Nearly a third of US Republicans support Donald Trump.
RUSH: I'm playing the CNN sound bites 'cause I don't have the text
of this yet, and they just reported it. Things are flying here and so
the data is in these sound bites. Here's one more from Ashleigh
BANFIELD: The poll suggests that the voters' opinion of Donald Trump
have also ticked up in the past four weeks. Now his favorability is at
59% compared to 29% unfavorability. It seems like there's just nothing
that this man can do to upset anyone, at least those people that were
answering the phones for these polling questions.
And so at CNN they continue to pull their hair out.The Republican
establishment continue to pull their hair out. All across the political
spectrum people remain perplexed and confused and disbelieving, in utter
denial. "It can't be happening," they say. "It's violating everything
we've ever believed. It's violating every tenet that we've ever known.
It's violating every principle that we have ever employed. None of this
is making any sense. You mean to tell me his favorability is rising?"...
And the polling professionals will tell you nobody changes their
image that fast. Not possible. It takes years of steady media
coverage. It takes years of fawning media. It takes years of focused
public relations in order to change your public image or public
perception even just a little. But a complete reversal like this, and
I'll tell you what has these people gobsmacked. This total reversal has
come after Trump has violated everything they hold sacred. Trump was
supposed to be out of this race how many times now?
He was supposed to have been out of this race the day he announced
because of what he said about Mexican immigrants as rapists and
murderers and purse snatchers and muggers and stuff....And then the comment about McCain....Well, the establishment blew
gasket number two, predicted that was the end for Trump. There's no
And then Trump doubled down on the Mexican comment. Rather than
apologizing, he doubled down. And the establishment said, "There's no
way. This guy's dead now. We just know it's gonna happen. It may not
be here, may not be next week, but he's gonna happen step in it big
time. We're gonna put a bag of excrement out there, he's gonna step in
it, and that's gonna be the end of it."...
The point is that during all of this, when the establishment thinks
that Trump is destroying himself, Trump's favorability is recovering....You have a Republican Party which thinks that in order to survive it has
to support the Democrat Party on amnesty. You have a Republican Party
that's afraid for the government to get shut down. You have a
Republican Party afraid to tell anybody what they really think for fear
the media's gonna destroy 'em, they're gonna be called racists or
sexists or bigots or whatever....
Meanwhile, Trump is doing everything they believe that will
destroy them, and he's winning. Not only winning. His favorabilities
are skyrocketing. Then he starts hitting on Jeb. Then he starts
hitting on Anthony Weiner, calling him a perv and starts hitting on
Huma. Then he starts saying Hillary should be indicted, should be
convicted, should be in jail, all of these really impolitic, really
rough-edged, coarse, politically incorrect things....
In the midst of all this we've had a
number of televised commentaries, a number of published columns all
trashing Trump, some of them even insulting Trump supporters, and all of
that was designed to humiliate and embarrass Trump's supporters to the
point they would abandon him....
I mean, the party has thrown everything that it knows how to throw....And yet here he is now at 30%, one-third of the vote in
a 16-person field. His favorability numbers have gone from 29% to
either 59% or 61%, depending on the poll. It's unheard of, never been
done before, this kind of image recovery, while doing things that the
political professionals thought would destroy him....
I guarantee you that in these rooms where people who think
they're the smartest in the country are gathering, there is total
confusion. The book that they live by, the handbook, the manual, none
of it matters. It's all wrong. It doesn't apply to Trump. So what
they're telling themselves is, "Well, it really isn't gonna hurt us
because everybody knows he's not a Republican.
"When you get right down to it, everybody knows he's not a
Republican. Yeah, he's not a Republican; it's not going to hurt us....Everybody knows he's not a conservative. He's
not gonna hurt us. Yeah, yeah. He's just a populist. Trump's just a
populist, and he's gonna be exposed." And then on top here, now Trump
is gonna sign a pledge today saying not only is he a Republican, but
that he will not go third party.
So whatever comfort the Republicans take or whatever game they
thought they were winning by getting Trump to sign this thing is also
gonna come back and bite 'em because I guarantee you they have been
seeking refuge in the idea that Trump's not really a Republican and
therefore won't really tarnish them. And make no mistake:
all this is tarnishing them. They think all this is tarnishing the
party. The fact that they don't oppose Obama? No, they don't think
that's tarnishing the party!...
The fact that they
will not stop Obama and his Iran deal, the fact that they will not stop
Obamacare, the fact that they will not stop all the spending? No,
that's not tarnishing the party at all in their view. That's showing
they can work together...they can govern and so forth.
If there was ever a group of people 180 degrees out of phase with reality, it has to be the modern-day Republican leadership." Images above from RushLimbaugh.com