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GLENN: This guy was watching the TV show about three weeks ago? And he's a trainer. And he trained Natalie Portman, he trained Ben Affleck no, not Ben Affleck.

PAT: Matt Damon.

GLENN: Matt Damon, and he's a fan of the show and he's a military guy. And the stories he has told me about having a gym in New York City as a military guy is a nightmare. And he's watching the show and he calls Fox and he says, look, this is who I am; Glenn is dying. I'm watching this guy die on the air. I can't watch him anymore.

STU: And some of the shows are bad but I wouldn't say it would describe them as dying.

GLENN: He said, I need to get him in shape. And so I call him and he checks out, and a really nice guy. And his wife because he was on vacation. His wife started last week because I have some windpower in front of, you know, the Lincoln Memorial in a billion degree weather. I'm thinking I'm going to have a heart attack out there. And so his wife comes and she does Pilates. Now, I've never done Pilates before. I mean, do I look like a Pilates guy?

STU: No.

GLENN: Okay. Ow! Ow! Then he comes this week. Now, he's a military guy. He was in Afghanistan and I mean, he's a military guy. Military guy for three generations of his family. Marine.

PAT: Oh, jeez.

GLENN: So yesterday he trains me two days ago and it was okay. You know, I was hurting, but and I know how to answer people. I'm so stupid, I don't even know how to answer people at gyms. And he said, so how are you feeling. And he said, were you in a lot of pain? And I said, yeah, I was in pain but, not a lot of pain. I said but I felt it, it hurt. And he said, oh, all right. All right.

STU: (Laughing evilly).

GLENN: I know. Drop down and now do 20 push ups. Now, I haven't done any workout since 1991, none, none.

STU: That's a good streak.

GLENN: It's a good streak.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I'm thinking about going back to it. I do 20 push ups. Then he has me doing 20 marching sit ups. Then I do 20 curls, then I do 20 squats, and now I grab the garbage can and I'm holding the garbage can because I'm going to vomit, and he said, come on, let's go. And I said, okay, what's next? And he said, same thing, 19. I'm like, what? Do the same thing, 19 of each of them.

STU: Push ups, curls.

GLENN: Curls, squats.

STU: You could do that?

GLENN: I could do it for 20. I could barely do it he said, when I did 20, I should I'm not answering this man anymore. He said when I did 20, he said, wow, he said, you really have good genetics. He said, a guy your age and hasn't worked out since 1991 should not have been able to do 20 push ups.

PAT: You should have known that was a Goebbels comment right there.

GLENN: That's what it was. That's what it was. It was, oh, so I can push you. I can really push you.

PAT: We have our ways of making you hurt.

GLENN: So he's so he starts in 20, 19. When we finished 19 and I'm at the garbage can again, he says, come on, come on, we've got to go. And I said, you are not doing 18 next. He dropped it down to 15. Then we did 12. Then we did 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, all the way down.

STU: That's inhuman.

GLENN: That guy I almost fired halfway through. I thought he was killing me. I've never been so close to firing anybody in my life! I'm like, you work for me, man! You are making me vomit? I think I'm going to die? You are killing me. Do you work for Van Jones?

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: I thought he might be a plant from George Soros. And the only thing that saved his job was I kept thinking to myself, this guy went out and he risked his life for me. He was out fighting and taking bullets. I can't fire him now. Maybe by the end of the week I'll fire him.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: I'm just like, it's a nightmare. And then I get home with my wife who works out all the time and she came and she just pokes me in the chest and she's like, hurt here? And I'm like, ow! Yes. Hurt here? Ow! Yes. Good. And I said, no, you don't understand, it really hurt. I haven't worked out since she said, oh, stop your belly aching. I'm like, can I get a little sympathy from somebody, anybody?

STU: That's all you want. You just want sympathy for your sit ups.

GLENN: A little bit of drink of water. That's all I want. Little Glenn, little Glennie, he doesn't have any healthcare. Well, he does.

PAT: 46 years old.

GLENN: Just 46. That's it.

PAT: Hasn't worked out since 1991.

GLENN: That's all that is.

STU: He doesn't have asthma but his respiration seems like he does.

GLENN: I thought the guy was going to kill me. Have you ever worked out like that before?

PAT: Not for a good long time. Not for a long time.

GLENN: I thought to him I said seriously to him, I said, I don't think you understand how out of shape I am. He said, oh, yes, I do. I'm like, no sympathy. Just a marine. "Oh, yes, I do." I said, no, I don't think you may be killing me. I may have a heart attack. And he said, no, you're not. And I said, no, you don't understand. He said, "Yes, I do. Hurry up. 19." I'm like, what?

PAT: I can't believe you could do 20 push ups and then 19 and then 15 and all the way down. I can't believe you did that.

GLENN: It is a nightmare.

PAT: How many is that?

GLENN: I have no idea. He said, you'll be doing 60 in no time. And I'm like, you are going to be thrown out this window in no time.

STU: Not by you.

GLENN: Not by me.

STU: No. erious

GLENN: But Marcus Luttrell will be in town someday and he will throw you out that window, let me tell you that right now.

STU: So, 20 push ups for Glenn Beck is, I would say around 2,000 for the average human being.

GLENN: I mean, I'm not a quitter. I said to him, I'm not a quitter. And I was going to follow it up with, "But." I said, I'm not a quitter. And he said, I know you're not. That's why I'm here. Let's go. I've never been so close I don't quit on anything. I never give up.

STU: Well, actually that's not true. You lasted through two presidents without working out and now you've quit.

GLENN: True.

STU: Not working out.

GLENN: I did quit smoking, too. My gosh, I quit drinking, I quit smoking, I quit swearing.

PAT: You quit being a quitter.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. I am picking those things back up. I'm not going to quit!

All right. Let's see. What is what's next on the hit parade that we can hit real quick here, Pat, before we go into the break? What's one of the things we have to hit today that is one of the short topics that we have?

PAT: I think we could definitely talk about Barack Obama not doing what's popular. He's doing what's right. I like that speech.

GLENN: I've got to hear this.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: There have been times where I've taken positions that surprise people in Washington. All the pundits, they say, boy, you know, what he's doing, it doesn't poll well. I know it doesn't poll well. I've got pollsters. (Laughter).

PAT: That didn't seem like a funny line to me.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But you didn't send me to Washington to do what was popular. (Applause). You sent me to do what was right. That's who we are as a country.

GLENN: That's actually

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We are Americans. We do not give up. We do not quit. We do not fear the future. We shape the future.

GLENN: Okay, stop. Okay, look, here's the thing. That's actually true. We don't send people to do what's popular. We send them to do what's right. That is actually true. But we expect them to do what's American.

PAT: Thank you. That was my point is here you are working the socialist jelly in Washington D.C. and all you have to do is say it's not popular, it's right? All you have to do is when Americans wholeheartedly reject the socialism you're shopping to us, all you do is say, "I know it's not popular, it's just right," no, it isn't.

GLENN: No.

PAT: No, it's not right.

GLENN: It's not right with the Constitution, it's not right with the Americans ideals.

PAT: Nope.

GLENN: You know what's not popular? Cutting spending. Cutting, cutting the spending in Washington. That's not what's popular.

PAT: That's what he should be doing.

GLENN: Exactly right.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Everybody would throw a fit if you are cutting spending, but that saves the country. Not socialism. Even the socialist countries are cutting spending.

STU: Yeah, I love that argument, I'm not trying to do what's popular like give away trillions of dollars in free money.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: I'm not trying to do stuff like that. I'm not trying to win over the people by handing them free everything.

PAT: Take care of their college tuition.

STU: Right.

PAT: For free.

STU: Right.

PAT: Yeah, those are really, really unpopular things with so many people.

GLENN: No, come on, they are. You know they are.

STU: Giving them thousands and thousands of dollars to buy electric $40,000 cars. Giving them Cash For Clunkers, an entire system just so that they can get brand new cars so we can all be happy in brand new automobiles.

GLENN: That's not popular.

STU: That's not popular. It's not

GLENN: Here's what it is popular with and every, every wannabe third world Banana Republic dictator knows it. You do what's popular with the very lowest end of the economic scale. You go with them because they will take the handout, they want the handout, they want somebody that is their leader. You go to them, you target them. They're not usually Venezuela, they are not the educated. So what happens? I mean, look at the pattern here. He's going for the lowest end of the economic spectrum and then the way he's trying to win his elections for the congress is by just not telling them the truth.

STU: Yeah, don't tell them that it's going to cost more, that it's going to add to the deficit.

GLENN: Right.

STU: And start telling them personal stories about people

GLENN: And then if you think that he's not appealing to the less educated, why would you then say your most important thing to do is to just tell people that it's past.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: The educated know that.

STU: We just had an 18 month debate on the topic.

GLENN: It's unbelievable.

[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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