RUSH: Hey, folks, how about those rigged rules in the Republican Party primary process? Did you see this? Did you hear about this? Donald Trump got 60% of the vote and got 95% of the delegates. Is that not cool? I mean, that’s rigged, right? We’ve been told it’s rigged. It’s not rigged? It’s not rigged. Okay.
Well. Greetings, my friends. How are you? Great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh, behind the Golden EIB Microphone here at the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. The telephone number if you want to be on the program, 800-282-2882. The email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
I just want to demonstrate again for you why, if you make the effort to listen here each and every day, you will be on the cutting edge. You will know what is going to happen, both sometimes specifically and in a generic sense, long before it does if you listen and if you have the courage to trust and to believe. This was me last Thursday right here on this program.
RUSH: ARCHIVE: I’m just looking at these upcoming primaries. Trump’s got a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania with Cruz in third place, double-digit lead in Maryland, Cruz in third place. Cruz can’t afford any third place finishes here, even if you’re talking about a contested convention. Right now there has been, in the world of perception, a momentum shift away from Trump because, A, Wisconsin was a Cruz victory and what happened in Colorado. Yeah, people’s noses are out of joint ’cause of how Colorado happened, but just in terms of the energy, momentum, Cruz is on a roll right now, delegate-wise.
Delegates out of Colorado, they’re his, delegates out of Wisconsin are his. He’s running around shoring up second ballot delegate loyalty in all these places that Trump won, which is perfectly legal. But at the same time there are a lot of primary elections yet to happen. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, not to mention California. And, again, we’re in a lull here where all anybody’s got to talk about is the most recent event in the past and polling data. But next Tuesday we’re gonna have a New York primary and we’re gonna have hard, cold results. And those hard, cold results are gonna wipe out everything going on right now and change everybody’s focus, and the perception is gonna be all different. It’s a seesaw. It’s like an up-and-down roller coaster.
RUSH: And, voila, in one night, just last week, maybe even Monday, could be last Thursday or Friday, everybody was talking about, “Hey, you know what? Cruz could actually pull something off here.” Cruz is shoring up all these delegates. He’s going to all these places where they’re having their conventions and choosing their delegates after the primaries, which is what happens, and he’s getting a whole bunch of them.
And the Trumpsters are all upset because Cruz is getting delegates that they think Trump has won. We’re talking second ballot delegates here, and everybody was talking, “Man, oh, look, Cruz, he’s really on a roll here.” The Cruzers were all excited, and then the New York primary came, and now what’s the narrative? It’s over. The narrative now is it’s over. It’s all over but the shouting. Now it’s all over. No way can Cruz get to 1,237, and there wasn’t a way that he was going to be able to last week anyway.
But it’s just an illustration once again of how media establishes narratives for a host of reasons and how people get caught up in them and how many of these narratives surround nonevents and how hard, cold results of a primary election, actual hard news rather than theories, forecasts, polls can totally wipe out a narrative that has been established by the media in previous days.
And no matter where you look, it’s the same thing on the Democrat side; it’s over now, it’s Hillary in a landslide. “Top Clinton Aide: If Sanders Doesn’t Tone Down Rhetoric, ‘F*** Him’.” Bernie says, screw that, we’re gonna head down the road here, keeping up our delegate fight and so forth.
We’re not finished with this. There are gonna be momentum shifts, even despite last night, there will be momentum shifts. But here’s Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post today, and hey, again, I’m just telling you what’s out there, informing you here. The headline: “The New Donald Trump Should Scare the Hell Out of the GOP Establishment — Gone was ‘Lyin’ Ted.’ In its place was ‘Senator Cruz.’
“Gone was the long-winded speech that went nowhere. In its place was a succinct recitation of states and delegates won. Gone was the two-day vacation as a reward for winning. In its place was an early morning trip to Indiana followed by another planned stop in Maryland. Donald Trump 2.0 made his official debut Tuesday night.” This is the Drive-Bys, Chris Cillizza, card-carrying member, Drive-By establishment media, Washington Post, claiming that Trump 2.0, meaning he’s finally become presidential. And it happened in his home state, winning the New York primary.
You know, just on a personal level, if you’re Donald Trump, if anybody, the front page cover the New York Post today, that’s one you frame and you keep forever and your kids will always be proud of it. New York Times, a big banner headline. First word in the headline is “Trump.” So it was a big day, big night. They did better than what they thought they were gonna do, the Trump people did.