Trace Adkins Weighs In on Ground Zero Mosque Debate
Trace Adkins paid a visit to 'Fox and Friends' in New York Friday morning, August 20, to promote his brand-new CD, 'Cowboy's Back in Town.' But it was a much more serious subject that really stole the spotlight in his interview with Fox hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Alisyn Camerota.
Alisyn asked Trace his opinion on a controversy brewing in the Big Apple this week -- a proposed mosque that a religious group wants to build just a few blocks away from Manhattan's Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center stood before the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"Look, they've already won because this is a no-win position that we've been put in," said Trace. "I don't know who their PR person is, but they're better than ours because it doesn't matter how we react now, we already lose. If they get to build the mosque, they can run around the rest of the Islamic world and proclaim victory that they tore down an iconic structure and rebuilt a mosque in its place. And if we don't let them do it, then they'll go preach to the Islamic world that we're intolerant. So it's a no-win for us."
Steve pointed out that the wife of the Imam (Muslim prayer leader), Daisy Khan, is insisting they're not going to back down. "She's making it sound like they are the victims -- the people that want to build it down there," said Steve. "A lot of people are saying they're not the victims, when you think about Ground Zero area, there are 2752 other victims that come to mind first."
"I agree," echoed Trace. "It's a brilliant PR move on their part, because they're putting us in a position that either way we go, they'll say they were wronged ... It's a slap in the face. I don't approve of it."
On a much lighter (yet political) note, Brian pointed out to Trace that "there are shirts out that are selling better than the Obama shirts that say: 'Miss me yet?' with George Bush on them ... Are you surprised?"
Trace's quick wit did not fail him. "I bet shirts with your picture on them would sell better than Obama's right now," laughed the country superstar. "I'm just sayin' ... that's how unpopular he is right now."