Glenn Beck played cropped video of a speech by Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins to suggest she admitted that there is a "plan to take over the country." In fact, the full context of her speech reveals that Ellis-Lamkins' agenda is one of equality -- not government takeover.
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Beck crops speech to claim CEO admits to "plan to take over the country"
Beck: "They do have a plot, a plan to take over the country. And the mask is coming off." On the June 10 edition of his Fox News program, Beck played cropped video of a speech by Ellis-Lamkins to suggest that "the mask is coming off" the left's purported plot to take over America.
From Fox News' Glenn Beck:
BECK: The CEO of Green for All, here she is. She's a big player in Crime Inc. She sits on the board of Emerald Cities. She spoke at this America's Future Now. Here's what she had to say when she brought up my name.
ELLIS-LAMKINS [video clip]: When Glenn Beck started talking about me, someone said, "Are you angry?" And what I said to him is, "Absolutely, we have a plot to take over this country. Absolutely we do." It's not a hidden agenda.
BECK: Nope, it's not. It's not. Nope. It's right out in the open. And she's just like you. She is. She's just like you. Yeah. She's just like the American family of the 1950s. See, this is what it is. The crazy people, the people, the people just like you, and the man. See what's happening? They do have a plot, a plan to take over the country. And the mask is coming off. But will anyone join us in this conversation out in the light of day?
Green for All's stated agenda is that "all people deserve equality." At the America's Future Now! conference on June 7, from which Beck excerpted the video shown on his program, Ellis-Lamkins explained that the "agenda" of Green for All is that "all people deserve equality" -- not, as Beck suggested, a sinister plot to take over the country. After sharing her personal hopes that her nieces will have a "future as bright as someone who grew up in a community that had better opportunity," Ellis-Lamkins went on to state [Ellis-Lamkins begins speaking at 39:15 in the video. The portion aired by Beck -- highlighted in bold below -- begins around 43:30]:
ELLIS-LAMKINS: And so, you know, I thought about, well, who are we? Well, we believe that a coalition of working-class white men, people of color, environmentalists, that we're capable of change. We recognize there's honor in being a coal miner in West Virginia, and we don't blame the coal miner. But we recognize that the needs of the coal miner, of the white West Virginian coal miner, and the black woman working in Chevron in Richmond, that they have the same needs, and an agenda can meet both of their needs. That's who we are.
You know, I have a -- you know, I come out of the labor a moment so I am used to people yelling at me. And so -- members, politicians -- it doesn't hurt my feelings. So when Glenn Beck started talking about me, someone said, "Are you angry? He said you want to take over the world." Like maybe we shouldn't talk about it for awhile. And what I said to him is, "Absolutely, we have a plot to take over this country. Absolutely, we do."
It's not a hidden agenda. It's an agenda that says that all people deserve equality, that white coal miners in West Virginia and black women in Richmond, California, want the same thing. What they want is for us to divide ourselves. What they want is for us to say that one is better than another. That it's immigration versus coal mining, that it's this versus that. And what we say is no, because our vision of America has all of us, not some of us. That when we think about what green is, it is green for all, not for some. That's the difference.