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RUSH: So everybody’s saying, “What is Romney doing? What is Romney thinking?” Romney has launched his own version of a Dingy Harry attack on Trump about taxes. I’m gonna tell you what Romney’s doing, and then we’ll get some detail on this. What I think Romney’s doing, is I think Romney is freezing endorsements for Trump. I think that in the bowels of the Republican establishment they’re very worried that a bunch of Republicans are on the verge of endorsing Trump.


And I think Romney goes out there and starts attacking Trump on his taxes to freeze any of that, to stop endorsements for Trump. There may be something to it, too, for all I know. There are people that don’t believe Trump’s worth what he says he’s worth. There are people that don’t believe Trump has accomplished half of what he says he accomplished in business. There are people that think that he’s done all this — his lifestyle and business — on a wing and a prayer, and that the only reason he gets away with it is the banks are so invested in him by way of loans that they can’t foreclose on him without taking themselves down.

There’s all kinds of people who have thinking that for years about Trump. Romney’s point is, “Hey, you know what?” Romney’s trying to make it look like he’s seen Trump’s taxes, and he’s trying to make it look like Trump’s taxes are not the taxes of a billionaire. I mean, he’s not paying very much. This is what is being insinuated. It’s what being implied. And you’re supposed to infer that, “Well, he’s not paying nearly enough taxes for a billionaire, so either he’s not a billionaire or he’s cheating or maybe he’s not donating all that money to charity that he says he is.”

All of this… People say, “Why would Romney do this?” Because he’s learned how effective it is, probably. This is exactly what Dingy Harry did to him, and Romney didn’t exactly handle it very well when it happened to him. So I think maybe it’s just an attempt… I think he’s trying to freeze Trump where he is on this possibility there might be Republican establishment types on the verge of endorsing Trump.

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RUSH: Jenny in Narrows, Virginia. Great to have you with us on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, Rush. Thank you.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I’m calling today because today I’m 72 years old —

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: — but today I’m ashamed to be a Republican.

RUSH: Uh-oh. Let me guess. You’re just livid at what Romney did?

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: I knew it.

CALLER: And Lindsey Graham this morning. Dear old Lindsey Graham.

RUSH: What did he do? I haven’t seen what he did today. What did he do?

CALLER: He’s doing the same thing, saying there’s got to be something behind these taxes. You know, they’re both doing Harry Reid-type stuff.

RUSH: And let me also guess that you think, “If they’re gonna do this, it’s a waste of time to do it on a Republican. Do it on the Democrats! Why don’t they ever do this on the Democrats? Why do they always take their own people out?” Right?

CALLER: They’re eating their own.

RUSH: That’s exactly it. I knew it.

CALLER: Hillary’s sitting there with all her mess and nobody’s eating her up for it.

RUSH: Yeah, well. It’s not exactly appetizing. But I get your —

CALLER: Well, yes. But with all the problems she has — and we have Romney and that Lindsey Graham character out there just destroying their best. And I’ll tell you, I’m to the point I don’t know whether I’ll vote Tuesday or not.

RUSH: Oh, come on. You can’t be serious. Who are you planning on voting for?

CALLER: Cruz.

RUSH: Well, then this doesn’t even affect that. This ought to double you down voting for Cruz on Tuesday.

CALLER: Well, it does for that reason. But I’m just sick and tired of the Republican establishment and their behavior in this.

RUSH: Well, look, I was able to hear it in your voice. I knew what you were gonna say before you went into it. I could just tell. This Romney move, this has gotten so… If they thought this was gonna hurt Trump — again, folks, I hate to be repetitive. But I really do think what they’re trying to do… I think this is a totally defensive move. I think they’re trying to freeze any publicly expressed support for Trump, ’cause they’re about to lose control of this. From their standpoint — you’ve gotta see where these establishment guys are coming from — they’re about to lose control of the whole thing.

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RUSH: I don’t know, folks. I’m still having… There’s part of me… Like somebody just asked me, “Are you scared of any of this Rush? I’m scared to death of it.” I haven’t gotten to the point that I’m scared. I’m in dismay of all of it. There’s a lot of this stuff, I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing at. (laughing) Are you kidding me, you’re gonna send Mitt Romney out…? (laughing) You’re gonna send Mitt Romney out to start hammering Trump over taxes? (laughing)


A guy who you could credibly say did not recover from his own tax allegations as launched by Dingy Harry in 2012, and then you’re gonna send Mitt Romney out to start questioning Trump’s wealth as not being as much as he would like you to believe it is? When you, Mitt Romney, were practically destroyed because you’re so rich you didn’t care about an employee’s wife dying from cancer. (interruption) No, no. That’s what they said. I’m not saying that Romney didn’t care. I’m saying, of all the people to send out there with this charge. And how does Trump respond to it?

(summarized) “Well, here comes Mitt Romney, a total loser, trying to act like a tough guy now.” So Trump has posted a picture on Instagram. (laughing) Do you remember when Ronald Reagan, during a State of the Union speech, brought out a-five-foot-high Stack of paper to represent the budget? Well, Trump has a five-foot Stack of paper, and he’s signing one page. It’s his tax return. And the caption is, “I have a store that’s worth more than Mitt Romney.” That’s… (laughing)

We’re talking about (laughing) the presidential campaign here, and I feel like I’m in the movie Idiocracy. There’s a portion of every day, almost every day where I feel like I’m in that movie, or like we are watching it. And I have the same chuckles on the Democrat side. But I don’t want anybody to get confused. If there’s anything that scares me — and, look, I’ve been serious enough over the course of this campaign. You have to understand: We all need breaks from it, and sometimes all you can do is laugh.

But I have not… The real destructive force in this country’s the Democrat Party.

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