On Monday's show, Glenn Beck broke down the real issue at the heart of the Paul Manafort case: Corruption and system failures within the Washington, D.C., lobbying industry.
"The media and the president are going to focus on the wrong narrative throughout this entire trial," Glenn said. "We're going to miss something really important because the president and the media have the same problem, they suffer from something I call 'the conflations.' The conflations is a nasty illness that has taken our capital city over."
As Glenn explained, anything to do with Russian aggression gets conflated with collusion, but this serves as a distraction from the deep-rooted issues of an out-of-control lobbying industry. Such as:
- There are over 24,000 registered and shadow lobbyists operating to influence our government.
- Lobbying activity is currently a $6 billion industry.
- Manafort has been a lobbyist for decades, at times working on behalf of some questionable clients such as the now-deposed former president of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
- The charges against Manafort allege that he made more than $60 million in the Ukraine, then disguised the money as loans from made-up companies to avoid paying taxes.
- Chief strategist for Bernie Sanders, Ted Devine, has been named as a witness in the Manafort case. Devine worked with Manafort on the Yanukovych election in 2010.
- Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, was hired by Manafort to lobby for the Yanukovych agenda.
"Lobbyists like Manafort use their political influence and know-how in the United States and sell that to the highest bidder to help them shape our policies here in the U.S.," Glenn said. "The 'Conflations syndrome' will instantly tie this to Trump and the GOP, but this is much, much larger than that. It reaches across all political and ideological sides. And in the world of lobbying there is really only one ideology and that is greed."
Watch the video clip below to get Glenn's take on the Manafort case and the real issue no one is talking about.