RUSH: Here’s Bob in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Yeah, regarding the dustup at the Trump rally in Chicago, I think Trump has the far left so off balance that they had to adjust their tactics to really play on his terms. Just as the media had always kind of set the rules, Trump has got everything kind of reversed where he has the media following him playing by his rules. What I mean by that is, for the longest time the left has set the political correctness playing field so that —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait just a second, just a second. What is she so damn mad at? Oh, never mind, I’m watching Hillary’s acceptance speech. She looks fit to be tied. She looks like she was mad, maybe she caught Bill with Gennifer again, I don’t know, but she looked ticked. I’m sorry to do this to you, Bob, but it was just a replay of her acceptance speech last night.
CALLER: Well, I’m sorry you had to see that.
RUSH: Your point is that the people protesting Trump are angry that he’s getting away with violating political correctness?
CALLER: Well, political correctness was the rule that they had, it was like kryptonite to the Republicans. Trump is immune to that political correctness. Before when a Republican stepped over the political correctness line, the left slapped him down and the Republican would either have to publicly walk it back or, worse, apologize, kind of look like a fool. And McCain played by those rules, Romney played by those rules, even G. W. Bush politely took every sucker punch the left threw at him. Well, Trump isn’t doing that, and he’s completely blown up the PC rules, and now the left is trying to — all they have left is —
RUSH: You know, folks, I think there’s something to this. Bob, I actually think you’re on to something here. But first, those are not protests at Trump rallies. The thing that happened in Chicago on Friday, those were riots. Can we use the proper term? And it’s important because of, “What do you mean, First Amendment, everybody has the right to show up, everybody has the right to protest.” Maybe so, but you don’t have the right to freaking riot, and that’s what they were. Riots do not come under the protection of the First Amendment, and those were riots.
That’s what the left does, and they’re called protests to make it look like the time honored art of dissent is being practiced. That’s not what’s going on. But his point here, I think Bob, you have struck gold here. Let’s put it another way. The Democrats can say anything. Any Democrat, any actor, any left-wing boob anywhere can make any crass joke, can make any insult whatsoever, and they never get called on it. They can violate political correctness left and right, and they’re applauded for it.
But Republicans can’t. One slip up and they are gone. One slip up, one violation of PC, and here comes the entire leftist army descending on ’em and trying to wipe ’em out and destroy ’em. Trump is immune. Trump can say what he wants, Trump can do what he wants, and it doesn’t hurt him. And they are livid. Because PC, the enforcement of PC is one of the primary weapons the left uses to keep their opposition chilled, frightened, and silent.
You know, Trump said something last night in his speech from Mar-a-Lago that actually, I hadn’t thought about this, but it’s true. He was going on about all the money, the negative ads. It was kind of funny. He was entertaining clients at his skybox down at Doral on Sunday for the final round of his golf championship there, and right before the final shot being made, the event being over, Adam Scott won, they break for local commercials, it’s two of the worst anti-Trump spots, and he’s trying to get his clients not to see it, so he’s pointing out, “Look at that grass. Isn’t that the greatest grass you’ve ever seen on the golf course?” because all these anti-Trump ads were running.
But the point he made was — I don’t know whether it’s true or not — but he said more money has been spent savaging him in negative ads than any other candidate. He said (paraphrasing), “Folks, I don’t understand it, but I go up, I go up in the polls. The negative ads are helping me. I can’t explain it.” But he’s right. And that ticks ’em off. You stop and think of the Jeb PAC. They spent all that money on Rubio, they got to Trump late, but it hasn’t hurt Trump. That’s another one of these age-old tenets that have to be thrown out. Everything the political consultants thought they knew has been turned upside down and rendered irrelevant in this campaign.