for one, am tired of conservatism being nothing more than some
intellectual feast every day." Rush Limbaugh
9/2/15, "The Trump Movement Isn't About Conservatism -- It's About Americanism," Rush Limbaugh
"RUSH: Yesterday or the day before it was a really
vicious piece, which I've got here in the Wall Street Journal by a guy
named Bret Stephens who said if you're not appalled by Donald Trump, you
are appalling. That's how it opened.
So there's all these conservative media types pulling their hair
out. They're thinking that you people supporting Donald Trump have
abandoned your conservatism. What they don't understand is that support
for Trump is about much more than conservatism. I don't even think
it's about conservatism per se. But they are so threatened. And these
are the people, many of them, who don't do anything but write, who don't try to end up provoking people to
They just write, and they want people to say, "Wow, that was really
smart, man....That's a smart commentator," but
beyond that, they don't do anything. And now these people are all of a
sudden feeling threatened by Trump. They're missing the whole point of
why people are supporting Trump, I think. Trump's not even claiming to
be a conservative, for crying out loud. He's claiming to be an
CALLER: Right, and what we're sick of, for one thing, is the Republicans being the Washington Generals to the Globetrotters....
RUSH: Not only that, it's arranged beforehand that the Generals are
gonna lose. It's not even a real competition. And that's what you're
saying that it feels like to you. Anyway, she's got a great question
here, folks, and it requires and deserves expansion of thought by me....
RUSH:...Our previous caller
reminded me that people have been calling filled with despair in recent
years-despondent, depressed-that the country was finished, that
they did not see any evidence that traditional institutions and values
were represented by a majority of the population anymore....
Now, prior to Trump, the conservative movement, the intellectuals in
the movement were very precise in their definitions of what is and what
isn't conservative and who is and who isn't a conservative and who's
entitled to speak for it and who isn't....
When Buckley passed away it then became an open competition for who was
gonna replace him....Who was gonna be
the guy that determined what was and who was and what isn't and who
isn't conservative. The battle's never been won. I mean, there is no
singular figure, particularly in the literary world, to have filled the
As such, it has taken on many different identities. And the Trump
insurgency here has--I don't know if the word "exposed" is right, but
it has served to illustrate the fractious nature of conservatism as a
movement. I have--and I say this honestly--I'm not trying to sound
know-it-all-ish or condescending to anybody. Speaking for myself, I
have never thought of Donald Trump as a conservative.
My whole life I've known him. I know him socially, play golf with him
now and then, I mean, I can reach him on the phone if I want to. But
I've never considered him a conservative, and I've never considered him a
liberal, don't misunderstand. But as far as a movement conservative,
Trump hasn't been. I've never been under the impression that he is.
And I've never held it against him.
And I've never felt like, well, he's not worthy of speaking on things
I believe in 'cause he's not a conservative. That's not my attitude. I
know he's not a liberal. I know that he's nowhere near what modern day
liberalism is. What I also believe fervently is that all of this
support for Trump, this movement, whatever you call this that's
happening with Trump, it's not about conservatism. And that doesn't
But some in the conservative movement are pulling their hair out over this. And, like I mentioned Bret Stephens writing in the Wall Street Journal,
this piece, it is just vicious to conservatives. It's just
over-the-top vicious. It stands alone in that regard, but there are
others in the conservative movement who are also writing pieces
admonishing people supporting Trump, that he's not conservative, you're
being fooled, you're destroying conservatism by allowing Trump to carry
the mantle of conservatism....
Some of these
conservative intellectuals who are having a big problem...I think they're missing what this is all about. Now,
why they're missing it is a whole other bunch of theories.
Now, I have the Bret Stephens thing right here and I want to quote
from it. "The Donald and the Demagogues -- If by now you don’t find
Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling." That's how this piece
"If you have reached physical maturity and still chuckle at Mr.
Trump’s pubescent jokes about Rosie O’Donnell or Heidi Klum, you will
never reach mental maturity. If you watched Mr. Trump mock fellow
candidate Lindsey Graham’s low poll numbers and didn’t cringe at the
lack of class, you are incapable of class. If you think we need to build
new airports in Queens the way they build them in Qatar, you should be
sent to join the millions of forced laborers who do construction in the
Persian Gulf. It would serve you right."
That's just the first paragraph.
"Since Mr. Trump joined the GOP presidential field and leaped to the
top of the polls, several views have been offered to explain his
popularity. He conveys a can-do image. He is the bluntest of the
candidates in addressing public fears of cultural and economic
dislocation. He toes no line, serves no PAC, abides no ideology, is
beholden to no man. He addresses the broad disgust of everyday Americans
with their failed political establishment.
"And so forth and so on -- a parade of semi-sophisticated theories
that act as bathroom deodorizer to mask the stench of this candidacy.
Mr. Trump is a loudmouth vulgarian appealing to quieter vulgarians.
These vulgarians comprise a significant percentage of the GOP base. The
leader isn’t the problem. The people are. It takes the demos to make the
Well, this is the perfect illustration of the problem that so-called
conservative intellectuals are having with the Trump insurgency or the
Trump campaign, to the point now that they feel it necessary to insult
the people supporting Trump in addition to insulting Trump.
Now, these are the people who routinely tell us that we are racists
or nativists or whatever because we do not believe in their policy of
open borders, and because we are intolerant of this invasion of people
which they call illegal immigration, which we term it invasion, since
we're not tolerant, we're not sophisticated. We don't have the ability
to understand what this country's all about and what this country needs
for a vibrant future and so forth. And it's one of the biggest
disconnects I've ever seen in my life between Washington and the rest of
the people in the country....
Explaining the Trump phenomenon is not that difficult. At the
top of all of it is this invasion. At the top of the list of reasons
why Trump has a large and growing following, it's all about immigration
and how the establishment inside the Beltway is now openly, not even
what they've thought about average, ordinary Americans for
now. And that is
take any insult that you want.
you name it....
RUSH:...The problem, I think, with all
of the conservative literary people at the magazines and websites and
the columns and so forth who are writing so disparagingly of Trump and
of his supporters and followers -- how best to say this?
Well, they are establishment people, yeah, I know that, and what
they're actually trying to do is engender support for the (Republican) party at the
end of the day here. And anything that doesn't do that is considered
damaging and threatening....And these people are all devoted to the Republicans
winning because that...keeps the ruling class together, gives them their power and so
But to me it's deeper than that, because many of the people that are
complaining in their writing and in their columns and in their blog
posts and so forth--I'm not trying to offend anyone, but all they do
is write. They comment, and that's it, as though that's an achievement
in and of itself. There isn't any action that is inspired or suggested
by all of it. And those are the people now complaining at the action
that is taking place that's a direct result of events happening. People
here supporting Trump are not supporting Trump 'cause they've been
fooled or bamboozled or told to. It's because of real things happening
in the country that apparently some don't see.
RUSH:...Conservative principles. What good are they if all that's ever done
with them is written about? What good are conservative principles if
all anybody ever does is talk about it? What good are conservative principles if that's all they are, if
there's no associated lifestyle? If there's no associated action, if
there's no associated political objective with it, what good is it? I,
for one, am tired of conservatism being nothing more than some
intellectual feast every day....
What's happening with Trump...this is not about
conservative principles. ....who has them and who doesn't and who's sacrificing them or who's giving them up or discarding them. What this is about is a whole lot of Americans thinking they had
representation in Washington, and they've discovered they don't....
A political party has
been campaigning promising to do X, Y, and Z and they've been getting
voted for. They've been given majorities House and the Senate. But
that's where it's all stopped, at the party level....
It's there, it's growing, and it's gonna continue to grow, as long as
Washington remains unresponsive, which Washington appears to be more
and more unresponsive as the days go by. So all these people that have
got their underwear in a wad over people supporting Trump? They need to
look in the mirror to explain why. If they really want to know why all
this is happening, they just have to look in the mirror. You can only
tell people they're stupid and dumb so many times.
You can only tell 'em they're unsophisticated so many times when
they're staring the loss of their country in the face with this invasion
illegal immigration and Obamacare and all of these executive orders
that Obama's doing, and there's not a single ounce of apparent
opposition to any of it! It's not about conservative principles, and
these people that are writing about it in those terms are simply, I
think, doing what they can to marginalize Trump and his supporters in an
apparently convoluted effort to maintain support for the RINOs or the
establishment or ruling class, whatever you want to call them.
Anyway, I have to take a break. I want to get back to the phones
here, folks. I could spend another 20 minutes explaining this, but I
think you get it, at least my thoughts on this by now."
"END TRANSCRIPT" Image above from RushLimbaugh.com