Glenn reacts to his interview with Google's top executives

Last night, Glenn had a fascinating hour-long sit-down with some of the greatest technological minds in the world today – Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas. Schmidt and Cohen’s new book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, explains how the face of the internet is about to change, and Glenn hoped to use that as a jumping off point to get a better sense of where they believe the world is headed. On radio this morning, Glenn reflected on the conversation.

“Yesterday I did an interview with Google chairman Eric Schmidt and head of Google Ideas,” Glenn said. “I don't know about you, but I was shocked at how much Eric was denying in his own book. It was incredible.”

One of the things Glenn found most surprising about the interview was the way in which Schmidt and Cohen addressed the technology Google is working on. Glenn is very interested in the work of futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is a director of engineering at Google, and he asked Schmidt and Cohen about some of the bold predictions Kurzweil has made. Their answers, however, seemed to downplay the possibility of actually achieving these goals. That frustrated Glenn and Pat, who had hoped to hear more of a philosophical debate about the role of technology, but Stu was more open-minded.

“You guys seem extremely… disappointed in the interview or disappointed in them. I always find, Glenn, when you interact with people like this, to be really interesting because these are guys that are in the world of doing this on an everyday basis, and… they do think about it different than Ray does,” Stu explained. “But they're smart enough to bring a guy like Ray in because they are trying to move this along. I don't know that they've considered all the things – I'm sure they've considered them and they've obviously written to some extent, but they don't live in that world. And I think that's the issue you tried to bring up with them over and over again: You have to live in that world.”

Glenn wasn’t convinced.

“You know what? They do live in that world,” Glenn countered. “The name of the book is The New Digital Age. Just listen to the title: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. And so this is a dynamic and terrifying book, and this is what they say is coming. I'm reading the book.”

Interestingly, Glenn revealed that following the interview, Schmidt told him that of the hundreds of interviews they have done for this book, Glenn is the first person they encountered who actually read it.

Throughout the interview, Schmidt and Cohen sought to assure Glenn that Google has no ill intent, and they operate well within the law when it comes to collecting data. With that in mind, Glenn asked what would happen to Google if it was suddenly run by people that didn’t share their same mission and vision of making the world a better place.

GLENN: You guys walk out of this studio, God forbid you're, you know, hit by a bus, which could happen here in New York. Somebody -- somebody evil, sinister takes over Google, and you want certain things from the government. What stops you? You are far more powerful than J. Edgar Hoover ever was. Ever.

SCHMIDT: One, we've not engaged in any of the illegal activity that J. Edgar Hoover did sanction while he was FBI director in the 30-plus years he was. From a Google perspective, it's not going to happen for a bunch of reasons. The governance of the company, the culture of the company, even if you somehow replaced the senior leadership, the people were brought in to do one thing, they're not going to switch just without a huge riot inside the company. It's not going to happen.

It was this rose-colored glass view of the world that concerned Glenn most.

“It is so funny because Ben McPherson works for the Dream Labs. He was [at the interview], and I had dinner with him last night, and he was like, ‘All the way through all I kept thinking was, everything is awesome,’” Glenn explained. “How true.”

“That is their attitude,” Pat agreed. “Everything is awesome. It can never happen. Nothing can go wrong.”

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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