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RUSH: Continuing to play off the possibility of a debate between Trump and Crazy Bernie, let me ask you a question. Let’s say Mitt Romney… What would you do if Mitt Romney decided he wanted to pick off Bernie Sanders voters by appealing to them? What would you say if Jeb Bush did it, if Jeb Bush was the nominee? If Jeb Bush was out there or Romney or Marco Rubio or anybody — Cruz, if any of ’em– had gone out there and said, “You know what? I’m gonna debate Bernie Sanders! I’m gonna make a play for his voters.” What would you call ’em?

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Don’t shake your heads in there.

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Oh, you don’t want him debating these guys?

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That’s not my question. That’s not my…

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No, no, no, no, no. I’m not suggesting that somebody can be the nominee. It’s a hypothetical question. What happens…? Trump is being praised. Trump is being heralded. “Look, Trump is brilliant! He’s gonna go out and he’s gonna pick off Bernie voters. He’s gonna bring Bernie voters into the Republican Party! Wow, cool.” What if Ryan did it? What if Jeb did it? What would they be called? They’d be called worse than RINOs. They’d be called sellouts. They would be…

Who knows what they would be called, but it would be way beyond RINO. So why isn’t Trump? There is an answer to this. Why? Trump —

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Right.

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Okay.

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Maybe they’ll see Trump’s the outsider, he’s not establishment, but he is the Republican nominee. And he’s Teflon.

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Yeah, but you’re still missing the point of my question. Let me go back to the phones. You ponder it. Here’s Kathryn in Dallas, Texas. You’re next on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Yes, hi, Rush. Thank you so much for taking my call.

RUSH: Yes, ma’am.

CALLER: I have a quandary. I’ve been a part of the grassroots movement since early 2009 when I lived out in Colorado, and I have a lot of hard-core conservative friends that I’ve been trying to get on board with going to Trump’s side, and it’s proving to be extremely difficult. I just posted an article on my Facebook page last night by Dennis Prager, that he wrote in the National Review on the 24th of his reasoning. He gave nine very good reasons to vote for Trump. And I posted that on my Facebook page, and it’s just more of the same, so I was hoping you could help me and give me a strategy to start to try to convince these people how their thinking is flawed.

RUSH: Well, before I could help in this, I need to know what their objections are.

CALLER: Their objections are he’s the same as Hillary Rodham Clinton. He’s no different.

RUSH: Trump’s no different than Hillary?

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Okay. What else?

CALLER: Of course, they don’t like him as a person. He’s crass, he’s rude, he’s obnoxious, on and on and on.

RUSH: Oh, that’s a… I just tell them to grow up, if that’s the case. There aren’t any angels out there. For crying out loud, what a childish reason. That’s… You know what? That’s a substitute for substantive opposition to the guy. “He’s mean! He treats people rude.” Everybody does that at one time or another. That’s just a cop-out. That means they don’t have a substantive reason to oppose him.

CALLER: Yeah. I agree with you. I’m just astounded. These are people I’ve been standing by since 2009.

RUSH: Are they Tea Party types, Tea Party conservatives? You said “grassroots.” I’m assuming it’s Tea Party.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: Well —

CALLER: Tea Party people.

RUSH: I’ll tell you what’s the big problem there: Trump does not believe in limited government. It’s not in his universe, and that’s why the Tea Party exists. The Tea Party exists to reduce the size of government, government spending, and Trump’s out there saying, “I’m not gonna cut Social Security. I don’t think we ought to! I don’t think we ought to even talk about cutting Social Security.” My guess is that’s one of the primary reasons they’ve got.

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