RUSH: Here’s David in Louisville. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush, great to talk to you again. I appreciate you taking my call.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: I’ve just got two quick questions if you don’t mind and, by the way, Rush, not mad at you, I promise. Just for full disclosure, I’m a Trump supporter, but I’m gonna pick up for Cruz here. I’d just like to know, given Megyn Kelly’s admitted dishonesty in the debate with Cruz, do you still think she’s not a bad person?
RUSH: Now, wait.
CALLER: The day before the debate you said she wasn’t a bad person and that she’s a professional.
RUSH: Which dishonesty are you talking about? The first debate?
CALLER: No, the most recent debate, where she called out Cruz and then after the debate — I’m referencing the California phone call where he pointed out that she admitted she was wrong after the debate when nobody was watching.
RUSH: This was the issue about amnesty —
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: — where she admitted afterwards that he was right about it. When I said that she’s a good person, I’m talking about my personal interactions with her. I can’t say that I know her. She’s not in my close circle of friends. We don’t live anywhere near each other. But I’ve been with her enough, she doesn’t target people. She’s trying to forge her own path in her career. She’s a journalist and there are certain things that journalists have to do there. I’m not defending that. She goes after Cruz. She went After Trump.
I think, when you get right down to it, if you want to know what I think is the bottom line, I think Fox is burdened with this belief that everybody in the media thinks they’re conservative, and they don’t want to be thought of that way, so they will purposefully hit conservatives hard to show that they are not friends and not biased in favor of conservatives. It’s no different than the way the Republican Party tries to constantly prove they’re not the mean guys the Democrats say.
Many conservative journalists — it’s not just Fox — many conservative journalists will do and say things hoping to not be criticized as partisan by their brothers and sisters in the Drive-By Media. And I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that. But she can still be a good person even after doing the things that she’s done with Trump or Cruz. Those are professional. I was speaking personally and I was just trying to make the point here that she’s not evil, and she’s not diabolical. It was the only point that I was trying to make.
CALLER: One last question if you don’t mind.
CALLER: This is regarding Trump. He gets a lot of attacks for his past liberal positions. And you’ve spent your entire career trying to persuade people toward conservatism.
CALLER: And I find that a lot of your detractors call him a liar for flip-flopping to conservative positions. And I just find it interesting that we spend so much time trying to persuade people to convert to conservatism, and then when one guy says he did convert, we call him a liar.
RUSH: Well, who is “we”?
CALLER: By “we” I mean people on the conservative side who say that he is not really a conservative because of his past positions. They’re saying he flip-flopped.
RUSH: Okay, okay. And there are a decent number of those out there. You’re right, there are a decent number.
CALLER: What’s the point of arguing conservatism if we’re gonna call somebody a liar when they say they’re conservative.
RUSH: Well, I think it’s rooted in the fact that they don’t think Trump’s conversion is legit, that he’s just saying these things, and they think that he gives it away with momentary slip-ups that indicate that he hasn’t really converted to anything.
CALLER: I don’t see any guile in him. The very fact that he says what’s on his mind, even to his own detriment, the kinds of insults —
RUSH: I’m not —
CALLER: — things like that tells me that he doesn’t have guile.
RUSH: Guile defined as deceit?
CALLER: Yeah. He’s not a slick Harvard lawyer, so he says what’s on his mind. So he doesn’t come across like he’s hiding things.
RUSH: Well, no. No, in fact I saw something — I didn’t actually see this so I have to add a caveat here that what I read might not have portrayed this accurately, but it was a story on a CNN reporterette named Alisyn Camerota. And this report said that Alisyn Camerota admitted that journalists are afraid of Trump destroying them if they criticize him. They don’t want to be called losers or whatever names he calls ’em, so they pull back on the criticism. As I say, I didn’t hear her say that. I read it somewhere. I don’t even remember where. It was over the weekend.
But that happens to be true of a lot of people who are afraid to criticize Trump because they don’t want to be called this or that. It’s amazing how that’s paralyzed the Republicans, vis-a-vis the Democrats, and it’s paralyzing some people about Trump as well. Anyway, David, I appreciate the call.