Rush Limbaugh Dems Awakening to Slow-Motion Explosion

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Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:15:00
RUSH: Well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well. What do you know, the Drive-By Media, the Democrat Party are starting to wake up. I don’t think they can become fully woke, but they’re starting to wake up to reality. That the Mueller report was a bomb, the Mueller report was a dud, and that they are not prepared to deal with Trump on any issue of substance. They put every weapon they have in that Mueller report, in Trump-Russia collusion, and they are slowly awakening to the fact that it has bombed out on them. You can see it in the headlines all over the place. Let me just share with you some of the headlines. You can even see it in the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night that nobody watched because Trump wasn’t there. Trump went out to a rally in Wisconsin. Wait ’til you hear the journalist that won the award of the night, the prize winner. The Merriman Smith Memorial Award went to some guy at the Washington Post. Wait ’til you hear why and what the story was.

But some of the headlines. “The Clintons Are Nervous About 2020,” is one story. This is about their fading — you know, they’re doing this tour where they sell tickets to go out there and speak to people on stage trying to prove they can draw crowds like Trump does. The Nation magazine telling the left that it the Mueller report doesn’t just dispel the conspiracy theories that have engulfed political and media circles for two years, it puts to rest the most popular recent one, that attorney general William Barr engaged in a cover-up. Leftists everywhere are telling each other, gulp, gulp, it didn’t work. Here’s another one. This is from the Chicago Tribune. “Remember the #NeverTrump Movement? It Collapsed.” From Barron’s, sister publication of Wall Street Journal — they do a poll every now and then of big-time money managers. And their most recent poll of the big-time money managers they always survey, “Trump Will Win in 2020,” and it’s a four-page story when you print it out complete with all the data backup. These money managers believe that it will be Biden who gets the Democrat nomination.

How about Trump out there tweeting and warning Crazy Bernie: they’re out to screw you again, Bud. Are you gonna let ’em get away with it this time? “Democrats Sweat Trump’s Economy: ‘We don’t really have a robust national message right now.’” Politico: “One top Democrat fears that could be ‘a recipe for disaster in 2020.’” Dems sweat Trump economy. Quote: We don’t really have a robust — no kidding. You guys haven’t been talking about issues for the longest time since Obama, actually, because, well, they’ve got ’em, don’t misunderstand. They’ve got the issues. They’re just not eager to talk. The Young Turks are, the socialists and all, they’re promising all of that. The women in the Democrat Party, as it turns out, are livid that it looks like none of them are gonna get the Democrat Party nomination. They’re fit to be tied.

Here is a story from NBC News. “Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it’s worth the risk.” Holy smokes! What a headline. Is it worth the risk to nominate a woman just to nominate a woman? This sounds like what they did with Mondull in 1984. You know, they gave Mondull the Democrat nomination against Reagan running for his second term ’cause they knew it was gonna be a slaughter. And they knew it was gonna be a disaster. And so they rewarded an old war horse, Walter F. Mondull with the distinct honor of being a Democrat presidential nominee knowing he was gonna get shellacked, but it got him out of the way, paving the way for Democrats they thought could win later on. That’s what this headline sounds like. “Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it’s worth the risk.” Meaning, do we nominate a woman just to say we nominated a woman? Do we nominate a woman just to say that? What if we go down to defeat? Is it worth it? “Three influential activists have launched an organization to mobilize women in U.S. politics.” Wait a minute. Mobilize women? I thought women had been mobilized ever since the soccer mom days. I thought women determined who won elections. I thought woman determined who won the presidency. What do you mean, mobilize women? This is a story that is a tantamount admission to failure. If they haven’t motivated women by now, what the hell is gonna do it?

Next headline. This is from QZ.com. “Why do Election 2020’s male candidates get better coverage than women?” Another story indicating that the women in the Democrat Party are not happy. You know the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life.” Well, it may not be working out. And some news — it’s not news — reminders of exactly who Biden is and what he’s done policy-wise over the course of his career are starting to surface now. These are not flattering. They’re not gonna sit well with the others in the Democrat Party.

Another headline here, this from The Guardian U.K.: “Time to impeach? Headache for Democrats over how to take on Trump.” Wait a minute! See what I mean? Two years ago it was a slam dunk, Trump was gone, Mueller was gonna get the goods, Trump-Russia collusion. Even Pencil Neck, Pencil Neck went on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, and Bill Maher called him a Trump stalker. (imitating Maher/Pencil Neck) “Wait a minute, pal. You got nothing.” “I do I have collusion.” “Well, where is it? Where’s the evidence? Mueller didn’t have any. There wasn’t any evidence of any collusion. Mueller didn’t have it. You put all your eggs in the Mueller basket and we got nothing.” He ended up calling him a stalker, essentially saying, “Pencil Neck, get real, babe. I mean, wake up to reality.”

Another headline, PJ Media: “Trump winning the 2020 money game for now.” The statistic here is that Trump and the RNC (Are you ready for this?) have raised 21 times the amount of money Barack Hussein O had raised at this same time in The One’s reelection cycle. Now, that’s just gonna change as the days and weeks of the future unfold. Here’s another. This is from TIMEmagazine.com: “Americans Are Some of the Most Stressed-out People in the World.” I wonder why. Could that be the Drive-By Media with all these promises? I mean, the news every day is a daily dose of poison, and the poison is pessimism. The poison is negativism. Now, those are just some of the headlines that make up one of the many themes today that the Democrats are slowly awakening to the fact that everything they counted on has blown up in their faces. There are, how many? Four women are now in the Democrat primary list, or is it…?

Let’s see. We’ve got Kamala Harris. We’ve got Kirsten Gillibrand, who someone called “the whitest woman in America.” I can’t tell her from one of the White Walkers on Game of Thrones, actually, now that I think about it.

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RUSH: At any rate, back to what I was saying about Kirsten Gillibrand looking like a White Walker.  So you got her; you got Kamala Harris.  Who else? Who are the other women?  You got… Oh, yeah, Tulsi Gabbard, who wants to serve.  Amy Klobuchar.  It’s not Klobuchar.  It’s Klobuchar.  Amy Klobuchar.  Okay.  So there’s at least four, and what we’re hearing is, they’re not happy.  It looks like they think none of ’em are gonna get the nomination.  Remember, this has happened before. Patsy Schroeder, who we saw on TV on Friday, and I could not believe it.

(That’s as much as I’ll say.) Remember, she ran for president once back in the early nineties.  She was a member of Congress from Colorado and now lives somewhere here in Florida. She quit the race when she realized she couldn’t win, and she broke down in tears, and it looks like we’ve got much the same thing kind of happening here.  Now all this attention on Mayor Pete and his husband?  So it’s just… Don’t misunderstand.  I’m not saying it’s all lost for the Democrats.

(interruption) No.  I’m just saying that they are awakening to the fact that everything they bundled together, that they told themselves it meant they were gonna win in 2020 — and then never, ever lose again after that and get rid of Trump before 2020 — they can see the explosion in slo-mo.  It’s a slow-motion explosion right in front of ’em heading their way.  They can see it now.  The full force, the full effect hasn’t hit them yet.  But they know it’s coming, and we’ll have the backup for that on the program today.

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RUSH: Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This is Lawrence.  It’s great to have you, sir.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  How are you?

RUSH:  Good!

CALLER:  I just wanted to say that I’ve been listening to you since I was a baby and my ma always jokes that I should have gotten child support because you raised me more than my dad did.

RUSH: (laughing) Yes.

CALLER:  I wanted to just real quick, ask a question and get your thoughts: You know, I go to school out here.  It’s one of the most Democratic schools around, but the big argument that I have is essentially since the Democrats put all their cards into the Mueller report, what do you think is gonna happen next?  Kind of, what do you think the next attack on Trump is going to be or the Republican Party in general and how do they go and ride that wave, you know, into the future?

RUSH:  Well, it’s kind of telegraphed in these news stories. The next… They’ve seen the explosion.  They haven’t given up on this yet.  It’s that they are starting to realize it’s a total bomb, and there are various elements within the Drive-By Media telling other people on the left, “Hey, there’s nothing there, and we’ve got a lot of soul-searchin’ to do.  We had two years of falsehoods and lies and things that never came true and apparently weren’t even close to being true.  We’ve got problem.”  Others are still in a state of denial.

Now, the next thing to happen is they want to talk to Barr, the attorney general.  They honestly — some of them and members of Congress — still believe that Barr is hiding and shielding from them evidence in the report of collusion. They want to bring Barr up and have him testify. They’re gonna subpoena the attorney general.  They want to know what’s been redacted because they are convinced that there’s a cover-up.  They are convinced that Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed and that Barr is covering for him.

So the argument now is that Barr has agreed to go, but only if it’s just members of Congress asking the questions.  If they’re gonna have their staff lawyers ask the questions, he’s not gonna go.  So we’re gonna have a standoff here, executive branch versus legislative branch, with Trump openly saying, “I’m not sending my people up it there to be persecuted.  I’m not doing it.  This is done with.  It’s over with.  Let’s move on.”  The Democrats don’t want to move on.

But some of them are starting to realize that they’re gonna have to.  I don’t think they can give up. You ask, “What’s gonna be the next thing they try to use to get Trump?”  They’ll never abandon their belief that Trump is a scoundrel, that he’s unfit for public office because he’s just human debris. So they’re never gonna give that up.  That’ll continue to be one of their many items of objection to Trump, with all the itinerant insults:

Racist, bigot, misogynist, sexist, homophobe, all these things. They really, at this stage… As the Politico story points out, they’re beginning in certain circles now to get a little panicky because of the economy.  That 3.2% growth rate last week and the fact that there’s no inflation has just sent a lot of them reeling.  But they can’t.  They are physically, they’re constitutionally incapable of giving up on the notion that Trump simply is unqualified and disqualified because he’s human debris.

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RUSH:  Let’s get in some of the details.  I mentioned at the top of the busy broadcast, ladies and gentlemen, that the Democrats are starting to get nervous.  Some of them are just now awakening to the idea that the Mueller Report didn’t make any difference.  They’re just awakening to the idea that this whole Russian deal has bombed out and that there’s nothing… By the way, there’s one other thing to add to this.  There is a Morning Consult poll that came out on Friday.  Only 37% of the American people think impeachment should even be considered, and an even smaller number than that believe it should be acted on.

Now, impeachment is a political and not legal enterprise.  If you don’t have well over 50% of the American people saying they disapprove of the president’s job — or, in a poll like this, if you have 37% who think impeachment might be worthwhile — that’s not nearly enough to follow through on it.  You can’t do it, and that’s the whole point of this exercise. When you get right down to brass tracks, the two primary things that this, quote-unquote, “investigation” was about were these. The first thing: Hillary Clinton had to be exonerated from the email and server and Clinton Foundation scandals.

She’s the Democrat Party nominee.  They had to officially — I mean, at the highest levels of American law enforcement — exonerate her, and that’s what Comey’s July 5th press conference did and his October 28th press conference again, the reexamination of Carlos Danger’s laptop for Hillary emails.  So twice they exonerated Hillary to clear the decks for her.  Now, I’m a firm believer that this investigation of Trump and the Steele dossier had a two-pronged purpose.  One was to cover up everything they had done to exonerate Hillary, which is a big thing.

The second thing, of course, was to drive Trump’s approval numbers down to the twenties.  That’s how you get rid of Trump.  That’s how you force Trump to resign or that’s how, if the Democrats win the House in 2018 (which they did) you impeach him.  But with Trump’s approval numbers at 45 to 48 to 50, depending on the poll — and now this Morning Consult poll is only 37% would even consider impeachment — it’s off the table, folks, as a matter of reality.  That doesn’t mean the Democrats are gonna stop talking about it, but it’s off the table.

So it is hard to express how ontologically sure they were, how filled with certitude they were 2-1/2 years ago that they were going to be able to get rid of Trump with this phony collusion story.  They believed it. Their media risked their reputations reporting it.  They have humiliated and embarrassed themselves.  They don’t know it yet, except in a few sectors of the Drive-By Media, which are now trying to warn everybody else in the media to get the act together ’cause this has bombed out and it’s an embarrassment.

So it’s all part of the slow dawning that they have a problem now.  They thought they were gonna get rid of Trump before the 2020 election, so they really haven’t been dealing with the actual task of defeating Trump in an election.  And I’m not exaggerating here.  There is no party platform per se.  You’ve got these 18 people running for president who are trying to out leftist each other, see who can be the biggest and best socialist and so forth. But there isn’t a premise for why the country needs the Democrat Party.

It has been “Donald Trump is a reprobate, Donald Trump’s a skunk, Donald Trump is human debris; therefore, us,” and they realize that’s bombed out on them.  And I want to go through some of these stories and show you how and why I am realizing this.  The first story here, this is from The Atlantic: “The Clintons are Nervous About 2020 — At a gathering in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Bill Clinton said it is time to fight a battle with ‘our oldest demons.’  The Clintons are on edge about 2020.

“Like pretty much every other Democrat in America, Bill and Hillary are nervous that their party’s primary field is too large, that it’s going to be dominated by the wrong kind of debate, that the candidates will succumb to their worst instincts, and that President Donald Trump will out-bully them anyway,” meaning, they’re gonna be bullies, but Trump’s a bigger bully, so they’ve have a chance to “out-bully” Trump.  “While Trump was holding a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night,” and, by the way, if you didn’t see the Trump rally on Saturday, we’ve got some audio of it.

He was on fire.  El Trumpo en fuego.  “he once and would-be presidents,” that would be the Clintons, “spent the evening onstage, in the latest stop of the traveling show they’ve been doing all around the country for a combination of cash and adulation.”  This is the Bill and Hillary tour that they’re practically giving away tickets to because there isn’t any interest. These are the Clintons. They’re watching Trump’s rallies, they’re seeing all these crowds of thousands and thousands, and they want some of that, and they want everybody to see that they can draw crowds like that.

Except they can’t.  The Clintons, “the once and future presidents” are, in political terms, are has-beens.  In fact, this guy says, you know, there’s “a bit of a farewell” attitude about this.  He’s watching the Clintons on stage and he says, “There’s a bit of a farewell-concert-tour feeling to the event — Hillary, tell the story of the Osama bin Laden raid one more time! Bill, do a riff on the 1996 Israeli elections! Remember Arkansas? Look at all the little ways we tease each other in our marriage!”

These are the things that come up! These are the stories that they tell.  They recycle ancient history.  “Bill Clinton…” Listen to this pull quote: “Bill Clinton said 2016 was ‘a manure-spreading election,’ but added , ‘We’re not going to have that this time.'”  Manure-spreading election?  Is he talking fertilizer or something else?  And then Bill Clinton said that “he worried that if Trump can get away with asking Russia to hack emails, China might be looking to get in the game this time, and a 2020 candidate could decide to ask for another foreign attack.”

This is how absurd it got, folks.  Trump tells this joke. “Hey, Russia, our media’s desperate to find these missing Hillary emails. Maybe you can find ’em. If you find ’em, could you tell our media? They’re really eager to see ’em.”  That became, “Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary’s emails.”  Hillary’s emails were not hacked.  She deleted them! She deleted 30,000 of them and turned the other 30,000 over. There’s a total of 60,000 emails on that illegal server.   Nothing was hacked.  Trump wasn’t asking the Russians to hack anybody, but that’s what they’re living off of now.

Now Bill Clinton’s worried the ChiComs will be next, that they want to get in on this game.  They’re just… They are passé, and it’s pathetic.  Now, here’s the next one.  This is from The Nation, which is a socialist/Marxist publication in the United States.  The writer here, Aaron Maté, says that the media had better get with it and fast.  “The Mueller report does not just dispel the conspiracy theories that have engulfed political and media circles for two years; it puts to rest the most popular, recent one: that Attorney General William Barr engaged in a cover-up.

“According to the dominant narrative” of people on the left, “Barr was somehow concealing Mueller’s damning evidence, while Mueller, even more improbably, stayed silent,” and didn’t object.  “One could argue that Barr’s summary downplays the obstruction findings, though it accurately relays that Mueller’s report does ‘not exonerate’ Trump. It was Mueller’s decision to leave the verdict on obstruction to Barr…  In the end, Mueller’s report shows that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative embraced and evangelized by the U.S. political and media establishments to be a work of fiction.

“The American public was presented with a far different picture from what was expected, because leading pundits, outlets, and politicians ignored the countervailing facts and promoted” basically a bunch of lies for two years.  This guy is a leftist journalist warning these other people that participated in this that their time is up.  “Anonymous officials,” he writes, “also leaked explosive yet uncorroborated claims, leaving behind many stories that were subsequently discredited, retracted, or remain unconfirmed to this day.”

He says, “It is too early to assess the damage that influential Russiagate promoters have done to their own reputations; to public confidence in our democratic system and media; and to the prospects of defeating Trump, who always stood to benefit if the all-consuming conspiracy theory ultimately collapsed. The scale of the wreckage, confirmed by Mueller’s report, may prove to be the ultimate Russiagate scandal.”

So here’s somebody on the left that’s finally getting it and warning everybody on the left that they are about to be exposed. The ultimate Russiagate scandal is the investigation! The ultimate Russiagate scandal is Hillary Clinton and Steele and the dossier and all of these willing accomplice doofuses in the media that knowingly spread for two years total demonstrable lies.

Slowly but surely, folks, they are starting to awaken. For some of them it’s gonna be a long time before they can give up the ghost. Like I said, Bill Maher called Pencil Neck a Trump stalker and told him to give it up. There’s nothing in the Mueller report. You say you’ve got evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but nobody’s heard it and you can’t produce it. This was after he was greeted warmly with a standing ovation from the Maher audience.

People said, “My God, Maher was really tough on this poor guy.” Well, the poor guy has been lying to everybody. People like Pencil Neck, people like all the other Democrats in Congress, people like the media had their left-wing base totally set up for Trump being convicted of being a traitor and then after two years a big, splat nothing.

From the Chicago Tribune: “Remember the #NeverTrump movement? It collapsed. – With the overhyped but underwhelming conclusion of the Mueller investigation, whatever dreams NeverTrumpers within the GOP had of removing the president from office have vanished. Their last flicker of hope lies in mounting a Republican primary challenge in 2020 — a strategy doomed to fail.

“The #NeverTrump movement is not dead, but it is on life support with no possibility of returning to the vitality it displayed in 2016. Were it not for the news media’s eagerness to amplify the voices of those who hate the president, the movement would have long since been relegated to the more obscure corners of the internet.

“NeverTrumpism still exists only because the left finds it useful to add a sprinkling of ‘conservative’ anti-Trump vitriol to its progressive anti-Trump vitriol. At this point, it is becoming difficult to distinguish the NeverTrumpers who claim to be on the right from the anti-Trumpers on the left.”

And it names names such as Max Boot, Senator McCain, Senator Flake, Senator Corker, Senator Ben Sasse, and all the conservative intellectual magazine people. And this is exactly right. They were never anything without the left-wing media propping them up.

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RUSH: Barron’s magazine talks to a bunch of big time money managers frequently. They survey them, and they ask them political questions as well, and the latest big money poll they call it — Barron’s is in the Wall Street Journal universe – “Trump Will Win in 2020, Money Managers Say in Exclusive Poll.”

Some of the highlights of this poll are that it’s not even close. Trump is rated higher in performance than either the House or the Senate. The money managers say that Joe Biden will be the Democrat nominee by a total of 56%. And the presidency, according to these money managers, Trump 67%, the Democrat candidate 28%. So these money managers — and these are all Democrats, by the way. Well, I shouldn’t say all, but let’s face it, the vast majority of Wall Street money goes to Democrats. The vast majority donations.

I mean, they play both sides. They have to cover themselves on both sides. But the vast majority goes to Democrats, particularly in presidential, because these guys are great crony socialist capitalists. I mean, if the government can help them with their competitors, ha! They’ll do that as opposed to compete in the free market. It’s one of the great problems we have in corporate America, in my opinion. More on that at another time.

But these guys who largely donate to Democrats in the Barron’s poll think Trump is gonna beat whoever the Democrat nominee is by 67 to 28%. They also say what is the most urgent economic priority for the Congress to address? It is reform of entitlements by 29%, reduction of federal spending 18%, infrastructure 17, immigration is in fourth place, in these guys’ minds at 14%.

Why Game of Thrones Looked So Dark

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:13:00
RUSH: Did you watch the finale last night? Not the finale. (interruption) You didn’t…? (interruption) Do you watch Game of Thrones? (interruption) You watch it last night? (interruption) Okay. (interruption) Well, so I won’t do any spoiler alert. Oh, one thing I do want to say. For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, I’m gonna try to give you some assistance here. The entirety of the episode… It’s an hour and 22 minutes. Virtually 85% of it is battle action. Of course, “Winter is Coming,” “the Night King…”

It all takes place at night, and there have been many complaints from people today and last night that it was too dark, that they really couldn’t see who lived, who got killed or died, couldn’t keep up with their favorite characters. Too dark. Couldn’t keep up with their favorite characters. A lot of people are claiming that HBO blew it by shooting it too dark, and one of the theories is that by shooting it dark they didn’t have to focus on detail so much. That’s not what happened. I’m gonna tell you what happened here, folks. It’s a common mistake.

The people that produce this show produce this show as though it is a movie, and where do you watch movies? You watch them in a darkened theater on a giant screen with a very bright projector. But how many of you turn every light in your room at home off, put blackout shades on the windows, and make your living room the equivalent of a movie theater? My guess is that none of you do, or very few. I did. I watched it in pitch black, which I have the ability to do because I’ve set it up that way. I’m a forward-thinking guy.

But if you watch… Even if you have a big TV, if you 55-, 60-, 75-inch, whatever, TV, if there’s any ambient light in the room… They didn’t edit it.  I think they made a mistake. I think they edited it as a movie.  It’s almost a feature length.  And make sure that your source material is good.  For example, some people were watching digital streaming last night, and if you watched it live digital streaming, then you were among the gazillions trying to, and the stream might have been degraded enough that you would also lose some quality.

So if you haven’t yet seen it, make sure you choose a source that’s good — cable, DirecTV — something that produces a solid signal.  If you’re gonna watch it streaming, you could probably do that now since the big crush is over, but make sure you’ve got a really rock-solid connection if you want to see it in full-fledged 1080p.  If you do that and if you darken your room, then don’t blow up the brightness or contrast on your TV. You can do that too much and then it all starts bleeding together.  But if you haven’t yet watched…

This is a public service here from one inside broadcaster to plebes.

If you haven’t yet watched it, make sure your room in which you watch it is dark as you can make it and… (sigh) Well, I wouldn’t advise recalibrating your set, but if your set has preconceived settings that automatically mix the brightness and the contrast and the color level and the tint and the color temperature, choose “cinema” or “THX” or something.  Don’t choose “vivid.”  Whatever you do, don’t choose “vivid.”  That’s not how you overcome darkness.  A lot of people choose the “vivid” setting ’cause it makes it as bright as it can be. They turn the contrast all the way up.

But that’s been the only complaint about it that I’ve run across.

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RUSH: Adam in St. George, Utah. Thank you for holding, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, it’s a privilege and an honor. I’ve always wanted to talk to you. Thanks to my awesome parents who always taught us truth, I’ve been listening to you in the past 25 years. So thank you. I just had a quick comment, slash, question for you.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: You were talking about Game of Thrones earlier. From what I understand there’s — and I know it’s a highly entertaining show. I don’t watch it myself, but from what I understand I think almost most of the episodes have a pretty gnarly kind of porn scene in it, so I’m wondering when families get together, people get together and sit down over a bowl of popcorn and that comes on, what happens, like what do you do, Rush? I’ve always respected you.

RUSH: Well, there is —

CALLER: I know it’s an awkward question.

RUSH: No, no, no. This is a great Open Line Friday question. You can throw anything — it’s what I tell ’em on Fox — throw anything you want at me. I don’t care. I am totally informed. I don’t equivocate. I know exactly — but, you know, I got a problem here, Adam. I’ve got 10 seconds left. But I’m gonna answer this. I’m gonna answer. I’m gonna say thank you for calling, but I’m gonna answer it ’cause I know exactly why you’re asking it. I’m not gonna run away from it.

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RUSH: We’ve had some very complimentary callers today, and I never want to appear as though I take that for granted. I don’t. I appreciate all of it. And I thank you tremendously for it. Telephone number, if you want to be on the program’s 800-282-2882.

So Adam, St. George, Utah, “I understand Game of Thrones is highly entertaining, perhaps well done, but, man, Rush, the smut, the pornography, the profanity. I mean, how do you gather the family around and watch that stuff?”

Well, A, I do not have any crumb crunchers, so that isn’t a factor. And it never has been. By the way, folks, when I talk about these shows, I’m not pushing them. I’m simply acknowledging I watch them, and I know a lot of people do. I mean, my comments earlier, the reason this got started, the Game of Thrones episode last night was one for the ages in terms of just what it took to make it. It was ambitious.

But it was bloody and gory and it had just yuk stuff throughout it. But as a professional achievement it can’t be denied what it was. But it was, to a lot of people — and no spoilers here, don’t worry — a lot of people that watched, it was just too dark. They complained while it was on, “I can’t see anything here, why did they do this?”

And I was explaining, to those of you who haven’t seen it, I think they edited the episode last night the way movies are prepared. Movies are colorized and texturized and processed, assembled to be watched in a pitch black room where the only light is the screen. Very powerful projectors, digital processors now. But how many of you watch television that way?

Very few people make your room as dark as you can make it. How are you gonna find the joint you’re smoking or the beverage that you’re consuming or any of that, so you have some light on in the room. Some even, you watch it, depending time of day, might have late afternoon sunlight streaming in. But you’ve got some lamps on or ceiling lights. And who knows what kind of reflections on your TV screen from that light.

But the more brightness in your room, the less contrast your screen is gonna have. And I think HBO — I’m just guessing — I think they edited and processed this episode for people who would watch it in a movie theater because it was hyped and presented as a feature length episode, meaning movie length. It wasn’t quite that, but it was close. It all took place at night where the only ambient light was fire, moonlight, and candles.

I think another reason why they filmed it in such darkness was to create a tension. The more trouble you have hearing or seeing something, the odds are you’re gonna have even more focus trying to keep up with it. But I think they also wanted to make it kind of tough to follow as to which characters were killed and which survived ’cause it was tough to tell.

So if you haven’t watched it yet, make sure that your source is good, meaning don’t watch on a low quality stream. Make sure it’s high quality, 1080p, and make sure your room is dark. And on your TV, you know, find the preset for cinema or THX or something, but do not turn on vivid. That’s just gonna wash all the black out. As to the content, I realize that — I mean, I love Ray Donovan. And I’m telling you, folks, there’s nothing more perverse than that show. I mean, that is just straight up and down depravity. It’s so depraved, it’s funny.

If you think your family’s a mess watch one episode of that show and you’ll be thankful for any family problem you’ve got. Now, I’m not a student of acting, either, so I don’t watch these, “Wow. That was a great job of acting.” I’m becoming a little bit more aware of that as I grow older, but I watch television for a host of reasons.

One of the reasons I play golf is I’m thinking about nothing else. It’s the perfect escape. For four hours or however long it takes, you’re thinking about nothing else. I don’t know about you, I need that. I get the same thing with watching television shows.

Now, not all the shows that I watch are depraved. One of my favorite shows is Blue Bloods on CBS, which is one of the most wholesome — in fact, I can’t believe it’s on CBS. Friday nights at 9 o’clock, Tom Selleck’s show. And there’s not an element of it that would make you turn it off or not watch it with your kids.

As far as this depraved stuff, you can’t avoid it anymore. And condemning it, I’ve been that route. I’ve done that. There have been countless efforts over the years by politicians’ wives and first ladies to have even more of a warning system for bad language and things that children shouldn’t see, lyrics in rap and rock music, and it’s always been met with laughter and you’re just a bunch of prudes and so forth.

In fact, let me tell you this, just to give you an example. This is not a hype. I’m just giving you information here. Apple realizes that the product that has made them a trillion-dollar company has reached market saturation. That’s the iPhone. I mean, the days of exponential growth have been reached because pretty much everybody that has or wants a premium smartphone now has one.

So the game now is convincing people to upgrade them. Well, most people don’t buy a new one every year especially now when they cost anywhere from 800 to $1,300. And they’re made so well that people are holding them for two and three years now. And now that you can replace the battery in a 3-year-old phone and make that phone essentially brand-new, a lot of people are doing this.

So the sales of iPhones — and it’s not just Apple, but they lead the pack here, they’re leveling off. They have to find other sources of revenue now if they want to maintain the P&L and the market cap and all that. And they’ve decided to do it with services, which means subscribing to a bunch of apps. And these are recurring expenses. Subscribing to Apple News, Apple Music, subscribing to various publications.

Now they’re gonna add a streaming service, Apple TV+. And they’re going to go the original content route, in addition to providing other networks like HBO, Epix, Showtime, you name it, and you’re gonna pay incrementally for whatever networks you want, but there’s already a whole bunch of these streaming services out there.

So Apple hopes to differentiate theirs with their original content. And they’ve hired some really top rate Hollywood writers, producers, and actors and actresses to star in these original shows that they are at this moment producing, the streaming service is supposed to announce — well, supposed to debut in the fall, the new content is. The actual TV app and streaming service is in beta now, and it’ll debut next month, in May.

But, guess what? There are complaints galore from all of the producers and writers they’ve hired because Apple wants it all to be family friendly. That is Apple’s reputation now, that they’re family friendly. There’s nothing pornographic, there’s nothing depraved, nothing controversial in that regard about Apple other than maybe some of their social stances. But in their products, they emphasize privacy, they emphasize any number of things that are family oriented.

They’ve carved this out as a marketing niche and now some of these people they’ve hired are claiming that their programming is dull and boring and my God, it’s horrible. And that Apple is riding herd over the producers, making sure there’s not a bunch of smut in this stuff.

And the tech media is saying that Apple is automatically guaranteed to fail here because they’re not gonna be producing what American audiences want. American audiences don’t want the Hallmark Channel, they don’t want wholesome stuff, this has been demonstrated, they want the smut, they want the escapism and all that. So we’ll see.

I mention this only to tell you that Apple apparently has made a decision that they can’t out-smut HBO or Netflix. I’m using “smut” as a general term. They can’t out-controversial programming or sex, language, all this stuff. They’re going the family route. Not quite the family route. They’re going some adult, but there isn’t gonna be any gratuitous violence or sex supposedly, and they’re getting creamed for it, by the media, tech media. Tech media is saying, “Apple, bunch of old-fashioned, they can’t do this, they’re making iPhones this way, but they can’t make TV content like this. It’s never gonna sell.”

Well, we’ll see. But they clearly think there’s a market for it. You know, it is what it is. I think, folks, when you watch this — I’m not a child, and I don’t bring children in to watch this stuff with me. And I know full well it is not — I’m old enough and mature enough that I’m able to keep that stuff — I can watch it, I can let it in, I can process it, but it’s not gonna make me leave home and want to do that stuff that’s depicted on screen.

So I’m able to have boundaries and that stuff, I can watch it and that’s all it is, is pure fantasy on a screen. I don’t live in it. I don’t fantasize about it. But I’m not a kid, either. And those of you that have kids, this stuff is a problem. And a lot of it you shouldn’t watch with kids unless you have a really solid relationship with them and you can talk to them about things like this. But even that, for some of this content, would be a risk.

But it’s the way entertainment is going. The boundaries are constantly moving in terms of what is permissible. For example, folks, there is a four-letter word that means urinate, begins with P, ends with S. I hear it everywhere now. I hear it on radio. It is common on television. I would never utter it on this program unless I’m quoting someone, and even then I would get queasy about it, maybe because I’m old-fashioned or old or mature, what have you. But that’s not it. Just it’s not necessary, so why say it?

But my point is it’s becoming common, whether you want to call it the degrading of culture or the decline. Whatever you want to call it, it’s happening. And it used to be that you couldn’t, in a prime time TV show, a husband and wife like Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke slept in separate beds. You couldn’t even put ’em in the same bed. And if you did, they were in pajamas or whatever, but they were never in bed in the bedroom.

Now of course it is the exact opposite. So does this stuff have its own detrimental effect? A lot of people think that it does. But it isn’t gonna clean up any time soon. The trend is the way it is. And it’s called realism and why hide that from anybody? The old stuff was what was artificial, portraying things on TV that never happened, meaning Ozzie and Harriet or Donna Reed and her family, they weren’t real.

So if you can watch this stuff and have it stay on the screen and that’s it — in fact, if some of it disgusts you, that’s fine, but you can’t access very much prime time video entertainment these days without exposing yourself to that. It is what it is.

Let me take a break. See, I told you I was gonna answer the question, and I guess the cop-out is I don’t have kids. His real question, “Well, how do you watch it with a bunch of kids?” Don’t have any, so not a challenge.

The Best Moment of My Weekend? Double Eagle!

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:12:00
RUSH: Snerdley just asked me what was the best moment of my weekend.  I had vowed not to talk about it. You know, I don’t talk about myself.  All right.  Let me see if I can… Look at the clock.  Okay.  I played golf yesterday.  The people I was supposed to play with got sick and couldn’t play. So it was just me playing by myself with my caddie, which is good, because I played 27 holes in three hours, and you really get through this, and there’s no time to get down on yourself, no time to get pessimistic. No time.

Just, bam, bam, bam you go.  Number 17 at the course I played is a par 5, a 500-yard par 5, and the second shot (if you hit a decent enough drive), you have to get over a couple of pretty tall trees if you have any prayer at all of either going for the green or getting close to it.  Otherwise, you have to go to around those trees, and there’s no way that you can get on the green in two.  But your drive has to be perfectly placed, which mine was.  It was about 290 yards.

I had a little uphill lie after it was all over, following wind that helped the drive.  So I grabbed my Hybrid 3, the Rescue version of a 3-iron. I’ve got 213 yards to the pin. I’ve got these two trees.  They’re not tiny.  I mean, they’re not sky-high, but you’ve got to have a club that’s gonna get you over those trees.  Normally a 3-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron (unless you know what you’re doing), you’re not gonna be able to get over them.  You can’t get there — I couldn’t — with anything less than a 4-iron.

So I grabbed the Rescue 3, the Hybrid 3, and I made sure in the backswing to get the club up.  I flushed it.  I flushed it.  It had a perfect right-to-left draw (“curve,” for those of you in Rio Linda), and as I’m watching… I flushed it, folks. There’s nothing… You flush a golf shot right in middle of the club face, it just feels almost orgasmic.  I’m watching it and I’m watching it, and I say, “Darn it, it’s drawing too much. It’s gonna end up maybe pin high but left and maybe in a bunker.”  So I give up looking at it.  The caddie says, “Oh, my God.  Oh, my God.  It could have gone in!  It could have gone in!”

I said, “No, no. It’s way too far left.”  So we get up there and we’re looking for the ball.  We look beyond the green, can’t find it.  We look to the right of the green, which trails off into the water; we can’t find it.  We look for it everywhere.  Is it short?  We went back 50 yards, couldn’t find it.  The caddie says, “It’s gotta be in there. It’s gotta be in!”  So he walks up to the cup, peers down, into the cup, looks up in frustration, puts his hands on his hips.

“It’s in there!” he said. “It’s in there!  You holed it!”

So I had a double eagle from 213 yards with a Hybrid 3. I’ve got the picture pulling the ball out of the cup. I’ve got a picture of ball in the cup with Rush EIB on it. Titleist number 30 for 30 years broadcast anniversary, and I’m told that never in the history of this course has there been a double eagle, 213 yards.  It hit. We found the ball, it hit about five yards short of the green on the left, and kicked right and rolled almost the length of the green. The cup was way at the back of the green. It rolled almost the length of the green to get back in the hole.

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RUSH: By the way, folks, one thing about my double eagle, in the official world of golf, it never happened because there were no witnesses. If you hit a hole-in-one and it’s just you playing by yourself and you tell people you had a hole-in-one, they’ll say, “Fine and dandy,” but it doesn’t go in any book, it doesn’t count, because there aren’t any witnesses. You have to be playing in a threesome or foursome where everybody sees it.

It’s the same thing here with a shot like a double eagle. The caddie and I saw it. It happened. But in the world of golf it didn’t happen because there are no witnesses. And since people are people and lie and make things up you have to discount it. But it doesn’t matter to me. It happened. I did it. And I had a great time telling you about it. But it won’t count for anything. Like the club where it happened will make no official mention of it ‘cause it hasn’t been witnessed, hasn’t been confirmed.

Golf is a game of many things, including honor. And even though everybody who plays the game is considered to bring honor and respect for the rules of golf — except Goldfinger in Oddjob, they didn’t, but other people do. Even with those assumptions, you still have to have shots like that witnessed before they are officially recognized.

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RUSH: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Ron, great to have you with us, sir, hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I called about your double eagle, but I must thank you first. Back in the mid-nineties, I was in my thirties, had no idea what I was politically, but luckily I didn’t have Lori Loughlin as my parent, but I enrolled in the institute and I’m much smarter today.

RUSH: (laughing) Didn’t have Lori Loughlin as your mom.

CALLER: But thanks to my old boss, Doug Lang, back in the nineties he turned me on to you and I now know the harm that liberalism causes and how important conservatism is not only to me, but to our country. So thank you.

RUSH: I appreciate that.

CALLER: I wanted to congratulate you on your double eagle. I’ve played golf for 47 years, I started when I was 10, and I know that, you know, a hole-in-one is great, but you’re already in the prime spot when you hit your shot. You had to hit it 290 to get to the prime spot, so I think you hit two great shots and I think a double eagle is even more impressive.

RUSH: And it’s just a sad thing that in the golf world it didn’t happen.

CALLER: It didn’t happen. Yeah, I know. But you know it did, and that’s all —

RUSH: That’s all that counts. That’s why when the caddie went — he was excited and I was kind of blasé because nobody saw it. Nobody’s gonna think I lied about it.

CALLER: Oh, no. No.

RUSH: It’s just that nobody saw it, and so I know that it’s never gonna be officially recorded. But you’re right, I know. And you’re very right about, in order to make that happen, I had to get down the fairway 290 yards.

CALLER: Yeah. And put it in a prime spot to get there.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: You know, it’s one thing to drop your ball on a par 3 tee, but it’s a harder thing to hit it from 290 away and put it on that tee. So very impressive. Way to go.

RUSH: Thank you very much. The caddie said, “This is why we come out here.” No, it’s not. If I came out here looking for double eagles every day I’d never play the game, I’d be too disappointed. But, no, he was excited as he could be. And I was kind of lackadaisical, even though it had happened, I didn’t see it, either. You know, I lost sight of it when I thought it was drawing too far left. But that’s just my depth perception was wrong on it.

But there’s no taking away from the fact that it happened. But you can take a picture of the ball in the cup and say, “Yep, this is a double eagle,” but, no, it’s not. It’s just a ball in the cup. And anybody could say, “You just put it there and you’re posing the picture.” So that’s why these shots in golf have to have witnesses. You have to be part of a group that is playing with you that sees it in order for it to be officially acknowledged. I appreciate the call. Thanks much.

Liberals, Who Own 90% of the Media, Complain About Your Beloved Host

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:10:00
RUSH: This is Saturday morning, PBS Ground Zero. I’m sorry, GZERO World.  (Why’d I say, “Ground Zero”?)  It’s GZERO World with Ian Bremer, PBS.  He’s talking to the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the famous SDNY, Preet Bharara, who’s a Schumer guy.  Question:  “There’s so much noise around all these investigations, of which Mueller is only one.  If the average person were gonna spend only a half hour or an hour trying to get up to speed on what matters, what’s gonna have impact long-term? What would you tell the average person to focus on,” former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara?

BHARARA:  People don’t have the time to read every indictment, to read every document that’s filed in court.  People don’t have time to read the entire Mueller report.  I think one important thing is to rely on multiple sources.  The problem in the country and the reason why people don’t persuade other people to their point of view, is that nobody wants to be persuaded.  And they only listen to people who agree with them. They only watch the one channel; they either rely on Rush Limbow (sic) or no one else.  It is important, I think, to mix it up a little bit.

RUSH:  How does my name end up in this?  “Rush Limbow.”  Now, he knows it’s pronounced “Limbaugh,” number one, because everybody does.  Number two, what he’s saying is insane.  Nobody can avoid the liberal media.  Nobody can avoid it!  “They only listen to people who agree with them.  They only watch one channel.”  No!  And Mr. Bharara, once again, people who listen here know more about what’s going on truthfully and honestly with the American left and the Democrat Party than people that watch CNN or read the New York Times.

People who listen to this program are more informed about what people like you did when you were the SDNY top dog.  People who listen to this program are more informed than anybody who just has a diet of Drive-By Media.  There’s no way you can avoid the Drive-By Media, Mr. Bharara.  We’re barely 10% of media here in the so-called alternative universe.

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RUSH: A couple more sound bites and then we move on. And these follow the same thinking as the first. Preet Bharara, former district attorney for the Southern District of New York (imitating Bharara), “You know, people listen to Rush ‘Limbow’ and no one else and they don’t learn anything.” It’s the same old saw. Since they don’t control 100 percent of the media, they’re miserable, they’re unhappy, and they’ve gotta drive out everybody who isn’t like them.

Here is another bite. NPR On the Media on Friday. The host is talking to Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman. Question: “The GOP has been working for a long time to cultivate a certain narrative about a rigged system and political bias deep state and impeachment by Democrats will be just the smoking gun they’re looking for to prove yet again he’s just being set up for purely partisan reasons.” Meaning Trump.

WALDMAN: A lot of people spent a lot of time worrying about what will make Trump voters angry. Looking at what they see on Fox News or hear on Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk radio makes them very, very gun-shy because they say if we awaken this beast we’ll get another version of 2016.

RUSH ARCHIVE: The Democrats are being driven mad. They’re operating from a contrived conspiracy born and supported by fake news, and they can’t give it up for whatever reasons.

WALDMAN: The problem is that they have a remarkable ability within that conservative media system to create controversy out of anything. The biggest issue in the 2016 election was whether Hillary Clinton used the wrong email. The idea that you could avoid the wrath of the Trump supporters by not going down the road of impeachment but, say, investigating him in other ways, I just don’t think that bears out.

RUSH: What the hell are these two guys talking about? They don’t even know. That’s not really the point of this bite. These two people, the NPR host and a Washington Post writer, “Democrats are worried that Rush Limbaugh and conservative media will make impeachment backfire on them.”

Are you telling me that Pencil Neck and the rest of these goons, like Elijah Cummings of the Congressional Black Caucasians, are you telling me that they’re gonna decide whether or not to impeach Trump based on me? That I could be the reason it backfires on them? What must they think of these guys if they think they’re afraid of me, these two guys at the Washington Post and NPR.

But did you notice the real point of this, you listen to this guy, listen to what he thinks is the reason Hillary lost. “The biggest issue in the 2016 election was whether Hillary Clinton used the wrong email.” Do you realize how out of touch these people are? And I want to stress, again, that I think in this case these people are really out of touch.

They don’t think Hillary Clinton trafficking in classified data on an unsecured personal email account is a problem at all. They think we’re just making it up, we’re making a mountain out of a molehill. Okay, so she used a what? Wrong email. She didn’t use a wrong email address. She used the exact email address that she intended!

She was conducting nefarious business that she didn’t want recorded on government networks! She was selling access to her future presidency via donations to the Clinton Foundation! And she didn’t want that on the statedepartment.gov email domain. She didn’t want any records of that. That’s why there was a private server in her basement.

These clowns do not even know what the 2016 election was about? They think it was about Hillary Clinton’s emails and they think that we tried to make a mountain out of a molehill because she was using the wrong email address, nothing about the fact she was unqualified, had no business being president, dishonest, selling access. And now we know that it was Hillary Clinton who bought and paid for the Steele dossier, and that’s responsible for a two-year period of hell for this country on a series of lies.

And they think that we’re bent out of shape because Hillary Clinton was using the wrong email address, that that’s why Donald Trump got elected? Proof positive again, they haven’t even taken the time to understand who Trump’s voters are, where they are, and why they voted for Trump. You know, you go back and forth.

I mean, you think these people, because they’re journalists, they’ve been educated, you think they’re intelligent and smart and informed. But evidence keeps piling up that they’re really not informed! I don’t know about their brains, but they’re just not informed.

Talk about people that live in a bubble and do not subject themselves to anything outside what they think, they accuse us of that? I know more about what they think than they do. I know more about why they think what they do. I know more that they know than they don’t know.

They’re the ones with closed minds. They’re the ones that are not curious. And they are journalists. I mean, we create controversy out of anything? Like Hillary using a private illegal server, like the Drive-Bys’ Russia collusion conspiracy theory, we just make this stuff up? If it’s just a matter of Hillary using the wrong email, why did Hillary obstruct justice by destroying her emails in the face of a subpoena? If it was just the wrong e-mail address, why did she destroy 30,000 emails?

And this takes me to the next bite and the final sound bite in this series. And boy, is this an eye-opener. This guy gives up the ghost. This is last night on C-SPAN. They aired an American University Center for Environmental Policy roundtable discussion that was recorded last week.

And during the Q&A there’s some guy in the audience asking Atlantic magazine staff writer Vann Newkirk about how to reach people who do not believe in climate change and then of course we have Newkirk’s response.

MAN: What are you doing to stop preaching to the choir and reach regularly the sort of people who listen to Rush Limbaugh, who only get their news from Fox?

NEWKIRK: The people who listen to Rush Limbaugh and the people who watch Fox? (laughing) Those folks are affected by this too. Perhaps silver lining — I don’t know if silver lining is the right term — but an opportunity you can use those disasters for is telling people, “You know, this is a problem, not just the larger looming climate change, but the baseline issue of environmental justice, it affects all of us.”

RUSH: Do you realize what this guy just said? Let me, as a well-known radio raconteur, translate this for you. This guy from The Atlantic, Vann Newkirk, just said that they will use natural disasters to reach Rush Limbaugh listeners on climate change. So a hurricane happens or a thunderstorm or a snowstorm, and they will use that to try to convince you that climate change is real.

Now, again, this isn’t news. We have known this for the longest time. But they are admitting it. This guy gives up the ghost. The silver lining of bad weather? The silver lining of bad weather is it’s a tool to convince Rush Limbaugh listeners that climate change is real. So we’re right. Bad weather happens, a disaster happens, they celebrate. They see a political opportunity or a political opening.

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RUSH: So that guy from The Atlantic magazine saying that (summarized), “Yeah, they’ll use natural disasters whenever they happen, to try to convince Rush Limbaugh listeners that climate change is real.” And then he equates that with economic justice, social economic justice, which is a tantamount admission that all of this is political; it isn’t scientific.  Does anybody remember the name Neil Frank?  Neil Frank used to run the National Hurricane Center.  Neil Frank just published a very lengthy article that dispels all the “science” of climate change.

It points out such logical things as: How in the world could we have ever had an ice age end and how could we have ever had warming in the past if human beings weren’t around and the Industrial Revolution never happened? In other words, all of the fossil fuels today that propel us and create our energy didn’t exist at a time when the world was warming. How is this possible?  And then how did things ever cool off?

He points out we’re coming out of, actually, the Little Ice Age, but that the warming has stopped, and he uses a great analogy.  He says the football stadium, AT&T Stadium in Texas, has 100,000 seats. He says, in order to help people understand… I don’t have it right in front of me, but he takes these 100,000 seats and says, “How many of these seats are oxygen, how many of these seats are other elements, how many of these seats…?” Then he gets down to, “How many of these seats are CO2?” and the answer is 40.

The equivalent, if you have 100,000 seats in AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play football, is 40 of those seats. If you apportion each seat to atmospheric composition, only 40 out of 100,000 are CO2s.  Meaning we’re nowhere near saturation.  He indicates scientifically how CO2 cannot possibly be a primary factor in climate or atmospheric warming.  It’s a long piece, and it’s got a lot of science in it, a lot of charts and graphs.  He gets ticked off.

He’s called a “denier,” and he’s got more scientific, atmospheric, meteorological experience and education than most of the so-called scientists that are said to be part of the consensus have.  It’s really well done.  I will… Koko, I’ll get the link to this, since I’ve mentioned this, and I’ll send it up to you.  But it just… It’s proof here for this guy from the Atlantic in the sound bite in the last hour telling people that (summarized), “Yeah, we use natural disasters as a way to convince the Rush Limbaugh listeners that climate change is real.

“We combine that with economic justice.”  Economic justice?  Climate justice?  Environmental justice?  You know, I’ll tell you something. I would argue that you, listeners of the EIB Network, know far more than people who just listen to the Drive-By Media.  You know so much more than just people who listen to NPR and their podcasts.  Because we talk about both sides of every issue.  I always cover the left side in depth, and the reason I do this is because it buttresses my point.

I don’t sit here and extol the virtues of, say, conservatism or common sense.  I always compare it to what the left, what the other side is saying or what they believe, in order to demonstrate the supremacy of my/our beliefs.  I cover them.  I cover the left in much greater depth than they do even themselves.  They’re not honest about themselves and who they are and what their motives are, and I present the alternative facts that they never touch.

So it is you people in this audience that are the ones who are always free to decide who is right on whatever issue because you do get both sides presented to you here.  Think of all the things people who only get their news from the Drive-By Media don’t know.  It’s striking what they don’t know.  What was it the other day? I ran into somebody and was explaining something that is fundamental.  You and I have understood this for two years, and I think it has something to do with the Mueller report.

I wish I could remember it.  It was just flat-out obvious.  They had never heard it.  They had never even heard the fact or the theory or the idea, because all they ever do is pay attention to the Drive-By Media.  The Democrats’ biggest problem is what they always claim is ours.  That is, their primaries force their candidates to run very far to the ultraleft, and the country is not socialist.  That’s their big problem.  Anyway, it just kind of irritates me because this image is that the Drive-By Media’s educated and informed and comprehensive, and it’s nothing of the sort in any way, shape, manner, or form.

New York Times Runs Blatantly Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:08:00
RUSH: Now, the Poway synagogue shooting.  Once again, there has been a shooting by a guy who hates Trump.  The shooter here hates Trump and hates conservatives and calls both of them, us and Trump, vile names.  Yet the Democrats and the media still trying to blame Trump and conservatives for the shooting!  Meanwhile, anti-Semitism has totally taken over the Democrat Party, and do you know how they’re disguising it?  They’re using opposition to Israel as their platform for full-fledged, universal anti-Semitism, including and led by the New York Times.

It’s a strange juxtaposition, because America’s left-wing Jewish population is devoted to the Democrat Party, so much so that we’ve never been able to figure it out. We’ve never been able to figure out why so many Jewish people are liberal Democrats, given what liberal Democrats stand for.  Well, look, I know what the answer is.  I’m not gonna belabor it here.  But what are these people doing now?  The party that they have devoted themselves to has become immersed in anti-Semitism, led by the New York Times.

A couple of days before the shooting, the international edition of the New York Times ran a despicable cartoon.  It featured a blind Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke.  Trump is leading Benjamin Netanyahu on a leash.  Netanyahu is portrayed as a dog.  Trump has him on a leash and he’s wearing a Star of David collar.  Just to make sure the point isn’t too subtle.  Now, the cartoon could have come right out of any of the rabid anti-Semitic publications from the Nazi Germany days.

We have the cartoon; I’m gonna put it up.  For those of you watching on the Dittocam, go ahead and switch it over.  This is the cartoon that ran in the international edition of the New York Times.  There’s Trump dressed up as an orthodox Jew with the dark glasses and a yarmulke, and that is Netanyahu’s face on the dog, a Star of David collar, and it is Netanyahu leading Trump around… Well, actually, Trump has Israel on the leash, is what this is supposed to mean.

This is blatant anti-Semitism, and the New York Times has received voluminous criticism over this. They have done gigantic mea culpas and they’ve apologized, and they don’t know how it happened and all the usual things that happen with false, phony apologies.  “Well, we don’t know how it happened.”  Meanwhile, Professor Dershowitz is livid about this and wants there to be an investigation.  The New York Times should investigate itself, he says, to figure out just how in the world this could happen.

Look at that cartoon.  This is an anti-Semitic cartoon.  That’s the worldview of the New York Times, if you’re still looking at the Dittocam, and there’s no mystery to be solved here.  The lone culprit isn’t buried under layers of editors.  The publishing of this cartoon is symptomatic of a shared prejudice that has infected the left.  Look at their heroes today!  Ilhan Omar, hates Jews.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who loves Ilhan Omar).  Rashida Tlaib. These people are born anti-Semites.

It’s part of their existence, and they are not being condemned for it. They are being excused by people like Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. And remember Barack Obama sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years. Democrats didn’t care about the anti-Semitism that occurred there.

Professor Dershowitz said the New York Times owes its readers more than an apology. We are entitled to an investigation and explanation. How did the anti-Semitic cartoon get published? Who approved it? What steps are being taken to prevent a recurrence?

And then he tweeted that the anti-Semitic cartoon published by the New York Times is a symptom of a deeper problem on the left. “It is acceptable to many on the left to employ anti-Semitic tropes as long as they are directed against Israel.” Bingo. Anti-Zionism is becoming an acceptable cover for anti-Semitism. Meaning, you can be an anti-Semite, you can be totally opposed to Jews and just couch it as being opposed to Israel and it sends the same message.

In other words, it’s cowardice, rather than just admit you’re anti-Semitic, make it clear you’re anti-Israel and you accomplish the same thing. It took the New York Times until Sunday to apologize for that cartoon. They published it all the way back last Thursday in the international edition. Even then they only apologized on Twitter. They didn’t talk about punishing the people who were behind the cartoon.

And truth is that this kind of smear is not unusual for the New York Times. On Friday they had to apologize for publishing a piece back on Good Friday that claimed Jesus was Palestinian. One thing that’s become apparent in reading the New York Times, and it’s it is not just me observing this, and this goes back again to what journalism is, what we think of journalists. We think they’re educated. We think they have historical perspective. We think that they are curious, that they are informed.

The New York Times has people that do not understand the first thing about Christianity. It’s not that they just are biased and are publishing lies. They literally, in this era, in this evolution of the New York Times, they don’t have anybody who actually understands Christianity. Easter worshipers, for example. Easter worshipers.

And the reason is because there is an anti-Christian bias on the left, and once there is an anti-Christian or anti-conservative bias, you don’t have to learn anything about it. It’s just bad. So Fox News is bad, Rush Limbaugh’s bad, talk radio is bad, just because they say it’s bad, just because we’re conservative.

You don’t have to say any more. You don’t have to know any more. You don’t have to explain anything because everybody on your side already agrees, conservatism bad. Christianity bad. Christianity, part of the American founding, the American founding bad. That’s it! That’s the extent of their knowledge. Which, of course, isn’t knowledge.

Drive-Bys Blame Trump for Synagogue Shooting — Even Though the Shooter Hates Trump!

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:05:00
RUSH: So in Poway, the San Diego area, the media, the rest of the Democrats are trying to blame Trump and his rhetoric, Kamala Harris says, “Yeah, Trump and his rhetoric is responsible.” It’s like a broken record. It’s always conservatives, the initial blame, until the truth is learned. And we know that the shooter hates Trump. The shooter hates conservatives.

The shooter has a manifesto, so-called manifesto posted on Pastebin just hours before his attack, calls Trump a Zionist, a Jew loving, anti-white, traitorous Lewinsky giver is the best thing I can say here, only he used a different term for Lewinsky giver, if you get the drift here. The news media is ignoring that part of the shooter’s manifesto where he hates Trump, where he’s calling Trump a Jew loving Zionist anti-white traitorous.

Very soon after the attack on Sunday Trump called the synagogue’s rabbi who was wounded in the attack. The press secretary, deputy press secretary, Judd Deere, said in a statement that Trump called to offer his comfort and condolences on behalf of the nation and that President Trump expressed his love for the Jewish people, the entire community of Poway and also thanked the brave members of law enforcement who acted swiftly.

The guy did not — his gun jammed and there was a member of the congregation who had a gun and took it there after all these shoot-ups, this guy took a gun. And he saw a guy he thought looked like he knew what he was doing, he gave him the gun, and this guy scared the shooter, shooter’s gun jammed.

Once again, the point is it was a gun that ended this, as it always is. And yet here we go with the usual gun control tropes and the talk radio, Donald Trump so forth responsible for this, yet the anti-Semitism that exists in this country today exists on the left and it’s being amplified and promoted on the left.

The Untold Story of Trump’s Grassroots Fundraising

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:03:00
RUSH: Here is Kelly in Ogden, Utah.  You’re next.  It’s great to have you.  Hi.

CALLER:  Thank you very much, Professor Limbaugh.  I just wanted to say that people are already voting for President Trump with their wallets.  I read an article in the paper the other day that said the Trump campaign has gathered in $30 million in the first quarter of this year.

RUSH:  Oh, it’s up to over 70 now.

CALLER:  Is it now?

RUSH:  Yep.

CALLER:  And $170 million since 2017.  That people… Whatever the fake news wants to say, people are already voting with their wallets.  Like you said, nobody is gonna turn us off about Trump except Trump, and he ain’t about to do that.

RUSH: That’s exactly right.  Nobody can destroy Trump except Trump.  The media can’t do it, and nobody else can.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: Now, let me give you the update on this.

CALLER:  Okay.

RUSH:  Trump has collected, at this stage of the campaign for reelection, 21 times the money Obama had raised and collected at this same point in Obama’s reelection for 2012.  But here is the stunning number.  (This is off the top of my head.  I’ve got the story buried here in the Stack.)  The vast… Are you ready? The vast majority of donations are for $200 or less.  Now, it’s 21 times the money Obama’s raised, and it’s higher than the DNC has at this point, too.

They don’t have a candidate.  So you know, you have to compare it to each individual candidate, and they are divvying up the grand total of Democrat donations with so many candidates out there.  But no matter how you slice it, Trump is still way head.  But with so many, so much of that total being from people donating $200 or less, that is a heck of a lot of people.

And that statistic has got Democrats scratching their heads.  Remember, in their minds, everybody hates Trump like they do!  I want to have more on this. I’ve gotta take a break here.  But what the Democrats are slowly awakening to — which has been a theme, if you will, of today’s program — has got to be just depressing as it can be for these people.  I will explain when we get back.

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RUSH:  This is unbelievable.  Ninety-nine percent of donors to Trump (with a record about right now) are of $200 or less.  Ninety-nine percent.  Folks, that alone… The Democrats have not taken time to understand any of you or any other Trump supporters.  They just hold you in contempt, and I’m not exaggerating.  They blame you more than they blame Trump, and they think you’re stupid, you’re idiotic, you’re hayseeds, you’re tobacco-chewing, missing-your-two-front-teeth, shotgun people.  They hate you.  They hold you in great contempt.

And when they hear stats like this, it’s just gonna drive ’em bonkers because in their minds, they think they’re the ones that have people fooled into thinking they care about them, Democrats care about them.  Now, here’s the thing.  If you’re the Democrat Party, if you’re any of these hapless Democrat presidential candidates — if you’re any of the Democrats in the House and the Senate in the leadership like Pelosi, Chuck You Schumer, you’re got that idiot Pencil Neck, all of these people, Senator Dick Durbin — you’re sitting there and for the last two years…

Nope. Make it the last three. For the last three years, you’ve had it right in the palm of your hand, getting rid of Donald Trump. “Trump’s a traitor! Trump colluded with Russia! Mueller is gonna prove it. Mueller is our savior. Mueller is gonna show these stupid, idiot Trump voters who he really is, and they’re gonna abandon Trump when they find out that he’s a traitor. He’s a Russian agent,” and they believed all of this.  They may not have at first, but they got so immersed in it, they cannot…

Like I told you, I can watch this smut on TV, this depraved stuff, and have boundaries and have it not affect me.  I don’t become it.  They became this insanity.  They became all of this, and now it’s gone.  The bottom has fallen out.  The media has openly lied to people for 2-1/2, three years, and now where are the Democrats?  Better yet, where’s Trump?  Trump is presiding over a great economy.  Do you know this: The American savings right is even going up! People are saving money again.  How about unemployment?

Not to mention the economy.  Record low African-American unemployment. Record low! All-time record low Hispanic and African-American unemployment.  This is true of every demographic — women, one-armed amputees in Soho, you name it — and Trump is carrying the day. Not to mention the fact that we have a president now who makes no bones about the fact that the most important place on earth to him is the United States, not the United Nations.

Something as simple as Make America Great Again is translated into something that every American voting for Trump believes in and wants to happen.  Nobody on the Trump team is embarrassed of his or her country.  We love our country.  We understand all of its benefits and pluses.  We understand the glorious opportunities presented here.  We understand how fortunate we are to be Americans — and, yeah, we understand some of the problems, but we don’t look at those as disqualifiers.

The left looks at all of this stuff from the past that’s been fixed as disqualifiers in the conversation about whether or not America’s exceptional, whether America is great.  We have a repositioning of American enemies.  We’re no longer in bed with Iran trying to help them get a nuclear weapon!  We are sanctioning Iran.  We’re doing everything we can to make it tough on them.  The same thing with the ChiComs and the Norks!  What are the Democrats gonna run against that?  What in the world…? If that’s what you’ve gotta campaign against, what do you campaign against?

How do you run against an inarguably great economy?  How do you run against record-low unemployment?  And let’s not even… Well, let’s do.  Let’s throw immigration into this, and Trump’s supporters know exactly where he is on this. When he talks about taking illegal immigrants and putting them in sanctuary cities, everybody applauds because we understand the point.  So what do the Democrats run on?  That Trump is human debris, or that Barr knows that Mueller found collusion and is covering is up.

They’ve got nothing to run on except more hatred and more lies and more character assassination.  And look at… They’re saying stupid things.  Beto O’Rourke, $5 trillion climate change program?  Some of the things these people are coming up with, pro-socialism and so forth to differentiate themselves? They are demonstrating they’ve literally got nothing to run on, and Politico acknowledges this today.  “Democrats Sweat Trump’s Economy.”  Quote, “We don’t really have a robust national message right now.”

That’s one “top Democrat,” not named here.  “One top Democrat fears that all this could be a recipe for disaster in 2020.”  The Barron’s survey thinks that Trump wins in a landslide.  I tell you, folks… Look, I’m not counting chickens yet.  Don’t misunderstand.  I’m the guy that says you can’t predict this stuff.  Polling data doesn’t mean anything right now because way too much that we can’t predict is going to happen.  So a poll today doesn’t really mean anything other than give you an idea of what certain people are thinking right now.

But we’re still too far out.  But on the ground where elections are won and lost, the Democrats have heap big doo-doo, and their media is getting more and more insane as they get more and more frustrated at their inability to damage and take out Trump.  So expect more of the same.  They’re not gonna slow down and say, “You know what? We need to recalibrate here.  This isn’t working.”  They’re gonna keep piling it on, the people that thought Michael Avenatti would be a great Democrat presidential candidate, like those at CNN!

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RUSH: I want to tell you one other thing. I want you to imagine something. You think Barack Obama in his third year in office could have hosted a rally like Trump did Saturday night and drawn tens of thousands of people like Trump did? I submit to you that there isn’t anybody, especially on the Democrat side, who could do it.

You’re probably saying, “Well, so what, Rush.” No. It indicates grassroots. This is Wisconsin, supposedly Democrat territory, but it isn’t anymore. All of the signs of Trump grassroots support hasn’t evaporated, hasn’t gone anywhere, despite what the media would like you to believe. They want you to believe, their narrative every day is that everybody realizes what a dunderhead Trump is, everybody realizes what a mistake Trump was, everybody now is embarrassed they voted for him.

That’s the picture they paint. That’s what they want everybody believing. And they think that they’re succeeding with it. Why, I don’t know, but they do think so. When a rally like that happens, I guarantee you that sends ’em for a loop as well.

A Pathetic Display at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Yesterday, April 29, 2019, 16:01:00
RUSH: You know, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was on Saturday night.  Trump’s in Green Bay doing a rally.  The big award that they give the biggest, best journalist of the Year is called the Merriman Smith Memorial Award, and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award was won Saturday night by a reporter from the Washington Post named Josh Dawsey.  You know what he got the award for?  He “broke” the “story” that Donald Trump used the phrase “hole countries” in a closed meeting in the White House Situation Room.

That? Of all news that happened over the past year, that is what wins the award from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?  By the way, Trump didn’t say “butthole.”  He said the other word here.  They give a journalist an award for “breaking” that “story.” You know who “broke” the “story” was Dick Durbin. Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois was in the meeting, and he walked out of there.  Of course, Situation Room rules are that nothing said in The Situation Room leaves The Situation Room.

But, of course, that doesn’t count when Trump’s the president.  Democrats left the Situation Room and started talking to the media about what was going on in there, and it was Dick Durbin that told Josh Dawsey that Trump had referred to “hole countries.”  Now, just think about that.  With all of the stuff that theoretically could have been called bombshells or huge revelations, that Donald Trump called a bunch of little countries “hole countries” wins the journalism of the year award from the White House Correspondents’ Association?

So let’s go to audio sound bite number 11. This is Olivier Knox. Olivier Knox is the chairman or the president or whatever the grand pooh-bah there is called of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. They didn’t get a comedian this year because Michelle Wolf last year totally blew it up and embarrassed everybody and didn’t help.

So they got rid of the comedian and instead decided to do serious commentary, serious discussion of the business of White House journalism. And so here’s Olivier Knox, the president, and a portion of his — I mean, this is a pity party. These people are crying, “Donald Trump mistreats, Donald Trump’s Constitution, Donald…” Listen to this.

KNOX: In nearly 23 years as a reporter I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. There was a brief moment in Afghanistan when I thought a soldier would shoot me dead for the crime of taking a picture inside the presidential palace. And yet I still separate my career into the period before February of 2017 and what came afterwards. And that’s because February 2017 is when the president of the United States called us the enemies of the people. A few days later I was driving my then 11-year-old son somewhere when he burst into tears and asked me, “Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?”

RUSH: I swear. These people, they’ve replaced comedy with a plea for sympathy. They want us to feel story for them. (imitating Knox) “Yes, I was driving my 11-year-old, ‘Daddy, daddy, is Donald Trump gonna put you in jail ’cause you’re the enemy of the people?’” Spineless waifs. These are the people that can dish it out, they can call Trump a traitor. They can for two years say that Trump is a Russian agent. They can for two years say that Trump stole the election and all the other insults.

And yet when Donald Trump responds (imitating Knox), “Oh, my God. My God, I’ve been shot at, I’ve been spit on, I’ve been kicked, but never, never, never have I felt so wronged as when Donald Trump called me an enemy. And my 11-year-old son is worried I’m going to prison.” What a bunch of people that can’t take it. I know it’s one of the hallmarks of these people.

In their world when they dish it out, you’re supposed to take it, you’re supposed to lap it up like it’s a saucer of milk, but you’re not ever supposed to reply to it or respond to it. If you do, then you are the problem and you don’t understand how the game is played in Washington. If you want to know how the game is played, look at people like Mitt Romney, who just sit idly by and watch themselves be destroyed, their reputations assaulted, lies told about their lives.

And the game says if you’re Republican you sit there and take it. If you reply to it, then you are sickening. This is just among the other things that Trump is reversing that he is being secretly and privately and publicly applauded for numerous times a day.

Economy Grows at 3.2% Despite Left’s Predictions of Doom and Gloom

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:15:00
RUSH: So no surprise to those of us in the know. “U.S. Economy Grew at 3.2% Rate in First Quarter,” despite all the media predictions of doom and gloom. And they were rote. And they began last summer. They actually began with the Trump tax cut debates. The Drive-By Media, the Democrat Party, just as they did in 2006, began trying to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of a recession. And the most recent effort began with the Trump tax cut debate.

But we are at 3.2% gross domestic product, economic growth, as I say, after months and months of being told that the sugar high of the Trump tax cuts was gonna wear off quickly and that the economy would never get over 2%. The media found expert after expert after expert, and they all in unison said there was no way, given Trump’s tax cuts, that the economy was gonna grow faster than 2%. And maybe even 1%. Some of them said maybe even 1% because the Trump tax cuts are gonna be such a drag on the economy. Tax cuts a drag on the economy; tax increases boost economic growth. This is what the left would have you believe.

Now, the doom and gloom began last summer. The Democrats went back to their playbook, decided the best way to win the midterms is to try to talk everybody into a recession, which is exactly what they did, as I said in 2006, after they gave up trying to force Bush to surrender in Iraq.

They looked at Iraq as mission accomplished. They pretty much talked everybody into the fact that it was an unjust war and that Bush had lied everybody into it and that we deserved to get our butts kicked. So they pretty much convinced everybody the Iraq war was a disaster and it was a waste of time, they made everybody tired of it. So they switched gears and moved into the economy in 2006 and it’s what I mean about their playbook. They have no innovation. They cannot modernize.

They cannot even bring themselves to current day, just as with the Trump scandals they’re trying to recreate Watergate and John Dean. Now they’re going to back to 2006 and recreating the magic of a false economic recession. They did it in 2008. They did it in 2008 following the financial crisis. They got Barack Obama elected. Of course McCain helped by suspending his campaign.

But as usual, all the economists polled by Reuters and all the other Drive-Bys had forecast a 2% GDP. And, as usual, they were wrong. In fact, they were wrong by nearly 50%. But the Reuters economists like the rest of the Drive-By Media economists are always wrong, and somehow they’re always too pessimistic under Trump just like they were always too optimistic under Barack Hussein O.

Even the Reuters article today on the GDP news says that the increase in growth was driven by temporary factors that are likely to reverse in coming quarters. Never give up hope. Never stop lying when Republicans are in power.

Let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is CNN Newsroom this morning. Co-Host Jim Sciutto and the business correspondent Alison Kosik delivering the breaking news on the economy, which of course is not good for CNN. It is good for their audience, but their audience is too stupid to know it.

SCIUTTO: Breaking news this hour. New signs of a growing and healthy American economy. New numbers released just moments ago show 3.2% growth in the first quarter, smashing the expectations. Joining me now to discuss it, CNN business correspondent, Alison Kosik. Alison, these numbers here are truly remarkable in that the government was shut down for most of the first third of this quarter.

KOSIK: Yes, for about a third of the quarter we saw the government shutdown apparently didn’t have any impact on economic growth.

RUSH: Why would it?

KOSIK: The economic growth showing a 3.2% increase for the first three months.

RUSH: Why would the government shutdown have anything to do with the private sector economy? This is how they think. “Oh, my God. You’re shutting down the government, oh, my God.” The government shutdown was not even a full the government shutdown. It was a partial government shutdown. It was an irrelevant shutdown. It was nothing remarkable whatsoever.

But to these people government is the sun, government is the center of the universe, government is that around which everything revolves. And so you can’t shut down the government, “Oh, my God, we’re gonna starve, oh, my God. We’re gonna, oh, my God. Global warming, oh, my God.”

Shut down the government and they’re out predicting that the economy’s gonna tank? I do not think they realize how ignorant they sound. They genuinely sound shocked that the economy, the private sector, grew when the government was shut down. “Yeah, we saw the government shutdown. Apparently it didn’t have any impact on economic growth.”

Totally clueless. Completely clueless. You know, it would be funny if it weren’t so damaging. Because these people still have a bunch of dunderheads that tune them in. “Oh, Mabel, did you hear that? Why, I was watching CNN, they said that the government shutdown didn’t hurt economy. I don’t understand that.” Sheer idiocy. They’re promoting sheer idiocy. Don’t even understand the precepts and concepts of capitalism.

Oh. Which reminds me. You remember that piece I had last week about the young Millennial woman, it was a great piece, she got all over her generation for thinking they’ve never understood, never known prosperity when they’re living smack-dab in the middle of it?

Well, yet another Millennial woman has come along and is chastising Millennial women for not understanding how capitalism is benefiting them even now, promoting their lives, making their lives easier.

I have to chuckle at some of the examples, such as remote-control power vacuum cleaners. (laughing) Such as washing machines instead of beating your clothes against the rocks on a nearby stream. Well, because it’s sexist. You know, you talk to women about the economic benefits of capitalism, you talk about traditional housewifery stuff, but she doesn’t.

But I mean this is where they want to take us. They want to take us back to walking down by the stream with our little bucket of clothes and beating them on the rocks to clean them as a means of saving the planet. We put together a little montage here. Fake news flashback in December.

Here are the Drive-Bys predicting a recession, and this is December 10th and 11th, 2018, coordinated and timed with the government shutdown.

ALI VELSHI: (newsroom noise) …a recession that people are saying is coming in 2019, probably 2020.

JOHN HARWOOD: The economy is slowing down! We’re looking at continued slowing through 2019, even a possible recession in 2020!

DAVID ROSENBERG: (stock exchange noise) I’m expecting a recession next year.

STEVE LIESMAN: (newsroom noise) …the probability of a recession next year.

WILLIE GEIST: …a possible recession on the way next year.

KATE DAVIDSON: …possible signs of a recession.

NEIL HENNESSY: Everybody’s talking, “Well, there is going to be a recession!”

NEIL CAVUTO: (newsroom noise) …on the cusp of the slowdown, if not outright recession.

CAROLINE HYDE: …hints of a U.S. recession as soon as 2019.

ROMAINE BOSTICK: The chances of a 2019 recession have increased!

LUKE KAWA: U.S. stocks are pricing in a recession.

JONAS MAX FERRIS: Everyone’s, of course, worried about a recession.

RUSH: It’s unbelievable. These things just keep happening. It is a never-ending display of sheer, glittering ignorance on the part of these people — and Neil Cavuto is in this montage. Neil Cavuto said, “Yeah, we’re on the cusp of a slowdown if not outright recession.” Cavuto knows that government shutdowns have nothing to do with the private sector economy. “But, Rush! But, Rush! They do, because the government sends so many checks.” The government’s gonna send checks whether it’s shut down or not.

That’s the whole point. Welfare checks, Social Security checks, you name it. They all go out during a government shutdown. “Yeah, Rush, but the government’s a big percentage player in GDP.” Only because of their borrowing. The government doesn’t produce anything, except military armaments. What’s the government produce? Government doesn’t innovate. Government doesn’t produce… All government does is take wealth and transfer it.

Government doesn’t create a dime’s worth of wealth. (Snort!) How can it? It’s $22 trillion in debt. Wealth creation, the United States government? So here… These people ought to be embarrassed, just like they ought to be embarrassed after their two years of reporting on the so-called collusion between Trump and Russia. They should be embarrassed. They have misled their audience. They have pretended to be experts. They have hired other experts, economic specialists.

They brought them all in and they told everybody going into the Christmas season that we’re headed into a recession — and that we’re headed into a recession for two reasons: The Trump tax cuts are gonna kill the economy and the government shutdown is gonna kill the economy. Note what will kill the economy: Government getting smaller, government having less money, and you having more. You having more money. Tax cut. You having more money is gonna threaten the economy? Do these people telegraph any better the socialist tendencies that they all have?

Here’s the Trumpster this morning at Joint Base Andrews. Somebody asked me, “Rush, why do they call it Joint Base Andrews? It used to be Andrews Air Force Base.” Well, that’s actually a good question. They combined all of the bases — the Andrews Air Force Base and nearby Marine base and nearby Army base — and just call it Joint Base now. I agree, Andrews Air Force Base sounds better than Joint Base Andrews.

Joint Base Andrews? You start thinking about blowing out your knee, the ACL. But it’s Joint Base Andrews. Anyway, Trump was on his way… He just stood up to speak. He’s at Indianapolis, the NRA convention. We’re rolling on this. We’re not gonna JIP it, we’re not gonna carry it live, but we are rolling on it. We’ll have Trump highlights of his speech because he’s on a roll. He’s on a high. He had a great appearance on Hannity last night, and the economy is humming at 3.2%. This is what he said just prior to boarding Air Force One for the trip to Indianapolis…

THE PRESIDENT: There were many people who thought it would be less than 2%, and then we’re at 3.2%. Inflation numbers are very low. The gasoline prices are coming down. I called up OPEC; I said, “You gotta bring ’em down. You gotta bring ’em down,” and gasoline’s coming down. We’re doing great. GDP is an incredible number. But remember this: Not only that, we have a great growth — which is growth. We have great growth, and also very, very low inflation. Our economy is doing great. Number one in the world. We’re number one economy right now in the world, and it’s not even close.

RUSH: “We got great growth. We got the greatest growth in the world. We’ve got the greatest growth ever, got the greatest economy ever. I called OPEC; I said, ‘You gotta get the prices down.’ They said, ‘We’ll get the prices down.’ I called OPEC. Gasoline’s coming down.” He’s on a roll. He’s on a high.

Joe Biden: Relic of the Failed Democrat Past

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:12:00
RUSH: So Biden called Anita Hill, Biden calls Anita Hill and says (imitating Biden), “I’m very sorry.” She says, “I don’t believe you, Plugs, and even if I did, it’s not enough.” I’m gonna tell you what, folks. My analogy yesterday that if Biden had a statue, the Democrats would be tearing it down and covering it up is already getting traction.

JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it’s Open Line Friday!

RUSH: And you have to admit, that was pretty clever. If Biden had a statue. I mean, if they’re gonna tear down Kate Smith, there’s no way Biden survives.

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RUSH: Since we’re talking about the economy, I want to play Biden. Biden was on The View today. In fact, we have four sound bites from Biden on The View. I want to start with number 24. You stop and think about the Biden campaign. Look at what we now know about the Obama administration. They were spying on Trump. They believed — I’m gonna give ’em the benefit of the doubt — they believed that the Russians were attempting to influence our elections. And what did they do? Nothing! They let it happen, hoping to catch Trump in the middle.

Now, we know the truth. The truth was that they implanted the spies, the FBI, the Obama administration was attempting to frame Trump. But public admission from the Obama team is, “Oh, we thought the Russians were infiltrating the elections.” They let it happen. Why would anybody want to go back to this? Spied on Trump. They ignored Russian interference. By their own admission, they ignored it, they didn’t pay any attention to it.

We had the Obamacare lies. If you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your insurance plan, you keep your insurance plan. Your premiums are gonna go down $2,500. Now we got people that want to wipe all that out, wipe out private insurance, go Medicare for all. Obama, Biden, they all ultimately believed in that.

We had a terrible economy. Obama himself was telling us that there was a new normal, that 1% economic growth, something we all needed to get used to, that all of these manufacturing jobs in the Midwest, they’re not coming back. And Biden says this is what we should return to? What is his point in running? To return America to that?

If you want to talk about the Russians in this upcoming campaign, there is no question who Vladimir Putin is gonna be backing, and that’s gonna be Biden or Crazy Bernie. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin invites Crazy Bernie back to do another honeymoon in Moscow.

But clearly Putin is going to be on the side of Biden. They owned Obama. Obama is telling the Russians: Be patient. Be patient. Wait ’til I win reelection. I’ll much more flexibility when I don’t have to run again in getting rid of America’s nuclear weapons.

Why would we want to go back to the Obama-Biden track record on anything? They didn’t give a damn what Russia did. They hoped to entrap Trump in the middle of what Russia — they promised flexibility. They promised all they great economic stuff, and it didn’t happen.

So here’s Biden on The View today talking about the economy. Maude Behar says, “I’m reading that it’s going to come down to Pennsylvania. Now, that’s your state. Aren’t you a Scranton guy originally? How are you going to get those voters?”

BIDEN: By making the case that, uh, that we have to restore dignity to work. My dad used to have an expression. He said, “Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity, it’s about your place in the community, it’s about your place in society, it’s about your sense of your self-worth.” And he’d always end, “It’s about being able to look your kid in the eye and say, ‘honey, it’s gonna be okay’ and mean it.” Think of how many people that don’t think they can do that today.

BEHAR: Yeah.

BIDEN: This president has done nothing to help that group.

RUSH: Are you kidding? Bring back the dignity of work? This is an answer of sentence fragments that add up to a bunch of cliches. We have to restore the dignity of work? He comes from a party where they want to give away college education. They want to give away and forgive student loans. They want to give away Medicare and health care for all. There’s not gonna be any reason to have a job because everything is gonna be given to you. Why have to go to college? Why do you have to get educated if — universal basic income.

But the point is we are smack-dab in the middle today economic growth, 3.2% — now, I’m sure The View audience hasn’t the slightest idea. The audience of The View has gotta be one of the most uninformed media audiences in the country. But it doesn’t matter because there is a media that can react to this, like I’m reacting now.

For Biden to go out, “Well, Joey, Joey, you know, your job’s about a lot more than a paycheck. Your job’s about your place in the community. Trump’s blown all that up. We don’t have it anymore.”

There are more people working today than at any time during the Obama administration! It’s not even close. The labor force participation rate is at an all-time high compared to the eight years of the Obama administration. Not only can they not innovate in the future, they can’t even get current. Biden here is talking as though he’s running in 2008 coming out of the George W. Bush Iraq war recession. It’s amazing to behold this.

Anyway, we’ve reached another limit.

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RUSH: Okay. Just a couple of more Bite Me bites from The View today. Here is Maude Behar asking Vice President Biden about the recent allegation against him — Anita Hill, botching that — and this is Biden’s response to it…

BEHAR: Nancy Pelosi wants you to say, “I’m sorry that I invaded your space.”

BIDEN: “Sorry I invaded your space!” I mean, I — I — and I (stammering) — I am… I’m sorry this happened. Um, but — but, uh, I’m not sorry in the sense that I think I did anything that was intentionally designed to do anything wrong or be inappropriate. It was inappropriate that I didn’t understand that I — I took… I assumed… Look, I — I — I was… (long pause) Anyway.

RUSH: That might be worth a take two. You know, when they asked Ted Kennedy… No, they asked John Kerry. “You want to be president. Why?” “Well, uh… (sputtering) I served in Vietnam. I served in Vietnam.” “You want to do that again?” What is he saying here? “I’m not sorry in the sense that I think I did anything that was intentionally designed to do anything wrong or be inappropriate. It was inappropriate that I didn’t understand that I — I took… I assumed… Look, I — I — I was…”

Pfft! They want him to bend over and grab the ankles about Anita Hill.

So now Ana Navarro and Maude Behar zoom in for the kill.

NAVARRO: I don’t know why it took you so long to call her. I wish it had happened earlier.

BIDEN: I didn’t want to, quote, “invade her space,” and so I spoke to some leading women advocates, uh, in this area — someone who knew her — and I said, “Could ya see whether she’d take my call?”

BEHAR: You know, I think what she wants you to say is, “I’m sorry for the way I treated you,” not “for the way you were treated.” I think that would be closer.

BIDEN: Well — well, but — but — but I’m sorry the way she got treated. I never heard say… If you go back and look what I said and didn’t say, I — I — I — I — I — I don’t think I treated her badly.

RUSH: Look at this! This is the blackmail! They want him to take the heat for her not killing Clarence Thomas! They’re mad that Thomas got confirmed. They want Biden to take the blame for somehow making Anita Hill not credible enough to pull this — and it was a scam — off. This is absurd! If I were Joe Biden, I’d tell these people to take it where the sun doesn’t shine, and I would leave this campaign and I would leave this party.

As it is, he’s walking out of that show with one ball missing. And if he could have hung on there for another segment, he’d have walked out of there a eunuch, like Varys on Game of Thrones! This is unbelievable! He’s rendered speechless. “Well, I think what she wants to hear, is she wants you to call her up and say that Thomas shouldn’t have been on the court and it’s your fault, not Anita’s.” “I’m not gonna do that. I didn’t do anything wrong here. Who…? I can’t help it, I got outsmarted by Arlen Specter. My hair looked good that day. The plugs were just comin’ in. I was in a lot of pain. What do you want me to do about it?”

He could come up with any excuse he wants. (laughing) Choice! (laughing) Gosh! (laughing)

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RUSH: A closing note. You probably heard the wizards of smart say — the Drive-By Media analysts say — that Biden is probably the only guy that can beat Trump because Biden is the only guy who can get the white working class vote that Trump won with, right? Somebody explain to me how that’s gonna happen when Biden was on a ticket twice that specifically wrote off that voting bloc. The Obama administration said it didn’t want the white working class vote anymore, and Biden was right in there helping that along. So tell me how is it that they’re gonna turn around and vote for the guy after all of that, hmm?

Unequivocal Trump on a Roll at the NRA

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:10:00
RUSH: President Trump is amidst a tremendous amount of support and adulation and adoration at the NRA convention in Indianapolis. They love him there. I want you to stop and think about something. Think about the — what would it be? — gumption that it takes for a politician to go to the NRA convention these days and talk ’em up and to support them and to give ’em a bunch of rah-rahs and to stand up for what they believe. There aren’t a whole lot of politicians who have the guts to do this today.

Now, Trump is a class by himself in terms of fearlessness. He would go anyway. But, I mean, just to illustrate that point. You know, the Drive-By Media, the left wing of the Democrat Party — the whole of the Democrat Party — there is this never-ending assault on the concept of gun ownership. There’s a never-ending assault on the sanctity of Second Amendment, and there are constant pressure points. I mean, the media and the Democrats are constantly berating people over guns, over support for the Second Amendment.

And it’s almost getting to the point where somebody says, “We gotta pull down a statue of Kate Smith because she sang a song back in the thirties,” and nobody’s got the guts to stand up to it. We don’t even have anybody on TV that’s unequivocal about things. Everybody that goes on TV and says, “Well, I can see that point of view but, on the other hand, you must consider the other side.” This is what’s considered intellectual these days, is not having an opinion on something, being an equivocator, equivocating. “What do you think about the Mueller report?”

“Well, on the one hand, I can see the importance. Yes, we needed to get to the bottom of the Russians colluding in our elections. On the other hand, I — I — I can see that people might think there was a little overkill.” That is what passes for intellectualism. That’s what passes for having an open mind. “What do you think about guns?” “Well, I understand the need. People want to go hunting.” Wait a minute. The Second Amendment doesn’t give anybody the right to go hunting. Find the word “hunting” in the Constitution. It’s not in there.

When did the Second Amendment start getting attached to hunting? Well, we all know the answer to that. “Well, I can see the importance of maintaining the right to bear arms to go hunting. We all have to eat. We have to have sports. But I don’t really think we could suggest here that having the right to bear arms really means that anybody who wants a gun can have a gun.” So this equivocation… This is what people get on TV all the time, this is what people get from politicians all the time: Equivocation.

Trump does not equivocate! He loves the Second Amendment. He supports the Second Amendment. He’s telling the NRA that nobody is gonna get rid of the Second Amendment as long as he is around. He doesn’t equivocate. Most people wouldn’t have… Most politicians wouldn’t have the gumption to go speak to the NRA — and positively. They couldn’t take the media fallout, the media criticism in any way. But to actually go to Indianapolis, to stand up for one of the fundamental inalienable rights — the one right, in fact, that specifically states “shall not be infringed.”

(stammering) “Well, you know, I — I understand the founders, and, uh, things were different then. Um, uhhh, muskets, uh, had to reload after every shot. Uh, but the founders certainly didn’t intend, uh, for people to have AK-47 and to be going out, uh, and — and — and — and shooting deer and hunting.” So this equivocation’s what people get on TV. This is considered expert analysis and commentary, and Donald Trump doesn’t equivocate — and this is another reason they hate him. This is why they think (impression), “He’s bull in a china shop, ’cause he’s not urbane, and he’s not sensitive, and he doesn’t consider both sides of the issue. He just plows straight ahead.”

This is the way normal people used to be.

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RUSH: Donald Trump on a roll at the NRA convention. As I say, we’re rolling on it, and we’ll have audio sound bites in due course. He just went on a great riff about how the socialists and the far-left Democrats want to destroy everything we’ve done after running through a sizable list of economic and political achievements that have taken place in just the first two-years.

You know, he did something else. These are the little things that he does that nobody in the media even hears. They don’t even notice. And neither do Democrats or Republicans, for that matter, particularly from the political consultancy class. Just like during the campaign at all the Trump rallies they never, ever saw those moments of Trump humility. They don’t even think that Trump knows how to be humble. So they never see it, they miss it when it happens.

But he just, in a passing reference to the 2016 campaign and his first night in the White House and Melania’s birthday today and the upcoming 2020 campaign, he described his first night in the White House and how in awe he was walking through it where so many great people have lived and worked, so many great things have been accomplished.

That little reverence, that little reference is something that will relate to everybody paying attention, because it’s something that everybody — if you ever think about being president, we all do, we all think about it in a fleeting moment, maybe an hour or two, whatever, we all think about what we would do if we were president. And in the time that we have those thoughts, we also include living in the White House.

And to the vast majority of us, living in the White House would be one of the greatest honors, one of the best aspects of being president. And the opportunity to walk through the place and have somebody explain everything there is to know about it, well, that’s what he just did, in a sentence or two. He just said all that.

And I guarantee you that resonates, it relates to people in ways that elitists, inside-the-Beltway people do not even understand. That’s so beneath them. Their minds don’t even think about the honor that it would be to be in the White House as president or the opportunity to soak up and learn all that history. To them it’s just the place you go when you run things.

I’m not saying anything other than, like typical New Yorkers, they don’t spend a lot of time going to Broadway because they can any time they want. So they take it for granted. It’s there every day. Yankee game every day during the summer, whatever New York offers, it’s there every day. Residents do much less of the tourist stuff than the tourists do, obviously.

And the truth be known, the Broadway theater business is populated and made possible by tourists. New Yorkers are not the primary attendees there because they can do it any night, so they keep putting it off. Same thing with people in Washington, White House. It’s part of the neighborhood, it’s no big deal. They take it for granted. It’s not someplace you can go every day like you can the theater, but you get my point here.

Trump’s reference to his first night there and how in awe of it he was, it’s these little things that anybody listening to him, anybody in his audience hear, that convey humility. That also convey that he’s one of them, that he thinks like they do, that he appreciates the same things they do, that he holds in great reverence the same things that they do.

And I guarantee you, there isn’t a soul, maybe in the NRA audience some picked it up, but I guarantee you nobody in the media, if anybody in the media heard it, they’re gonna laugh it, “Oh, my God. First night in the White House, oh, big deal.” They’re cynical about these things. “If that’s what you care about with the White House, you have no business living there. The White House is the seat of power. The White House is where you move your agenda.”

The White House is one of the most historic places in the world, given what has come from there, given who has lived there, given who has worked there. You can’t help but be in awe of the place every time you go. But if you go there and you’re not in awe of it, I submit to you that something is not right with you or that your values are not the same if the place is just a stop on the way.

I think these little things that he does, like thanking the audience and telling them what an honor it is to be with them, to be speaking to them, an honor it is for them to be there, these little things take 30 seconds. This comment that I’m telling you about took maybe half a minute, 35 seconds to deliver. But it hit a bull’s-eye.

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RUSH: This is Rollo in Houston, Texas. It’s great to have you. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, good morning, Rush. I just wanted to make a comment on your comment about Trump’s not equivocating when faced with a decision or making a statement. Something I’ve noticed talking to a lot of people is that nowadays when someone’s confronted by someone, it seems like the new catchphrase is, “I feel… I feel…” They don’t say, “I like something/I don’t like something.” It’s not black or it’s white. They say, “I feel the need to do this,” or, “I feel we should do this,” or, “I can’t respond to that.” It seems like nowadays the general public has no conviction on their beliefs, and if they do, they won’t admit it.

RUSH: Yeah, they do. They’re scared to death to say it. That’s the point.

CALLER: Yeah. Yes.

RUSH: You talk to ’em in their homes when nobody but their families are around, and they’ll tell you what they think. It’s when you bring in an outsider. “Weeeell…” Your point about “I feel” rather than “think,” has been something that’s slowly crept into the society. Some people think I’m making too fine a point. “Rush, people mean ‘think’ when they say ‘feel.’ You’re just nitpicking.” No, I’m not. There’s a big difference in feeling and thinking. Feeling can overpower thought, ’cause feeling is instinctive and thinking isn’t.

Reacting is instinctive, but thinking isn’t. Thinking takes time. Thinking is hard. It’s not taught. You know, we teach people to memorize. We teach people not to think creatively. They get in trouble when they venture outside the boundaries of the things they’re being taught. But if you say “I feel something,” it’s also more difficult to criticize somebody’s feelings. “I — I — I feel you’re going too hard on that and I feel…” The thing to say is, “I don’t care what you feel. Tell me what you think.”

But still, people are afraid to tell other people what they think because they’re afraid of the reaction. There are any number of things. People are afraid that they’re gonna offend somebody, and you know where that lives. Being afraid to offend somebody lives in the, “Gee, I wonder what they think of me” universe. If you are very concerned with what people think of you — and, by the way, a lot of people are. A lot of people, that’s how they go through life. Networking. Being one thing to one person, one thing to another.

Hiding who they really are ’cause they don’t like what they really are. So they try to find out what everybody wants from them and deliver it. That’s a networker extraordinaire, and if you’re worried about offending somebody (which, of course, I am not), you are obviously in the prison of, “Gee, I wonder what they think of me,” and if you think they think poorly of you, you don’t want that — and offending somebody? Well, that’s just gonna make them mad at you.

You don’t want to do that. So people equivocate and they dial it back and they say, “Oh, I think, in a way, I see your point maybe.” Now, on Twitter and places where you’re anonymous? Well, that’s when all the boundaries go down, and that’s where the real reprobate riffraff happen to live. When you add anonymity or even a fake identity, then you have no restrictions on what you can say to anybody and how you react. So the question is, “Is Twitter actually telling us who Americans really are?”

Do we really have a substrata of our population that is a bunch of evil devils? Do we really — and if so, what percentage? Well, we know from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press that 22% of adults use Twitter, and the vast majority of the 22% are left-wing, elite, rich liberals. Most Twitter users are young, pajama-clad, anonymous. But, anyway, when you run into somebody… I’ll just say it again: When you run into anybody that does not equivocate, it stands out.

The reaction that those people get oftentimes is, “Nobody, nobody knows that much. Nobody can be that sure of themselves. They’re faking it. They can’t possibly be that sure,” because everybody’s trained, in one way or another, to soft sell what you believe so you don’t offend anybody. The reason you don’t want to offend anybody is ’cause you don’t want any grief coming back at you.

“Oh, I don’t know. I — I see your point. I see your point. Uh, but then I… You know, I know Jonah over here, and Jonah sees five different points on every issue. So I, uh, I (sigh)… I don’t know. You may have a point. I’m still not sure myself.”

“Oh, what a great guy. Doesn’t want to offend anybody, open to everything.”

No! You’re listening to a phony who doesn’t have the guts to tell you what they think, and that is what’s passing now for intellectualism. Take a listen. If you doubt me, next time you listen on Fox News to the next think tank guy or woman whatever, listen to the way they talk. (impression) “Yes, uhhhh, on the one hand I can see your, ummm, point. (muttering) I see your point. But, uh… But, uh… But, uh… But, uh, have you considered the alternative? The alternative might not be palatable but it could nevertheless…”

“Man, is that person smart. Holy cow. I wish I had that person’s brain.”

No, you don’t.

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This is Trump at the NRA convention. You know what he’s doing right now? I don’t know if it’s still going on. He brought people up on the stage whose lives had been changed and saved because of guns. Really, really powerful stories. But here is the reference that I was talking about, the first night in the White House, he and Melania, and how in awe he is of where he is.

THE PRESIDENT: I remember standing two and a half years ago in the same hallway where Abraham Lincoln and so many others have stood. My first night in the White House, and I said to Melania, I said, “This is incredible.” And four years seems so long away, and now here we are, we’re getting ready to start up the campaign again, start up the campaign again.

RUSH: I’m gonna tell you, that little reference, he was in awe of where he was, that alone exemplifies Trump’s humility. He does not think he’s bigger than the White House. He does not think that the White House was meant for him. It’s the exact opposite of what the Washington establishment and these brain-dead media critics think of Donald Trump.

That was humility, that was the ability to relate. Everybody in this country, whether they were elected president or not, if you happen to end up in the White House and not part of a tour and so forth, and had the opportunity, you would be in awe of it too. And you would want to experience as much of it as you could. And the more American history you knew, the more in awe you would be. And he was simply conveying that how he, too, was in awe.

And let me tell you something, the Obamas did not feel that way. Let me just tell you right now, the Obamas didn’t feel that way. To them the White House housed a lot of bad people. They are liberals. They are leftists. In their view, America is a flawed and mean and unjust place, and a lot of the people who were in charge of those mean policies and unjust days lived in that White House. They didn’t have the same reverence.

And it’s not just the Obamas. A whole bunch of these woke Democrats, these liberals running for the presidency now are not gonna have that kind of reverence for the White House. They’re certainly not gonna hold it in awe. To them it is a seat of racism and bigotry and sexism and this is what sets them apart. This is why I believe Trump’s slogan Make America Great Again, why it works.

Most of the people in this country want to elect somebody who loves it, want to elect somebody who holds it in great respect and in great regard. And doesn’t think that he or she is bigger than the government or the country or even the White House.

So let’s play a couple more here of Trump at the NRA so you can see that it was filled with energy. It was a typical Trump speech except he unloaded on the Democrats while he was mentioning his own achievements. We got one, two, three, four more here. We’ll keep going here ’til I’m satisfied. Here’s the first.

THE PRESIDENT: Our nation is greater today than it has ever been. Stronger, richer, we’re doing better than ever before. We are great Americans. You’re doing a great job.

CROWD: (applause)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. We believe in the rule of law, and we will always protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (applause) And there are some people that are running right now, I don’t think they have that number one on their list. We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag.

CROWD: (applause)

RUSH: Right on. Right on, right on, right on. Hear that applause? It’s the next bite. Stay in order here.

CROWD: (applause)

THE PRESIDENT: We have the right to self-defense and the right to protect your family, your community, and your loved ones. We believe in the wisdom of our founders and we believe in freedom and liberty and the right to keep and bear arms.

CROWD: (applause)

RUSH: Right on. Right on. Twelve seconds, 12 seconds of applause here.

CROWD: (applause)

THE PRESIDENT: We know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. And above all else, we know this: In America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.

CROWD: (cheers)

RUSH: Right on. Right on, right on. Okay, now… So you hear it. It’s the usual… Not typical, but has many ingredients of a Trump stump speech. But now here he enters into the aspect of bringing the Democrats into it and ripping them.

THE PRESIDENT: They tried for a coup. Didn’t work out so well.

CROWD: (cheers and applause)

THE PRESIDENT: And I didn’t need a gun for that one, did I?

CROWD: (laughing and applause)

THE PRESIDENT: All was taking place at the highest levels in Washington, D.C. You’ve been watching, you’ve been seeing, you’ve been looking at things that you wouldn’t have believed possible in our country. Corruption at the highest level, a disgrace. Spying, surveillance, trying for an overthrow — and we caught ’em. We caught ’em.

RUSH: And he then just continued to rip the Democrats to shreds…

THE PRESIDENT: America’s future has never been brighter, and yet Democrats have never been angrier, especially now that their collusion delusion has been exposed to the world as a complete and total fraud.

CROWD: (wild cheering)

THE PRESIDENT: It’s been the greatest political hoax ever in our country. Democrats are obsessed with hoaxes, delusions, and witch hunts. It’s what they’re obsessed with. That’s what they want to do, and we can play the game just as well or better than they do.

CROWD: (applause)

RUSH: Yeah, right on. Okay.

Guess Who Turned Up on CNN

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:08:00
RUSH: I don’t know if I should mention this. I don’t believe what I just saw. Don’t mention it. Holy smokes. Holy smokes. Ha. It’s unfair to do this to the audience. Well, I’m watching CNN. I’m not watching, it’s on here. I glance up there when I sit down and they’re talking about Biden and the Anita Hill hearings and how he blew it and didn’t do enough to keep Thomas off the court, and they’ve got a guest on there.

And the guest is somebody that supposedly had a lot to do with this back then. So I’m looking at this, looks somewhat familiar, but I can’t figure it out. Is it Judge Hoerchner? Remember Judge Hoerchner? Judge Susan Hoerchner. I think we’ve got audio sound bites of this today. I saw the sound bite roster.

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RUSH: Here’s the picture of Judge Hoerchner. That’s from the actual C-SPAN coverage. I want you to imagine this woman, ’cause you just heard her speak, and she was there testifying to the impeccable character of Anita Hill. And I, as I said, became mesmerized with her voice and speech (impression) “and how precise it was.

“And I imagined her someday saying in front of the “sen-a-terrs,” because she addressed every statement, “Senator? Senator? Anita… Anita is so pure, Anita told me she doesn’t even have bowel movements, Senator. That’s how clean and pure Anita is. I doubt… I doubt… I doubt Judge Thomas can say the same.” That’s how she struck me. I could not forget it. One character from these hearings I have never forgotten: Judge Hoerchner.

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RUSH: I found (it’s audio sound bite number 10) Judge Hoerchner. Now, we only have one bite of her, but this woman captivated me during the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings. She was about, at the time, 55 or 60, and had a Mary Hartman hairdo. She had bangs, and it was parted like in the middle, and then straight down to the shoulder.

She was wearing a 24-year-old woman’s haircut in her 50s, and pale as Casper the ghost. She didn’t move when she spoke. She sat ramrod straight. The only thing that moved was her mouth, and she was one of these… She was some kind of administrative law judge disputing whether or not feces piles were there or not in San Francisco, and she was married to another uber-left-wing judge or liberal activist of some kind, I think maybe from the ACLU. She was a character witness for Anita Hill.

She was apparently somebody who knew Anita Hill from all these days gone by, and she was up there testifying to the character and the decency and the honorability and all of that of Anita Hill. Her speech pattern was just… I could not get over it, combined with what she said. I couldn’t help but mimic her as it went on. She testified for maybe a whole day, and maybe even more than one.

We only have 20 seconds of her here, and in this… I don’t know who’s questioning her here but she’s testifying in support of Anita Hill, and I think she’s trying to convey that, yes, Thomas did say some really inappropriate things to Anita. Oh, that! “An-ee-tah, An-ee-tah,” is how she pronounced it. Anyway, let’s see what this bite shows…

HOERCHNER: …Mr. Thomas had said to her, “You know, if you had witnesses, you’d have a perfect case against me.” She told me that she was very humiliated and demoralized by Mr. Thomas’ behavior and that it had shaken her faith in her professional ability.

RUSH: Yeah, that’s it. That’s it. You’ve got to see it. To understand why I was captivated by this babe, you’ve got to see her, and maybe we’ll find a video link and just put a picture of her — still shot or something — at RushLimbaugh.com. Or if we can find one — which I’m sure we can (ahem) — we’ll flash one up there on the Dittocam in a moment.

Trump Knows Who’s Behind the Coup Against Him

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:07:00
RUSH: President Trump last night was on Hannity on the Fox News Channel, and has crossed a new threshold. The president himself is referring to what happened to him, finally, as a coup. Now, before going to the audio sound bites, “Text messages…” Are you ready for this? “Nine days after the presidential election, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged texts that indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could ‘develop for potential relationships,’ track lines of questioning and ‘assess’ changes in ‘demeanor’…”

Strzok Smirk and Page were trying to develop intelligence sources within the Trump administration and transition team. This article (it’s by Catherine Herridge at Fox News), “notes that President Trump responded to this news,” we’ll have that coming up in just a minute, “saying they were trying to infiltrate the administration. There’s no question they were. This is Strzok Smirk and Lisa Page who were testifying before the election about, “Oh, my gosh. He’s not gonna win, is he? We can’t let him win,” and Strzok Smirk says, “Don’t worry, we’ll have an insurance policy.”

Strzok Smirk was involved in the European angle of this, the British angle of this, working with Brit informants, Stefan Halper and Joseph Mifsud — who, of course, ran a scam on George Papadopoulos. And then Strzok Smirk and Lisa Page had this “insurance policy” in which they could maybe do something about it if Trump inexplicably won. Strzok himself then ended up on the Mueller investigative team, and was only fired when it was discovered that he had been texting with Lisa Page.

Mueller buried that for six months. They kept the guy working and didn’t announce the reason that he was fired for quite a while. By the way, Papadopoulos… Are you ready for this? Papadopoulos said in an interview the other day or in a tweet, that Mueller tried to get his wife to divorce him. Papadopoulos says that Mueller or one of the investigators (I think it was Mueller) told his wife (summarized), “You better get out of this. George is going to jail. Things are over for George.” They tried to get her to divorce him.

This guy was out ruining people’s lives.

So back to this: Text messages between Strzok Smirk and Lisa Page, say they “discussed using briefings…” They wanted to go brief the Trump transition “team after the 2016 election to people they could ‘develop … potential relationships'” with. They wanted to identify leakers. They want to identify people in the Trump transition who would leak to them. They wanted to find people they could intimidate. They wanted to find people they could spy on. They wanted to find people they thought might be able to spy on Trump.

We keep learning — and, by the way: None of this — none of this — was investigated by Mueller. Kim Strassel has a column in the Wall Street Journal today, in which she makes the point again that Mueller knew the dossier was fake, that Mueller knew that it was made-up stuff, and that it was sourced from Russian agents via Christopher Steele. And that he knew it was Clinton opposition research, and didn’t even bother to investigate any of that.

That’s why there’s hardly any mention of the dossier. In fact, the dossier doesn’t get mentioned. Elements of the dossier do, but the dossier doesn’t even get mentioned in the Mueller report. Maybe one passing glance, if you will. So knowing this now, that Strzok Smirk and Lisa Page, nine days after the election, were trying to identify potential leakers or people they could threaten or people they could influence within the Trump transition team.

Meaning: The full-fledged effort to destabilize and eventually run Trump out of the Oval Office was in full swing after the election, which we knew. This just confirms it. So now, we go to the audio sound bites. Last night, Trump is on Hannity, and Hannity asks him about the Strzok Smirk texts. He says, “We have new texts from Strzok and Page showing they had discussed attempts to recruit sources from within your White House to spy on your administration. Have you heard about this tonight, sir?”

THE PRESIDENT: Really, it’s a coup. It’s spying. I don’t know if you remember a long time ago, very early on, I used the word “wiretap,” and I put it in quotes, meaning surveillance, spying. You can sort of say whatever if you want. But that was a long time ago, and I’ve never seen anything blow up like you’ve never seen. Now I understand why, because they thought — two years ago when I said that just on a little bit of a hunch and a little bit of wisdom, maybe. It blew up because they thought maybe I was wise to ’em or they were caught, and that’s why. So you see now they’re trying to infiltrate the White House. This is long after the election. It’s a disgrace. Hopefully, the attorney general will do what’s right, and I really believe he will.

RUSH: Now, let me clarify something. The president doesn’t want to say some things himself here. When he said that Obama had “tapped his wires,” there’s a reason for this. You remember that January 6th meeting (we’ve talked about it recently) where James Comey went to the White House? What it was, is it was Comey, Clapper, and Brennan. They went to the White House. The purpose was to tell Trump about the golden shower story in the dossier.

They wanted to get the dossier in the news and they decided in a meeting the day before, all three of these people, in a meeting at the Obama White House, that this is what they would do. They would seek a meeting with Trump at Trump Tower, and they would go there and tell him about golden showers. What happened? They did. They all three go in, and Comey near the end of the meeting asks Clapper and Brennan to leave, saying he has something he needs to discuss privately with the president-elect.

They leave. (This is all part of the scam.) They leave. Comey then tells Trump about the golden showers story, the prostitutes being hired by Trump to urinate in a bed that Obama slept in in Moscow. And Comey does this to try to give Trump evidence, “This is the kind of stuff that’s out there. This is the kind of stuff that we dig up and try to defend you. This is the kind of stuff that people are saying about you out there, and you need to know it.”

That was all bogus. They were just trying to get this officially in the news cycle, and the way to do that was to tell Trump. The fact that Trump has been informed makes it news. Comey leaves that meeting and calls Clapper — well, doesn’t call him. Clapper’s standing right outside. “Mission accomplished.” Clapper then calls CNN and tells CNN that the president now knows about the dossier and the golden showers story.

CNN then… All this is preplanned. CNN runs a story. CNN got a Pulitzer Prize for this! Later on in the year when Pulitzer Prizes are awarded, CNN got a Pulitzer Prize for tremendous journalism and reporting in uncovering the golden showers story, the fact that Trump had been told about it, that it was a factor and all of this. All they did was get a heads-up from Clapper! There wasn’t any reporting.

They ought to give the Pulitzer back. The New York Times won a bunch of Pulitzers for spreading the lies the intelligence community was telling them that they knew were lies. Anyway, shortly after that, Trump announces that Obama has tapped his wires (that’s almost a quote) and then Trump packs up the transition team and moves them out of Trump Tower and they move to one of his golf courses.

Now, I’m told that Trump was told this by a member of the intelligence community that was not part of the Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Obama team. He warned the president that he was under surveillance. Trump didn’t just pull that out of thin air. And, no, Trump is not the source. What I just told you, I read. It’s public knowledge. I’ve had it confirmed for me. I know who did it, I just don’t want to mention a name ’cause I don’t want to get sidetracked. But it’s a name anybody knows.

But he was not wrong. He had to be given a heads-up about it. And he was right! He was being surveilled! They were running a coup against him. At this stage, he doesn’t know this. At this stage, they’re zeroing in on Flynn, and he’s trying to protect Flynn. He calls Comey, “Can you maybe go easy on Flynn? He’s not a bad guy.” And that, “Oh, man we got obstruction, now we got obstruction.”

So they were thinking, “Oh, man, we’re getting way down the road here on getting rid of Trump.” I love the fact that he’s now calling this a coup, because this is exactly — and it still is ongoing! We were told at first that Mueller was the final word. When the Mueller report came out, that was it. Okay, the Mueller report’s out, no collusion, no obstruction. I mean, they’ve kicked it into another gear here with all these committee investigations and demand for subpoenas.

And now threatening administration people with jail if they don’t respond. This coup is ongoing. It has been ratcheted up. It has not slowed down. It has not taken any diversions. It is full speed ahead. It’s now been passed off from Mueller and Strzok and all these people, Weissmann to Jerry Nadler and Schumer and Pelosi and whoever else in the House and these Democrat committees that want to take a crack at this. Trump continued to talk about this last night as a coup bigger than Watergate, biggest scandal in history.

THE PRESIDENT: This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government. This was an overthrow, and it’s a disgraceful thing. And I think it’s far bigger than Watergate. I think it’s possibly the biggest scandal in political history in this country. Maybe beyond political. So I think that a lot of things are being learned right now, just like you just mentioned just a few moments ago again with Strzok and Page.

These are sick people. These are sick, sick people. So let’s see what happens with McCabe and Comey and Brennan and Clapper. They were in on the act. And let’s see what happens, and let’s see how high it goes up, because it’s inconceivable when it goes to Clapper, Brennan, Comey, these people, I would imagine that some other people may be a little bit higher up also knew about it and maybe a lot higher up.

RUSH: He knows exactly what happened. The president has this unique ability to make you think he just learned something. Like here’s Hannity. “Mr. President, have you heard that Strzok Smirk were communicating nine days after the election” — no, no. It’s a legitimate question. The president is fully aware of this stuff.

None of this is a shock. None of it’s a surprise. He learns this long before any of us do. So that’s not how you have to listen to this. You have to listen like the previous bite. “Hopefully the attorney general will do what’s right, and I really believe he will.” That’s all you need to hear. That means Barr’s investigation is serious. This is not Jeff Sessions where he’s gotta coach him in public or tell him what he wants in public.

And then when he says it’s inconceivable that when it goes to Clapper, Brennan, Comey, these people, I would imagine that some other people maybe a little bit higher up also knew about it. He knows what happened here. And he knows it from a unique perspective.

Here he is, Donald Trump, however you want to describe him, real estate developer, television reality show star, however you want to describe him, Donald Trump is a self-made man. I don’t care what you think of his personality, I don’t care what you think of his speech patterns or some of his past public escapades, sex life, I don’t care. He has achieved something that few people on earth will ever achieve, being elected president of the United States.

And he did it without the conventional boost and assistance that a presidential candidate gets from his party. Donald Trump ran against a segment of his own party in addition to running against the Democrats. He knows exactly what he did. I don’t think he takes time to reflect on it and say, “Man, am I really proud of myself, I did this.” But he knows he did it. He knows who he is.

These are people that are trying to deny him the single biggest achievement of his life by suggesting that he was aided and abetted by a foreign government who cheated and he was effectively a traitorous agent for Russia. Do not doubt me. He knows full well what they’re trying to do here. And there is no “turn the other cheek.” There may be publicly, but there is “no turn the other cheek.”

This is a dastardly thing that’s happening. And they’re doing this because they can’t believe anybody was able to achieve this with them out there trying to stop it. And he still succeeded. And they’re trying to take it away from him. They’re trying to deny it. They’re trying to convince the American people he didn’t do diddly-squat. So rest assured he is sufficiently ticked off about it.

Oprah Class African-American Women Become Political Force

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:06:00
RUSH: As I mentioned at the top of the hour, radical, large, African-American women are becoming a real problem in politics today. Example: Former CNN contributor Symone Sanders. She is a large, African-American woman, and she has just been hired by Joe Bite Me.

She has now openly said she does not want “white people” leading the Democrat Party. Not just a white nominee. She doesn’t want “white people leading the Democrat Party.” “Former CNN contributor just tapped to serve as senior adviser to Vice President Joe Biden…”

Next, he’s gonna call the mayor from Baltimore.

All three of them that are almost in jail.

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RUSH: Okay. Let’s see. The last three Baltimore mayors. Sheila Dixon: Convicted of stealing gift cards from the poor. (interruption) I’m just… African-American and Democrat. These are all Democrats, and Joe Biden has just hired former CNN contributor Symone Sanders, who… By the way, we’ve got a potential Joe Biden running mate up there. You know, Stacey Abrams. Another Oprah-class African-American woman. You talk about battleships here. We’ve got… This could be the campaign photo for Biden-Abrams 2020. So you know Stacey Abrams is from The Oprah class, and so is Symone Sanders an Oprah class, African-American woman.

She was just hired by Biden, and she’s the one who says that she does not want “white people leading the Democrat Party.” She was “just tapped to serve as a senior adviser to . After Trump took office in 2016, Symone Sanders on CNN said, ‘e don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now. The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC.'”

All the way down to the people working in the offices! So here she is, Symone Sanders. You people working in the offices of the DNC? You’re “all the way down.” You are the grunts. She doesn’t want the leadership to be “white people.” So that was Biden with Stacy Abrams there. Last three Baltimore mayors: Sheila Dixon, convicted of stealing gift cards from the poor. Remember Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? She stepped down after promoting the Baltimore riots.

She is the one who said (paraphrased), “Well, we gotta give ’em their space. If they want to riot, we’ve gotta…” What did she say? “We gotta give room. Give ’em things…” (interruption) Yeah, “give them things and places to destroy. Let them get it out of their system.” And then Catherine Pugh, P-u-g-h, African-American Democrat, who has been raided by the FBI for taking bribes. They’re all Democrats, and the mayor before this was a Democrat white guy, Martin O’Malley.

Who, in large part, that HBO series The Wire was based on; what a great series that was. Then there’s this story from Breitbart: “‘Women of Color’ Slam ‘Racist and Sexist’ Polls Showing Old, White Men Leading Democrat Field — The ‘women of color’ who hosted this week’s presidential forum expressed frustration that the leading Democrat candidates are old, white men. It is an example, they say, of ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ polling.” I guess these… (interruption)

Well, it’s the same polling that told ’em Hillary was gonna win in a landslide all throughout the 2016 campaign. They don’t like the results these polls are finding. I guess they’d rather be lied to by the polls than the polls tell ’em the truth? Women of color are upset that Crazy Bernie and now Biden and Mayor Pete, three white guys — and maybe throw Beto in there, four white guys — are leading. It’s not looking good here for the diversity crowd.

Could Rosenstein Be on the Side of the Angels?

Friday, April 26, 2019, 16:06:00
RUSH: We had a caller, it was early earlier this week or late last week who said, “Rush, did you notice that Rosenstein was standing behind Bill Barr when Barr said that the Mueller report found no collusion and no obstruction?” I said, “Yeah, I saw Rosenstein.”

\Well, I think, I think Barr has kept Rosenstein on, ’cause I think the caller’s right, I think Rosenstein is unloading on all these people. Rosenstein knows what Strzok, Smirk and Page did and McCabe. He knows what all these FBI shills did. He knows what everybody was doing to try to run this coup, and I’ll bet you he’s unloading. I’ll bet Barr has given him all kinds of grace periods and exonerations and promises that nothing will happen to him if he just hangs around and unloads.

And I said to the caller, “Well, I hadn’t thought of that, but you may be right.” Well, guess what? Rosenstein went out and made a speech at the Armenian Bar Association. And he, in his speech, admitted to this bunch of members at the Armenian Bar Association that the, quote, “previous administration didn’t tell us the whole truth.”

And then he said, “Don’t get me started on Comey.” We have a couple of audio sound bites, number 17 and 18. Last night, the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner — this is the Armenian Bar Association annual dinner for waiters and bartenders and the servants who serve — I’m kidding. It’s not that. Public servants are, you know, government workers. At any rate, here are two sound bites from Rosenstein. I’m gonna have to add to these bites, but here’s the first of the two.

ROSENSTEIN: Some critical decisions about that Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls and how they relate to Russia’s broader strategy to undermine America.

RUSH: Our caller may have a point here! Here’s Rosenstein, so many people thought Rosenstein was in on this coup, but here he is unloading on Obama and all of these FBI types of and the intelligence people in the Obama administration. “Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there.”

Remember, Trump appointed him. “The previous administration –” that would be Obama “– chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls and how they relate to Russia’s broader strategy to undermine America.”

Need I translate this? He’s suggesting the Obama administration knew full well what the Russians were doing and didn’t do anything to stop it. In the next bite here he is defending the attorney general, William Barr.

ROSENSTEIN: I did not promise to report all results to the public because as my fellow U.S. attorneys would know well, grand jury investigations are ex parte proceedings. It’s not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it’s appropriate to file criminal charges.

RUSH: So the story accompanying this is in The Politico: “Rosenstein Defends Russia Investigation, Takes Shots at Obama Administration.” And let me read to you a couple of more excerpts from Rosenstein’s speech to the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner.

“At my confirmation hearing in March 2017, a Republican Senator asked me to make a commitment. He said: ‘You’re going to be in charge of this investigation. I want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you’ll do it right, that you’ll take it to its conclusion and you’ll report to the American people.’

“I did pledge to do it right and take it to the appropriate conclusion. I did not promise to report all results to the public, because grand jury investigations are ex parte proceedings. It is not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges.

“Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America.

“The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred. So that happened.”

He’s talking about Comey there! There is no mistaking his meaning here. He only mentioned Trump, by the way, in this speech by name one time, and it was a positive reference to a Trump quote about the rule of law.

So our caller may have a point. Rosenstein may actually be on the side of the angels here. He also had some things to say about the Drive-Bys in his speech to the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner.

He said, “Then there are the mercenary critics, who get paid to express passionate opinions about any topic, often with little or no information. They do not just express disagreement. They launch ad hominem attacks unrestricted by truth or morality. They make threats, spread fake stories, and even attack your relatives. I saw one of the professional provocateurs at a holiday party.” One of these media people. “He said, ‘I’m sorry that I’m making your life miserable.’ And I said, ‘You do your job, and I’ll do mine.’

“In our Department, we disregard the mercenary critics,” i.e. the media, “and focus on the things that matter. ‘Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.’ A republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle,” or the anchor chair on the Don Lemon show. I added that. He didn’t actually say that.

“Some of the nonsense that passes for breaking news today would not be worth the paper it was printed on, if anybody bothered to print it. It quickly fades away. The principles are what abide.”

You know what this reminds me of? It reminds me of Reince Priebus. Came on this program to talk about it shortly after the Trump administration was sworn in. Priebus is walking the halls of the West Wing and McCabe came up and said to Priebus, “By the way, we know all this garbage in the media is BS. Don’t worry. We know all this stuff about Russia collusion, we know it’s all BS.”

And Priebus said, “A lot of good that’s doing me. Can’t you go on television and tell somebody that you know all this is BS?”

“That’s not what we do, no, no, no, we can’t do that.”

I asked Priebus, “Why did he tell you?”

“I don’t know.”

I think it was part of the setup as well.

Conservative Tweeter Says Twitter Makes Him Feel Better

Friday, April 26, 2019, 15:56:00
RUSH: Larry in East Islip, New York, you’re next on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Hello, Rush Limbaugh. How are you today?

RUSH: I’m doing well. Doing well. Thank you very much for calling.

CALLER: Good. I was listening to you on the app, on the Rush Limbaugh app last night after my shift behind the bar, and I heard you talking about Twitter. I wanted to let you know there is a group of us on Twitter who have carved out a niche or bypassed the typical Twitter liberalism and, you know, we call ourselves — we get on Trump trains or there’s people that call themselves red pills or walk away.

And it’s been very effective in getting the news out and getting the word out that there are so many like-minded people like us all over the country. Even though Twitter does a lot of stuff to hinder us, we still manage to get around and get our president’s word out. They retweet some of your stuff, Sean Hannity’s stuff, everyone else, and it’s very efficient. Sometimes before your show even starts I can get a good grasp of what’s gonna happen on your show.

RUSH: No, you can’t.

CALLER: And I still need — of course I still need your input.

RUSH: Well, there you go. Nobody knows what’s gonna be on this show before it starts because I don’t even know until it starts. Now, look. So are you calling to offer a slight disagreement with what I said about Twitter yesterday?

CALLER: I can’t disagree with the numbers. I’m not sure if the Pew stats are accurate, but there is a group of us that have bypassed. I to Twitter and look at Trump’s tweets, I retweet his stuff and then I go to my feed. See, we follow each other. It’s not about a follow or contest. I follow about 30,000 people, and I have about 30,000 followers. So it’s not people trying to get — it’s not a follower contest. It’s about a bunch of people banding together, they call us MAGA patriots, and it’s been very effective in boosting my morale.

RUSH: Okay, so you’re measuring the effectiveness by boosting your morale?

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: How else are you measuring effectiveness?

CALLER: Well, also by the accuracy of what’s reported and what some of these people say on Twitter. ‘Cause I just don’t take everything at face value. I will, you know, verify things. A lot of it’s just retweeting articles and stuff but, you know, some of the opinions are wrong or facts, statements of facts may be wrong. But in general they’re people that are all Americans, pro-Constitution —

RUSH: For instance, do you know how many people all of this activity is reaching and if these people are changing their minds?

CALLER: Well, I know that there are a lot of people who claim to be former Democrats that I follow. So there are some people that have had their minds changed. And they call themselves walkaways.

RUSH: Walkaways.

CALLER: Walkaway from the Democrat Party.

RUSH: Yeah, walkaway from the Democrat Party. Okay. Well, look. Obviously people have called me over the years, “How do you stay so confident, Rush, how do you stay so optimistic?” And my answer, ’cause I’ve got this microphone here every day, and I have the ability to, within any 15-minute sweep, there are now probably, six and a half, seven million people listening, and over the course of a program, 12 million.

And then over the course of a week, the weekly cume and the way radio ratings are measured — we’re not really supposed to go into this in great detail — but we’re up now close to 30 million people in a week.

So I tell myself I’m reaching a lot of people here. I got an opportunity, I’m getting it off my chest, I don’t have to walk around with it all bottled up. You’re essentially saying the same thing. This is making you feel better simply because you’re doing it, you’ve got your 30,000 followers out there, and your retweets.

And I understand that. You’re not bottling it up and frustrated that nobody can hear what you think about it and you think the people you’re saying things to don’t know it otherwise. And so you feel like you’re educating and informing people.

My comment on Twitter is much more broad-based. I think it’s a sewer. I think it’s an absolute repository for human debris, and it is used as such by the Drive-By Media and the people that run Twitter are doing their level best to make sure people like you don’t reach anybody of any significance.

They’re doing their best to mischaracterize and impugn the honor and integrity of conservatives and conservative sites, conservative networks, conservative anything. But it’s primarily the way Twitter has come to be used as a so-called source authority by the Drive-By Media.

For example, I stop paying attention to any news story when at any point in hearing it or reading it I see “and the internet blew up.” Okay. That makes it all artificial. The internet, Twitter blew up. How do — okay. Twitter blew up. That is a stand-in for America blew up, America’s outraged. And it isn’t the case. If Twitter blows up about something, it does not mean America blew up.

Twitter and whoever is there and whatever deadbeats are using it and giving it the reputation, they are not representative of a majority of Americans. It is portrayed that way by a lazy media which uses Twitter reaction as a stand-in for public reaction to any news stories.

So they run a story saying, “Trump was driving his golf cart the other day and saw a little lizard and ran over it.” They run that story. “Twitter blew up.” They want you to believe that the country is outraged that Trump ran over a lizard on the golf course when most of America doesn’t even know it, but they convey Twitter reaction to equal the reaction of the American people, the majority of the American people. And it just isn’t the case.

But the effort is designed to make consumers of news think that a majority of people are reacting in ways that the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party would support, and it’s designed to depress people, to dispirit people, to make them think they’re in the minority, to make them think they’re losing their country, losing control of their country, that the wackos are taking over. And it’s all a mirage.

I’m not denying the wackos are out there. And I’m not denying that they’re in significant numbers. But the internet blowing up is not a guaranteed stand-in for majority public opinion. And that is how it’s presented.

Why the Tech Media Hates Zuckerberg

Friday, April 26, 2019, 15:55:00
RUSH: Here is Mark in Pittsburgh. It’s great to have you, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. And on a lighter note, did you notice Facebook was fined $5 billion yesterday for doing what the credit card companies, the credit bureau, Dun & Bradstreet, the insurance companies, all these people been doing for the last 40 or 50 years: buying and selling and trading our data amongst each other and back to ourselves. And Joe Biden, I blame him for starting it. You notice all those credit card companies headquartered in his state? I think he’s the one that legislated the concept of opting out.

RUSH: Oh, yeah, Delaware. Yeah. Delaware, it’s a credit card and businesses like Liberia when you register ships. Well, Facebook’s in trouble for one thing.

CALLER: What?

RUSH: And, by the way, $5 billion fine for Facebook is the equivalent of you being fined 50 cents for a DUI.

CALLER: And I would complain about that, too.

RUSH: What, too much or too little?

CALLER: (laughing).

RUSH: Oh, you would complain about being fined 50 cents for a DUI. No, Facebook’s problem — I’m gonna tell you, the sum total — aside from the fact that tech people hate Zuckerberg because he’s done something they can’t do, two words: Cambridge Analytica.

CALLER: But it was an accident. They didn’t do anything wrong.

RUSH: Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter. Zuckerberg let it happen. Zuckerberg let the Mercers use Facebook to identify potential Trump voters, and for that Zuckerberg needs to be strung up, crucified, and sent to Hawaii to be buried. That’s it. Cambridge Analytica. That’s the only sin. They’ve added other things to make it look like — but that’s what the left and that’s what the tech blogs and that’s what the Drive-Bys are all upset about, Cambridge Analytica. And everybody was doing what Cambridge Analytica does just like you’re talking about all the banks do what Facebook does, all the credit card companies.

CALLER: I know. Look at all the junk mail we’ve gotten over the years —

RUSH: G-nay! Exactly right.

CALLER: Forests eliminated.

RUSH: Cambridge Analytica. Make no mistake, folks. The Mercers, the Mercers, underwriters of Breitbart, underwriters of any number of other things, early donor supporters of Trump. Computer whiz, Mr. Mercer, Robert Mercer is a computer science whiz, came up with a way to mine data about voters, and they think since Republicans found a way to do it, that it is cheating. That’s why they hate Zuckerberg.

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RUSH: Cambridge Analytica did a quiz, and the quiz data was only used to help Ted Cruz. Cambridge didn’t even back Trump until a long time later, but since they did back Trump, Cambridge Analytica became a bunch of thug criminal hackers with ties to the Russians.

By the time the data was expunged and gotten rid of from Facebook, Trump didn’t benefit from it at all. But that’s it. If you want to know, if you want to know why the media, and if you ever encounter tech media, tech blogs, if you want to know why they hate Zuckerberg, it’s Cambridge Analytica.

All the other reasons they hate Zuckerberg are just human nature. He has more money than they do. He’s younger than they are. He’s smarter than they are. Facebook’s the biggest thing in the world than they are, and Zuckerberg flaunts his wealth by buying whole islands in the Hawaiian chain, all kinds of stuff. It really just ticks ’em off.

But Cambridge Analytica, it’s just so obvious, it’s so transparent about — and Cambridge Analytica, what they did pales in comparison to the way the left and the Democrats are using Facebook for the exact same reasons! I mean, it’s Cambridge Analytica versus the Facebook news feed, for crying out loud. It’s just like they had this irrational hatred Fox News. They’ve got 98% of the Drive-By Media is left-wing. They have everything except for talk radio and Fox News, and they hate Fox. Oh, they hate talk radio. Oh, they hate it. Just because we’re here. Make no mistake, Cambridge Analytica.

Protester Glues Breasts to Ground Outside Goldman Sachs

Friday, April 26, 2019, 15:45:00
RUSH: This is Metro U.K., the U.K. news website. “Protester Glues Her Breasts to Ground Outside Goldman Sachs.” This babe is all-in, wouldn’t you say? The rest of you protesters are just bystanders. This babe is committed. She has glued her boobs to the sidewalk. “A woman has glued her breasts to the road outside the Goldman Sachs offices today as activists ramp up disruption on the final day of protests.

“The eco-protester was spotted by passengers on a bus lying face down with her top up to her neck. Several police officers surrounded the woman,” I’ll bet they did, “and put up screens to stop the public watching her one-woman protest. It was quite possibly the most spectacular stunt yet as climate change activists targeted London’s financial districts to highlight what they call the business world’s ‘role in our collective suicide.'”

She was surrounded by cops, the eco-protestor, and spotted by passengers on a bus. Extinction Rebellion was the name of the group. “Extinction Rebellion demonstrators temporarily blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across entrances to the trading hub in the City of London early on Thursday morning.” This babe goes all-in and glued her breasts to the story.

Illegal Immigrants: Indentured Servants of Democrats

Friday, April 26, 2019, 15:40:00
RUSH: This Ann in Colony, New York. Hi. Great to have you here with us. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush, for taking my call. My thoughts are with the unprecedented number of people sneaking across the border, undocumented. You know, they have no rights, no status. I’ve come to think of them as a new class of indentured servants. You know, the sanctuary cities, they offer them protection from law enforcement. But doesn’t that also protect from prosecution anyone who would abuse them? Drug traffickers, sex traffickers, unscrupulous employers?

RUSH: Okay, wait a minute. I lost track somewhere. You said something that sidetracked me. You say you’ve been thinking about them and —

CALLER: As indentured —

RUSH: And now they’re indentured servants is how you see them?

CALLER: Yes. Sanctuary cities protect them from law enforcement, but doesn’t that also protect anyone from prosecution who would misuse them? There is a price they pay.

RUSH: Well, maybe, but I think we’re beyond the — the problem is that we’re letting sanctuary cities get away with being sanctuary cities, and we’re letting employers who hire illegals get away with that. We’re not enforcing the law at very many stages here. So who’s to say why the people that hire them or the people that use them are not being prosecuted, because nobody is in any of this.

CALLER: And the other thing is, it’s all being cloaked in the guise of compassion, which really bothers me.

RUSH: Well, yeah. Yeah.

CALLER: But these people are used and abused. They’re indentured servants basically as far as I’m concerned without any rights. Indentured servants at one time could work off their debt. These people have no place to go. They have no status illegal or any other way.

RUSH: Wait a minute. Are you suggesting that they are playing no role in their being here?

CALLER: They do play a role, but they are being lured here.

RUSH: They are being lured here. Oh, I don’t doubt that, although where are they being lured from? Are they being lured to come here down in El Salvador and Guatemala or are they being lured here by people like Rob Reiner?

CALLER: All of the above. I think the Democrats unable to do anything about our problem at the border, the idea of sanctuary cities, I think this gives these people false hope. They think they can come here for a better rife, and that’s a lie.

RUSH: Well, no, see, depends. There’s no question they’re coming here for a better life, for whatever other reasons that they are coming. The timing of all this is suspect. We got caravans coming now. What’s hard for me to believe — and I don’t know if this is gonna address what you said or not — but we’ve got caravans of thousands coming and have been coming for a few short months now. That didn’t just happen organically.

But there’s no question that somebody lives in Guatemala or El Salvador can look northward and see the United States and see a better life. I mean, that’s not a mystery. Those people would not need to be lured to think that there is a better life here. They would have to come here for some reason besides the lure. They would have to come here with the assuredness from somebody that they’re gonna be okay, that they’re gonna be able to stay.

I think what we’re dealing with here is a planned and purposeful invasion that is being orchestrated by people who know that the law in this area is not being enforced. And I don’t think — now, this may dovetail with what you’re saying — I don’t think there’s any compassion for these people at all once they arrive. Just the fact that they’re here, that’s the mission accomplished. And then make sure that they have some way of accessing the American hammock, the welfare net.

I call it a hammock. The safety nature. Making sure they have some way of accessing that, and that’s mission accomplished. So to the extent that you’re right, they’re really not being brought here to assimilate. They’re not being brought here to receive assistance in improving their lives. The definition of improving their lives is simply arriving here and being here instead of being in El Salvador or Guatemala or wherever it is that they are coming from.

If your point is that they’re being used, no question about it. And I think the compassion angle of this is entirely phony. You bring people into the country for your own political purposes and then do not do anything to actually help them assimilate and become Americans, which you’d think is what they want, many of them. Some of them don’t, but you would think a majority of them would. Anyway, Ann. I appreciate the call.

If There Was a Joe Biden Statue, Leftists Would Tear It Down

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:15:00
RUSH: Hey, folks, I was sitting here thinking today, if there were a statue of Joe Biden out there like there are statues of Kate Smith, if there were a statue of Joe Biden out there, what would leftists do with it? They would have to demand that it be torn down because of things he said in the past. This guy, Joe Biden, we got all kinds of audio sound bites coming up. This guy, Joe Biden, actually stood for segregation.

At one time in his life he was in favor of segregation. He said it was the one way to promote black strength and black pride. And he came out in favor of forced busing and so forth – actually, he was opposed to that. But he came out in favor of segregation. I’m going back to the 1970s now. But it doesn’t matter, Kate Smith sang those songs in the 1930s and they want to tear her statue down outside the arena in Philadelphia.

I mean, think of all of Bite Me’s positions. He voted for DOMA, the Defense Against Marriage Act. But then remember the Obama team sent him out there to announce their change of heart on gay marriage. People have forgotten this. Everybody thinks Obama took the lead on that, but he didn’t. He sent Bite Me out there to do it.

But originally Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act and against gay marriage. He opposed desegregation and busing to integrate the schools. He has a long history of harassing women, sniffing their hair and all of that. I mean, those things alone require a Joe Biden statue to be covered up. Am I wrong? Using the left’s own behavior here against them.

He voted against Anita Hill. Did you know that? He voted for Clarence Thomas. He voted against Anita Hill. He voted for Scalia to be on the Supreme Court. He bragged about Delaware’s history as a slave state. He did. He bragged about Delaware’s history as a slave state. Remember, he was walking into a 7-Eleven one day and started cracking jokes (imitating Biden), “Yeah, you can’t own one of these or even work in one of these unless you’re Indian.” Remember that? “Aw, that’s just old Joe.”

Of course he plagiarized everything Neil Kinnock ever said, wrote, or thought. And, of course, my all-time favorite Joe Biden, he’s in Missouri, some kind of a fundraiser, famous Missouri politician there is a paraplegic, sitting in a wheelchair. And Joe’s just going on flapping his gums (imitating Biden), “Hey, let’s give it up for Chuck. Chuck, stand up, man, stand up there and let us get — oh, my God. Oh, oh, my, oh, my, oh, God. Chuck can’t stand up. Oh, my God. Let’s all stand up for Chuck.” We have that the audio sound bite coming up.

Joe Biden voted for the crime bill. He voted for the Iraq war. I mean, if there were a statue of this guy, it would have been taken down already mere hours after his announcement. And this guy, don’t you love this, he announces his candidacy in a video. It’s an exhaustive thing to do, folks. It takes a lot of energy.

And this shameless, shameless reason he’s getting in is because of Charlottesville. We’ve gotta set the record straight on that again, which we will do. But I think he’s learning from the wrong people. He’s doing a Hillary Clinton here. After this exhaustive announcement today in the video, he’s taking three days off to rest and recuperate and rejuvenate, and his first event is gonna be Monday in Pittsburgh.

There’s a story here from TheHill.com: “Biden’s Sloppy Launch May Cost Him.” There’s another story at The Week, mocking and making fun of Biden. And then of course the polls! We’ve already got a poll out that says that Biden leads Trump by eight, and of course the rest of the Democrat field! Don’t you just love this? The same polls that had Hillary winning in a landslide throughout the 2016 campaign, they’ve already installed Biden in her honored place in presidential polls.

But we’re gonna get to the bulk of the Biden stuff in just a minute. I mean, I had to mention that because that’s the big news on the Democrat side today. Oh, and a Candace Owens tweet about one thing. She’s right about this. You know, Biden going off on what happened in Charlottesville and lying about it and making it up and using that as the reason to get in the race, that we’re losing the soul of our nation because of Trump, Candace Owens tweeted: “So Joe Biden jumps into the race claiming that white supremacy made him finally realize our nation’s at stake.”

And she says: “Black America, wake up. I am sick to my stomach that they’re gonna try to use us again” — meaning African-Americans — “to gain power. The Democrats think we are emotional and stupid.” I can totally understand her frustration. Candace Owens, brilliant. She’s been on the warpath.

You know, there’s a long parade of conservative African-Americans who’ve come along over the course of this program’s 30-year history and we’ve rallied behind them and we’ve thought these may be the people to actually upset the applecart, upset the idea Democrats get 92 to 93% of the African-American vote every presidential election.

Candace Owens is the latest, maybe the greatest — not to put anybody else down. But I can tell she’s getting frustrated. She’s got a movement called Blexit to take off on Brexit. Blexit, blacks exit the Democrat Party. And I can understand her frustration. It just doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t happen, although it’s too early to say it isn’t gonna happen in the 2020 election.

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RUSH: Grab audio sound bite 13. We have here a montage of some of Joe Biden’s greatest hits from July 17, 2006, through August 14th of 2012. Now, the first thing… Oh, I see what it is. The first one is actually from August of 2008. This is before the presidential election of 2008. That’s the first bite that you will hear in this montage in three, two, one. Hit it!

BIDEN: (8/23/2008) A man who will be the next president of the United States, Barack America! (sic)

BIDEN: (7/17/2006) (background noise) In Delaware, you cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.

BIDEN: (1/31/2007) (background noise) You’ve got the first sorta mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook!

BIDEN: (8/14/2012) They going to put y’all back in chains!

BIDEN: (3/17/2010) His mom, uh, lived, uh, in — in Long Island for 10 years or so. Uh, God rest her soul, and, uh, uh, ummm… Although she’s… (sputters) Wait, your mom’s still…? Your mom’s still alive!

BIDEN: (9/9/2008) Chuck Graham, state senator’s here. Chuck? (cheers start) Stand up, Chuck! Let them see you! Oh, God love you. What am I talkin’ about?

RUSH: “Oh, God!” That’s the guy that’s in the wheelchair in Missouri. So let’s review these. August 23rd, 2018: “A man who will be the next president of the United States, Barack America!” July 17th, 2006: “In Delaware, you cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” January 31st, 2007: “You’ve got the first sorta mainstream African-American who is articulate,” the first African-American who’s “bright and clean,” the first African-American who’s “a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook.”

Let anyone of us say that and we are toast forever!

We’re as gone as the next Robert E. Lee statue.

“You’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate,” and you know who this ticked off? Al Sharpton! People have forgotten this. This is January of 2007, and Bite Me is throwing his weight here behind “Barack America,” and Al Sharpton got livid over this. You know, ’cause he’d run for president before working on his matching funds and everything, and the insinuation was that he wasn’t clean, and that he wasn’t articulate! In fact… Well, we don’t have time for it. This would be a great time for Al Sharpton and Mama Told Me not to Run.

But Al was out there, and he was saying, “I take showers. I’m clean. I take it baths.” He was really indignant about this, and it took him a long time and a couple of trips to Sylvia’s soul food before he would end up supporting Barack Obama. And then: “Yeah, his mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so, God rest her soul, and although she’s… (interruption) Wait, your mom’s still…? Your mom’s still alive?” Well, God rest her soul anyway!

And then: “Chuck Graham, state senator’s here” from Missouri. “Chuck? Stand up, Chuck! Let them see you! Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? Let’s stand up for Chuck,” because Chuck is sitting right there in front of Joe Biden in a wheelchair. Do we have time for the next one? Here’s Joe Biden on his previous beginnings and endings of presidential campaigns…

BIDEN (6/9/1987): It’s here that I’ve been professionally prepared for the journey that I begin today, and so it’s fitting that here that I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.

BIDEN (09/23/1987): I’ve concluded that I will stop being a candidate for president of the United States.

BIDEN (01/32/2007): Friends, today I filed the necessary papers to become candidate for president of the United States.

BIDEN (1/3/2008): A-a-a-as I got up and, uh, Jill told me the results, I didn’t feel… I — I — I — I — I feel no regret. Not one single, solitary ounce of regret.

BIDEN (4/25/19): America’s at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.

RUSH: First sound bite, 1987. Second sound bite three months later (laughing), 1987, and then in 2007. He made the clean, articulate black guy comments when he, too, was running for president. That’s called sucking up. But it didn’t work.

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RUSH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Let me see if I’ve got audio of her here and Biden real quick. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that the prospect of a Joe Biden run for president does not particularly animate her. She said this Sunday. While she’s not yet decided on an endorsement, the idea of Biden running, quote, “does not particularly animate me,” unquote.

Ocasio-Cortez told the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery that she will support whoever wins the nomination, but a bid by Biden would be going back instead of moving forward. “That does not particularly animate me right now. I can understand why people would be excited by that — this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.”

Ocasio-Cortez expressed interest in Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Yeah, forward. (laughing) The most misnamed political ideology in the world today is progressive.

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RUSH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Let me see if I’ve got audio of her here and Biden real quick. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that the prospect of a Joe Biden run for president does not particularly animate her. She said this Sunday. While she’s not yet decided on an endorsement, the idea of Biden running, quote, “does not particularly animate me,” unquote.

Ocasio-Cortez told the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery that she will support whoever wins the nomination, but a bid by Biden would be going back instead of moving forward. “That does not particularly animate me right now. I can understand why people would be excited by that — this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.”

Ocasio-Cortez expressed interest in Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Yeah, forward. (laughing) The most misnamed political ideology in the world today is progressive.

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RUSH: So early today, Plugs Biden was in front of a pizza restaurant talking to a group of people, and said he wanted to bring America back to what it used to be. Take America back to what it used to be? Isn’t that kind of like making America great again? He wants to bring us back to jobs leaving and getting canceled on a weekly basis? Take us back to the Obama economy? Really?

John Boehner and F. Chuck Todd Condemn the Talk Radio “Virus”

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:13:00
RUSH: Yesterday F. Chuck Todd and the NBC website, I guess he’s got a podcast. You know what podcasts are, by the way? I mean, I know you know what they are. But, I mean, do you know what podcasts are supposed to be? They are supposed to be talk shows for people who cannot make it in talk radio. Do not doubt me on this.

And all you need to know to believe this, as your daily consumption of media takes place, start paying attention to all of the references to podcasts that the Drive-Bys make. Podcasts are not yet rivaling Twitter, but they’re getting close in terms of source material for journalists. You know, journalists have to find sources. Ahem. And they use Twitter. Anonymous, insane, lunatic, don’t-know-who-they-are people on Twitter become stand-ins for public opinion.

By the way, I’ve got a story here in the Stack that only 22% of adults use Twitter in America? Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve known what Twitter is since before Twitter was invented. I knew what Twitter was gonna be before it was even a dream in Jack Dorsey’s sleep.

At any rate, podcasts, you see more and more leftists are doing them, and then they quote each other’s podcasts and they get guests on each other’s podcasts. They’re wonderful, don’t misunderstand. This program is a podcast. So don’t misunderstand here. They do not even come close to this audience reach, of not only this program but talk radio in general, which is fine. Don’t misunderstand.

See, the media wants you to think that podcasts are the biggest things rivaling talk radio, but their reason for existence, at least on the left, is because they have tried and failed countless times to succeed in talk radio.

So they’re using podcasts for this, and F. Chuck Todd has one on the NBC network. It’s called: The Chuck ToddCast. How clever. You get it, Mr. Snerdley? The Chuck ToddCast. (interruption) Yeah. Anyway, he interviewed the former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner on the Chuck ToddCast. (interruption) Yeah, well, you’re going, “Oh, boy”? Well, wait ’til you hear this. So Chuck ToddCast said, “We obviously created a moment in America, Mr. Speaker, where enough of the country thought Donald Trump was the answer,” and then he said to the Speaker: We, “the establishment…”

Now, he didn’t say “we,” but he means it. He thinks he’s part of it, and he is, as a media guy. He said, “The establishment failed the country in some way perception-wise.” So what Chuck Todd is presenting here to Boehner is (paraphrased), “We in the establishment somehow created a perception that we are and that we’re aloof and that we hold everybody else in contempt and that we think we’re smarter and better than everybody else — and they figured it out. That’s what he’s saying. Here is Boehner disagrees to a certain extent…

BOEHNER: No, no. The environment that we have today was produced, uhh, by 25 years of, uhh, talk radio —

RUSH: There is!

BOEHNER: — that didn’t exist 25 years ago —

RUSH: Thirty!

BOEHNER: — 25 years of, uhhh, cable TV news that didn’t exist 25 years ago. What’s happened over the last 25 years is that the American people have been deluged with information about their government and politics. All this information has tended to push or pull people into one of two camps, leaving fewer and fewer people in the middle.

TODD: I’m so pleased you brought up talk radio. I feel like that’s the virus and now everybody has it.

RUSH: There you have it, ladies and gentlemen! So here they are on their podcast (that you wouldn’t hear if I didn’t play it for you) condemning “the virus” of talk radio. Thirty years, Mr. Speaker, not 25, and it was talk radio that then gave birth to Fox News and the cable news aspect of the right wing and then all the blogosphere and so forth. But this is a moment of open honesty. I mean, Boehner is speaking for practically everybody in the establishment. This is what they think. There was a news monopoly.

Even though he’s a Republican! Boehner ought to love what has happened here. But Boehner obviously sees himself as a member of the establishment first. Everything was fine when there was a news media monopoly. Everything was fine when no matter what network you watched it was all the same — or what newspaper you read, it was all the same. ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle. Throw ’em all in there.

If you missed one, tune in somewhere else because it was identical. They’ve lost that, and now you people are too confused. You are overrun. There’s too much “information,” there’s too much democracy, and it is forcing people into — what did he say? — “one of two camps.” As though before talk radio we were all unified. Before talk radio, there was universal love. We were all one gigantic commune called the United States of America.

If that’s true, how did talk radio ever take off? How did the so-called alternative media ever find an audience if it didn’t exist? “Well, you created it.” Oh, how did we do that? How did we create this massive audience? “Well, you brainwashed ’em! You know, it’s… (sputtering) Uh, it’s obvious. You’re brainwashing them. You’re out there doing whatever you do.” The sour grapes continue.

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RUSH: Now, for those of you… (interruption) What? (interruption) Yeah, John Boehner… (interruption) John Boehner… (interruption) Yeah, John Boehner visited here a number of times when he was speaker.

I played golf with him out at Emerald Dunes a number of times. (interruption) No. No. No. He never… (interruption) He didn’t say talk radio was a virus then. No, no, no, no. And remember… By the way, I’m glad you brought this up. Because remember when Obama was inaugurated, first two weeks, Obama had the congressional leadership up to the White House for a (impression) “Okay, gang. I won. My way or the highway. You lost; I won. Here’s how it’s gonna be.” He had one of those meetings.

Remember, Obama told these guys, “You gotta stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. That’s not how things get done in this town.” It was two weeks later that Boehner was down here, and he told me about that, and he looked at me and said, “I can’t understand. Why would he say that?” I said, “Well, let me tell you why he said it. He was hoping that one of you Republicans would go to the microphones right outside the White House and agree with him. He’s sitting there thinking he’s the first African-American president.

“The country can unify around this, and all he needs is for Republicans to start denouncing members of their power structure. So he tempts you. He says, ‘You can’t do business anymore by listening to Rush Limbaugh, bringing Rush Limbaugh into legislation,’ and he means all of conservative media.” He was hoping that Boehner or somebody that’s in the meeting will walk out and agree. And, you know, I think it was probably close call. I bet some of them here were tempted to because here you have this new glow.

I’m the only guy… Remember, this is the same time that the Wall Street Journal wants to know, “Why don’t you give us 400 words on your hopes for the new administration?” I said, “I don’t need 400. I can do it in four: ‘I hope he fails.'” We’re in that era. So Boehner’s sitting there and I’m telling him that’s what he was hoping you or somebody in the Republicans leadership in the media would go to the microphones and agree that those days are in the past, and that there’s a new agreement here in Washington to move forward without the influences of talk radio or whatever.

It didn’t happen. But… (sigh) I don’t know that I’ve ever told this aspect of this story. We were talking about various members of the House in the Republican caucus, and I mention a couple of them. I’m not gonna tell you their names. Some of them are still there. I mentioned a couple of them, and he looked at me and said, “They’re kooks, Rush! They’re kooks.” These were the people you and I would think are the conservative members. That was the only indication that I had. Up until then, I mean, came down whenever he was on a fundraiser trip or whatever. We played golf a couple times at Emerald Dunes.

So something happened somewhere along the way. I don’t know what.

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RUSH: Your guiding light through times of trouble, confusion, murkiness, tumult, chaos, silent coups, and even the good times, Rush Limbaugh, de-stressing the people of this country. You know, go back here to John Boehner. He says talk radio is… Well, Chuck Todd actually said that talk radio is “the virus” and everybody has it — and I’m gonna tell you, it is the exact opposite. The virus is liberalism. The virus… Let me shoot you straight. If there is a virus that is sickening the American people, it is the mainstream media as currently constituted. That’s the virus.

There is a poisoning of the American mind taking place, and it’s happening in many places, but every place it’s happening is run and controlled by the left — be it academe, be it Hollywood, be it Silicon Valley, or be it the Drive-By Media — and what EIB is, is the antidote. EIB is an airborne phenomenon spread by casual contact, and it’s inoculating. It cures you of this sickening, poisonous disease — liberalism — spread by the Drive-By Media. Here’s another thing. If talk radio is so bad, how come leftists have spent 30 years trying to do it?

Thirty years! I mean, they tried Mario Cuomo. They tried Jim Hightower, who was a Treasury secretary in Texas. They tried Gary Hart(pence)! They’ve thrown everybody out there. They fundraised a bunch of money for Air America, and all these dryballs ended up bombing out — and they were all heralded as “the next Rush Limbaugh,” and every time one of them was announced as hosting a show, the Drive-By Media celebrated, gave them a great coming-out party.

Most of them could only do one hour or two and then they were out of things to say. None of them lasted. They are nowhere to be found today, other than on podcasts or CNN or MSNBC.

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RUSH: We start in Stroud, Oklahoma. This is Mike, and it’s great to have you. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, thanks for having me on. Hey, I just wanted to call and say that Boehner has got this all wrong. I was there in 1992. We were dying, we were waiting for Rush Limbaugh to show up. I remember the day I heard you on the radio, that day I went home and I told my wife, “We’re not alone. We’re not the only ones that think this way.” It changed everything knowing that we had a voice. But you didn’t cause us to think that way. You united the people that already thought that way. We were alone and abandoned by the news media, and you came along and allowed us to speak together.

RUSH: You know, that’s actually right on the money. And they knew it. That’s why they originally started out by criticizing me, actually you, people in my audience. You were called mind-numbed robots, if you remember, and you didn’t know anything. You were just dumb as stumps until I came along and then I started playing you like I was Svengali, and I created this army of conservatives who didn’t know anything on their own. And everybody missed it. You just nailed it.

All of you existed anyway. There just wasn’t a national representation of what you believed in the media. So I come along, and what happened was validation. You just described validation. What you believed at that time was validated when you heard it expressed by somebody else in national media. Nobody told you what to think. You already thought what you thought.

CALLER: That’s right. And there were people that came along and tried to do that, but they weren’t articulate, they weren’t well thought, they said things that weren’t true, and you couldn’t get behind them. Not for long. There was a guy on TV, Morton something, came on late at night. But he was half crazy. You came along, you knew exactly what you were talking about, you weren’t crazy, and we could identify with it and say, “Yep, that’s what we’re thinking.”

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. You’re very, very perceptive. And, you know, we’ve done days long ago in the past, “Where were you when you first heard this program?” And everybody, you’re right. Everybody remembers what they were doing when they first hard this program. Just like you described it. You’re referring to Morton Downey Jr. Morton Downey Jr., in fact, worked at KFBK radio Sacramento and was fired.

That turned out to be my big break. I was hired and given a chance to do radio the way I’d always wanted to do it for the first time in my career. And then they hired a new morning team out there and focused everything on that, so I was ignored, which was a benefit to me. There was nobody riding herd on it, so I could do what I wanted, and it took off.

And then Morton Downey Jr. went to New York and got his TV show. Morton was a funny guy. Not all there, and he was having the time of his life. But, you know, your observation about others came along, copycat is something that happens throughout media, be it in movies or TV shows or anything. And the perception was, “Oh, my God. Why is this Limbaugh guy — must be conservative. Go out and find a conservative.” So anybody who was conservative was given a radio program.

But like anything else, like the Democrats are not yet really curious enough to find out why people like Trump and why people voted for Trump and who are they. You would think that would be an objective if you’re a Democrat political consultant, to find out who these people are instead of holding ’em in contempt and making fun of them, find out. That’s your job. Need to get those votes back.

They don’t do it. They just make fun of Trump, make fun of the Trump voters and so forth. And a lot of people thought that all they had to do was go get somebody who could articulate conservatism to one degree or another and the magic would happen again, but there was more to it and that’s where the bond that you create with the audience comes in. And not everybody has the ability to do that.

At the first Trump rally I saw the bond, and that’s when my original theory that this guy could win was confirmed, the first rally, because I had seen that before. I had seen it happen. And I walked around the edges of that without telling you exactly why I knew because I didn’t want to insert myself into it. This is Trump’s campaign, he’s doing this and I have not ever run for president, but I had seen and experienced that bond develop and create.

And I saw it happening with Trump. And when it’s real, call it an audience or voters, a large group forms a bond with a public figure, and in this case a politician, nobody can break that bond except the politician. The media can’t break it with fake news, phony news, scandal stories, the media cannot break it, the opposition party can’t break it. October Surprises don’t work.

Only the candidate, only the guy can blow it with his own people. And once that developed, I began to be confident that Trump could win if he actually wanted to. I appreciate the call Mike very much.

Shocker: Martha Gets Positive Email After My Appearance

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:10:00
RUSH: I didn’t know about this until Cookie delivered to me the sound bite roster. Well, I get an advance copy since I’m host. I get an advanced copy about 15 minutes before the program — which I think is a considerate thing for her to do, to send me an advance copy of the sound bites before the program starts. It’s very considerate. A lot of producers wouldn’t do that, but she does. Anyway, apparently my interview with Martha MacCallum on the Fox News Channel caused some… I don’t know what it was, but it was enough that she had to read emails from viewers at the end of her program the next day — which would be last night, I guess — and here is a little bit of that segment.

MACCALLUM: We got a big reaction to last night’s interview with Rush Limbaugh. Here’s what some of you had to say. Lisa in Oklahoma writes, “…I loved seeing Rush on the show and particularly like the topics. I know Rush can be extra… but I love it, and you can’t see his expression on the radio.” Marcella said, “Thank you for introducing us to Rush Limbaugh, to all of us this evening. Many of us who are working during the day don’t have the opportunity to listen to him on the radio. He’s a real thinker, intelligent, well spoken, a true gentleman,” she writes. They were almost all — basically all — positive. All the emails that we got coming to The Story.

RUSH: Imagine that! (laughing) It’s a shock. It’s a stunner. All of the reaction was positive. (laughing) Well, I know. Except… They may not have gotten around to reading the email from John Boehner. (laughing) But it was all positive.

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RUSH: In the emails that Martha MacCallum read, she quotes Marcella: “Thank you for introducing all of us to Rush Limbaugh, to all of us this evening. Many of us who are working during the day don’t have the opportunity to listen to him on the radio.” If anybody knows this woman, Marcella, remind her of the RushLimbaugh.com app.

Even if you can’t listen during the day to a radio, you can go out and get the app that connects to our website, RushLimbaugh.com, and it’s got a lot of free-side content available, including streaming of the program and transcripts. If you subscribe, become a member, then you get access to the Dittocam and all of the audio and video archives. But the app is the way around if you’re someplace you can’t receive a radio signal or you’re somewhere they don’t allow you to listen. Get the app and a pair of AirPods and you’re ready to go.

The Five on Rush and Biden

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:08:00
RUSH: Now, the appearance on Fox News a couple nights ago at 7 o’clock was also used to stimulate programming the next day on the Fox News Channel. For example, on The Five last night on the Fox News Channel, we had Juan Williams and Emily Compagno talking about me and my comments about Biden running for president.

WILLIAMS: The president and Rush Limbaugh seem to say, “Oh, the Democratic Party is so extreme, so far left.” But the reason that Joe Biden is leading in the polls is that there’s so many Democratic voters who like him and seem to be supportive of him as a moderate Democrat.

COMPAGNO: I think because of the name recognition, he has at this point. I do think that — more than polls, I think — the fundraising will be a huge indicator of how actually that voting bloc feels about Biden.

RUSH: Biden’s out there saying he specifically asked Obama not to endorse him, that he didn’t want to cheat, that he didn’t want to give himself an advantage over anybody else, that anybody who wins this nomination has gotta do it on their own. Let me tell you what he knows: The Obama endorsement is largely unhelpful — and, in some cases, has been a kiss of death. Ask Hillary about it. These are the things you’re not supposed to say. Well, let’s go back to the 2016 campaign and let’s start at the Democrat National Convention. There’s Obama.

And I knew. I mean, when I saw this, when I heard this, I couldn’t help but comment on it the next day. Obama’s standing up there on the stage, and Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are somewhere out there in the audience, and Obama said (impression), “Bill, now, it may be hard to hear, but you and I are gonna have to admit something: We’re not even in her league, Dude. We’re not even close. She is, without a doubt, the most qualified person ever to run for president.”

I’m watching this, and I’m stunned! “What is this? I know Obama doesn’t mean this. He doesn’t mean that Hillary is the most qualified person ever run, but there he is out there saying so.” First sign of real trouble. Well, there were earlier signs like not being able to get on a bus, not being able to stand up, not being able to walk down steps without four musclebound security guys propping her up by the elbows — and there were other indicators.

Then Obama starts the campaign trail, and he makes it clear that a vote for Hillary is a vote for him. He’s telling audiences that if you want more of him, the only way to do it is to vote for her. If you want the equivalent of a third Obama term, you gotta vote Hillary. What happened? There are a lot of other candidates that Obama endorsed, and it didn’t work. So that may be what Biden knows. The idea that he doesn’t want to cheat or — this is my word for what he’s saying, by the way — that he doesn’t want to give himself unfair advantage. Let’s see him reject any endorsements he gets from newspapers, then, if that happens. Which he won’t.

Back to The Five. This is Jesse Watters joining the conversation with Juan Williams.

WILLIAMS: Part of the attractiveness of Biden in terms of Democratic voters is electability. Can you beat Trump? And you heard Rush Limbaugh say, “Well, he’s the best Democrat,” though Limbaugh thinks they don’t have a shot. So the reason that I think Limbaugh says that is Biden has a reputation as like a blue-collar white male, able to talk to people who might have been Obama voters who switched to be Trump voters. What do you think?

WATTERS: From what I’ve seen so far, I just don’t think he has the skills and the stomach actually, ’cause Limbaugh actually had a good point. Does he really want it the way someone really wants it? And I just haven’t seen it from him.

RUSH: Actually, it’s a good point for Jesse Watters to remind me of what I had said. You really do have to want this, because you’ve gotta put up with so much. You have to be indefatigable. You cannot get tired. Ask Hillary about it. You’ve got to be out there, and no matter what time of day or night it is, you’ve got to look like you just got up, just got dressed; you are as fresh as ever. You have to guard against eating all of the junk at all of the fundraisers. It is real, real challenge to be on any campaign, presidential campaign to boot.

You cannot betray for one moment when the cameras are on that you’re not enjoying it. A grimace, a sigh, a rolling of the eyes can be enough to do you in, and so really you can’t fake it. You have to really want it, and you have to really enjoy almost every aspect of it. That’s largely gonna be the telling point for figuring out who’s gonna last and who isn’t in this race in either party, at any time. One more. Juan Williams and Greg Gutfeld joining in for our final segment from The Five on the Fox News Channel. This is last night, yesterday afternoon.

WILLIAMS: Greg, I don’t understand if it’s the case that Republicans like Limbaugh fear Biden or, in fact, think that he’ll be easy pickings.

GUTFELD: Is it more or does that entire field, minus Biden, feel very small? Physically, like, you get the sense — love Trump or hate Trump or indifference to Trump — he’s larger than life. He’s a walking phenomenon. He’s, like, so overpowering. None of them stand a chance.

RUSH: There you go. That’s, by the way, a very telling point, and it’s one of these perception things. It’s a personality characteristic that you either have or you don’t that when you walk into a room, you take it over. When you walk into a… There are many factors why you take a… Physical size may be one thing. You might look odd. There are a number of reasons people could take over a room when they walk into it.

Personality, reputation, accomplishment, all of these things. Both the baggage and the highlights that you bring with yourself. And he’s right. The Democrat list of people, none of them stand out as dynamic. It’s just… It’s a really tough thing. It’s like athletic ability, for the most part. You’re born with it or you don’t have it. You can’t learn charisma. There’s no charisma class, no charisma school. There’s no amount of makeup that can transform you into that — unless you just make a caricature out of yourself.

But then that defeats the whole purpose. That’s the exact opposite of what you’re trying to do, and Gutfeld is right here. Trump is a larger-than-life figure, and largely because of his life, because of what he’s done, because the fact everybody knows what he’s accomplished, and his personality type, and the rest of this field is… They’re just… “They do not have it” is exactly right.

Biden Launches Campaign Based on Charlottesville Lie

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:05:00
RUSH: Ed is in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is a great, great place and they’ve got a great country club there. How you doing, Ed? Great to have you on the program.

CALLER: First of all, Rush, I need to really restrain myself on this. I’m a Jew, okay? I live in Massachusetts here. And I saw the Joe Biden launch video for his campaign, you know, the giant lie that the tiki torch marchers shouting, “The Jews will not replace us” and somehow saying that Trump thought those are fine people. But for Biden to use that video, “The Jews will not replace us” video as the launch of his campaign, I feel is such an utter, utter exploitation of Jewish people, an outrage and so utterly offensive, I can’t even say in words how insulting that is —

RUSH: We get it.

CALLER: — really exploiting the Jews.

RUSH: I got it. You’re exactly right. This is what they do. That’s what Candace Owens’ complaint is. He’s exploiting black people at the same time he’s exploiting Jewish people, which is exactly what they do.

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RUSH: Now, I purposely didn’t want to get in this in the first hour. There are other things I wanted to get to, get them out of the way. I wanted to make sure I got to them.

Now we go to Biden, full speed ahead, his presidential announcement today, and I know that many of you are livid over how Biden chose to announce his entrance into the race today using this bogus fake news story of what supposedly was said by the president, Donald Trump, in the aftermath of the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Now, interestingly, Biden wanted to actually announce his entry into the campaign live in Charlottesville and they told him in Charlottesville they didn’t want it, they’re sick of it. Charlottesville is a leftist domain, but this is something that even they want to try to get past and don’t want to be known for, and so they asked Biden not to do it live.

So he decided for the rigors of a video announcement. And he chose to focus his reason for getting into the race because the soul of America is the verge of being lost because of what Donald Trump said after the protests that took place in Charlottesville over the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate heroes and so forth.

Now, Joe Biden has an interesting challenge. Joe Biden is from an era of the Democrat Party which was not blatantly anti-America. They were full-speed-ahead liberals, and they did believe that the government was the answer to every problem, and they knew that government control of it meant never ending power. But they didn’t hate the country. They might have believed it had serious problems, but they didn’t hate it like the current base of the Democrat Party does.

So Joe Biden’s first challenge today in announcing his candidacy, it’s not enough to hate Donald Trump. That’s a given. Anybody running for the Democrat presidential nomination has to hate Donald Trump. But anybody hoping to secure the nomination has to hate America too. It’s not enough for Biden to hate Trump, he has to now make people think he hates America. Meaning, he’s got problems with the foundations of this country.

He has got to convince the base of the Democrat that he agrees with them, that this the country was rotten from the day it was founded, that was it founded on rotten, racist, sexist, bigoted principles and those principles still rule the day and they’ve got to be swept away.

Joe Biden doesn’t hate America. His challenge is to convince Democrat voters that he does. If he has any hope of securing the Democratic Party nomination, he’s going to have to persuade a lot of people that he has huge problems with this country, not just Donald Trump. Hating Donald Trump is not enough. Because they all hate Donald Trump. You have to hate the reason for Donald Trump. The reason for Donald Trump is the flaws in this country that allow for, quote, unquote, white supremacy, white nationalism, bigotry, sexism, and racism to triumph and prosper. You have to almost hate relatively half the population of the country. You have to hate, period.

Now, Joe Biden can do strident, partisan liberalism with anybody. He can stay in that competition all day long, but hating America he really doesn’t. And I’m gonna tell you right now, there isn’t any huge excitement that is effervescing and bubbling up about the Biden campaign.

You know what I just saw? I just saw Biden leave his humble dwelling, someplace in Wilmington, Delaware. You know how many people were there? There were more media people than there were voters there.

Joe walked out, and he was not wearing a coat and tie, he was wearing an open shirt, open collared shirt, and he was walking down the steps of wherever he was to an awaiting car, which is gonna whisk him off to who knows where.

He didn’t have to wade through large crowd. There wasn’t any security within immediate reach. There just wasn’t a lot of people there. And he announced for the presidency today. Now, there is no public event, obviously. The first one is scheduled for Monday, in Pittsburgh, a fundraiser. And again, that is taking a page out of the Hillary book. I mean, doing an opening and introduction video. That takes a lot out of anybody 77 years old. And you need two or three days to recover, to recuperate from all the hard work of producing that video.

So Joe’s gotta go back there and rest and rejuvenate, recharge and all, get ready for the big fundraiser in Pittsburgh on Monday. So we have two sound bites of the video from Joe Biden announcing his campaign based on an abject lie of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia a couple years ago, I forget the year, just within the past two years. And President Trump’s reaction to it. Here’s the first bite.

BIDEN: He said there were, quote, “Some very fine people on both sides.” Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And at that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.

RUSH: I want you to stop and think for a moment here. What happened in Charlottesville is a much greater threat than what happened on 9/11? In fact, he’s not even upset over what happened in Charlottesville. He’s upset about what the president supposedly said about it, which is a lie.

That was the catalyst, that is what woke Joe Biden up, that is what made Joe Biden realize that the threat to this nation was unlike anything he had ever seen in his lifetime? The president did not draw a moral equivalence between those protesting in Charlottesville. I’ll get to that in a minute. Here’s another bite from the Bite Me presidential announcement video.

BIDEN: If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen. The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that’s made America America is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. We can’t forget what happened in Charlottesville. Even more important, we have to remember who we are. This is America.

RUSH: Man, this is just amazing. This one event, they know that they’re lying about it, and they continue to go back. It’s what I said yesterday. They cannot innovate. The Mueller investigation has got to become Watergate. And there has to be a John Dean, and they hope that that’s Don McGahn. Everything has to be something from the past repeated.

So Charlottesville is the equivalent of the Oklahoma City bombing or whatever it is they’re trying to draw connections to. But they’re making it up! They’re lying about it just as they lied about it the moment it happened. But of all the events that have happened in this country, say in the last two years, that might want to inspire somebody to run for president, Charlottesville?

What does it tell you? It’s exactly what our last caller said. He is attempting to exploit African-American voters and Jewish voters. They are being used again by Biden as though they are thoughtless and as though they are helpless, they can’t take care of themselves, they can’t protect themselves. It takes somebody like Joe Biden and the Democrat Party to protect them from all of the evils out there who happen to be Donald Trump. It’s cheap, insufficient, but more importantly, the whole thing is a lie.

We’re gonna go back and listen to what Donald Trump said. Charlottesville is another hoax! It’s another made-up, fake news hoax. What Trump really said is very different than what Biden is launching his campaign based on today. Donald Trump never said that white, neo-Nazis are good people and that they are a moral equivalence to the protesters that were there opposing whatever was going on with the Confederate statues and so forth that the left was demanding all be torn down. Here’s Trump sound bite number one…

THE PRESIDENT: I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have… You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now.

REPORTERS: (grumbling)

THE PRESIDENT: You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent. I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me.

REPORTER: They were white nationalists!

THE PRESIDENT: Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.

RUSH: So right there is this whole so-called controversy, in a nutshell, because Trump refused to follow the fake news structure that everybody opposing the left had to be white supremacist, neo-Nazis, and racist bigots. Trump pointed out that the left protesters didn’t even have the permit! They’re the ones that caused the trouble. The other people had a permit to assemble.

The left group didn’t. They stormed in there and tried to shut this event down. Trump simply points out they didn’t have a permit, and that not everybody in this protest was legitimate. There were some people who legitimately believe in Robert E. Lee and don’t think that his statue ought to come down, and they are not white supremacists, and they are not neo-Nazis or Nazis of any kind. Well, that’s all it took.

When you violate the tenets of political correctness and when you go against what is the established narrative, that gave them the opening to suggest that Trump was suggesting a moral equivalence between the two groups. Now, that was August 15th, 2017, Trump Tower. The event happened on August 12th. Here’s the second Trump sound bite on this — and over and over again, you hear him. He will differentiate between the neo-Nazis and the people who were there protesting the removal of the statue.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. I think there’s blame on both sides. You look at —

FEMALE REPORTER: Is there bigotry on both sides?

THE PRESIDENT: You look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it, either —

REPORTER: (unintelligible)

THE PRESIDENT: — and if you reported it accurately, you would say it.

REPORTER: — killed a person! Ever hired —

ACOSTA: The neo-Nazis started this thing.

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me.

ACOSTA: They showed up in Charlottesville to protest the removal of that statue.

THE PRESIDENT: They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group —

REPORTERS: (shouting)

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. Excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

RUSH: Right. So there it is. “You had fine people on both sides.” It’s undeniable! But the left has constructed a fake scenario in which the only angelic and decent protesters were the left — who wanted to eliminate any monuments, any remembrances of the Confederacy and so forth — and those who didn’t. And then the neo-Nazis, a small segment of the group, storm in there, try to take over the event or disrupt it and so forth — and Trump did not fall for the trick.

He refused to follow through on what the media and everybody was demanding, that he condemn everybody the other side. That’s what they demanded that he do, and he wouldn’t do it. He wouldn’t condemn everybody, which is what the left always demands: Condemn everybody on the right, disavow everybody on the right. Trump would not do it! And this is the payback. They go out and they lie, and they now claim that Trump was defending the neo-Nazis and claiming that there’s some good people in the neo-Nazis.

“We all must be united,” Trump said. “We must all condemn all that hate stands for. There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, many sides. What’s vital now is a swift restoration of law and order.” This is another thing that he shouldn’t have done. He actually pointed out that there were some violent ne’er-do-wells on the left in this protest, too, which there were!

But you’re not supposed to say it.

That was on August 12th. Three days later, at Trump Tower, you heard Trump taking questions from the media, asking questions about Charlottesville, and Trump defended his statement on August 12th that I just read to you, and repeated his claim that there was blame on both sides. He said, “Not all those people were neo-Nazis. Believe me, not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.”

He said, “The push to remove Confederate statues was an attempt to change history,” which it is, adding that he believed there were “very fine people on both sides.” He then added, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally.” That part of what he said, nobody airs. There were “fine people on both sides,” and then he added, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis.”

They did not air that aspect. Nobody has. It’s left for us to dig up. So this is what Biden has sought to exploit to announce his candidacy, because what his candidacy is really about is hating Donald Trump. But now he’s got to go out and convince Democrat base voters that he also hates America, because it’s America as currently constituted that gave us Donald Trump. You gotta hate America, you gotta hate Trump, and you gotta hate the people who voted for Trump.

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RUSH: Now, let’s stop and think for just a second. Here’s Bite Me. He’s introducing his campaign for the presidency. He can use anything he wants to explain why he wants to do this, why he wants to be president. Of all the things, Charlottesville, Virginia?

Most people have forgotten Charlottesville, Virginia. Most people don’t even know what it was about. It’s long been forgotten by most. The real primary, immediate threat to our nation is illegal immigration — and where’s Biden? Biden is plugged into racial politics, because that’s all he knows. That’s all… As an aging, ancient Democrat, that’s all he knows.

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RUSH: We’re gonna go to Cleveland. This is Fred. Fred, I’m glad you waited. Welcome. Great to have you here with us.

CALLER: Good day, Rush. For Biden to perpetuate such a lie as his opening announcement, I find it to be an insult to every single American. Binden is proven to be a two-time loser. And what he did this morning was the act of a coward. And I think that 90 days from today he will be out of the race, and he will be hiring an attorney to protect himself for the floodgates that are about to open.

RUSH: An attorney!

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: What floodgates would open that would require Bite Me to have a lawyer?

CALLER: The Horowitz report, Barr, the attorney general. I have to agree with your caller the other day. I think they are using Rosenstein as a pawn. He is spilling the beans, and I believe that as soon as the floodgates open, every single Democrat in power will be running for the hills.

RUSH: Oh, I see what you. You think Bite Me is gonna have some linkage to the coup that has been run because he was in the Obama administration? Maybe so. Let me say this. Now, some of you may disagree with me here. But I think, you know, Biden has to be calculating. He wants supposedly — I’m not even really convinced that he wants this, folks. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be insulting anybody here.

I just don’t see the — you can see when somebody has the lust, the thirst, the real desire for something, and this has seemed like something he hasn’t even been able to pull the trigger on. And I’m thinking Charlottesville, with all the things out there, the one thing, the one thing that woke him up, the one thing that made Joe Biden say, “This country needs me. We’re heading off the rails. Somebody’s gotta stand up,” Charlottesville just doesn’t do that.

So it tells me that this is totally calculated, which is what politicians do, except for Trump. But everybody else is out there calculating this. Remember who their base is. Remember the things that tick their base off. And remember how their base is deluded, deranged, and so forth. So there’s some internal polling data that tells them that this is something that will resonate with Democrat voters.

If Biden were running for president before Charlottesville had happened, he obviously wouldn’t be using Charlottesville, but he wouldn’t even be going to this direction. He might be focusing on race in a certain way, but this just seems not the issue that Biden on his own would have chosen to say, “We’re going off the rails and the country needs me.” Charlottesville is long gone. People don’t even remember really when it was. It’s not something that was permanently defining pro or con.

And so when these calculations begin is the first sign you have that you don’t have real genuineness, real passion. So it’s gotta be contrived and made up, written and focus-grouped in order to reach a certain group of people you think you can’t get started without.

Now, I realize some of this may sound contradictory ’cause all of politics is calculating and marketing and messaging. But the candidate, the candidate has to be perceived as real. The candidate has to be perceived as the real deal. Even within the realm of politics where people distrust and think that a lot of lies are lies and promises are not meant to be kept and that everything is said for media gain. Even within that universe it’s still up to a candidate to break through some of that and be perceived as genuine. This just didn’t do it.

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RUSH: Charles, Philadelphia, great to have you. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello.

CALLER: How you doing, Rush?

RUSH: Good, sir. Thank you.

CALLER: I’d just like to tell you that I’m standing and I’m look at the St. Augustine Beach right now, but I waited to talk to you about Joe Biden. But it looks like you answered some of the questions. I was wondering why he was not opening in Scranton, Pennsylvania, since he’s always bragging about being Irish and being from Scranton. It’s coal-mining country, Rush, and the people there don’t want the Democrats no more. You had to see Jim Thorpe, PA, in 2016. But it is interesting that he came out with racial comments.

I did not want to call you on this. This wasn’t the topic of my call. But after listening to you, you know, I’m an inner-city kid from Philadelphia who grew up in the sixties. When the Democrats make these racial comments, do they ever think about the 13 or 14-year-old white boy that’s on a public transportation bus by himself and gets attacked? I mean, it happens. That stuff needs to stop. Let’s get back to Biden. It is interesting that he’s not taking his voice to Scranton but he’s taking it to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, which is Democrats. I don’t believe any Democrat, this day, will ever win Pennsylvania again, and that is because of the miners: Jim Thorpe, the Molly Maguires, and all that up in that area.

RUSH: Well, certainly not Biden. I agree with you about that. He’s going back to Allegheny County because Obama was strong as hell in Allegheny County, which is Pittsburgh, western Pennsylvania. That’s one of the reasons he’s going there, ’cause it’s a fundraiser. And, you know, the race for money with all these people in this race is gonna be very key.

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RUSH: Here’s Pearl in Minneapolis. Great to have you, Pearl. Glad you waited. Hello.

CALLER: Hi! Hi, Rush. Mega dittos.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: Longtime… Yeah, longtime listener, and thank you so much for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: So (chuckles) on the whole Biden white supremacy candidacy, it just put me over the edge today and gave me an idea. I just want to say to the start, I am one of the millions of nonracist, patriotic Americans who have completely had it with the race and gender division these candidates inject in every single statement they run on. It is so racist in itself, and I am with Candace Owens 1,000% on the exploitation of blacks. It has got to stop. With another election cycle, with more of it shoved down our throats, it just got me thinking about something. It would be so awesome, Russia, if you could give an EIB Network American campaign challenge to every single one of the 2020 candidates in the name of equal justice, equal opportunity, and equal rights for all as Biden just put it today. Candidates are not to mention race or gender during the entire campaign.

RUSH: (bursts out laughing)

CALLER: I know. I know.

RUSH: (coughing)

CALLER: But we know this would be for fairness reasons. Remember fairness. Only policies and policy ideas and policy structure: National defense, (crosstalk) the economy and so forth.

RUSH: Tell you what, Pearl. I’d be more than happy to issue the challenge, and they might take that sound bite and make it the opening gag on Saturday Night Live if I do it, but I might be willing to try it.

Throw a Hug-A-Thon, Joe

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 16:03:00
RUSH: I’ve been thinking of fundraising ideas. What’s Trump’s nickname for him, Sleepy Joe? I might have preferred Creepy Joe. But Sleepy Joe works. Now, we have here what we think might be a good logo for the Biden campaign. I want to flash it up there for you on the Dittocam. Right there it is. Joe hugging the “B” and smelling and sniffing the “B” in his own name, embracing it and so forth.

But in addition, how about as a fundraising vehicle for Biden, you know, you got some problems out there, and people are mocking and laughing at you, you gotta face that stuff head on. You can’t camouflage it. You can’t hide it. You can’t deny it. So how about a hug-athon designed to raise money from women. For the opportunity to be hugged by Joe Biden, for the opportunity to have your hair smelled by Joe Biden, donate 100 bucks, you get your picture taken with Washington’s greatest hugger and greatest hair sniffer.

I have put this to the test. There was a golf outing at Sage Valley in South Carolina. It’s 15 miles from Augusta. It was the week before the Masters. And there were some people there who met me who wanted a photo. So I asked, “Would you mind if I did a Joe Biden in the photo?” And they all said, “Please do!” And it became a big joke, and everybody wanted in on it.

So I was taking pictures sniffing hair and hugging shoulders and so forth. No, I’m not worried about the photos getting out because everybody knew what it was, “Oh, you’re doing a Biden, this is great!” Nobody thought it was me being Biden. It was me doing Biden. It tells me that there’s a gob amount of money out there for people.

I think Joe ought to announce the hug-athon. I think he ought to have hug-athon fundraiser, he’ll sniff the hair of any woman who wants to give him a hundred bucks, he’ll hug them and do whatever. Hugs all over America. I mean, you could have one of these in every city. You gotta deal with this head on. He can say he will not sleep until he has hugged the last female donor. Maybe making smelling the hair an additional $50. Maybe just the hundred dollars gets you the hug. And the minimum hug time is 10 seconds.

Now, you’d have to have a waiver. I mean, all huggees would have to sign a waiver promising not to sue Sleepy Joe for sexual harassment. Could you feel the excitement of this? Can you imagine one of these fundraisers? Can you imagine the media showing up at a “you can be hugged and hair snuffed by Joe Biden” for 150 bucks? It would be big.

Here’s a piece at TheWeek.com by Matthew Walther: “Joe Biden’s Campaign is Going to be a Parody of Itself.” Let me just read to you a few excerpts, a couple of pull quotes here.

“Here comes everybody. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris and Beto and Mayor Pete and 15 others and, finally, Joe Biden. CNN reports that Biden will be formally announcing the launch of his presidential campaign today with an online video. Then, Axios tells us, he’ll give a speech about ‘the moment’ and ‘the kind of leadership’ we need — i.e., his. Next he’s going to a fundraiser with the executive vice president of Comcast.”

Oh, Comcast, that’s NBC. This would be a perfect place to do the hug-athon fundraiser with the Comcast guy because they got cameras at NBC, could videotape it.

Then this guy Matthew Walter writes, “You can’t make this stuff up. Biden is said to have already begun making private calls to donors, most of whom are probably only too glad to pony up for what is being called a ‘third Obama term.’ Does anyone care about the fact that Biden has no discernible political agenda or ideas apart from his conviction that he is simply the man for the job? Does it matter that he has been in politics long enough to hold positions on whether gay people should be allowed to work for the federal government (his answer was no)?”

Not only was he in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, he opposed gay people working for the government. That’s how long Joe Biden has been in Washington. “Shouldn’t we all be a bit creeped out by his nonchalant dismissal of his own hair-sniffing antics as a desire to ‘connect’ with people and by his bizarre sense of entitlement to our nation’s highest office?” They asked the question, “Why are you sniffing women’s hair?”

“Well, you know, I have this desire to connect with people.” That’s not how you connect with ’em. “Biden’s candidacy is going to be a parody of itself. Get your bingo cards ready for the debates, folks. He’s going to talk about being ‘a little rough around the edges,’ about how ‘times have changed,’ about how he admires young people for their ‘energy’ about things like the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all but he’s ‘seen a few things’ in his time.” He’s seen a few things and he knows from all the things he’s seen you can’t do half of this stuff.

“He knows the difference between what sounds like a good idea and what’s practical.” Joe’s been around. Joe’s seen everything. Joe knows everybody. Joe’s done a lot of things, and he knows what can be done and what can’t. “He cares about doing what’s right, but also about getting things done, even if it means ‘reaching’ — no pun intended — ‘across the aisle.'” Meaning this guy thinks that Biden’s campaign is going to be one tired, worn-out cliche after another.

“Has he made a few mistakes over the years? Yeah, sure, and he owns up to them. But he knows better now. He’s ‘willing to listen,’ maybe even ‘to learn.'” If you like “Dick Morris triangulating” cliche, get ready for Joe Biden. So these are people that want the Democrats to win the presidency, who are now starting to make fun of the kind of politician that Biden is.

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