Glenn Beck said he gave Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) a "pretty bad battering" on his radio program Tuesday after the congressman, who is a friend of Beck's, voted to re-elect John Boehner as speaker of the House.
"We love Chris Stewart. He is a good friend," Beck explained on his radio program Wednesday. "[I] tried to hire him here. But we were concerned about the direction he was going."
Beck saluted Stewart for coming back on his radio program on Wednesday, saying "no one else" would have the courage to do it.
"So Chris, here's the thing," Beck began. "We want you to prove us wrong, let's say by June. We'd like to have you back on where we can say, 'You know what, Chris? You were right.' Because I don't understand. ... We have the facts right. You can't convince me that John Boehner is a good guy, because a good guy doesn't do what John Boehner does, get up and start punishing the people who voted against him."
"I'd love to come back in February and March and do a month-end recap of what we do," Stewart said. "We may not be perfect, and you may not be entirely satisfied, but I think you and the listeners, by and large, are going to see things begin to move. ... And I told someone the other night, the worst-case scenario over the next two years is far better than anything that we've lived through in the last two years."
Stewart also agreed that Boehner's immediate move to strip those who voted against him of their prestigious committee posts was wrong, saying "we're better united than we are when we attack each other."
"That's the biggest point, Chris! And I think people like you may be missing it because you're inside the beltway," Beck said. "Elizabeth Warren, who's one of the most radical people on the planet ... they want her to run for president. But if you stand by the Constitution, you're a radical that's trying to destroy America. I can get that from CNN. I can get that from MSNBC. I can get that from Barack Obama. I don't need that from the leadership of the GOP."
Stewart said he is "anything but an inside the beltway guy," and he understands the frustration.
"OK, so tell me what the plan is, because I don't understand this vote," Beck said.
"We call it the 12 in 12 plan -- 12 weeks, 12 major pieces of legislation," Stewart began. "We start with Keystone, which is very important in energy independence and also job creation. But we can't go to our summit or move anywhere else beyond next week without coming back to border security, and looking at what we did with defunding amnesty. What the president did is clearly unconstitutional. ... We have to find a way to defund that and we have to do it early. [It] can't wait wait till February or even late January."
"Let me ask you this," Beck said. "John Boehner is, you know, best buddies, tongue down each other's throat with the Jeb Bush kind of people, and Jeb Bush will not agree on the amnesty thing. ... Do you really think the progressive Republicans are going to be on board for actual border security?"
"Yes, I do. I do," Stewart responded. "And by the way, Jeb Bush is not our nominee, thankfully."
"I'll believe it when I see it," Beck said. "I've only got about a minute left. Give me the [complete list of] 12 topics that you say ... you're going to be able to get through in 12 weeks, or you hope to get through in 12 weeks."
"Keystone Pipeline, border security, REINS Act, which is to pull back the regulatory agencies who have become the most powerful force in Washington. Tax reform. I want to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS, Lois Lerner and others. We'll continue to work to repeal Obamacare, and also have a replacement for that, expecting and hoping the Supreme Court actually finds the exchanges are unconstitutional. ... Unborn Child Act, which is prohibits abortion for those unborn children who actually can feel pain. And we know now scientifically that they do. Audit the Fed. Some reforms in the EPA. And finally, the Antiquities Act, which deals with federal land out here in the west and the president's ability to use a law that has nothing to do with that in order to claim federal land."
"If you get all that done, I will throw a parade for you," Beck concluded. "We saw [the same opportunities] with the same people, the same promises, the same bull crap. ... I have to tell you, between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, I think you are in some sort of an acid trip that you think you can get this done. But I want to be wrong. I want to be wrong."
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