RUSH: Raleigh, North Carolina, with Justin. Thank you for calling here. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, mega dittos. Got a question for you. What work do you think Trump has to do now to win the rest of us that aren’t so convinced that he’s still the right guy? I’ve got my opinions, but what do you think?
RUSH: Well, I want to hear yours. What do you think he’s gotta do?
CALLER: All right, well, here’s my take. First off, this is kind of pie-in-the-sky because this always happens. But he’s really gotta limit his move to the left. Those of us that were for Cruz, we liked Cruz’s ideas. We liked his ideas on limited government. And he’s gotta show us that he’s not gonna be moving to the left. Second, he needs to surround himself with staunch conservatives as advisors and potential cabinet members. He’s gotta be able to have to take advice from those people. We want to…
Those of us who were for Cruz or for anybody else, we need to know that he’s gonna adhere to those conservative principles. And, finally — at least for those of us that still aren’t convinced — he needs to stop talking about what government will do and start talking about what government won’t do or what it can’t do. And right now, it seems for us, the general election is shaping up to be a choice between a statist Democrat and a statist Republican.
RUSH: Yeah. Being honest with you about that latter part, I don’t know that Trump looks at government in terms of what it shouldn’t do. Trump looks at government in terms of what stupid stuff has it been doing that it needs to stop doing and start doing intelligently –“intelligently,” as he defines it. But I have… I’m not gonna… I’m repeating myself. I’m not saying here anything I have not said during this whole campaign. Donald Trump is NOT — capital N-O-T — a conservative. He doesn’t look at life that way. If anything, he might think conservatives are a little oddball, kooky.
He’s a New Yorker.
There are certain realities here, folks, that you have to… I’m not saying that he does, but I’m saying he doesn’t see people and define them ideologically as whether they’re good or bad in terms of being in government is where they’re conservative or not. Trump is not an idea guy. Trump is a winner guy. In his mind, he’s a winner guy. Trump is the kind of guy you can criticize everything in the world he thinks, just don’t call him a loser. Call him a loser; he’ll come out and rip you to shreds. Tell him his ideas are crazy insane? He’s happy, as long as you think he’s a winner at the same time.