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RUSH: This is Susie, Mobile, Alabama. Great to have you on the program. Glad you waited. Hi.

CALLER: Hi. Thanks, Rush, for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: First of all, I know you already have Bill Clinton nailed, as far as imitating him, but you just nail Hillary, had me laughing. That was a perfect imitation of her.

RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Appreciate that.

CALLER: Oh, you’re welcome. My question is, you said earlier that Bernie Sanders would never be the nominee.

RUSH: That’s right.

CALLER: That they would not let it.

RUSH: That’s right.

CALLER: Who do you mean “they”? The DNC?

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: And if so, is that gonna be true with the RNC if they don’t want Trump or Fiorina or Carson in?

RUSH: Well, Bernie’s gonna be easy to deal with. Trump would not be easy to deal with compared to Bernie.

CALLER: Why is that?

RUSH: Well, because Bernie, a couple of threats and he’ll get in line and he’ll tell his people to get in line and so forth. Bernie is gonna have the thrill and excitement met simply by virtue of the experience, by getting this far. But even if the DNC has to resort to threats — see, Bernie means it. Bernie means that he is gonna separate the Democrat Party from Wall Street. He wants to distance the Democrat Party from corporations and money, they’re the evil, and he wants to deal with it and get the Democrat Party out, and that’s what the Democrat Party is. That’s the source of their power now, money being —

CALLER: Do you think he’ll end up running independent then, and who is that gonna screw up? Is it gonna be screwing up the Democrat nominee, Hillary, or the Republican nominee?

RUSH: Well, look, I would love it if Bernie Sanders went independent. I would love it. He’s not even a Democrat. He’s a registered Independent, quasi-socialist. That’s what he calls himself.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: So, yeah, it would be great if he ran as an independent. I would love the Democrats to get a taste of that medicine.

CALLER: You don’t think he’d be taking votes away from a Republican?

RUSH: I think — I think —

CALLER: Not enough?

RUSH: I think the Democrat machine would just bury the poor guy. I think they’re just humoring him and tolerating him now to make it look like they’re fair and open and all that. He’s an entertaining old codger, but at some point it’s gonna be time to send him back down to the bedroom in the basement.

CALLER: All right. Well, you know what, you don’t have a point. Maybe him running independent would be a good ticket.

RUSH: Well, you can hold out hope. I mean, I might be misjudging Bernie’s commitment here. I know he’s excited. Who wouldn’t be? He’s drawing big crowds. He’s having a lot of fun, getting a lot of media attention. He’s more famous than he’s ever been. Then on the other side here Hillary’s appears to be buried in the usual Clinton morass, which is going to get solved. It always does. But Bernie’s not Barack. Bernie is not this attractive guy.

He could split the Democrat Party if he stays strong and if he gets some resolve and he’s not gonna be smothered, kicked out or what have you. I must be honest. Susie, I have never seen considered, until you called today, Bernie Sanders as a third-party candidate. Maybe you’ve got a point. I’ve just never seen that in my mind as I envision the future. I see Bernie, you know, getting the knock on the door at two in the morning from some Democrat lawyer, even Bill Clinton.

(impression) “Hey, hey, Bernie. How you doing, bud? It’s been fun you’re having, yeah. Do you remember the name Andrew Cuomo? Do you remember Bob Torricelli? Do you remember? Those names ring a bell with you? We pretty much destroyed those guys ’cause they didn’t know their place, Bernie. I’d hate the same thing have to happen to you. You’ve been such a good old codger for the party and you have a lot of fun out there, but I don’t know, Bernie. Do you want a lot of people at your funeral? Because it may come down to that, and I’d hate for something to go wrong in that regard. I think really need to think about what you’re doing here. Bernie, look, whatever happens, whatever happens, just make sure you always keep looking behind you, okay? See ya.”

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