Glenn Beck talks with Trace Adkins

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GLENN: We have the one, the only Trace Adkins with us which, Trace, this must be killing you to be listening to Britney Spears.

ADKINS: I’m a big fan, man.

GLENN: Of Britney Spears?

ADKINS: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: I can just see you in your hat listening to…

SENATOR OBAMA: Baby, baby.

GLENN: Hey, let me ask you. Before we — because I want to talk to you about something else but before we get into that, tell me about what — did you hear the quote from Barack Obama on the baby?

ADKINS: No, no.

GLENN: You didn’t listen? Play the whole clip, will you? This is the speech he gave. I’d just like to get your — are you willing to go down this road or not?

ADKINS: You just, you drive the car. I ain’t going to jump out.

GLENN: All right. Here we go. Listen to this clip and tell me what you think.

SENATOR OBAMA: I’ve got two daughters, now 9 years old and 6 years old. I’m going to teach them, first of all, about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. Baby, baby.

GLENN: What do you think? Punished with a baby.

ADKINS: Wow. I had not heard that. When did he say that?

GLENN: He said that over the weekend. It just came out.

ADKINS: Oh, wow. Yeah. Well, that’s going to stir something up, isn’t it?

GLENN: Yeah. Do you think a baby is a punishment?

ADKINS: Well, it’s not in my world, but I don’t know.

GLENN: Let me ask you this question.

ADKINS: He’s going to have to explain that, isn’t he?

GLENN: Yeah. I made a — and I may have been a little too higgledy-piggledy on making this prediction, but I believe that in your world Eliot Spitzer would have been plowed under one of your fields with your tractor.

ADKINS: Well, you know, I know this. The boy’s not a Wal-Mart shopper, you know.

GLENN: Yeah.

ADKINS: He’s not getting some — he’s not getting good deals, I know that. But you know Eliot Spitzer. You know, I guess you have to live up there to care, you know.

GLENN: No.

ADKINS: I really don’t.

GLENN: No, we live here and we don’t really care, either.

ADKINS: Okay. Well, I’m glad you’re over it, getting past it.

GLENN: That’s what we expect. So you were on the Apprentice, and I have to tell you, couldn’t be a more disappointing ending. I mean, it was billed as good versus evil and evil won.

ADKINS: Yeah.

GLENN: What’s up with that?

ADKINS: Yeah, what’s up with that, yeah. You know, that was just — you know, that was Trump just, you know, —

GLENN: Being Trump?

ADKINS: Trying to be a fight promoter, you know. That dude’s not evil. I mean, you know, he’s all those adjectives he used to describe himself, you know. Not a pleasant human being, but he’s not evil. He’s not tough enough to be evil. So —

GLENN: You would plow — if he was evil —

ADKINS: I’ve got to be honest with you. I was. I was disappointed. I really was.

GLENN: If he was evil, you would have plowed him underneath your field in your tractor, wouldn’t you?

ADKINS: Well, if we hadn’t been playing on a show that was, you know, supposedly all for charity. And that’s the spirit that I approached the whole thing with, you know. Had it not been that way, I wouldn’t have lasted as long as I did on the show and neither would he.

GLENN: I have to tell you I didn’t — I’m sorry, Trace, but I just didn’t have time to watch the show. But I have friends who were watching it and they would tell me every week. They would say, oh, my gosh, Trace is amazing. You were just, you were a straight arrow the whole time. And I think what was great, I think it was the episode before the last one maybe when you came in and said, "You should fire me. I mean, I’m the guy who’s responsible, you know, you should fire me." And I think Trump was a little shocked by it, by, wait a minute, you are not supposed to say that, you are supposed to be a dirtbag and blame it on somebody else.

ADKINS: Right, yeah.

GLENN: Isn’t this the way that business is supposed to work? I mean, in the world the way I think, Trace, the way you and I both see it, isn’t that the way business is supposed to be? It’s not supposed to be just about the bottom line. You can make a bigger bottom line if you’re a decent person. Don’t you think?

ADKINS: Yeah. Well, I agree totally, you know. With all due respect to Mr. Trump, you know, I think the decision he made sent the wrong message to young people in America. I mean, you know, I think the message he sent was just make the most money; it doesn’t really matter how you go about it or how you conduct yourself or who you stomp on in the process, just as long as you come out on top, you know, as far as your windfall profits, and I just, I still feel that that was the wrong decision.

GLENN: So let’s be honest, okay? Probably this will be — this will take more courage than probably anything you’ve ever had to answer in an interview. Are you ready?

ADKINS: Yeah.

GLENN: I met Donald Trump before. Yes or no: The first 15 minutes you did everything you could. You were just saying in your own head, "Do not look directly at his hair, don’t look at his hair." And every time he would look away, you would look at his hair. Yes or no?

ADKINS: Yeah, I was —

GLENN: Exactly.

ADKINS: I was staring at his hair.

GLENN: Now. The second part —

ADKINS: And then he pulled — he saw that I was staring at his hair. So he pulled on it to show me that it was real.

GLENN: Yeah. See, when I met him, all I could think of was, don’t look directly at his hair, don’t let him catch you looking at his hair. So the second part of that question is it’s weirder in real life than it is on television, isn’t it?

ADKINS: Yeah, it is, it is. I mean, it is a marvel. You just stand there and you look at it and you try to — you know, you try to see, you know, where it’s pinned on or whatever and you just, you can’t find it, you know. And I looked.

GLENN: My wife and I, we met him at a party and both of us were thinking the same thing. And we walked away and I said — as soon as we got away from him, I said, honey, I have no idea. And she said — and she didn’t say anything. That was the first thing I said. I said, "Honey, I have no idea." And she said, "I can’t figure it out, either." Neither of us. But we didn’t have enough time to really look well. Somebody else was distracting him. We could not figure out how that’s constructed up there. Any thoughts? Any theories? You were around him for how many weeks?

ADKINS: Well, yeah. No, I don’t have any theories. I’m telling you it’s a marvel. It’s just, it’s amazing. It’s one of those mysteries that we’ll just never know the truth about it, I’m afraid, you know? And I’ve looked closely. I couldn’t figure it out, either.

GLENN: So now what are you doing?

ADKINS: What am I doing?

GLENN: Yeah. Are you going to go on tour?

ADKINS: Yeah, we’re still touring and doing some weekend stuff right now. I’m out in Los Angeles today and going to start doing some movie stuff.

GLENN: What are you doing? You’re in Los Angeles?

ADKINS: Yes.

GLENN: That’s like matter and antimatter. I mean, the whole universe could collapse on itself. What are you doing in Los Angeles?

ADKINS: You know, I’m doing some movie things, you know.

GLENN: So you are not in Los Angeles. You’re with Hollywood people. Get out!

ADKINS: Yeah, but I’m with a pretty good crew of Hollywood people that I don’t think get invited to all the parties, either.

GLENN: Of course not. They’re hanging out with you.

ADKINS: That could be the reason, but —

GLENN: What is the movie project you’re working on?

ADKINS: Well, it’s just, it’s this thing that they don’t want me to really talk too much about right now. It’s going to be a very timely political type thing. They are kind of flying under the radar with it right now.

GLENN: Well, not anymore. I mean, not anymore. You are right.

ADKINS: Yeah, everybody knows about it.

GLENN: Just, you know you’re on air, right?

ADKINS: Yeah, but you said that it’s the third most listened to station. That’s not very many people.

GLENN: You’re right. You are right. When you’re right, you’re right, and you’re right.

ADKINS: I mean, if it was the second or the first most listened to, I would not even bring this up, but it’s third.

GLENN: All right, you jerk.

ADKINS: So we’re safe.

GLENN: Trace, it’s always good to talk to you, man.

ADKINS: All right, man. Somebody’s got to smack you around to keep you in your place every now and then.

GLENN: I know. I appreciate it, Trace. You’ve been great, man.

ADKINS: Thanks, man.

GLENN: I’ve lost my ears. Did Trace hang up? Hang on. I’ve lost —

STU: His headphones are —

GLENN: This is why we’re the third most listened to.

STU: Yeah, like as Trace —

ADKINS: This is professional radio right here.

GLENN: For some reason — Dan, can you check the board? Maybe I’m not getting any feed.

STU: Trace, this is the problem here is that again if we were number one or number two, all of our equipment would work.

ADKINS: Exactly.

GLENN: So now I got it. I got it. How are you doing, Trace?

ADKINS: Maybe when Rush gets through with that board he is using now, you guys can borrow it.

GLENN: We’ve got a third hand board that we’re using. It’s all hand-me-down stuff.

ADKINS: He uses it and then the number two uses it and then you get it.

GLENN: Okay, thanks.

ADKINS: Y’all suck.

GLENN: Well, I was going to ask you about your charity that you were playing for but I don’t think I’m going to now.

ADKINS: Oh, man, you’re mean.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah, that’s the way it is.

ADKINS: Yeah. Well, I’m going to tell you you don’t have to ask me. It’s the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network and it’s a group of the most loving, caring, giving people that I’ve ever really been associated with and I’m proud to be, and they are doing a lot of good work and I’m going to continue to work with them and hopefully we’ll make some progress and, you know, raise an awareness and combating this problem.

GLENN: I didn’t listen to a word you just said. How is that, huh?

ADKINS: It was good, though.

GLENN: I bet it was. All right, Trace, great talking to you, man, we’ll talk to you again.

ADKINS: You, too.