Glenn's EPIC interview with Hank Williams, Jr.

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Glenn had a pretty epic interview with country star Hank Williams, Jr. on radio this morning. Williams was recently (unfairly) fired from ESPN and Monday Night Football over an analogy he made about Hitler/Netanyahu and Obama/Boehner being polar opposites. Glenn has been on Hank’s side throughout the whole debacle, and he welcomed the country star onto the show to talk more about the media manufactured controversy.

How was Hank doing after a few days of controversy? "Absolutely very alive, motivated and kicking," he said as he came on the show.

"Tt's amazing that when people wake up and they think that they're going to destroy you, it's ‑‑ it only goes one way or another. You know, some people will be destroyed and they will be quiet and they will sit like a mouse. The others like you release songs.," Glenn said.

"Yeah, I'm not one of those people, Glenn. How about Thomas Jefferson, you know: When the people fear a government, they're a tyranny. When a government fears the people, there is liberty. This song of ours, it's a great day in America. It is an awakening. It's not about all the talking heads on the network. It's not about the real world. Well, my song is about the real world. And if I may, we're talking about 48 hours, Glenn. The number one MP download and the number one stream in the United States of America yesterday," Hank said.

As Glenn played the song, he asked Hank about taking on Fox and Friends in his new song, "Keep the Change".

"Were you as shocked at that reaction from them as I was?" Glenn asked of the interview.

"I really was. I was awed. I absolutely was. And by the way, Glenn, the rest of the story, you know, there will be downloads hopefully this afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen of America, we have that whole interview before they started. Please look at it. When they asked me, 'Well, what about, you know, the presidential race and the politics.' I said, look, let's don't go there. Let's talk about my father's new box set. Yet I can't wait, you know. In the words of Sean Hannity last night, I'd hate to be Fox and Friends right now. Just judge it for yourself," Hank responded.

"There is no freedom of speech if you're a conservative," he added.

Williams plans to push his conservative message out there to fans over the next few months in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

"he public is completely turned off, disgruntled. Let's face it. The USA Today poll said 89% of people polled said congress should be totally replaced. I mean, that's where we are. That's where we're at. But I can tell you, I am looking forward to 2012, and I'm looking forward to finishing this album and putting, you know, ten or eleven more songs with the Change and getting our message out there," he said.

Does Hank feel like he's lost anything as a result of the controversy?

"You know what? Listen. I haven't lost anything. My daughter, a Freshman in college, said, "Daddy, I didn't know anything about it. Did that stupid thing that day, get called," and I said, what are you saying? I said, well, I'll tell you what, you can tell them I'm outta there. That was my manager. My daughter said, "Daddy, are you in trouble?" I said, "Well, honey, if I am, then we all are."

Read the FULL transcript below:

Hank Williams is with us now. Hello, Hank.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Good morning, Glenn.

GLENN: How are you, sir?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Absolutely very alive, motivated and kicking.

GLENN: You are ‑‑ this has actually put new life into you, hasn't it?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Oh... don't tread or me or the freedom of speech.

GLENN: I tell ya, Hank, it is ‑‑ it's amazing that when people wake up and they think that they're going to destroy you, it's ‑‑ it only goes one way or another. You know, some people will be destroyed and they will be quiet and they will sit like a mouse. The others like you release songs.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Yeah, I'm not one of those people, Glenn. How about Thomas Jefferson, you know: When the people fear a government, they're a tyranny. When a government fears the people, there is liberty. This song of ours, it's a great day in America. It is an awakening. It's not about all the talking heads on the network. It's not about the real world. Well, my song is about the real world. And if I may, we're talking about 48 hours, Glenn. The number one MP download and the number one stream in the United States of America yesterday ‑‑

GLENN: Unbelievable.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: ‑‑ is Keep the Change by yours truly.

GLENN: Good for you. Good for you. How's radio reacting to it?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: That is the radio.

GLENN: That is the radio?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: That is the radio.

GLENN: Holy cow.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: That's country radio, ladies and gentlemen, in the United States of America.

GLENN: There's the ‑‑ there's the answer we were looking for yesterday. We thought how many ‑‑ and I thought country music would still, would still, would come your way and my way and not, you know, the change way, and that is great, great to hear.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: You know, that's the bottom line, Glenn. The number one song in this country downloaded and streamed in country radio is ‑‑ is yours truly, and I'm going to call it the people's song. Keep the Change.

GLENN: Do you ‑‑

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Because that's how I write my songs.

GLENN: Do you ‑‑ can we play a little bit of it here so people, if you haven't heard it ‑‑

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: I think that's an excellent idea.

GLENN: I actually played it twice yesterday on the talk show. Played the whole thing twice.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Good.

GLENN: But do you ‑‑ when you wrote this, do you think you were writing an anthem at all?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: I hope. I hope. It's ‑‑ yeah. It's my ‑‑ you know, I have a lot of wonderful fans out there. I've probably got the ‑‑ you know, you can ask Snoop Dogg or Kenny Chesney or Taylor Swift. I've probably got the most loyal hardcore fans in the music business. You know, I can sit around, go fishing, do ten shows a year, fifteen, none, twenty, and it's just fantastic. Because they know I shoot straight and I don't talk bull.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Here's a little Hank Williams.

(Music playing).

GLENN: A lot of people I don't think really understand. I mean, if you're living in New York and you're aware or you're living in Washington D.C., it's the only city in America that has cranes where they're still building things, you feel it. You feel the United Socialist States of America coming on. A lot of people will be driving their truck and listen to this and they will think this is just a snappy number that's fun to dance to. But you take on Fox here ‑‑ listen to this part.

(Music playing).

GLENN: Let me ‑‑ let me ask you this, Hank, because when I ‑‑ when I watched you on Fox and Friends, I didn't see it. They brought ‑‑ they played it for me on the air live and as soon as Brian, who I like ‑‑ he's a good guy ‑‑ as soon as Brian said, what do you mean you're comparing to Hitler, I ‑‑ my first words out of my mouth, I cut him off. I said, Brian, you're smarter than that. That's not what he ‑‑ that's not what he's saying by any stretch of the imagination. You were ‑‑ you were as shocked at that reaction from them as I was.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: I really was. I was awed. I absolutely was. And by the way, Glenn, the rest of the story, you know, there will be downloads hopefully this afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen of America, we have that whole interview before they started. Please look at it. When they asked me, "Well, what about, you know, the presidential race and the politics." I said, look, let's don't go there. Let's talk about my father's new box set. Yet I can't wait, you know. In the words of Sean Hannity last night, I'd hate to be Fox and Friends right now. Just judge it for yourself. Don't go there. And like you said, an analogy?

GLENN: I know.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Yeah, how many of the other side have said some horrible things.

GLENN: Right.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Right, right, right. There is no freedom of speech if you're a conservative.

GLENN: So you ‑‑ you think this was just a Fox and Friends? This wasn't a networkwide? This was just a ‑‑

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: I'm like you, Glenn. Completely ‑‑ what are you talking about? It's 6:30 in the morning, I've got 27 stations to visit, and I said, what? Don't go ‑‑ what are you talking about? When they, you know, when they went into that thing.

GLENN: How do you think this is going to affect the NFL fan? I mean, you know, you're watching football and ‑‑

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: (Laughing). Well, you know, Glenn, the poll was ‑‑ they said, who should sing the Monday night football song? 53%, you know, they said yours truly. And the biggest of the others was 14? Okay? I'm not going to mention their name because there are some pretty big ones. 14 was a big one. Mine was 53. Listen, ladies and gentlemen. America is still a country of choices and options. And I have a lot of them. And I will be a free agent in May of 2012 and yours truly and all his conservative rowdy friends and his song, you can bet there's other networks that show football games.

PAT: That's fantastic.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Oh, yeah.

PAT: That's fantastic.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Oh, yeah. Yeah, like one contact yesterday already, uh‑huh. Yeah.

GLENN: Where do you think we're headed, Hank? Because I listened to the words of your song and I thought, this is ‑‑ this is the beginning of a split in people's minds of, "Yeah, there are two countries. Now, there are two views of our country."

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Yep.

GLENN: So what, I don't ‑‑ we don't have to go there. I'm not going to push you on this. Do you want to say what you're thinking? Is this a split?

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: You just said it earlier. You know, if you ‑‑ he says United Socialist States of America. And if you hang around a couple of cities, you certainly start getting that idea.

PAT: Well, and that's why the song is resonating and is number one right now because so many people are feeling it.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Oh ‑‑

PAT: And you just, you said it in song.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: The public, I have the most wonderful e‑mails and letters.

GLENN: I bet you do.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: "You are our hero. You have the guts to say it like it is out here in the real world. I'm 62 years old. We lost everything we had, and you hit it right on the head." You know, that just makes me feel ‑‑ you know, John Adams is one of my heroes, and he said facts are very stubborn things, and the fact is they ‑‑ Mickey Mouse is a mean mouse, and I'm talking about Disney. Harry Truman in the Rose Garden in 1948 was asked a political question by a reporter and he said, "Son, remember this: Never kick a cow turd on a hot day."

PAT: (Laughing).

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Okay. Mickey Mouse has stepped in the poo and now he's trying to sling it off and he can't get rid of it.

GLENN: (Laughing).

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: My kind of Mickey is the one that says Mantle on the back with Number 6 '07. That's my kind.

GLENN: I have to tell you something, Hank. I was told, this could be a rough interview, Glenn. You know, this could be really ‑‑ this could be dicey. This is my favorite interview maybe of all time.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Yeah. You know, this guy's some illiterate, you know, dumb racist hillbilly. This may be horrible, you know. Doesn't that crap get old? Have they not ‑‑ listen, America. Have they not beaten that horse to death?

PAT: They sure have.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: The public is completely turned off, disgruntled. Let's face it. The USA Today poll said 89% of people polled said congress should be totally replaced. I mean, that's where we are. That's where we're at. But I can tell you, I am looking forward to 2012, and I'm looking forward to finishing this album and putting, you know, ten or eleven more songs with the Change and getting our message out there.

GLENN: I will tell you, Hank, that it's ‑‑ it's a pleasure to talk to you. It's good to see somebody who could lose it all and has now just lost a significant thing but you're taking it and you're saying, "You know, I don't really give a flying crap what you say about me. I'm moving forward."

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: You know what? Listen. I haven't lost anything. My daughter, a Freshman in college, said, "Daddy, I didn't know anything about it. Did that stupid thing that day, get called," and I said, what are you saying? I said, well, I'll tell you what, you can tell them I'm outta there. That was my manager. My daughter said, "Daddy, are you in trouble?" I said, "Well, honey, if I am, then we all are."

PAT: That's fantastic.

GLENN: You're exactly right, Hank. God bless you, man. Hank Williams, Jr., new song out on the Internet. Just, you just Google Hank Williams, Jr. and you'll find it. It's on the front page of GlennBeck.com for free. Also is ‑‑ if I may, if I may be Hillary Clinton and try to use some country speak, his Daddy's CD is Hank Williams, Sr., The Legend Begins: Rare and Unreleased Recordings. Hank, it is a pleasure to talk to you, sir. It is an honor to talk to you, and you keep going. You're an inspiration to millions on this.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Listen. Backatcha. It is a pleasure and an honor to talk to another great American that stands up for the Constitution and our principles and our freedom and his name is Glenn Beck.

GLENN: God bless you, man. Thank you very much, Hank.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Thank you.

GLENN: God bless. We'll talk again.

That was fantastic.

PAT: That was great.

GLENN: I'd like to just end the show there.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: All right, gang, I think we're good.

PAT: You could go home after that.

GLENN: Good night, everybody. Here's a little Hank Williams.

(Music playing).

GLENN: Stop for a second. Pause it there for a second. Look at what he ‑‑ we've got to go back and take this apart. Look at ‑‑ he's nailed it. He's nailed it every single line. He's nailed it. You know, I talked to a politician last night. I said, you've got to wake up, man. This guy is awake. I said, you've got to wake up. You've got to wake up. You spit yourself out of the system. You make sure that everybody understands, "Not me." That's what Hank Williams is doing. When I say spit yourself out of the system, Hank just did it. Spit yourself out of the system. You're going to get bumps and bruises and it's not going to be good. It's not going to be fun. Believe me, believe me, I know. But you know what? When we all start doing it and start inspiring each other, one may fall but ten more will rise behind him. Where are the icons? Where are the leaders? Where are the people that are saying, "You know what? To hell with that." Begin with Hank Williams, Jr.

If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn's message for all the Trump-haters who have forgotten Trump's accomplishments, or you can read Glenn's list HERE:

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