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RUSH: Steve, Jefferson, Wisconsin, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.

CALLER: The last day and a half and regarding to what Trump wants to do, you know, not letting people into this country that want to kill us is another example of the right: we can’t, we can’t, we can’t. If you think back to the presidential debate when Kasich and the other Bush stood up there and told Trump, “Well, we can’t deport all those people. We can’t do this. We can’t do that.” Well, because of the right “we can’t” attitude is why we have Obamacare and all of the other things that the left and Obama and his minions have shoved down our throats because of the right “we can’t.”

RUSH: I think that’s pretty conclusive, pretty encompassing, pretty well said. And it explains why Trump supporters are Trump supporters. Trump supporters — and, by the way, not just Trump supporters. A lot of people in this country are very alarmed at what is happening. This isn’t right. This is not traditional America. There are serious challenges to what this country has always been underway. This country is under a major transformation into something it’s never been, never intended to be.

A lot of Americans are very, very worried about it, and he’s right. When they listen to the Republican Party talk about stopping it, they say, “I can’t. We can’t do that. We can’t stop illegals. We can’t deport, we can’t do anything. We can’t stop Obamacare. We can’t do that. We can’t stop that. We can’t not shut down the government. We can’t do that.” And so this guy’s saying the only natural thing to do, the only reasonable thing to do when the party you’ve always supported is nothing but “we can’t,” you go to somebody who says he will. You gravitate to somebody who says not only can we, he’s going to.

This isn’t hard to understand. The media and the Washington establishment want to chalk all of this up to a dangerous level of bigotry and racism in America, and that’s not what explains this at all, not even close. What explains this is exactly what this guy said. A bunch of Americans who love their country, are afraid of losing it, and they’re listening to the party they think should be the opposition party pushing back saying “we can’t.” So why continue to support them?

Naugatuck, Connecticut, Pam, you’re next. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Oh, thank you so much for taking my call, Rush.

RUSH: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: I wanted to get your opinion. Do you think it was any coincidence that Donald Trump yesterday comes out with his comments on Muslims so that he ensures that he dominates the media with his comments rather than Ted Cruz, who is now first in Iowa?

RUSH: You know, you are very shrewd, because in the opening half hour of this program, I asked people to look at the politics of what Trump had done and what he had said. And I think you’re exactly right. I don’t know specifically that Trump said, “You know what? I have to say something crazy, I have to go out there and say, ‘You know what? We’re gonna deport everybody.'” But I think, you know, Trump doesn’t want to lose Iowa. And Cruz is surging. I mean, Cruz is really — that’s another story I have in the Stack to get to later. Cruz is really surging in Iowa, I mean, big, to the point now that some in the professional political science world are opining Cruz could win it going away.

Now, it’s early. Sometimes things like that are the kiss of death, but it’s not being widely said, just a couple of people have made the point of studying the data, which is just polling data right now. But I think your question is entirely possible. The answer to your question, yeah, it’s entirely possible.

CALLER: And it also prevents Donald Trump from attacking Ted Cruz, which Senator Cruz doesn’t attack Donald Trump, and Donald Trump doesn’t attack Senator Cruz, but it’s kind of a way, a skillful way around it that he’ll control the media so he doesn’t get the attention to help his ratings.

RUSH: Well, I’ve got a guy waiting on hold here.

CALLER: Thank you, sir.

RUSH: No, no, no, no. That was not to tell you to go away.

CALLER: Okay, sir.

RUSH: No, no, no. I never would dismiss callers like that. I’ve got a guy waiting to talk, he’s mad at me. He thinks that Cruz is actually saying the stuff Trump says first but in a much less bombastic way and that Trump is stealing what Cruz is saying, and he’s upset with me for not pointing that out.

CALLER: Well, actually I have a thought on that, if I may, sir.

RUSH: Well, you may.

CALLER: I believe in November, mid-November, a little later in November after the Paris attacks, I believe Senator Cruz introduced a bill into the Senate, the content was approximately something that stated that he was going to, for three years, I believe was the time limit, he would pause the refugees coming into the country from hotbed areas so that until we could get and reassess that program three years later. So I think Senator Cruz had it first.

RUSH: See?

CALLER: I think it was right after the Paris attack, sir.

RUSH: Yeah, I remember, I know what you’re talking about. The Cruz people are also smart, folks, and they’re paying attention, and they’re very much aware of what’s going on here. And as I needed to correct myself earlier, I’m gonna say it again, Cruz is the only other person in politics who has not jumped in Trump’s chili over this.


This is Alan in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Great to have you, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Well, hello, Rush. It’s great to be on with you. I think you were referring to me on the last call you took.

RUSH: Well, yes, I did.

CALLER: I wouldn’t say I was mad at you. I’ve been a fan of yours for a very long time. I was just hearing you go on about Trump in your monologue and kind of lumping everybody else into the same bucket, but Cruz isn’t in that same bucket, and you’ve since clarified that, which I appreciate. But, you know, I’m frustrated because Ted Cruz is the better candidate, but Trump is eating up media coverage which gets him a whole lot of legs. So I don’t know if you have any suggestions as to how the Ted Cruz campaign can surpass that, but that —

RUSH: Okay. So I understand now. I get it. You think that, given Trump and Cruz, it’s automatic Cruz and why am I not coming out and saying so. And you think that if I did, it would help Cruz launch past Trump or anybody else. And, by the way, Alan, most people are mad at me most of the time. That’s why I say it. I mean, it doesn’t matter here, home, wherever, most people are mad at me, most people think I’m doing something wrong most of the time. So I’ve just been conditioned to think everybody’s mad at me. ‘Cause most people usually are. So I apologize for lumping you in with the crowd.

It’s the same old thing here. I’m standing back and observing. I don’t endorse in primaries or any of this. I’ve made a practice, Alan, never to tie myself too closely at all to people in politics ’cause I don’t control ’em. It’s experience guided by intelligence. It’s better to be a couple steps removed until you really get to know somebody. I know both these guys. I know Trump pretty well. I know Cruz pretty well. I’ve been in social circumstances with them both. I think you ought to be actually kind of buoyed. Cruz is coming on and he’s doing it on his own. He’s doing it on his own without media. I mean, he’s earning it. It’s real. It’s not the result of buzz and PR.

Cruz is coming on strong in Iowa right now. And yesterday I made this point. And I want to create the circumstance again. Let’s jump forward to February 2nd, you know, Hawkeye Cauci February 1. Let’s sit here and pretend Cruz wins it. Do you realize what February 2nd’s gonna be like? It’s gonna change everything. It’s gonna change media perception, Republican Party perception. It’s going to change everything. Right now everything’s just theoretical. Right now everything is just polling data. That’s all anything is, which is all the media cares about is the horse-race aspect of things.

The Trump thing frustrates ’em ’cause they’re not able to affect him one way or the other. If anything, they’re making him more popular. They would want to be able to destroy him. They can’t. The Washington establishment has been relying on the media to destroy Trump. They can’t. They’re frustrated as all get out. They focus on the horse race, the polls. Every time a new poll comes out, that’s the news, and it may as well be what the election’s gonna say that day, and they react to it as though that is the end result, when it isn’t. We don’t know what’s gonna happen on Hawkeye Cauci day.

But if Cruz actually wins that? He’s the last person a month ago that anybody gave a prayer of winning. Carson a month ago was leading it, and Trump was starting to fade in Iowa. By the way, there’s another poll out. The Monmouth poll yesterday had Cruz leading in Iowa. There’s another poll that came out last night that shows Trump leading in Iowa. I got it here. I don’t remember which specific poll it is. But just play the game. Cruz wins the Hawkeye Cauci. You can’t imagine the panic that is going to set in in the Drive-By Media and the Republican Party. You think they hate Trump?

One of the reasons why they are very worried about taking Trump out is that they fear it would lead to Cruz getting the nomination. And the Republican establishment is just apoplectic at that happening, because there, in Cruz, there is your thoroughbred conservative that nobody can outdebate, that nobody can outtalk, and they would be in utter panic. I would venture to say that the entire Washington establishment would much prefer Trump to Cruz. And you may have picked up on that as well.

Now, what Cruz has said about Trump’s plan — I finally have this here — he said, “I disagree with that proposal. I like Donald Trump. A lot of our friends here have encouraged me to criticize and attack Donald Trump, but I’m not interested in doing so.” This was Cruz talking to reporters at a capitol press conference. He was there with the Texas governor Greg Abbott. And they were touting Cruz’s own legislative offerings. He said, “I disagree with the proposal, but I’m not gonna sit here and pile on Trump.” So that’s his way of dealing with this. Clearly Cruz does not want to alienate Trump voters. The rest of the Republican Party apparently doesn’t care if they do. And I’m up against it on time again here.

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