'Glenn Beck': Rep. Stark Antagonizes Minutemen

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," June 30, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: We just showed you a minute ago, it would be hard to match the insanity of the Elena Kagan nomination hearings. Do you remember what they did to Robert Bork? Do you remember that? This woman is less extreme than Robert Bork?

Some called these hearings the Kabuki theater which I think is an insult to a highly-stylized Japanese dance drama classic. Why the hate on Kabuki theater? Not even these Kagan hearings can come close, however, to the display put on by California Congressman Pete Stark.

Here is Pete. There he is. How are you doing, Pete? He is speaking at what appears to be a town-hall-type gathering to constituents. He's got to talk to his constituents. He has only been in office since 1973. When the topic of border security comes up, here is how he handles it.


REP. PETE STARK (D-CA): The minutemen want to have something to say? Who are you going kill today?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who are we going to kill today?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would just like to know — actually, American citizens are being killed right now. That's what's going on.

STARK: That's right.


BECK: Yes. Yes, Congressman, you are smug, sanctimonious sack of sarcasm. You're right. There people being killed in this drug war, and they're being kidnapped.

According to ABC News, and I quote, "Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America with more incidence than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City. Mexico City must have just been bumped up because it used to be Bogota, Colombia. Phoenix, Arizona, Bogota Colombia — you think we've got a problem in our country?

It is so dangerous that in Arizona, they have closed off an area that stretches 80 miles along the border. Some might say that's called giving up sovereignty. Many police officers have lost their lives at the hands of those who are here illegally. He doesn't mention that. No problem. It's the minutemen who are causing the problem.

Illegals have been victimized by drug dealers and coyotes who smuggle them over the border. Let me tell you something. You hire an illegal, you are engaged in modern day slavery. This situation, for everyone concerned, is bad. Maybe the Congressman could take it seriously, you know. No, he just had to ask the minuteman who he's going to kill today.

What kind of slanderous attack is that? Stark immediately starts out smearing this man and this organization without any provocation whatsoever. Where is Nancy Pelosi crying out? Oh, the violent, hateful rhetoric. I've seen this kind of stuff before. Yes. Yes, you have. But the congressman was just warming up.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. I want to know why the federal government is not the doing anything or a lot more to seal our borders in this country so we're a solvent country again?

STARK: We can't get enough minutemen armed. We would like to get the minutemen armed so that they can stop shooting people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not our job. We are just citizens that see if the United States government —


STARK: We'll try and get you some more arms and get you down there to —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't want to go down there. We want to have lives - normal lives. We pay taxes and we pay the government take care of our borders.

STARK: Is that all?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is that all what?

STARK: The government should do?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, that's one of the things the government is supposed to do. That is what the federal government is there for. They said they were going to do it and they’re not doing it.


STARK: Then we don't need the minutemen?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's correct. We don't want to be doing this.

STARK: Good. Let's send the minutemen home. That's a good idea.


BECK: King George! The people are turning into King George. Let me just clear up a few of the stark raving lies here. Even though Stark has some sort of minutemen shoot everybody on sight smear campaign going on, the fact is there has never been a border shooting involving a minuteman, not one — zero. None.

No violent episodes from the minutemen. I mean, this guy doesn't let a single fact get in his way. Meanwhile, the minuteman stays calm, which — he is better than I am. I would have lost my mind with this guy. But that points out something else — something else.

This guy — this guy is sitting here and he is not doing anything. The federal government is doing jack. Not doing their job. He stays calm. We don't want to go down there. Let me ask you this — do you want to drive to the border on your dime?

Do you want to sit in your spare time, sitting in the hot sun, watching the border for suspicious activity and then not being able to do anything about it, and then calling the border police?

Maybe the border guards show up. They are stretched so thinly they may not be able to. And then what happens? They are just released, and they come back in again. Do you want do that? It sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Do you want to spend your time doing this every night? I don't. I said on the radio today I'm turning into the guy I never wanted to be. I don't want to do this. We're doing it because we have to.

The congressman mocking the constituents. And then another constituent joins in agreeing with the minutemen and, oh, Stark had more disdain for these voters.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why is the federal government leaving our borders for anybody to come in anywhere they want?

STARK: If you do anything about our borders —


You would know that that's not the case. Our borders are quite secure. Thank you.

CROWD: No. No. No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean? People are flowing in here at an alarming rate. Hundreds of thousands of people are flowing in every year.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. And so that is not secure.

STARK: And how would you secure it?


Well, no. Tell me. I'm not the government.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would send about 25,000 troops down there for one thing, and I would build a wall down there so that vehicles cannot pass.

STARK: How high and how long would that wall be?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As high and as long as it takes.



STARK: I tell you what. We'll go down there. You design the wall —


STARK: And as soon as we know — if you don't want to shoot the people coming over, then I'll go down we'll go and start a ladder company, but I've got to know how high that wall is. Then, I'll sell a lot of ladders for people who want to come.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Congressman, can I ask you a question?

STARK: You asked one already. You go ahead. Go ahead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: this is a very serious gathering. You're sitting there making fun of it.


STARK: I don't have to make fun of you. You do a fine job all by yourself.


BECK: What's happening to us? We're Americans. We deserve better, but we haven't done our job. We got sidetracked and stuff in things, in power and money and everything else.

And so now, we're getting the government we deserve. We have to change. It's our fault. But the good news is, we are changing. And senator (sic), let me put you on notice now — don't you dare treat the American people like King George a second longer, because we have changed. We're done. We're done.

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