Former FOX and CNN commentator and show host Glenn Beck appeared on the Howard Stern show last week. What follows is a partial transcript of those segments where he discussed “Third Party” voting as well as those portions where he explicated (his version of) libertarianism.
Stern: It’s Glenn Beck who used to be on FOX news. . .
Beck: It’s good to see you.
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Beck: One of the reasons I’m here today is because we’ve got to stop. We have to find the people who may vote different, may be different, have different philosophies, but we’ve got to sit down with each other and talk.
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Stern: If you come out against gay marriage, there are people who are adamant about gay rights. I am one of them.
Beck: I am not against gay marriage.
Stern: You’re not?!?
Beck: I never have been.
Stern: I thought you were.
Beck: I never have been; I was for gay marriage long before the president. I am a libertarian.
Stern: I’ll bet you a lot of people, like me, misunderstand you. . . .
Beck: I was branded as a GOP guy. I am not a GOP guy; I hate the GOP.
Stern: Are you more Tea Party?
Beck: I am much more libertarian. . . . I hate (the Republican Party) because they are doing the exact same thing the Democratic Party does, just at a slower speed. There is no difference. They are enriching themselves, passing laws that they do not have to abide by. . . . What is that? Get out of my space! Don’t tell me who I can marry. . . Just let’s leave each other alone.
Stern: My perception of you was that you were too right-wing for FOX. . .
Beck: I was too libertarian.
Stern: Too libertarian.
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Beck: I called for a meeting with the heads of GLADD here in New York three months ago. I said, “We can disagree on a lot of things. I am a libertarian, so if you do not want to make a cake for somebody, you don’t make a cake for somebody. . . . Let society sort that out. I go to the bakery or I don’t go to the bakery based on that. But in the grand scheme of things, that is not injustice compared to what is happening to the homosexuals in the Middle East today.”
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Stern: Who do you like for the presidency? I know you don’t like Hillary. I assume you do not like any of the Republicans, so if you had to choose one . . .
Quivers: Rand Paul, maybe?
Beck: Ted Cruz; Rand Paul.
Stern: Why do you think those guys aren’t more popular? People think those guys are crazy, especially Ted Cruz.
Beck: The media and us. We accept the soundbite community. That’s ridiculous. You thought I have a problem with Gay people. You thought I was against gay marriage.
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Stern: Who would make a worse president, Hillary or Jeb Bush?
Beck: It will be the lowest voter turnout in history.
Stern: Who will you vote for?
Beck: Third Party.
Stern: Let’s say you have got to choose between those two, who do you choose?
Beck: What is this; is this the Soviet Union?
Stern: Let’s say there is no Third Party candidate.
Beck: I will not put my name behind. . .
Stern: You won’t vote?
Quivers: He just won’t vote.
Stern: I cannot believe you said that.
Glenn: It’s like saying, “Do you want me to stab you to death or do you want a bullet?”
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Stern: What about the Supreme Court? Our next president is probably going to appoint people to the Supreme Court. Hillary at least believes in a woman’s right to choose. Which I think you would probably support, I hope.
Beck: I don’t.
Stern: You don’t? You are the Libertarian?
Beck: I believe that is a life. I do believe that is murder.
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Stern: You are for gay marriage; Hillary is for gay marriage so maybe you could vote for her just for that reason?
Beck: I can’t. Are you kidding me? The most corrupt . . . no way.
Stern: What politician isn’t corrupt under the definition of (how) they all take lobby money.
Beck: That’s the problem, isn’t it?
Stern: Gerald Ford was in Congress his entire life; he didn’t have a pot to piss in. He gets out of office? He’s a millionaire. Richard Nixon, public servant his whole life, gets out of office, he’s a millionaire. Ronald Reagan, $2,000,000.00 payment from the Japanese. They all do it.
Beck: In Congress they do not have to abide by the same laws as we do. What is that? We have got to take control of our government again.
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Beck: We’re going to be doing something in Birmingham Alabama on 8/28.
Stern: What are you going to be doing?
Beck: I’m asking people to come together and say, “All lives matter, not just black lives, or blue lives, but all lives matter.”
Stern: Birmingham is the best place for that?
Beck: Birmingham is! Movements have started in Birmingham before, it is time to start another one – All Lives Matter.
Stern: I could certainly agree with that.
Quivers: But I ain’t going to Birmingham!
The HOWARD STERN SHOW link to audio highlights of his interview with Glenn is HERE
The GLENN BECK SHOW link to audio and Glenn’s comments about meeting Howard are HERE.
THE BLAZE also posted audio clips HERE.