influence the minds of unstable people.

And I want to bring their rhetoric into play because, why are they going after Donald Trump, for January 6th.

Because he said, go to the capital, peacefully. Let your voice be heard.

They're saying he incited this.

Those aren't inciting word.

Inciting words are much more like, it's time we put a bull's-eye on Donald Trump. And Donald Trump is Hitler, who has to be eliminated.

Now, I don't think that Joe Biden meant the bull's-eye thing, just like Sarah Palin didn't mean the crosshairs.

But if you're going to be consistent, if you're going to be morally consistent, if you're actually outraged by crosshairs, then you should be outraged by a bull's-eye.

And if you think somebody's rhetoric can actually cause people to go to the Capitol and tear it apart, well, then you should be concerned about the rhetoric of this guy is Hitler, that has to be eliminated

And if you want to be morally consistent, because you're trying that guy, shouldn't you be trying this president as well?

Is anybody on the -- on the left, beginning to see the problems, with the cases that they have brought?

So here's what I hope the president would say. First of all, I don't think I've seen a bigger act of courage in my lifetime, from a president. To stand up and insist that he can look at the crowd.

Make an opening for me, so I can see the crowd, and to raise his fist and say, fight!

Now, I know a lot of people on the left, they want to say, well, see, he's going for violence.

No. Fight for what you believe in. Stop being mealy mouthed about it. Stand up. Stand up.

Fight at the ballot box. Stand up, and stop just being plowed under by lies. Fight.

You're darn right. You're darn right.

I thought it was an amazing moment. However, I was really happy to read, what he said, he's going to Milwaukee yet another amazing -- think about what it feels like to be shot at.

And almost killed. How long would it take before you could go out in public again?

He went last night, to Milwaukee. Which is significant. We'll tell you why here in a little while. He goes to Milwaukee. And he's on the ground, and he says, he's changing the theme of the convention that's happening this week.

He's changing it to unity. To peace. I would hope the president will come out and say something along the lines of, we're standing here today, because America is resilient.

A few days ago, somebody tried to kill me.

But by God's grace, that bullet only grazed me. But it is a stark reminder, of the divisions and the anger that we see today.

And we're at a critical moment. And when you have a bullet whiz by your head, there's two ways to go. One is vengeance, and the other is unity.

And our nation is divided. Trust is low.

In our neighborhoods, and the media, everywhere. But let me echo the word of RFK.
When Martin Luther King was shot. What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence, or lawlessness.

But it is love and wisdom. And compassion toward one another.

America is the land of the underdog. Of the little guy. And we've always been that way. But when I say fight, what I mean is the little guy needs to rise up. Make sure your voice is heard, to be not afraid.

We need to fight. But not with violence. We fight with our words.

We fight on the street, with our words and our actions.

And we need to stand up and show, what America really needs.

To stand up against the fear and intimidation. Remember, America was built on the idea that all men and women are created equal.

With unalienable rights. Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.

They're not just word.

They are the foundation of this country. Beginning today, let's show the rest of the world, what it means, to be American.

If you believe that America is an exceptional place, then it's the people, that make it that way. Every voice matters. Every citizen matters.

Stand up for the principles in our Bill of Rights. Defend the truth, with integrity and courage. Forgive others. Without compromising our values.

I would hope the president would say, join me now, in a different fight.

Not with guns. But with ideas. Not with hatred. But with understanding.

To begin to write a new chapter in our history.

Let's rise above our differences, and find our e pluribus unum, our common ground again.

Because I do believe all Americans should not be afraid of their commander-in-chief.

If you are afraid of the president, either on the right, or the left, that is showing you and screaming at you, the power in the Oval Office, is too great.

And our -- our republic is out of balance. And that's what project 2025 is all about. That's what I'm going to try to do.

That's what the Supreme Court is going tolerance.

They are not empowering the seat of the presidency.

I am a president that is going to try to reduce the power of the presidency.

We're the United States of America. And we're strong. We're brave. We're compassionate.

But it's time to rise to the challenge, and fight with the spirit that has always guided us.

Let's be the light in dark times.

Let's stand together. Shoulder to shoulder.

We're not a nation divided by fear.

We need to be a nation united by hope.

This is our time.

To prove the American dream is alive and well.

That's what I hope the president says. We already know the difference between the policies. We know fort first time in my lifetime, we have two presidents, two administrations we can A-B compare. It's not like, well, will he do this?

We know what he did last time. We know what Joe Biden has done this time. The winning message will be the message that most Americans want to hear. This has got to stop. And it's not going to stop by me forcing half the country to shut up. It's not going to stop by them forcing the other half to shut up.

It's going to happen because a leader stands up. And says, enough is enough.

And can convince the American people, can reverse all the damages that the elites in our colleges and universities and media has done over the last 20 years, to convince us that we're a bad people, that we're a racist people. We've done some bad things, but usually the worst things we do, are led by our own government.

And I've never believed the government was America. I've always believed the citizens were.

There are a couple of things, that could come our way, that we should be aware of. But the most important thing is that you reach out, to those who think the differently, and you show them, we're not the neo-Nazi fascists, that they have been groomed to believe. It is important today, that we all reach out to somebody that doesn't agree to us, that is a friend.

And just say, how are you doing today? Yeah, I know.

Our guy was shot. But I want you to know, I don't hold you responsible for that.

I'm sure you were just as offended as I was. If they weren't, move on.

But most likely, any decent American was horrified, by what they saw over the weekend.

“That Doesn’t Add Up”: Top Sniper Exposes the Biggest Holes in the Trump Shooting Narrative
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“That Doesn’t Add Up”: Top Sniper Exposes the Biggest Holes in the Trump Shooting Narrative

Dallas Alexander was part of the special operations unit that broke the world record for the longest confirmed sniper kill. He has also worked VIP protection at the highest levels. Now, he tells Glenn why he believes Trump's failed assassin didn't act alone: "someone on the 'inside' had to have helped with this." Dallas also explains how difficult this shot would be to make and why he has a hard time believing the rooftop used by the killer wasn’t marked by the Secret Service: “[Even] children who play Call of Duty or go to paintball would know that that roof is the most important position to secure, period.”

Transcript

Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.

As we say, hello, now to Dallas Alexander. He is a retired Canadian Special Forces sniper. He actually holds the record for the longest kill, and that is at 2.1 miles, which is remarkable. Just the amount of math involved in that, just hurts my head.

Dallas, welcome to the program.

DALLAS: Hey, thanks for having me.

GLENN: You bet. So you have said some pretty controversial things, and I -- I wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth. Because you do have experience in this.

You don't believe that this was just incompetence, on the Secret Service's side?

DALLAS: Yeah. That's right.

GLENN: Can you make the case?

DALLAS: Yeah. I think -- like you said, I have some experience. I -- I did that job for a long time. Close protection, and -- and protecting VIPs and stuff. Up to -- up to and including our Prime Minister in Canada, who is part of our job.

And I think at looking at the situation yesterday or the day before, rather, that the -- any -- any amount of tactical professional. I mean, I've seen videos. And there was I don't know how many on the ground, from police and Secret Service. And there was just -- there were too many people there, to not have the most obvious position covered. Like, I said this before, children who play Call of Duty or go to paintball, would know that that roof is the most important position. And that building is one of the most important buildings to secure, period.

Like, just not picking that up, is impossible.

GLENN: It seems impossible to me. But, you know, sometimes the impossible happens just through sheer incompetence.

So what are you -- in your world where you are -- you're just war gaming this, I think it's important for people to know, there's no evidence of anything yet, except questions and what the question Dallas just brought up, is 100 percent valid and needs to be answered to satisfactory. We have to know why they weren't watching that, if they weren't.

So what do you think would have happened?

DALLAS: Well, I think that -- and this is what I said on a video yesterday.

Is that -- and this isn't me pointing a finger at anyone in particular, or a party or an agency. But someone within like the inside, quote, unquote, had to have helped with this.

Like, you can't walk through layers of security like that, and then climb up a ladder, to the most obvious shooting position, and take a shot at, you know, the former president.

And maybe shoot your president. Like somewhere along that chain. You know, I think there's talk coming up, that he had a van. And there were explosives. Like, details are going to be crazy for a little while.

GLENN: Right.

DALLAS: But just from that, to having the shots happen, there had to have been someone who helped with that.

GLENN: Well, Dallas, they did say that this was not part of the -- not part of the secure location. This was an adjacent property.

So he didn't have to go through security to get the rifle there. But, again, you would have been -- if you're a Secret Service, you would have been at least -- if you're not covering that building, with bodies, and somebody up on there, you would at least be covering it with eyesight, would you not?

DALLAS: Yeah. Absolutely. And especially with a covered approach like that, being the building sloping away from the other sniper team or whatever, that could see it. It would be covered.

I saw that. Just it flashed on the screen. At a restaurant, I was in. And immediately, I'm like, the two most obvious things. That building and then the water tower in the background. And you don't need any special training for that.

And yet there were a bunch of people there with special training, and presumably leading up to days before.

JASON: Hey, Dallas, I'm Jason Buttrill, I'm Glenn's head writer and chief researcher. Can you explain from the sniper's perspective, especially in a situation like this, in close protection details, upon visual acquisition of an enemy sniper, does the countersniper have permission to immediately take action and fire, or do they have to go through like a long process of verifying and then getting permission and all of that?

DALLAS: Yes. So that very much depends on the department, what the ROEs are.

And I can't speak to the Secret Service when they're working with the police force. I have no idea. I know, in the jobs that I have done, if there's a sniper position, and I'm a countersniper. Sniper overwatch. Yeah. You're shooting. You're not waiting for someone to give you permission to shoot.

JASON: Can I ask, as a sniper overwatch, do you also -- are you focused on a specific pause, or are you kind of scanning the entire horizon?

DALLAS: Yeah. It sort of depends on the mission and how many other sniper teams there are.

So if you have a bunch of teams, you'll have areas of responsibility. If you are, you know, tasked with watching one specific doorway or something, then that's where you stay. It's mission dependent.

GLENN: Right. So, Dallas, let me ask you. There was a five-mile-an-hour wind.

This is, you know -- it looks like, by the grace of God, Donald Trump turned his head. A, how easy of a shot was this, for a 20-something. And how close did we come to losing a president?

DALLAS: Yeah. That's something, I've been thinking about for the last couple of days. It's crazy.

Because if it would have been just an inch or two the other way, I would -- I just would hate to think about what would happen. You know, in this country and the whole world. It would have been very crazy. But the shot, you know -- I was asking somebody about this yesterday. I haven't gotten confirmation on what the optics on the rifle are, which makes a big difference.

It's not generally a very hard shot. I mean, it's 150 yards roughly. It doesn't take much in training whatsoever, to be able to hit a head-sized target at 150 yards.

Wind definitely would play a factor. I think the caliber is .556. Even that, I'm not 100 percent sure.

It's not a -- it's not a difficult shot. But it's also not unmissable, you know. If he only has an EOTECH sight or something like that. You don't have a lot of gun training. It's not something that you will for sure hit.

Which is why maybe he said, I think it was five or eight rounds.

GLENN: Have you ever -- have you ever shot and had them dead in your sights, and they moved at the very last minute like this? How often does that happen?

DALLAS: Oh, from that range, that's pretty wild, I think. I was very surprised.

I think someone telling me yesterday, that they heard it was an EOTECH sight made a little more sense to me. Because if they had a scoped rifle, you know, with a magnification ten power or whatever, it would have been very -- a different shot. A lot easier to make. So...

GLENN: Dallas, thanks for your -- your weighing in on this.

I really hope that you're wrong. What are the questions that we should be demanding from our Secret Service?

DALLAS: Oh. Jeez. The breakdown, is crazy.

Like, there's so many layers to this. And it would be -- I don't even know who -- who started the planning. How long ago it was. But to miss something that obvious, again, there's just -- I don't think there's an explanation. I think you just need a deep dive investigation. I don't think competence -- and I worked in the government for a long time. So I know incompetence, and there's a ton of it.

I just don't think that -- that is what explains this problem away. I think something happened, and I think there needs to be, you know, a gigantic deep dive investigation. Because it's very, very shady.

GLENN: So you don't think that even incompetence would cover this? Because it's so obvious.

DALLAS: Yeah. I think -- you could take a 10-year-old out there and say, okay. Where do you want to plan security? What should we look at? And it will be a kid who played Call of Duty and tell you, this rooftop, right here is the most dangerous point. It's overlooking where the president is going to be speaking. Where the former president is going to be speaking. It's just it's cliché. It's so obvious.

That and the water tower.

GLENN: But it couldn't just be one person. If that was happening, it would have -- it would have to involve a team, wouldn't it?

Because you -- somebody else on the team would go, Bill, what the hell are you talking about? We've got to cover the roof.

DALLAS: That's what I mean. I'm saying, in all these videos, whether it's Secret Service agents or local police or whatever, is these are all tactical professionals. And even if their level of competence is low, it still doesn't matter.

That's such an obvious, basic thing. You could take a Navy cook or whatever, and he's going to go, oh, yeah, tactically speaking, we have to look at that thing.

So out of all the people on the ground. Out of all the people involved. It doesn't make any sense. That that one position. And the most important position arguably was not being watched.

And like a ladder. Somebody putting a ladder and climbing up. It doesn't make any sense.

GLENN: Well, apparently the ladder was attached to the building. So nobody had to bring a ladder.

Let me -- let me ask you.

The thing that bothers me is that all of the people on the ground were pointing and shouting shooter, shooter, shooter.

Is it possible that nobody heard that? That it didn't get up, to, you know -- to the guys. If you're a police officer or you're in Secret Service, wouldn't you radio that in, immediately?

DALLAS: Yeah. You would hope. This is the part of it, that I think could be -- you could point to incompetence.

I have seen communication breakdown when things get crazy. Radios not work.

Like I'm guessing all the agencies there. Whoever local police. And Secret Service.

They're probably not using the same radio and gear.

Probably someone passing down the message. In chaotic times, I've seen communication be poorly executed, to like a surprising level.

So that -- that part I could almost -- I could almost wrap my head around it being blamed on incompetence.

But I just think everything leading up to there being a guy with a gun on a roof, within essentially zeroing range of a rifle, to the president.

To me, that doesn't add up whatsoever.

GLENN: And they would have reported everything that was said, would they not?


DALLAS: I don't know what the SOPs (phonetic) are, actually, for Secret Service, and police.

The missions I've gone on, unless it's going to like a tactical center or something. Like on the ground, we were not recording our radio conversations.

GLENN: Hmm. Okay. Thank you so much, I appreciate it. No. I know. I know. I know. I know.

Thank you for pointing this out, and having us questions that really need to be answered. Dallas Alexander. Appreciate it. God bless. Stay safe.

DALLAS: Thanks for having me.

The Biggest Questions We Need Answered After the Trump Assassination Attempt
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The Biggest Questions We Need Answered After the Trump Assassination Attempt

There are still a lot of questions that need answers after the failed assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump. How did the shooter get past security and onto the roof? Did the Secret Service designate it as a prime possible sniping location? How was there a ladder there? Were there any guards at all? Why didn’t the police act sooner? Is it true that counter-snipers weren’t assigned to the rally until the day before?! What was up with Trump’s female Secret Service bodyguards? Is the head of the Secret Service – whose previous employment was at PepsiCo – qualified for the job? But there was one thing that should be clear: We came dangerously close to another JFK moment. Glenn notes that while President Biden and the media insist that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about the killer’s motives, it’s clear that he wanted to take out the likely GOP candidate for president.

Transcript

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GLENN: So let me begin with the news.

On July 13th on Saturday, former President Donald Trump was targeted this an assassination attempt, during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

It occurred just after 6:10 p.m. while Trump was delivering a speech. Let me give you the time line. 6:10 gunfire erupted as Trump was speaking at the rally. Trump reacted immediately, crouched behind the lectern, as his Secret Service detail shielded him.

6:15 p.m. Secret Service identified and neutralized the shooter, his name is Thomas Matthew Crooks, who was firing from a rooftop, approximately 150 meters from the stage.

That makes that with a rifle, a very easy shot. 6:20, Trump was escorted off the stage, transported to a medical facility for a minor why are where he was treated and later released. 6:30, law enforcement began securing the area, and investigating the scene, finding additional explosive materials in Crook's car and at his home. President Biden then returned to Washington early, and political reactions to the incident started to emerge.

Now, here are the key details: The shooter was Thomas Matthew Crooks. He's 20 years old. From Bethel Park in Pennsylvania. He used an AR rifle. Managed to reach the rooftop of a nearby building unnoticed.

Hmm. That's not exactly true, according to those in the crowd. But at least unnoticed by Secret Service.

Reports suggest Crook had a complex political background being a registered Republican, but donating to a progressive PAC. We'll get into all of this in a minute.

The immediate response was a clown show. The Secret Service's counterresponse team responded swiftly, according to the facts.

Killing Crooks and preventing further harm. Did they, though?

The incident highlighted potential security lapses and the prompted calls for a thorough investigation into how Crooks could secure access, or to access a secured area, unnoticed by Secret Service, but noticed by the crowd.

Questions have also arisen about the effectiveness of the Secret Service measures, whether adequate precautions were in place. There are allegations and denials regarding the denial of additional security requests by Trump's campaign.

The political reactions are just sick. Now, those are the facts, as we know it.

Now, let me tie a few things together. If Trump would have been killed on Saturday, we would be at Civil War today.

We would have seen for the first time, the president's brains splattered on live television. And because of the details of this, I have a hard time thinking it wouldn't have been viewed as JFK 2.0. If you think that there were conspiracy theories on the grassy knoll. Let's look at this one.

How does someone sneak a rifle on to the grounds? How does someone even know that that building is there?

How is it that he was acting so weird and pacing in front of the metal detectors. They tried to follow him.

But oops. He got away.

How could the kid possibly even think that the highest ground at the venue wouldn't even be watched?

My first guess, would be, hey. That's the one place I shouldn't crawl up to with a rifle.

Because they're most definitely going to be there.

Why wasn't anyone there? Why wasn't anyone watching it?

Nobody except the shooter decided that the highest ground with the best view, and a handy ladder just happened to be there, was a great place to catch?

And nobody in the Secret Service, none of the drones, none of the things we pay millions of dollars for, none of that caught him?

How did he get a ladder there?

If the ladder was there, was it always there? Why is the ladder there?

They weld manhole covers closed. When a president drives down a road. How was there a ladder sitting around, ready to climb up on the highest ground at the venue, and the Secret Service failed to at least take it away?

There is plenty of video, and eyewitnesses. People were yelling, that there was a guy with a rifle, climbing up on a ladder to the roof, for at least 60 seconds.

More like 120 seconds.

Before the first shot was fired.

Why were the police just looking for him?

Why -- why were they just looking at him?

Why did the sniper have him in his sights for over a minute, before he took a shot? Why did a cop climb up the ladder to look around? When the guy pointed a gun at him, he then ducked down and came down off the ladder.

Did he call anyone, to warn?

Can we check to -- if the cop who climbed the ladder saw the shooter with the rifle.

Because this is the same story, that we had in Uvalde. Is he a Uvalde cop? Do we know?

How is it the Secret Service has a -- a body guard, literal body guard, who is a woman, that doesn't even reach Trump's nipples?

How is she going to guard the president's body? With hers?

How is it another female Secret Service agent pulled her gun out, a good four minutes too late?

Then looks around, not knowing what to do. And then couldn't get it back into the holster, because she's a Melissa McCarthy body double. I don't think it's a good idea to have Melissa McCarthy guarding the president.

Let me ask you this: Who trusts the FBI with the shooter's computer?

Will his hard drive get filed with the Nashville manifesto? How is it that they -- they almost didn't have snipers at all, but they got them, the day before the -- the rally, because everything was going to be put on Jill Biden.

I want Jill Biden safe.

I want Jill Biden to have what the first lady should have, for security.

But we are almost 40 trillion dollars in debt. You can't hire a few guys to make sure our candidates are safe?

How is it that we have a Secret Service director, whose experience is literally guarding two liters of Squirt and Spicy Doritos?

Did you know that's her background? Yeah. Yeah. She's in charge of the United States Treasury's secretary service, and her last job was head of security for Pepsi.

How is it they're allowing, you know, randos just to carry guns around the RNC convention now.

But, no. Really, Republicans are going to get the sternest letter written. It's going to be different this time. The letter is going to -- they'll underline stuff, and they will put bold sentences in. This is a game, and that's what makes this sick.

This is a joke. There are members in our country that actually thought that it was okay to post themselves screaming about how this guy was incompetent, how do you miss that shot?

Do you realize how close we came to another JFK? If the president hadn't have turned his head, at the exact moment, it would have gone into the center of his head. And we would be a different country today.

Now Joe Biden is also saying that we shouldn't make assumptions about the motive of the shooter. Well, I think we can assume one thing: He wanted to kill the Republican candidate for president. Can we agree on that at least? Can we assume that?

How can the media even think of blaming Trump for the rhetoric when the Democrats and the media constantly call him literally worse than Hitler, that must be stopped at all costs.

I just want to play some of the stuff that even we forgot about.

Booy who is on my staff, who is in charge of audio and video for my shows. I talked to her this morning, and she said, I even forgot how long ago this started. He was Hitler, who had to be stopped, even if it was an assassination, before he was even president, in 2015!