Tonight on 'The Kelly File': Glenn Beck Fires Back at NY Gov. Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) delivered a controversial message to what he called "extreme" conservatives.
“Who are they? Right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay -- if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are," said Cuomo.
Glenn Beck fired back in an article on The Blaze, asking for a written explanation on whether his company is still welcome in the state.
Tonight on The Kelly File at 9p/12a ET, it's a must-see interview as Glenn and Megyn Kelly take on Cuomo's shocking swipe at conservatives.
Read a portion of Beck's letter below:
We are principled in the content we provide, and we work under a simple ethos: We tell the stories of love and courage where the good guys win.
We will stand with those with whom we may often disagree, like GLAAD, when they defend Russian citizens against hetero-fascists who argue that gays should be thrown in the ovens.
We will stand with a Hispanic actress who is compelled to resign from a performance because she happens to endorse a conservative candidate and we will stand with an MSNBC host who makes a mistake in a segment on race.
We think it was wrong when President Franklin D. Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans, and when our government mistreated Native Americans, such as during the massacre at Wounded Knee. For Manifest Destiny is wrong now and it was wrong then.
Why do we take these positions that at times do not comport with your notion of “extreme conservatives?”
We do so because we don’t believe people are parties.
We don’t see things as left and right. We see things as right and wrong.
And we believe that the only moral position is to stand up to bullies and fascists of all kinds. We believe in equal rights for all and special privileges for none. We believe it’s our duty to dedicate our life and sacred honor to all American citizens, and every last one of us deserves and has a right, not from our government, but from our Creator, to be heard.
If the majority tramples on the rights of the minority we all lose.
And the most important minority is the individual – whether he or she be an “extreme conservative” or an “extreme progressive.”
The fundamental basis on which our country was built was on robust free speech. The very first right that the Founders of this nation enshrined in our Bill of Rights was freedom of speech because we created this country to escape the yoke of tyranny. When freedom of speech is chilled, we cannot openly express our ideas, and without competing ideas there can be only tyranny.
If a man cannot be free in his thoughts, can a man be free?
If a nation cannot tolerate all thoughts, can a nation be free? Is not our very strength as a country measured on its ability to tolerate and encourage all ideas?
Do we not all lose something when any one of us is excommunicated from society for our deep-seated opinions and beliefs?
So Gov. Cuomo, we must ask in light of your comments, would you build a tyranny here in New York? Would you stand against your constituents and blot them out into the darkness merely because you disagree with them, or because it serves you or your party politically? Would disenfranchised peoples have ever gained their freedoms in this country were it not for the right to free speech, and the pluralistic and truly diverse society that free speech facilitates?
Our organization creates jobs for hundreds of people in your state, and provides news, opinion, entertainment and a helping hand for millions of people across this country. Are our contributions, tax dollars, and genuine goodness as citizens not welcome here?
We respectfully request an answer on whether there are two classes of citizens.
But Gov. Cuomo, it’s not us that you should worry about, because as we have seen, every time this kind of speech is taken up by those in power, eventually history demands an answer.