RUSH: Folks, I have so much here. I have enough audio sound bites just to fill up the whole show. I have over 40 of ’em. I mean, it’s gonna be a major, major task to get to this, and a lot of it is stuff that is not big and in the forefront of the news like the summit in North Korea and the aftermath of the G7 summit.
It is amazing to me, we’re now well at the probably almost dead middle of the year and a half mark of the Trump administration, and it just fascinates me how the opponents of Donald Trump have not learned a single thing. They have not picked up on a single thing. They have not changed their tactics. They’ve not changing their modus operandi. They’re becoming even more unhinged. And it isn’t gonna work.
I mean, De Niro at the Tony Awards last night with the F-bomb a couple of times and getting a standing ovation for it. Fine and dandy in New York, but everybody knows — Snerdley, back me up on this — everybody knows that in the theater of New York, New Yorkers don’t go. It’s out-of-towners that go. I mean, they may go to openings and this kind of stuff, but if the theater business in New York lost the tourist business, they’d be out of business. And who do you think the tourists are?
The tourists are not showing up in New York wanting to hear that kind of stuff from the stage. They’re just absolutely tone-deaf. They’re seeing Trump succeed, they’re seeing the economy succeed, and they can’t deal with it; so rather than come up with a different kind of strategy to deal with it, they’re doubling down on insanity. They’re doubling down on ununhingedness.
And while it’s comical to watch, there are destructive things happening to our culture in the process of this, and one of the reasons why I think it is lingering is — and I mentioned this last week — and I must admit that I’m not the only one who mentioned this — the Republican Party in general is not calling any of this stuff out. Trump alone is dealing with — I don’t mean Trump is calling it out, but I mean Trump’s got no backup or no support.
But it’s not even that. It’s just the whole idea of informing, educating, validating the public. I mean, if you’ve got, say, De Niro doing what he’s doing or Bill Maher, any of these unhinged activists out there and the things that they’re doing and saying — and isn’t working. This is the thing. It is not working. It is not hurting Trump. It’s hurting them.
This blue wave that they were anticipating isn’t there yet. We don’t know if there’s gonna be one or not. You can’t take polling data this far out and have it be meaningful when you have a bunch of elections in November ’cause I still think we’re at the point here where the things that are gonna have a major impact on the election haven’t happened yet.
But these people are just refusing to understand the destructive — maybe they want to be destructive I think when you get down to it, but nobody is calling them out, other than us and maybe some outposts in the so-called conservative media, but my point is this. I guarantee you if the situations were reversed, the entirety of the Democrat Party and their buddies in the media would be calling out this aberrant behavior each and every day and signaling that it isn’t okay and signaling that it’s crazy.
The Republican Party leadership in the House and Senate, RNC, you just don’t see any reaction to all of this, at least not enough. They are doing something, you know, we played an audio sound bite of Obama last week, when he went out to the Carrier plant in middle America. He was doing a town hall, and people there asked him about the job that they’ve been losing and that Trump was gonna bring ’em back.
And Obama said, (imitating Obama), “I don’t know how. What’s he gonna do, gonna wave a magic wand? I mean, just ’cause you say you wanna do it, how’s he gonna do it?” And of course Trump has done it and it’s a perfect ad and somebody’s been thinking and they’ve made an ad out of it. We have the audio sound bites coming up.
Here is another example on the Republican side. During the Republican primaries there were a whole bunch of think tank, foreign policy eggheads, a bunch of thinkers, a bunch of intellectuals and faux intellectuals working at all the different think tanks in and around Washington, about 150 of them. You would not know these names. I mean they’re deep, deep, deep in the so-called swamp. I’m not saying these are deep state people. I’m saying these are conservatives that are somewhere in the deep, deep, deep Washington political class working at think tanks, foreign policy specialists.
And every one of them signed or wrote letters condemning Donald Trump as an upcoming disaster, as unfit, as uncouth, as somebody who doesn’t know American foreign policy. Well, as a result, none of them got hired. So now they’re all complaining that they haven’t been hired! They’re complaining that Trump is blackballing ’em. I mean, it’s hilarious. Let me get the exact story here. ‘Cause I put it near the top.
“Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp — Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.” The story appears in Foreign Policy magazine, the publication of the New World Order.
“On paper, Matthew Kroenig would be a strong candidate to serve in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. The 40-year-old professor of government at Georgetown University is an expert on nuclear proliferation. He has a record of public service at both the CIA and the Pentagon. And he says he supports much of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.
“But there’s one hitch. During the 2016 Republican primaries, Kroenig signed a letter criticizing Trump’s candidacy and calling him unfit for the presidency. Now, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo races to fill key positions in an understaffed institution badly neglected by his predecessor –” that would be Tillerson they’re referring to here “– he’s finding that some of the best-qualified people in Washington remain unacceptable to a president notorious for his thin skin.”
Really? It’s Trump that’s got thin skin? When I read this, “What do these people think this is? What do they think Washington is? Just a game?” And, folks, do not slough this off. In large part, in their minds it might be a game in the sense, okay, let’s go back to the primaries. We have 16 Republicans including Trump, and everybody’s sizing things up, and at that time nobody thinks Trump has a chance, and all of these eggheads want to march up and be in a Republican administration.
So they do what they think is necessary to get there. They choose somebody that they think is gonna win and then they support them, and then they start kissing rear ends. And part and parcel of that is condemning people that they have not chosen to support. In the case of Trump, it was unilateral opposition, and all these people believed that it would serve them well to rip Trump a new one the way Trump was being ripped a new one by everybody, unqualified, incompetent, dumb, stupid, dangerous, all of that.
So they went all-in on it. But apparently it was just what you do. Apparently they didn’t really mean it, because now they’re coming around, saying, “Oh, yeah. Trump’s doing some really great stuff, but we’re being blackballed.” What do you mean, you’re being blackballed? What do you mean Trump has a thin skin? What’s he supposed to do? You spent the entire campaign ripping him a new one, claiming he was unqualified, claiming he was incompetent, claiming you wouldn’t work for him, claiming he was the worst thing that could happen to American foreign policy.
Now he wins. Now American foreign policy is such that these people want to be in on it. Remember my brilliant observation that all of these Never Trumpers are sitting around watching everything they’ve devoted their lives to be instituted, policy-wise. I’ve never seen anything like this, and they’re still opposing it. Everything they claim to have devoted their life’s work to is being implemented, and still they run around and voice opposition to it.
It’s not Trump that has the thin skin. Why should Trump hire a bunch of people who might end up being sandbaggers or saboteurs? “Ah, Mr. Limbaugh, he’s supposed to look the other way. That’s the way of Washington.” See, that’s the game. The game is, “No, you’re not supposed to take us seriously. We had to say that. That’s what was called for at the time.”
They want to be held unaccountable to their words and deeds. They don’t want people to think they really meant it. Well, then why did they say it? Why did they voice this opposition in the first place? I think it illustrates some of the nature of what goes on in Washington inside the Beltway. Much of it is pro forma. It’s a lot of people doing what’s expected of them.
I mean, everybody there is trying to climb the ladder of success and kissing up to the people they think should be kissed up to and criticizing those that they’re kissing up to want criticized and so forth. Then it all backfires on them, and now they want to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. That was then. This is now. We really kind of support what the president’s doing.” Well, no, you don’t support everything, you didn’t.
And it would be foolhardy for him to turn to this group of people to fill these positions without deep interviews, extensive background checks, because why let saboteurs in the administration? But the idea that these people are acting like Trump is still the problem, they signed all the letters. They wrote all the letters condemning Trump as the worst thing that had ever happened. And if he got elected, it was over for America.
These were caustic. These were deeply just plain mean letters that these people wrote. Now they want to be held blameless? Now they want to be exempt from any accountability? Well, yeah, people in Washington say a lot of things they don’t mean, you know, they just have to say these things at the right time because it’s what’s expected. Well, it’s taking a lot of people a long time to learn that there is a completely new way of doing things in that town, and they are having trouble with it.
And that might be one of the many recurring themes on the program today, is how people are just refusing to see what’s happening, learn how this particular game is being played, looking at the results of it. I saw a story over the weekend, New York Times, Washington Post, I forget which — it may not have been either of those two — it was a story about how the Washington political class loved and admired Obama despite failure after failure, despite scandal after scandal, because he talked smart, because he seemed cool. You know, the old crease-in-the-pants-leg business.
Then they look at Donald Trump and here are massive achievements left and right, serious policy improvements and implementations, foreign policy, domestic policy, economic policy were off and running, and everybody seems to condemn that ’cause of the way Trump talks. It reminds me of an observation I came up with early in this history of the program where liberals and Washington are devoted to symbolism over substance. Now it’s now become style over substance. But it’s still true.
And I think, when you boil it down, the people in Washington, what they’re having trouble with here is the genuine substance of things because I think they are very rarely devoted to substance or involved. Everything’s symbolism; everything is perception; everything is PR; everything’s spin; very little is real.
And now a whole bunch of reality is hitting people upside the head day in and day out, and they simply don’t know how to deal with it, from Republican Never Trumpers to the Democrat Party, the American left, the media, and on and on and on.
RUSH: By the way, on this De Niro business at the Tony Awards last night, you know, the F Trump, F Trump, let’s remember, we’re coming up on the one year anniversary of a deranged leftist opening fire on Republicans at baseball practice. Republican congressman Steve Scalise was shot, seriously injured on June 14th of last year. That’s three days away from being a one-year anniversary. You’ve got De Niro and you have a these other people out there just literally inciting who knows what kind of unhinged behavior.