An Eight Year Persecution of Trudeau
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “A federal judge on Monday sentenced TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau to ten years in prison for bilking consumers via infomercials for his best-selling weight loss book. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, you heard that correctly. Trudeau was accused of selling a book that, for some fat bastards, didn’t work, 67 of them to be exact. He sold 850,000 copies of the book; 67 fat bastards claim that the book didn’t work, and they complained to some federal agency. A federal agency began an eight-year-long persecution of Trudeau.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: A federal judge on Monday sentenced TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau to ten years in prison for bilking consumers via infomercials for his best-selling weight loss book. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, you heard that correctly. Trudeau was accused of selling a book that, for some fat bastards, didn’t work, 67 of them to be exact. He sold 850,000 copies of the book; 67 fat bastards claim that the book didn’t work, and they complained to some federal agency. A federal agency began an eight-year-long persecution of Trudeau. They finally got him in front of a federal judge. Thank God this man is behind bars. I don’t want anyone else out there writing books about weight loss that don’t work. A federal judge sentences him to ten years in a federal prison.
If you have listened to this radio broadcast for any length of time, you should already know the manifest problems with this story, the least of which is: How does the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begin? What are the first words of Amendment One? I can name that song in three notes, “Congress shall make no law.” What is a book? Printed word. What’s the printed word?
Speech. Wouldn’t that be covered by the First Amendment in the negative? In other words, Congress can’t make a law regulating whether or not fat people that read Kevin Trudeau’s book can claim that they have been defrauded in a federal court because Congress can make no law? If Congress can’t make a law, then the Federal Trade Commission cannot make a law. If Congress can’t make a law, then the FDA can’t make a law.
Do you people understand this? Anyone other than me and Kevin Gutzman understand this? In other words, if it says Congress, they mean the legislative branch. There is only one branch that can legislate, and that’s Congress. The judiciary can’t legislate. The president can’t legislate. I know he can’t but he does but he’s not supposed to. Congress cannot make a law making it a crime to have fraudulent contents in what amounts to the free press. I’m sorry, they can’t. That’s what the First Amendment says. Stay out of it. It means the federal government should stay out of it, end of story. I am not going to have this discussion with you people today about the incorporation doctrine. That’s not where I want to take this.
Kevin Trudeau then, the author, begins to realize about four years into the persecution that he’s not going to get out of it, that the Feds are going to nail him to the free speech cross. And because they have enough angry fat people, they’re going to win the case. Something is going to happen and it is not going to be good. Then he has to play the game: All right, all right, I give. Uncle! It didn’t matter. They threw the book at him anyway.
His weight-loss book, which once topped best-seller lists was the focus of the criminal conviction and a related civil case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, in which Trudeau was ordered to pay a $37 million judgment.
Trudeau claimed the U.S. government was out to get him, and he accused agencies and other vested interests of conspiring to suppress low cost, common remedies to diseases, including cancer.
Mike: Well, they are, of course they are. This is what the FDA does. The FDA doesn’t protect you from anything; it protects drug manufacturers from competition. That’s what it does. Remember, folks, in our new religion, this isn’t about conservatism versus liberalism or anything of the sort. It’s not about socialism versus capitalism. This is all about cronyism. Most of these things, if not all of these things, happen because someone has bought protection. In this instance, it is the pharmaceutical drug industry that has bought protection. You can go out there and lose all the weight you want based on a book or based on somebody’s teachings and what have you, provided that the substance you put in your body was manufactured by someone that applied to the FDA for permission to make it. Of course, once you’ve applied to the FDA for permission to make it, then you’re going to bribe the FDA and say: Hey, they’ve got these mom-and-pop clowns over here that think they can get into the fat bastard reduction market. We need to let them hear about it.
How many times have you heard the ridiculous radio and TV commercials about the bands that go around the part of your stomach — what is it called, laparoscopy? What is that process where they rubber-band off, basically, two-thirds of your stomach so you’re full faster? When they do that, you can’t eat as much so you start losing weight. How many times have you heard “this process is FDA-approved”? Who cares? What I want to know is, does it work? I can go to a doctor. I can get medical advice and find out whether or not it’s safe to do. I don’t need the FDA, I don’t need the federal government to do this. Why are the Feds involved then in tucking tummies, stapling tummies? Why are they involved? Obviously they’re protecting someone. They’re protecting the people that make the tummy staples. Folks, you can run this exercise out until the end of time and you’ll never run out of instances and cases where business has decided that it’s easier to make profit by buying yourself a member of Congress and then the ability to put your competition out of business or at a serious disadvantage than it is to actually beat them the old-fashioned way, by making a better, superior product.
Back to the case of Kevin Trudeau. Why is this man sitting inside a federal courtroom for what amounts to, if he sold the books out of his offices in Chicago, and he did, if these fat people actually have a claim that it didn’t work, then why didn’t they take it directly to Trudeau? Why didn’t they take it to an arbitrator in Illinois? Because that’s not the way the game is played. I always marvel at these cases where a state, like Louisiana — we do it all the time. We did it two weeks ago and the four weeks ago. Now Illinois has done it. California does it. What happens is they have a case where they have laws on their books that are perfectly capable of prosecuting the case. Instead of prosecuting the case inside the state as it should be, they call in a federal agency, the big, bad Fed bullies, and the Fed bullies take the case over. They’re Mulder and Scully. They come in like Mulder and Scully from the X-Files, flash their badges, and say: We have jurisdiction here now. We’ll take over. This is the tragedy of this. We ask to be nationalized, in other words. We ask to not be republicans and to not be federal in our dealings.
It is, I guess to use a word, disappointing. I don’t know whether or not Trudeau is a fraud or a fake or not. If 850,000 people bought the book and only 67 of them complained, I’d say there was probably something to the book. I know lots of people who have used holistic measures, as they call them, to try to beat cancer and other sorts of diseases. They read books about it. Does this mean that if you don’t go to the FDA with your holistic approach to cancer or your holistic approach to the common cold or whatever the case is, and somebody says the holistic approach doesn’t work, that you defrauded them? And then the FTC can prosecute and persecute and maybe lock them up in jail? This is dangerous territory here, my friends, dangerous territory. As a matter of fact, just to use myself as an example, I was thinking about this. Are you sure that you got the footnote right in that Patrick Henry book, Mike? What if someone reads the book and you didn’t get the footnote right and they go into class and say something about it and they’re sure about it because they took your word for it and you’re proven wrong? Then they’re embarrassed in front of the other students. [mocking] “I’m suing you. You embarrassed me.” What happens then? Do I get persecuted? [mocking] “You fraud! You fabricated that footnote.” No, dude, it was a typo. [mocking] “Typo, schmypo. Ten years in the slammer for you.”
Eric: How do you even trust the verdict in a federal case? I’ve never seen the Feds lose a case. I’ve never seen it happen. They either throw all their money and power at getting a conviction, which they usually do, or the accused usually ends up pleading down because they’re so scared of having a federal case on them. It’s a nightmare. I’ve never seen anyone be able to pull out of it.
Mike: Kevin Trudeau is now a political prisoner, ladies and gentlemen. You heard it here on this show first. Kevin Trudeau, the author, is now a political prisoner. We should print up “Free Kevin Trudeau” t-shirts. We should find out what federal pen they’re going to put him in and we should go out there and have candlelight vigils. I’m being a little whimsical or facetious with this, but I’m serious. He’s a political prisoner. This is none of the federal government’s business. If the Feds can do this to Kevin Trudeau, what else can they do to the rest of us? I’m mortified by the fact that no one is talking about this story. You know how I got this story? Christopher Ferrara sent this to me last night. He goes: Mike, no one is talking about this. You have to cover this. I said: Yeah, yeah, Chris, I’m busy. I’m making Times That Try Men’s Soul promotional stuff. Then I read the story and was like: Holy [bleep]! I want to tell you the title of the book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. Ooh, he put “they” in quotation marks. Who’s the “they”? It’s the establishment. It’s the weight-loss establishment.
He’s sold millions of other books under titles such as Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About and Debt Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.
Mike: So? Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot live in a free society and not have risk. The risk is, Mr. Trudeau, I’ll give you some of my money. I’ve heard good things about your book. I thumbed through it at Barnes & Noble. I bought it. I tried your methods. For me, they didn’t work. Now you must pay. No, sorry, citizen, that’s not the way it works. You took a chance. You took a risk. You know what, Eric? You brought this point up about a month ago or so.
Some of this descends from this ridiculous consumeristic notion that the customer is always right. You know what? The fat bastard may not be right. He may just be fat. He may just be full of sloth. Makes a federal case out of it? Listen to this. He was ordered by the Feds to pay a $37 million judgment.
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Trudeau said he couldn’t pay the civil judgment because he’s broke. But the FTC noted Trudeau spent lavishly in recent years, including $359 on two haircuts.
Mike: You can’t get your hair cut for that amount of money, not while a fat person has been out there and has been defrauded by your book, sir. The federal government tailed the man and found out how much he spent on a haircut in order to pursue the persecution. Do you not see the danger of this? It’s like Eric said. If they decide they gonna get ya, they gonna get ya. Back to the movie Idiocracy, to quote Maya Rudolph, [mocking] “I don’t care what you do but Upgrayedd’s gonna get his money.” It’s the same thing. I don’t care what you do but the Fed’s gonna get they man. You goin’ to jail. [mocking] “Mike, you’re making a big deal out of nothing. No, this is not nothing. This is a big deal. The hashtag of the day ought to be #FreeKevinTrudeau.
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