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RUSH: Now we move on to Marco Rubio, who, by the way, lost his voice this afternoon. I guess he was in South Carolina. Not South Carolina. Where was he? He was some place stumping with Nikki Haley. That’s why I think he lost his voice. But he was very courageous. He said even though he lost his voice he was gonna keep talking for America. But before he lost his voice, Roanoke, Virginia, last night.

RUBIO: He’s always calling me “little Marco.” And I’ll admit, he’s taller than me. He’s like 6’2, which is why I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who’s 5’2. Have you seen his hands? They’re like this. And you know what they say about men with small hands. You can’t trust them.


RUSH: Whoa. And now people are ringing their hands talking about the depths to which the Republican campaign has sunk. “Why, why, we can’t believe it has sunk to this kind of bathroom parlor humor. This is so beneath everyone. Why in the world is this happening,” and so forth. “The Republican campaign has been reduced to stand-up comedy routines” and so forth.

Well, whatever it is, it has people fired up. It has people reacting like they never have. People are saying they’ve never seen a political season like this, and they consider it exciting. I think that the people wringing their hands over all this still do not get the mood of the American people. They still don’t get it. This disconnect — and I think it’s huge and deep — it must be even bigger and deeper than I even suspect.

Here is Trump, by the way. Now, they’ve accused Trump of retweeting a Mussolini quote. Did you hear about this? (interruption) Oh, yeah. He did. Somebody sent Trump a quote that he thought looked good; so he retweeted it. It turns out to have been something Mussolini said. So here we go: Meet the Press, Chuck Todd yesterday. “There is a trending retweet of yours,” Mr. Trump. (laughing) Excuse me. “You retweeted somebody from @IlDuce2016.” (laughing) @IlDuce2016! Well, they might not know that Il Duce was what Mussolini was called. “It was a Mussolini quote but you didn’t know it was Mussolini when you retweeted it. It said, ‘It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.’ It’s a famous Mussolini quote; you retweeted it. Do you like the quote? Did you know it was Mussolini?”

TRUMP: It’s okay to know it’s Mussolini. Look, Mussolini was Mussolini. That’s okay. It’s a very good quote. It’s a very interesting quote, and I saw — I saw what — and I know who said it. Uh, but what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else? It’s certainly a very interesting quote.

TODD: Do you want to be associated with a fascist?

TRUMP: No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes.

RUSH: (laughing) You want to be…? (laughing) “Look, it’s okay! It’s okay to know it’s Mussolini. Look. Mussolini was Mussolini, okay? It’s okay. It’s a very good quote. It’s an interesting quote. Who cares it comes from Mussolini?” (laughing) “You don’t mind being associated with a fascist?” (laughing) “No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes.”

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Rubio made a sexist joke there with the small hands and he also got racist. He made fun of Trump for being a person of color. Orange. Spray tan comment. It’s really getting brutal out there, folks. I don’t know if we can take much more of this.

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