RUSH: Here is Silvia in Spokane, Washington. Silvia, I’m glad you waited. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you. Love you, Rush. Hey, what happened with Cruz in the Bronx yesterday is a prime example of the mainstream media doing everything they can to tell the story wrong. When I read it last night on the Internet it was 29 pastors meeting with Cruz in a restaurant and 12 uninvited citizens showing up. By the time I heard it on the radio this morning it was Cruz throwing a rally and 12 people showed up.
So it was a total mischaracterization by the mainstream media of what’s really happening out there, and they’re fighting Cruz just like they fought Reagan. Lots of us are in that generation that loved Reagan. We love Cruz. The media’s gonna do everything they can, but he may win anyway, and, boy, like never before, I’m giving money to my candidate, Ted Cruz.
RUSH: I happen to have here the New York Post version of the event that you’re talking about, Silvia. Let’s read this together. Headline: “Ted CruzÂ’s Campaign Stop in the Bronx is a Complete Dud.” It’s by Jennifer Bain and Bob Fredericks. “There are more than 1.4 million people in the Bronx — but Ted Cruz couldnÂ’t even muster 100 at a campaign event in Parkchester with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Christian minister.
“Cruz visited the Sabrosura Chinese-Dominican restaurant, where Diaz said the presidential candidate could ‘listen to the social, economic and spiritual needs of our community’ while dining with other clergymen on the eateryÂ’s famed fried rice and plantains. Aside from about 70 ministers affiliated with Diaz, only a dozen voters turned up — and two of them were tossed out after screaming protests about the Texas senatorÂ’s hardline stance on immigration. ‘He is anti-immigrant. He denies climate change. HeÂ’s a right-winged bigot and heÂ’s not welcomed here,’ said protester Rebel Diaz.”
So this story pretty much dovetails with the way you saw the rest of the Drive-Bys reporting the event.
CALLER: Well, that’s what I saw last night, the emphasis last night was, yeah, it was a meeting with ministers. By the time it got shortened this morning on the morning radio news, it was a rally and only 12 citizens showed up.
CALLER: That’s all it was. And so the mainstream media is willing to do half truths —
RUSH: There’s no doubt — look, they hate him, they are threatened by him. There’s no question they’re threatened by him. He’s a conservative and he means it. Damn right they’re threatened by him. Here’s another one. This is from the New York Daily News. Their cover photo today is Cruz standing by a subway car, “Take the FU Train, Ted.” I mean, everybody knows what the FU train means. How many years ago would you never see something like that in a newspaper, front page or not?
CALLER: Yeah. That’s true.
RUSH: Here’s the story. “Ted Cruz visit to Bronx high school canceled after students threaten a walkout: ‘His views are against ours’ — Ted Cruz came to New York Wednesday talking about education, but heÂ’s the one who got schooled. The lesson came from a group of Bronx high school students who told the Republican presidential candidate to stay away.
“Cruz was scheduled to speak at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy until students wrote a letter to the principal asking her not to let Cruz come, prompting staffers to cancel the appearance. ‘We told her if he came here, we would schedule a walkout,’ said Destiny Domeneck, 16. ‘Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for.'”
CALLER: Well, if it’s a public school, that’s for sure, because that’s what the public schools are teaching these kids.
RUSH: Well, you know, you ought to read the letter they wrote.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah.
RUSH: They’re not learning much about English comp, I can tell you that.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I went to the big rally here near Spokane in Coeur d’Alene, and then the next day later the preacher was shot. Remember reading about that rally? For Cruz?
RUSH: Wait. When did this happen?
CALLER: Three weeks ago, a month ago?
RUSH: I was confusing it. Some people shot a priest thinking he was a KKK member recently.
CALLER: What I’m saying is, that was a last-minute rally, they talked Cruz into coming through doing a last-minute rally in an agriculture building. There were 3,000 people there, most of us had to stand in the rain to get in. I devoted four hours to get in and get out ’cause that rally was huge, it was last minute.
RUSH: Hey, you know, there’s no denying Cruz is on a roll here. We just had the story, he’s won more delegates since March 15th than Trump has, when Rubio got out March 15th. He’s on a roll here. I mean, a 13 point landslide win in Wisconsin. Now, the polling data New York is not good; it’s got him in third place. We’ll see. April the 19th is when it comes up. Trump’s at 52% in that poll.
Now, on the other side, on the Trump side, there’s been a campaign shakeup. There’s been an actual professional added to the campaign team, a professional in delegate relations, Paul Manafort is his name. There’s a story here at the sound cloud.com, it’s a Breitbart story. “Roger Stone Warns After Wisconsin Loss: Donald Trump’s Campaign ‘Has No Infrastructure in The States’.”
Stone’s out there saying that there’s nobody in the Trump campaign that knows a thing about dealing with delegates. They’ve got no offices open in any of the states. They’re not working anything other than these massive national rallies and trying to win big national media, and everybody’s scratching, “What’s this going on?”
I think I know what’s going on. I think there’s a bunch of people making a move on Corey Lewandowski in the Trump campaign. I think all this public pressure being brought, all these public statements about the incompetence of the Trump campaign is actually — they’re all hit pieces on Lewandowski, by people from within the Trump campaign or close to it who don’t like the guy. Just my wild guess. I, of course, am like Sergeant Schultz. “I know nothing whatsoever about what’s going on in the campaign.”
RUSH: Jenny in Syracuse, upstate New York. Great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for listening. Well, I had tell you, I’m from upstate New York — Syracuse, not New York City — and I was a little offended by what Ted Cruz said about New Yorkers. Because we aren’t them.
CALLER: We… New York City is a totally separate entity from the rest of us —
RUSH: (laughing) Are you hearing this, folks?
CALLER: — and all of us in upstate New York agree, okay?
RUSH: Wait a minute. So he was right about Manhattanites?
CALLER: Eh, I don’t know. (laughing)
CALLER: (laughing) It is a little insulting that everything is focused on New York City. We are voters, too, and we feel very put aside all the time. Hillary Clinton. The only reason that she’s running in New York is because she decided that’s where she wanted to run, and she bought a house there.
RUSH: No, it’s because… Well, maybe she wanted to, but the reason she wanted to is carpetbagging. She saw Robert Kennedy do it. Why couldn’t she?
RUSH: I mean, Clinton’s greased the skids, Democrat Party do what it takes to make her a senator from there.
CALLER: That’s why they’re not so overjoyed with her out there, I think, right now. Because not only the history, the recent history, but she’s not a New Yorker.
RUSH: We will see. Bill Clinton’s out there talking about how the world has changed (impression), “You know, the world was a much better put-together place when I was president, but it’s falling apart out there now. It really is.” I just saw the link. I haven’t had a chance to check any more than that. They’re also booing Clinton.