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RUSH: Joshua in Boulder, Colorado, you’re next, sir. Great to have you on the program. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush, for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet, sir.

CALLER: I’ll be honest. I’m a little frustrated. When it came to the Trumpists, everybody was knocking them and discounting them and you explained it so well. But when it comes to the people that don’t want to vote for Trump — and I don’t mean the establishment. I don’t mean the elites that are afraid of losing their jobs, everything you explained. I mean, the common man, and I think there’s an analogy that needs to be drawn. The way I see it, you have someone in prison and it’s really bad, the warden is really obnoxious, but you know what you’re getting yourself into. They say there’s a new warden coming and he’s unpredictable. You don’t know. He could be nice; he could be nasty.

RUSH: Hey, hey! Wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait. Just hold it. Hold it. Don’t go on. I’ve lost what you’re analogizing. Are you saying we’re all in prison and the president is the warden?

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: What people don’t understand is that we’re really in solitary confinement, so it can’t get worse. But I’m not anti-Trump. I’m just saying, I’m surprised you haven’t really explained it, the #NeverTrump movement.

RUSH: See, I think I have gotten hoarse explaining anti-Trumpism. Who have I not explained why they’re anti-Trump sufficiently to you?

CALLER: The common man. Not the elites, not the party establishments, the common-man people that do not want to vote for Trump even though they do not want Hillary Clinton, either.

RUSH: Okay, when you say “common man,” are…? I’m not trying to nitpick here. Are you talking about famous people, non-famous people? You’re talking about who?

CALLER: Non-famous, everyday people you meet in the grocery store or work or whatever you do.

RUSH: Well, I have limited contact with people in the grocery store, but I could tell certain things that… His “coarseness.” One of the things that I heard from a lot of people who were supporting him who then really started having doubts is when he tweeted out that picture of Ted Cruz’ wife. But it was… That bothered them. But his comment about Megyn Kelly and blood coming out of her didn’t (at least, not that I heard). People found that somewhat humorous.

Other people have told me that they don’t think he knows anything, that he’s faking it, and he’s too off the wall and too unpredictable and dangerous, because he may not be really qualified to have that much power in his hands as president of the United States. Other people, some just don’t like his personality. Some are jealous of him. I mean, it runs the gamut. It’d be hard to say that there’s a dominate reason why.

CALLER: What about unpredictability? Like you said, people love watching football ’cause of the unpredictability, and Trump has said he likes to be unpredictable.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: And there are a lot of people that like him for it, but at the same time there are a lot of people that are scared of it. They don’t like unpredictability.

RUSH: Unpredictability’s fine because you want stability. You know when you’re watching a football game that its gonna be four quarters and nobody’s gonna break the rules in the middle of it and get away with it. There’s still some stability. There’s some order to it. With Trump, that’s what people fear might go by the wayside, some of the people. They can’t explain to me how this will happen. I mean, I don’t know. The average, ordinary people that don’t like Trump? You got Democrats that don’t like him for one reason. You got Republicans that don’t like him for a whole host of other reasons.

Focusing on that, I think, misses the point.

The guy’s gotten more votes than any other Republican in the Republican primaries in history. So focusing on the people that don’t like him… I think the biggest mistake people continue to make with Trump — and, by the way, again, I need to say this not as a Trump supporter. I’m just telling you. I will never vote for Hillary Clinton, nor will I take any other action guaranteed to elect her, like third-party. But I think Trump is so outside… Politics is cookie cutter.

Politics has a playbook. Politics has its lists of dos and don’ts. Politics has its people that you do not offend, it’s people that you do not rub the wrong way. Trump’s violated every damn rule! And they continue to analyze Trump and predict his future based on the antiquated ways of analyzing and judging everybody else in politics. I don’t think you can. And the evidence to that ought to be abundant. And that scares people, too. Anyway, I hope that helps, Joshua.


RUSH: Christopher in Richmond, Virginia. You’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, El Rushbo. How are you?

RUSH: Just fine, sir. Thanks much.

CALLER: Good. Long-term listener, first-time caller. I wanted to comment on something you said in your opening monologue and had a life-changing question to get your help on.

RUSH: Sure.

CALLER: First off, I should preface this by saying that I am a student at Liberty University and a Ted Cruz supporter — well, former supporter. But I supported him from the time he announced to the time that he dropped out. Earlier in your monologue you had made the premise that why aren’t Republicans as upset over the last seven, eight years of Obama as they are of a Donald Trump candidacy. But I think that the premise is incorrect. I think that Republicans are upset at what Obama has done, but when they see Donald Trump, they see the same type of policies that are going to be enacted in their own party. So it creates some panic.

RUSH: Wait. Let me see if I understand this. Your theory is that Trump is actually, for all intents and purposes, a liberal Democrat, and there —

CALLER: I would say he’s a RINO.

RUSH: Pardon?

CALLER: I would say he’s a RINO. Yes, sir.

RUSH: He’s a RINO. Okay, when they see Trump, they see just another Democrat.

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: Well, then, if they had the capacity to get mad at a Democrat, why is it only Trump that they get mad at?

CALLER: Because I think they see it in their party. Like when the Democrats are doing it, they say, “Well, the Democrats are destroying their own party or destroying the country,” and they can point blame at the Democrats. So when it’s in their own party, to go on an analogy —

RUSH: Wait. No, no. The whole thing breaks down. The Republicans don’t think the country’s being destroyed. That’s the breakdown here. The Republicans… Nobody in Washington agrees with people not in Washington that we have a crisis here. They don’t think that. They don’t think the Democrats are destroying the country. I mean, they wouldn’t agree with so much of what the Democrats are doing if they thought that. I think that’s the breakdown. That’s one of the many disconnects, actually. But I get the premise. Your premise is the reason that they get so mad at Trump is ’cause he’s a RINO and he’s exposing ’em, and that’s what they’re mad at.

It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t quite think that’s what’s going on here.

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