- On Tuesday, Glenn Beck said a source told him Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insinuated during a closed-door meeting of Republican senators that anyone who supports FreedomWorks or the Senate Conservatives Fund is a traitor to the party.
- The source is not someone Beck would describe as "on our side," but someone who was present in the meeting who was "disgusted" by what they saw.
- Beck said a second senator also attacked FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, and that he hopes to have that person's name by the end of the day.
- The story had the radio host repeating his recent mantra of "defund the GOP," and urging his listeners not to give "another dime" to the Republican Party.
- A spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell denied the charge to TheBlaze.
A spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell told TheBlaze: “The anonymous claim is false. He neither said nor insinuated that.”
Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, responded to Beck's story in a statement: "We're extremely grateful for the support Glenn and his listeners have shown us today. We're especially thankful that someone is finally exposing how hostile Mitch McConnell is to conservatives in this country."
"Mitch McConnell thinks our conservative supporters are traitors, but they're not the ones quietly cutting deals with Harry Reid and Barack Obama to increase the debt limit, to raise taxes on Americans, and to fund Obamacare," the statement continues. "Mitch McConnell has betrayed the voters in his own party and trampled over our nation's founding principles. It's time for the conservative grassroots to rise up and remove politicians like Mitch McConnell from office. This won't be easy, but our country is blessed to have leaders like Glenn Beck who aren't afraid to stand up to the Republican establishment. He's doing his part and we will do ours. SCF will do everything in its power to help the grassroots support candidates who believe in the Constitution and will fight for the principles of freedom that make America great. If we work together, we can win this battle and take our country back."
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Glenn Beck on Tuesday revealed the name of a Republican senator who allegedly insinuated that supporters of FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund are traitors to the party: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Beck said he was given the information by someone who is not on his "usual list of friends" and who, if he gave you the name, you would probably not think "he's on our side."
The alleged comments were made in a private, off-the-record meeting of Republican senators that reportedly went far beyond politics as usual, and coincide with reports of fierce infighting within the GOP. The New York Times, for instance, recently published a piece comparing Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Dan Coats, and Mitch McConnell to a "lynch mob" in their questioning of Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a private luncheon.
"This guy is just disgusted by what happened, and is one of those guys who was sitting in this meeting, not saying anything, but watching everybody and -- show me your friends and I'll show you your future," Beck remarked. "[Thinking], 'I think my friends are not friends of the republic. Not friends of freedom of speech.'"
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks with reporters just off the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo: AP)
"Here is what happened [at the meeting]," Beck continued. "As they are all standing in there, they are told in not so many words, that they are on the wrong side. That these people have been here for a very long time, and you new senators come in and you think you know it all. And if anyone is working with the Senate Conservatives Fund or FreedomWorks, you're a traitor."
Beck's co-host Pat Gray asked if "traitor" was the actual word used.
"The actual word used was not 'traitor,'" Beck said clearly. "They couldn't remember the actual word, they said, but that's what everybody heard, and that's what set this guy off. Because he was like, 'Yeah, you put 'em in their place.' And then when he heard the word, and he doesn't remember what it was, but he translated it as 'traitor,' and he was like, 'Whoa, that's a little strong.'"
Beck reminded that even during the most contentious debates, the rhetoric is always, "the good senator," or "my friend the senator." But he said this meeting was described as a bloodbath, and "very, very unlike anything senators do."
"Now you would have to ask yourself, I wonder if there were any tapes being made..." Beck remarked. "I don't know. But boy in today's world, I sure would be sweating up a storm."
Beck said there was another senator making similar attacks, and he hopes to have that senator's name by the end of the day.
The second senator reportedly stood up and said something along the lines of, "I want you to know, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund worked hard to unseat me...[and] if any of you take a dollar from either FreedomWorks or the Senate Conservatives Fund, you're an enemy of mine."
Beck remarked: "But the one who wanted everybody to know that you're a traitor, his name is Senator Mitch McConnell."
Beck said the senator may appear all "high-eyed" and "happy-faced" on television, but he is a "ruthless, ruthless authoritarian leader of the GOP."
"So what I want to bring you is a message today, the same message I brought you last week, and that is, it's time to defund the GOP," Beck said.
"If you actually care about the Constitution, there has to be a new party. And I am not interested in starting a third party," he added. "I'm interested in kicking people out of the Republican Party and sending them over to the Democrats."
Beck said the best thing you can do today to make that happen is vow not to give "another dime" to the GOP, instead making donations to FreedomWorks or the Senate Conservatives Fund.
"If these are the named enemies of the people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, named by them as their nemesis, then I know everything I need to know," Beck said. "I know two things: who to contribute to...and I also know the other, maybe more important thing -- they're terrified."
"They're terrified of you," Beck repeated. "As I have said before, you're about to win. Let's put them out of business."
"Mitch McConnell -- isn't he running again?" Beck concluded pensively. "That should be interesting."
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