RUSH: Here is Mike in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. I’m glad you waited, sir. You’re up next.
CALLER: Yes. Rush.
CALLER: I listen to your program just about every day, and I agree with a lot of what you say.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: My comments are basically on the career politicians in Washington. They only care for themselves, regardless of whatever party they’re in, and that explains Mr. Trump because he is pro-USA. He doesn’t care about the parties. He is pro-USA. I no longer trust anything that comes out of Washington. I don’t believe it. And, by the way, how did Bernie, who is a socialist, become a millionaire?
RUSH: I didn’t know that he was.
CALLER: All senators are millionaires.
CALLER: That was in USA Today newspaper.
RUSH: Bernie Sanders is a millionaire? I didn’t know that. I was under the impression that Bernie was still a pauper compared to other senators. I’ll find that out. I’ll double-check that. But I know, a lot of people have just grown wary of everything coming out of Washington because people there do not seem at all understanding of what life is like for most Americans. So I understand, they’re out for themselves.
Mike, the manifestation of what you’re saying is, I know what you mean by “out for themselves.” It’s just that their loyalty is to their donors today. They view the financial support more important day to day than they do support from people on ideas, except at election time, ’cause at election time that’s when they change focus, vast majority. And that’s one of the reasons for the disconnect.
Here’s Julianne in Chattanooga, Tennessee, you’re next. Glad you waited. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I’m so excited I had to put fresh lip gloss on.
RUSH: (laughing) Well, it’s great. Great to have you here. Thank you.
CALLER: Well, I’m excited to be here. I’m kind of fed up with Donald Trump, to tell you the truth. I thought it was fun when he first got in, but now I’m so over his bloviating. He down-talks the other Republicans, and what if he doesn’t get in? So now there’s gonna be all that ammunition out there that other people can use against the candidate if he’s not the candidate, and then, you know, he gets —
RUSH: No, no, no, no, no. Wait, wait, wait just a second, that last point, that kind of thing happens in every primary campaign, whether Trump —
CALLER: Yeah —
RUSH: — whether Trump’s in it or not. The party always unites around the nominee, although that hasn’t happened a lot lately on the Republican side, long before Trump got in.
CALLER: He scares me ’cause he’s got guys like the caller just before me that thinks he walks on water, so if he doesn’t get the nomination —
RUSH: Now, wait just a second. Clearly Mike said he likes Trump, but he gave a specific reason. He doesn’t think Trump is in any way tied to Washington, which he distrusts. It’s not that Trump’s infallible. I didn’t hear him say that.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I took it — ’cause the other supporters that I know —
RUSH: What is your real problem with Trump? Let’s cut to the chase here. It’s not the bloviating. What is your real problem with him?
CALLER: Well, I don’t trust him. I think that he goes after other people for the same deficiencies that he has. So he’s gone after Carson that he thinks he’s pathological, which he didn’t understand —
RUSH: Look, I am not trying to defend Trump here, but this is what happens in campaigns. Do you remember what they said about Mitt Romney, the Democrats, in 2012?
CALLER: Yes, I do remember, but the other thing is that he’s going after Carson cause he says he’s really weak in foreign policy. Well, so is he. They kept trying to do a test for him that would show which leaders in the world he didn’t know, which terrorist out there and the names of them and all this stuff, and he said, you wait, you wait ’til I’m president, because then I’ll have the best people, and I’ll be able —
RUSH: No, what he said was it’s important they know who I am. Who do you support, who do you support, who do you like, Julianne?
CALLER: I’m a Ted Cruz girl.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: I love Ben Carson, but I think Ted has it all.
RUSH: Okay, it boils down to — I know what she’s saying. Pardon me for putting words in your mouth. Trump’s just not conservative. If she’s all-in for Cruz, that’s really what it is, and the other thing are just characteristics she doesn’t like, which I understand. Fine and dandy. Cool.