RUSH: I don’t know, folks. I sit here and, you know, I’m backing off from a distance, a little bit of a distance, just looking at all of this. I’m watching the media today — I’m not listening. I’ve got closed-captioning on, I’m looking at the media and their pictures and I’ve got the Stack of Trump news here. On the one hand over here we’ve got Muslim terrorism, Islamic extremism. We’ve got San Bernardino. We’ve got Paris. And over here we have apparently the biggest problem the world faces is Donald Trump. It’s fascinating when you see it that way. And I do. I mean, it’s stunning to watch this.
I don’t care what you think of what Trump’s saying. He’s just a candidate. It’s just words, and his words are not harming anybody here. And yet Trump is being treated as the biggest threat and danger to the American way of life, and Trump’s supporters are being treated as the biggest threat to the American way of life. And of course right-wing radio is lumped right in with them at all as the biggest threat to the American way of life.
Meanwhile, we’re not even a week removed from yet another Islamist extremist terror event in this country. We’ve already got The Politico magazine: “Why Do These Young Muslims Hate Us?” And they conclude it’s because of right-wing media and prejudiced Christians. They can’t figure out any other reason why. Politicizing everything.
I’ve got this Stack, worldwide Trump reaction. This is the Washington Post: The world reacts to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. It’s a long story quoting various things Trump said and people’s reaction to it without any recognition of precedence. You know, Trump wants to ban Muslims. We are deporting Christians right now and we are not allowing Christian refugees from Syria to enter the country. You don’t find that mentioned anywhere. But it’s fascinating.
Huma Weiner — I’m sorry. You know, they never use her name. They always call her Huma Abedin. If I had a choice between Weiner and Abedin, I don’t know what I would do. But she’s obviously going with Abedin. “Huma Abedin Blasts Trump’s ‘Islamophobia’ — ‘Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books,’ Abedin, the longtime Hillary Clinton associate who is a vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign, wrote in an email to supporters Monday night. ‘His Islamophobia doesn’t reflect our nation’s values — it goes far enough to damage our country’s reputation and could even threaten our national security.'”
I’m sorry, folks, I have never associated liberalism with America’s values. I’m sorry, I just never have. And that’s why this reads like a foreign language to me. You know, when I hear liberals talking about American values all I can think of is the values they’re trying to undermine. The values that they’re trying to transform. Huma’s not running for anything. (interruption) Well, you’re saying Huma can’t speak? She works for Hillary. Are you saying Hillary spokespeople can’t speak? (interruption) Who in the hell is Huma Abedin? Huma Abedin is an important American. She works for Hillary Clinton and she’s married to Anthony Weiner who sends pictures of his member out in Instagram or Snapchat or whatever. She’s an important person in America. That’s what I’m saying. You’re saying, “Who is Huma Abedin?” You are Islamophobic when you say that. You are distorting American values simply with that question.
My point is, I just have never associated the left with maintaining or supporting or upholding American values. I’ve always associated the left with trying to tear ’em down. Well, you look at the left’s cultural agenda and you tell me that’s American values. I’m sorry, folks, they’re in the process of tearing them down. So when I hear Obama talking about, “That’s not who we are, that’s not American values,” I just want to spit, it makes me so mad. These people do not represent American values. They’re in the process of trying to redefine ’em, tear ’em down, rebuild ’em, what have you. Ditto Huma Abedin.
Senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday blasted Donald Trump. “You know how you make America great again,” Graham said, “You tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” So, I mean, everybody, this is part of Trump’s brilliance, I think, Trump’s genius. He’s got everybody saying the same thing. Everybody opposed to Trump has to go to great lengths to try to stand out from one another because they’re all saying the same stuff.
“‘Florida Mayor Bans Donald Trump From Visiting His City’ — St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, a Democrat, tweeted late Monday that he was barring Trump from his city “until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.” Again I say, if you’re a Martian and you just landed here and you turn on the American media or add an American newspaper to your reading list or whatever, you’re gonna think this is a Muslim country that a bunch of Christian terrorists are trying to take over and conquer. And Huma Abedin will tell you that. You will be able to find quotes from people like Huma Abedin, if you’re from Mars. If you happen to be from Mars and you just landed here, you’re probably gonna say, “How the hell do we get back to Mars?”
“Cheney Slams Trump’s Muslim Idea — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is joining a chorus of voices slamming GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the US.”
Jeff Bezos — (laughing) — you know, Jeff Bezos of Amazon owns the Washington Post. This is a story from TheHill.com, and the headline: “Washington Post Owner Floats Sending Trump to Space.” Bezos is in a competition with Elon Musk over a private rocket company. Elon Musk has SpaceX. I think Bezos just beat Musk. I think Bezos just successfully landed, retrieved and landed a rocket that his company had launched.
“Jeff Bezos on Monday responded to an attack from fellow billionaire businessman Donald Trump by suggesting the GOP presidential candidate be sent to space.” (laughing)
And the CNN story: “Is GOP Ready to Unite Against Trump for His Muslim Ban?” Oh, they’re trying. Everybody’s trying so hard to take Trump out. Headline. This is in The Politico: “Trump Not Bothered by Comparisons to Hitler.” (laughing) He-he-he-he-he-he-he. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Excuse me. “The billionaire businessman refuses to back off his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the US. Donald Trump went on a series of rhetorical rants on Tuesday morning, saying he does not mind comparisons to Adolf Hitler and tussling with morning show anchors about his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States, calling his approach more akin to what Hitler’s American contemporary did during World War II,” would be FDR. He says, FDR’s a great American, FDR’s one of the greatest presidents in the world.
Look what FDR did.
And, by the way, Baghdad Jim McDermott — did you see this? — here’s another thing Trump has done. It’s the first time I have ever seen a Democrat come out and rag on FDR, and Baghdad Jim McDermott today did. Baghdad Jim McDermott, whose a member of Congress from Washington state came out and ripped into FDR for the internment of the Japanese. I’ve never seen that happen. Trump, it’s another thing he’s pulled off here. George Stephanopoulos: “You know, Donald, you’re increasingly being compared to Hitler. Doesn’t that give you any pause at all?”
“Trump said no, invoking what he termed President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese many years ago’ during World War II. ‘This was a president that was highly respected by all,’ Trump said. … Pressed whether he would then advocate the establishment of internment camps for Muslims –” This is so absurd. The media, it’s fascinating to watch. “Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, will you be in favor of internment camps? What about the comparison to Hitler?”
I don’t mind, bring it on.
The media just cannot figure this out. They can’t stop it no matter what they do. They can’t shame Trump. They can’t embarrass him. They can’t distance Trump from his supporters. They can’t separate Trump supporters from Trump.
“Pressed whether he would then advocate the establishment of internment camps…” He hasn’t said anything other than we need to have a temporary stop, a temporary hold on any more Muslims coming in to America. And look at the excrement fit! “And now you are being compared to Hitler! Does that bother you?” “Not at all.” “What do you think about internment camps? Are you for those?” Trump said, “No, no, no. No. I’m not.” But he said, “You look at Paris and London. They don’t look like they used to,” and they don’t.
The Paris you’ve always dreamed of going to, by the way, isn’t there. Well, little pockets of it are. Trump said, “Look, I hope it will go quickly. I hope we can figure it out. We’ll have many, many more World Trade Centers. Sure as you’re sitting there, George. Our country is never gonna be the same if we don’t get a handle on this, George.” Let’s take a break. We’ll come back and we’ll listen to some of Trump’s reaction to all this, some of the things he’s actually saying out there.
RUSH: RUSH: Okay, Tim in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s great to have you, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Yes, sir. Johnny Ramone Republican here from Raleigh, North Carolina — a term that I coined, actually. I was at the Trump event the other night, and man, that was a rock show like I’ve never seen, my friend. That show was fired up. And the one thing that disappointed me was when I got home, my friend called me up and said, “Oh, I heard Trump stormed off the stage.” I said, “What are you talking about? He was front and center. He didn’t storm off the stage.”
“Well, that’s not what Rachel Maddow,” mad cow, “said on MSNBC.” And I said, “No, she’s lying.” So I went and I look at the clip and she said, quote/unquote — this is the lie — “After the end of the tenth interruption, Mr. Trump ended the speech and exited the stage.” That did not happen. He spoke for at least an hour plus a few minutes; then afterwards took a Q&A session, then wrapped it up, and then came down and shook hands, signed autographs. He actually signed a girl’s shoe that I saw, and his handlers finally after that —
RUSH: You know, Johnny Republican, I saw that same report. I saw that same report.
RUSH: It was on Apple News, on my iPhone. I saw that and I said, “Whoa, this ought to be huge. I couldn’t find it anywhere else.” It turns out the original source for that story was Reuters.
CALLER: Yeah, I don’t understand where they got that from, because, like I said, I was basically front and center and I was kind of like covering it sort of differently, just kind of observing, and when I saw that kind of coverage from I guess they would call themselves a major media source.” We’re getting to like INSOC 1984 territory when it comes to media coverage of something. He didn’t storm offstage. He didn’t just walk off into the sunset. He was fine.
RUSH: I know. I have a story here from a guy from what’s called Civitas Review who was there, too, and the headline: “Reuters Lied About Trump in North Carolina.” The source for the lie is Reuters. They made it all up. It didn’t happen, and they know it didn’t happen, and Reuters still hasn’t corrected it, I don’t think. Let me ask you this. Were the two soul sisters there who are on Twitter and love Trump? Did they do a routine?
CALLER: Yes, they were. Yes, they were.
RUSH: And they owned it, right? They kicked butt, right?
CALLER: Oh, yeah. For lack of a better word, absolutely. Absolutely. I just want to point something out, Rush. There was every demographic there. I mean, you name it. There were old people, young people, college kids. There were Latinos there. There are people from other nations. Everybody was fired up, and it’s kind of like… You’ve been to rock shows I take it, all right? This place was like a rock concert.
RUSH: It was rocking. I know. I know. Everybody who has talked to me that’s been there has told me the same story in refuting the Reuters story, which was an out-and-out lie. Anyway, Tim, thanks.
RUSH: Here’s Susan Fairmont, Minnesota. Thank you for waiting. It’s great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I’m honored. I guess my reaction is why these liberals, why they’re so condescending to all of us that are Trump supporters. I mean, we have college degrees, we have investments and know the stock market. We’ve worked in government and seen the waste, and yet they call us crude and uninformed and they define blue-collar which, I think like you said, is defined as people who work, as —
RUSH: Pay taxes, yes. Blue-collar is people who pay taxes.
CALLER: Yes. The talking heads on Sunday, think it was on ABC, one of them called Trump supporters crude. And, you know, they’re trying to take our guns away, they’re trying to disarm our police and our sheriffs. We’re out in the country. It takes 10 minutes for the sheriffs to make it here after a call or more.
RUSH: They’re trying to tell you it isn’t your country anymore, Susan.
CALLER: I totally agree.
RUSH: That’s what this is. When you boil this all down, what they’re trying to tell you is this is not your country anymore. It used to be. You used to run it, be the majority, but you’re not anymore, and it’s not your country, and you better get used to it. If you want to condense all this down to what the essence is, that’s it.
CALLER: Yeah. Even Republicans cutting down Trump. I mean, our current system we have for letting people in let that female terrorist in. So why don’t we have to take a look at it?
RUSH: No, no, see, you don’t get it. That female terrorist wanted to come in and commit that act of terror because of the Republican Party. See? And because of Trump. Remember, don’t forget The Politico story. Why do they hate us? Why do these young Muslims hate us? And right there on the second paragraph is a reference to right-wing media. So the left is already asking, “I mean, they were born here, they grew up here, why do they hate us? Their parents didn’t hate us. Why do they hate us?” And they’re trying to figure it out, and the best they can come up with is, “Well, it has to be right-wing media, and it has to be conservatives who are making it very unpleasant for them to be here.
And so it’s your fault, my fault, it’s all our fault that this San Bernardino terror attack took place. That’s what’s being set up now. I predicted it, folks, last week. I told you this is what’s gonna happen. It’s what happened after 9/11. It’s what happens after Paris, Charlie Hebdo, doesn’t matter. It’s always the victim’s fault, as far as the left is concerned. What did we do to make them mad?
RUSH: Grab sound bite number seven, go back to Good Morning America today. This is Stephanopoulos speaking with Trump. Stephanopoulos: “Okay, so you want to put a temporary ban on Muslims entering country. How will you actually do this?”
TRUMP: I’m calling very simply for a shutdown of Muslims entering the United States — and here’s a key — until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. If a person is a Muslim and goes overseas and comes back, they can come back, they’re a citizen. That’s different. We have people that want to blow up our buildings, our cities, and we have to figure out what’s going on.
RUSH: We don’t want to figure out what’s going on, I don’t think. We already know. We just don’t want to deal with it. I mean, an act of terror happens last week, they withhold the name for four hours or more. They look for any possible, plausible explanation other than what it is. In this case, they were looking for workplace violence. That’s what’s sort of scary about this, is that people at the highest levels of power and authority do not want to acknowledge what this is. Whether they think it is or not, they don’t want to acknowledge it. I guess they don’t want to cause panic, they’re worried about backlash.