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RUSH: Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Paul, thank you for your patience, and hello, sir.

CALLER: Great to speak with you, Rush. I don’t mind waiting at all.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: You mentioned at the beginning of the show today that there’s an election in Chicago, and right you are. The mayoral election is going to be held where the new hizzoner is going to be picked —

RUSH: The day of the living dead is Election Day in Chicago.

CALLER: Yes. The skids have been greased, the checks have been cashed, and —

RUSH: Yeah, right.

CALLER: — and it will happen or something worse than that will happen. But, anyway, Rahm didn’t have any problem in the financing area. Politico reports he raised $10.6 million in individual contributions, most of them big-ticket contributions of a hundred thousand or more. And just coincidentally, these were all made just before the deadline, before campaign finance rules took effect limiting contributions to 5K. That went into effect January the 1st. Notable among the contributors was a man who appeared at CPAC the week before last, and in a very carefully delivered speech from handwritten notes gave the impression he was a conservative. I’m referring to The Donald, Mr. Trump.

RUSH: Yeah, I saw that, I didn’t understand that, either. I didn’t understand Trump giving money to Rahm. There’s gotta be a reason for it. I’m gonna ask Trump about it. I’ll get an answer for you.

CALLER: No, wait a minute, it gets worse. If you go to the Illinois State Board of Elections website and look at his total contributions, he also gave multiple contributions to Rod Blagojevich. Yes, Blago, two contributions. He also gave two contributions to the Cook County Democratic Party.

RUSH: Look, look, look, look, look, look. Trump’s got a whole bunch of real estate going up in Chicago, he’s got a bunch of condos, he’s got a couple of buildings. I don’t know what the status is. I think they’ve run into some problems. This is all from the top-of -my-head memory.

CALLER: So what does that make him, Rush, a political opportunist, right?

RUSH: If you’re doing business in Chicago, what are you gonna do? If you want to build a condo high-rise in Chicago, there is the Chicago way.

CALLER: Okay, look at all his other contributions. He’s also given money to turncoat Republicans, Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, both of them turncoats, and you go down the list they’re all RINOs. What we have here is a dyed-in-the-wool RINO that the RINOs have picked to be their hired gun, so to speak, to run for the presidency.

RUSH: Well, look. Look. Trump has expressed a desire. He’ll answer these questions. He’ll answer these —

CALLER: Well, I’m sure he has other skeletons in his closet, but right now he’s got a dead fish in his closet.

RUSH: Wait a minute now. Out of the blue here you’re dumping on Trump. You reminded me of something. There’s a great episode of The Haney Project tonight and I got so caught up in this — it occurs on one of Trump’s courses out in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I forgot to mention this week, tonight and next Tuesday’s night’s the finale, and they’re both great shows. Tonight’s got Al Michaels. Al Michaels and I play a round, NBC Sports, Sunday Night Football. It’s a great show, and I forgot totally to mention it. I feel remiss here. But I gotta ask you, what do you got against Trump? I mean Trump is not yet for sure running for anything. What’s the deal?

CALLER: No, I have nothing against Trump. What I want him to do is to be forthright about what his beliefs are. He was very noncommittal on most subjects when he made his speech at CPAC, and why would somebody make a 50K contribution to a political hatchet man of the other party a few weeks before he appears at a conservative political action conference? This contribution was made on December the 23rd of last year in the amount of $50,000.

RUSH: I don’t know. It’s so they don’t find him at the bottom of the New York reservoir with a cement swimsuit on.

CALLER: Well, there was an offer made, I’m sure, that he couldn’t refuse, but the offer was made by the RINOs in the Republican Party who want him to be the hired gun.

RUSH: Ah, look. You claim you got nothing against Trump here, but you clearly do.

CALLER: Well, what I have against Trump is that he has not been straightforward with everybody so far. He needs to come clean and explain why he —

RUSH: But he’s not running for anything. If he decides to run, I guarantee you, you’ll be among the many asking these questions.

CALLER: Well, I’ll be very interested to see how he explains it. But his speech at CPAC is very unconvincing to me, and not only that, but the committee — okay, you’ll remember his appearance at CPAC was a surprise appearance. Okay, to quote Virginia GOP chairman, former chairman Frederick, he said, ‘This was the most important event at CPAC. Trump came out of the closet in the sense of revealing he is a conservative.’ Well, he didn’t reveal he was a conservative as far as I’m concerned.
RUSH: Look, relax out there. Relax. I mean you’re sounding like the left does when they hear Sarah Palin’s name.

CALLER: No, I want a genuine Republican to carry the banner for the party this year, not another RINO, and as of right now Trump’s a RINO.

RUSH: Is a genuine Republican a RINO? That’s what we’re still trying to determine here?

CALLER: What does RINO mean? Republican-in-name-only.

RUSH: Well, yeah, the Republican establishment we would all think are RINOs.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: All right. So what we’re looking for is a conservative, not a genuine Republican.

CALLER: Trump’s not a conservative.

RUSH: I’m not saying he is. (laughing) Did you lose a lot of money at one of his casinos or something?

CALLER: (laughing) Well, people that have invested with him have lost billions over the years, as you know he’s bankrupted half a dozen companies. So his claim to be a tremendous financier is due strictly to the fact that he’s worth more out of jail than in jail to the banks that loaned him money.

RUSH: All right, there’s some personal animus going on here or something that you don’t want to own up to. I mean out of the blue, out of the blue here we are in the midst of a Hall of Fame show, and you hang on, he’s been on hold for an hour and 45 minutes. That means he’s passionate about this, folks. So something about Trump, something about Trump…

As you know, the number of guests I do on this show you can count on one hand over the course of a year, but I’ll call Trump and see if he wants to come on the program and talk about all this. We’ll see. He may. I don’t know. I intended to tell you about The Haney Project show tonight. It’s Al Michaels and me at Trump National out at Rancho Palos Verdes, and it’s a shame they couldn’t have made a two-hour special out of it because it was a laugh riot. We taped it over two days, Al Michaels and I played a round of golf one day and the next day Haney and I go out, and there’s some instruction and stuff. The finale is a week from tonight, and we shot that at Cabo San Lucas down in Mexico, the Baja peninsula. We shot it at a Discovery Land’s property which is just stunning called El Dorado. It’s a Nicklaus design. It used to be a public golf course property, and Mike Meldman discovered it, took it over, bought it, and has turned it into just a fabulous place right there on the beach at San Jose del Cabo.

Haney wasn’t around when Al and I played. It was just Al and I out there. Al and I played on I guess a Thursday, Haney showed up on Friday, it was a two-day shoot. Hank was not there when Al and I were motoring around the place. But in the finale I took George Brett with me to close the loop. He was with me in the first episode, took George Brett. Fred Couples was down there just spending some time before going to LA for the Northern Trust Open, which he ended up playing pretty well in, and he has a little cameo, a couple appearances in the finale next Tuesday night. That was a hoot. So, it’s The Haney Project tonight with Al Michaels and Trump’s not in it so, if you got problem out there — (laughing). In fact, Trump called us. We’re playing golf and Trump called us. Trump’s a funny guy. Al and I were on the driving range after the round, we’re looking out. It’s a crystal clear day. You could see Catalina.

There was no smog or anything, and Trump calls, he’s a constant salesman. They put his call on the speaker and we’re talking to him and he says, ‘Look, guys, look out there. This is the best course in California. Hands down, there’s not a course that compares to it.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute. Have you ever heard of Pebble Beach?’ He said, ‘Hell, Pebble Beach. Look at Pebble Beach. When you’re at Pebble Beach, where are you?’ I said, ‘Well, Carmel — the bay.’ ‘Exactly. Exactly right. You’re on a bay. But when you’re at Trump National you’re on the ocean. You got an ocean to look at, not just a little bay.’ He starts talking about the greatest course in the country, greatest layout in the country. (laughing) Wherever you are with him, whatever it is, it’s the best. And if you don’t believe so, he’ll tell you.

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