7/22/15, "Trump Was Supposed to Be Gone by Now," Rush Limbaugh transcript
"RUSH: Here's Kevin in St. Louis. Kevin, I'm glad you called. It's great to have you with us. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you for taking my call. Don't you think that Donald
Trump knows exactly what he's doing and knows that there's a majority
out there that support him? Kind of like what you did when you first
started. You know, you knew that you were gonna be attacked and
whatnot, but you just kept pressing on and knew that you were right in
what direction you were going in.
RUSH: That's an interesting question about Trump and what he's doing
and why and what he knows. Now, if you take him at his word, if you
take Donald Trump at his word, here's what's going on. He's fed up with
both parties and the almost formulaic way they talk and act and get
nothing done or make things worse. I think there's also something
that's happened that we don't know, maybe a series of things, and the
latest one was maybe the straw that broke the camel's back that finally,
he ran....So something's changed with Trump, and he's
attempting to accomplish something.
But the big thing that I think sets all this apart...among everything else that's happening, is Trump is literally having
the time of his life. He is thoroughly enjoying this. Every bit of
it. He's enjoying the big crowds. He's enjoying the way he is in
everybody's face. Somebody comes along and insults him, and he's right
back at them, and he views every one of those confrontations as he is
winning....He's literally enjoying immensely all
of this, and I don't doubt that he's like all of you in one regard.
think he really does care about the country, and I think like a lot of
people, he is really, really worried about what's happening to it. What
I hope is that if Trump is serious about this, look at what he was able
to do with the immigration issue. When that whole thing started, he
was the issue. What he was saying about Mexicans--and what he was
saying about the type of people immigrating, what he was saying about
our government permitting all that to happen--he was the issue.
Everybody was talking about a reprobate he was.
Everybody was talking about how impolitic he was, how crude, how
extremist. And then Kate Steinle was murdered in a sanctuary city, San
Francisco, and all of a sudden the issue became the issue. Well, what
if Trump decided to pick up this Planned Parenthood thing? And then
what if Trump decided to pick up economics and then pick up Obamacare?
What if Trump started doing on all these other issues, what he has done
Well, if none
of this had happened, I dare say immigration still would not be on the
table. Immigration would still be an issue where the focal point of it
was, "Republicans better get on board and support this! Republicans
better get on board and support amnesty! The Republicans better do it!" If everything that has happened except Trump being in, that's what we
would be looking at: A traditional Republican campaign with all these
different guys getting in and all vying for the same votes, voters, and
The universe is being expanded here.
Trump is not running as a Democrat. He's attracting Democrats. He's
attracting people from all over the place....He has the ability to
illuminate all of these issues that I know all of you are frustrated by
because the Republicans don't seem to oppose the Democrats on them, and
Trump is the one guy who does. Trump's the one guy who's going against
conventions on everything. I think that's part of the reason that he's
popular at this stage....
Here's a story, by the way, from
TheHill.com: "Trump's Success Annoys GOP
-- Republican insiders are reconciling themselves to the idea that
Donald Trump won't be exiting the stage anytime soon -- and their main
concern now is limiting his damage to their party."...
Wait, wait, wait just a second! Just a second. Trump's
comments about McCain were supposed to be the end. The Wizards of Smart
in both parties told us that Trump could not survive that. The Wizards
of Smart in the both parties said, "This is it! This is the moment
we've all been waiting for. This is what we knew was gonna happen. We
knew this charlatan was gonna come along, and if we just put a pile of
excrement in front of him, he would step in it. Well, here it is!"...
Trump was supposed to be history by now. And it was your host, El Rushbo, who said, "Whoa. Put the brakes on it,
here....We don't know this yet, 'cause Trump's not
playing by the rules." If Trump were your average, ordinary, cuckolded
Republican, he would have apologized by now, and he would have begged
for forgiveness, and he would have gone away. And the establishment
would have claimed another scalp, claiming that they had protected the
sanctity of campaigns.
But Trump's not playing by those rules. He's doubling down. Now he's giving out Lindsey Graham's telephone number and
talking about how much fun it is! He said, "Why should I care about
Lindsey Graham? Have you seen what he is in the polls? It's zero,
folks! Why should I defer to somebody that's got zero?" The American
people have not seen this in a while. They haven't seen this kind of
braggadocio that's done in a way that's fun. Trump's braggadocio is not
off-putting except to its victims.
But to the average, ordinary American watching this, it's a show.
They're having fun, they're enjoying it and they're enjoying Trump
Now "Republican insiders," just
three days, four days after Trump stepped on that pile of excrement,
"are reconciling themselves to the idea that he won't be exiting the
stage any time soon. The GOP establishment is almost universally
hostile to Trump," it says here.
"Among Washington Republicans, the hope is that voters will tire of
such comments --" such as Lindsey Graham's a "jackass" and McCain's not
war hero, whatever. "-- and that Trump will have to push his boat out
into ever-murkier waters to continue to command attention." So they're
terrified of the guy....
Not only are they unable to vanish Trump, but Trump is triumphing and
it's so far out of the rule book and the Republican manual for
procedure that they're having trouble defining what it all means. But
they all do agree that this is ultimately gonna be seen as a sideshow
and destructive and eventually it's all gonna end....
RUSH: Let's go to the Trump audio sound bites, since we have reached
that transition. This morning on Fox & Friends, Trump is being
interviewed by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She said, "Do you regret giving
Lindsey Graham's phone number out? Do you feel that that was a
TRUMP: Not at all. I mean, he just came out, he started calling me a jackass
on every program. The guy's got zero in the polls. He's got nothing
going anyway. I don't even think he's very popular in his own state,
because you heard the applause I was getting. And I did it for fun, and
everybody had a good time....And no, I don't
regret it. I mean, it seems to have gotten a lot of press, but I don't
regret it at all, no. He calls me names. You have to fight back. I
mean, all of a sudden these guys are calling me names. I'm trying to be
nice. I want to be nice. I'm a nice person. But everybody's calling
me names, and I guess since I went to number one in the polls, they're
having a field day on me.
RUSH: (Imitating Trump) "Hey, I'm just a nice guy. I'm just minding
my own business. I'm not bothering anybody or calling me jackass. Well,
screw that! They're the jackass....I'm not hurting anybody out here....
Trump kept going.
TRUMP: Well, our country should be that way. We have so many things
going wrong. Who are the people leading our country? We have people
that are just incompetent. You look at this Iran deal, which is a total
disaster, and we don't even get our prisoners back. We give them a
scientist, but we don't get our prisoners back, because they said it was
too complicated to ask. If you had the right messenger -- like if I
did it, or if I picked somebody that did it that knew about negotiation,
not somebody that goes into a bicycle race and breaks his leg at 73
years old -- we would have gotten the prisoners back a long time ago.
RUSH: John Kerry, he's talking about. (Imitating Trump) "The
secretary of state, goes riding a freaking bicycle, breaks his leg at
73, he's giving away the store. I wouldn't give away the store."
By the way, I guarantee you something. I just gonna tell you right
now. When people heard that this morning -- people watching Fox &
Friends -- I will guarantee you they stood up out of their couches or
from their kitchen tables or wherever they were and started cheering....
I think Trump is tapping in,
and I'm not at all worried about saying this. I think he's tapping in,
because of what I believe to be is a majority of people in this country
are so frustrated they're about to burst.
And frankly, I'm gonna tell you something else, folks. What Trump is
doing -- not the way he's saying it per se, maybe even that, but what
he's saying -- is everybody that's voted Republican since 2010, has
expected this from the Republican Party. This is why they were
elected. This kind of opposition. This kind of making it hard for the
opposition to succeed.
A landslide Republican victory in 2010, another one in 2014, a
possible presidential win in 2012 if four million Republicans had
decided to vote instead of stay home. This is what they thought they
were getting when they voted, or this is what they wanted.
Is this kind of stand up to the opposition, the Democrats kind of
behavior, effective behavior? You know, I hear people say, well, it's
not just enough to want the fight. The fight's not what people want.
They want to win, but they realize you can't win sitting on your butt.
You have to fight first. Winning comes after that....
This whole notion that...Trump's tapping into people
that just want the fight is even trying to denigrate that. By the way,
what's wrong with fighting? What do you think the Democrats are doing?
What's wrong with that? That's what this is all about, is prevailing.
That's what happen constitutional republics all about. You prevail.
You have to fight to prevail.
And I'm telling you, I know, like I know anything, that a huge number
of Republicans who have voted have expected this kind of opposition to
the Democrats. That's what they have wanted when they voted for it, and
they haven't gotten it, and it's why they're responding to Trump. It's
not the only reason, by any stretch, but it's part of it. Anyway, I
have to take another time-out....
Here's Dana Bash. This is last night, Anderson Cooper 360, and the
subject is Trump, Dana Bash reporting on what she had seen in Bluffton,
BASH: What struck me about being at the event today, and I've been
to many a campaign rally in my time, was that he had them really in the
palm of his hand. And you couldn't necessarily tell the traditional way
by watching people stand on their feet and scream and cheer like a
rally. They were sitting in their seats in this auditorium. Now,
granted it was a retirement community, but they were mesmerized. You
could almost hear a pin drop as they watched what wasn't really a stump
speech. It was a one-man show.
They were listening. Did you hear that? Yes, they were listening,
these old codgers, these old seasoned citizens. The Democrats love
seasoned citizens when they just get their Social Security checks and
shut up. But when they actually get involved, get involved with
politics and so forth and start showing up at Republican rallies, then
all of a sudden they become idiots. Dana Bash is stunned. (imitating
Bash) "My God, they were actually listening. My God they were
And it wasn't a political speech, no. It was a one-man
show. Well, it was a political speech....
I'm constantly amazed that they are so willing to
portray their own arrogance. Why wouldn't a bunch of people at a Trump
rally listen? What is it about a conservative audience that is
shocking when they listen? What is shocking that they're able to
If your assumption going in is that conservatives are rabid, just
meat-eating, quasi-sub-humans, and then you walk into someplace at a
rally where you expect that kind of behavior and you see polite
attentiveness, why, it just conflicts with every preconception you
have. And make no mistake, they have that conception of conservatives
and Republicans and more. It's even worse....
As I say, I'm sitting here, I'm actually behaving as America's Anchorman
on this. I'm the one watching it and commenting on it and telling you
as it happens with no prejudice, prejudicial comment before or after.
And that is what the Drive-Bys don't understand. They think that
because I'm not on this bandwagon criticizing Trump, that I must be
supporting him, and they don't recognize objectivity when they see it.
Or impartiality, however you want to characterize it, they don't
recognize it, because they aren't objective. Which we also know."
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