RUSH: I have a note here that some Trump supporters are getting nervous. There are two polls out. That Bloomberg poll that we talked about that has Trump down by 11 to Hillary. There’s another. It’s a CBS poll that shows only 25% of Americans agree with Trump’s policies and statements after the Orlando massacre; 51% disagree with what Trump said. And this has some Trump supporters really getting nervous now, sounding like they may be close to throwing Trump overboard, but not the movement. They think what Trump stands for is winning but that Trump may be on the verge of blowing it. And, if you think I’m making that up, stand by. I have the headline here and the details.
RUSH: Two Trump stories here. The first one is from Breitbart. Folks, there’s a poll that came out yesterday or the day before. It was a Bloomberg poll that showed Hillary up by 11. The aftermath of that poll was devastating for Republicans. You have Republicans talking. We played the sound bites yesterday. Dan Senor and a number of others saying, “We gotta get control of this at our convention and we gotta come up with another candidate! It’s gonna be a landslide loss. Trump’s making a fool of himself. He’s making a fool of us.
“Oh, my God, it’s gonna be horrible,” just because of this one poll showing him losing ground, 11 points down. It was Panic City, and it’s continuing as Panic City. And then Trump, he said something about going and talking to the NRA about changing their minds about people on watch lists being able to get guns. The official position is that you can’t deny people their constitutional right if they haven’t committed a crime, if they are on a watch list and haven’t committed a crime. There are lot of people on the watch list who have no business being on the watch list. It’s random access.
Once you’re on a watch list, it is one of the hardest things in the world to get off of one, and the NRA doesn’t think that just ’cause you’re on a watch list you should be denied the right to go through the process of buying a gun. A lot of people are on watch lists who haven’t committed crimes. This guy maybe even was on a watch list. You know, why was this guy calling the FBI, by the way? Why did the San Bernardino Two call the FBI in the middle of the attack? You know why they did it? Their religion requires it!
When you are committing jihad, you have to proclaim what you’re doing in the middle of the attack. That is part and parcel of the sacrifice that you are making. That’s why the… It’s not that they’re bragging about it. It’s… What is it? I had it here and it scrolled already out of my view. There’s a name for it that is part and parcel of the process. You’re basically pursuing the 73 virgins here, which we’ve now been told is 73 raisins. All this time we’ve been misinterpreting it. It was not virgins; it’s raisins. So there’s gonna be a lot of people perplexed.
But, anyway, they have to. The San Bernardino Two, they called the FBI, they called somebody. This guy, Mateen, called the FBI and the media. It’s part of the commandment that if you engage in this activity, you have to proclaim that you’re doing it. It’s part of the… I don’t want to say “sacrifice,” but it’s part of the… It’s the equivalent of yelling Allahu Akbar publicly. You might call it the jihad protocol. So, anyway, Trump said… It’s “bayat,” that’s what it is. b-a-y-a-t. You have to commit the bayat. It has an actual name, and that’s why.
They’re not bragging. They’re not Looney Tunes. They’re not calling up and then trying… It is actually part of what is commanded in the name… It’s the name of the Islamic requirement that when you are committing jihad like this that you have to proclaim it. Bayat — and I’m pronouncing b-a-y-a-t. Could be bay-at, ba-yat. That is what it officially is. It’s not ’cause they’re showing off. It’s not ’cause they’re bragging. They must pledge bayat. They must pledge allegiance to Islam before they die, and that’s what that is — and they’re not doing it ’cause anybody’s called ’em names.
So Trump wants to go to the NRA. He said he wanted to go to the Florida and talk to them about maybe relaxing this idea that people on a watch list shouldn’t be able to get a gun, and a bunch of red flags went up at the NRA. The NRA has endorsed Trump, and this was Trump seen as sidling up with people on the Democrat side of the aisle on gun control while an attempted filibuster that the Democrats were conducting on this, so a bunch of red flags went up.
That was after a bunch of red flags went up after the Bloomberg poll that shows Trump down 11 that had all these Republican establishment guys ready to pledge bayat themselves. Hari-kari or whatever, as typified by Dan Senor yesterday. They’re already plotting maybe how to take this away from Trump at the convention in Cleveland. He’s down 11. Remember we had the sound bites yesterday that presidential races, a lot of them are lost in June. (chuckles) Did you know that? Polling data in June! That’s where you win or lose the election, according to some of these Republicans.
Well, it wasn’t just there. I’m holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a website printout from Breitbart News. And here’s the headline: “Trumpism Is Winning — Now We’ll Have to See About Donald Trump Himself.” It’s by somebody named Virgil. Let me just lead the opening paragraph: “A new poll makes clear: Donald Trump can win this election if he keeps hammering on the anvil. That is, hammering with the same hammer, on the same anvil, for the next five months. The anvil, of course, is the basic issue of homeland security, and the hammer is the action needed to keep the country safe. The latest Reuters poll…”
You know, it might be Reuters. I’ve been saying Bloomberg. It might have been a Reuters poll published by Bloomberg where Trump was down 11. I think it was. Doesn’t matter. The latest poll suffices. The latest poll asked this question. This is why the people at Breitbart are focusing on this rather than Trump being down 11. You know, you see a poll like that where you look for good signs up. By the way, in the same poll… No, I take it back. It’s a CBS poll. I mean, the panic is really starting to set in. The CBS poll: Do you approve or disapprove of Donald Trump’s response post-Orlando?
Only 25% approve of Trump’s response; 51% disapprove. There are people saying, “You know, that’s a bigger deal than being down 11. I mean, for crying out loud! If your number one thing is building a wall, keeping the bad people out — and after terrorism happens Orlando and you go out and say, ‘See, I’m right. We’ve gotta do something! We’ve gotta start keeping people out.’ — and only 25% of people agree with you, and 51% don’t, then there’s panic that’s beginning to set in.” Breitbart is a very pro-Trump site, and they are now focusing on Trump being down, what he’s gotta do. And they say if he just keeps hammering the one issue…
Here’s the Reuters question that they are focusing on. “Agree/Disagree: The United States should temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States.” Breitbart says the rest of this poll means nothing. If Trump continues to harp on that, he’s gonna win and win big, because 50% agree with that premise and 42% disagree. So forget whatever else is in the poll, 50% agree with the statement — “The United States should temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States” — and 42% disagree.
So the people at Breitbart are saying, that’s it. That’s it. That’s where the election’s won or lost. If Trump doesn’t waver on that, he’s gonna win. He can overcome the 11-point deficit. He can overcome the post-Orlando comments, ’cause people are gonna forget about that. But then they go on to say (and it’s right here in the headline) : “Trumpism Is Winning — Now We’ll Have to See About Donald Trump Himself.” What these guys, I think, are saying is what a number of people have speculated all along, that this whole thing with Trump is about much more than Trump. And the reason…
You know, people been asking, “Why doesn’t any of this stuff that Trump says that would destroy any other politician…? Why does it glance off? Why do his supporters not care? He can insult anybody, he can say the most impolitic things, and it helps him!” Everybody’s been curious about this, and my answer to that was is because when you boil all this done, it’s about much more than Trump. Trump represents something much larger than even himself.
And people are so invested in it, they’re not gonna allow their movement to be derailed, and they’re gonna maintain support for the guy no matter what because it’s the movement that matters. And I think that’s what this Breitbart piece is essentially saying. “Trumpism Is Winning — Now We’ll Have to See About Donald Trump Himself.” They’re getting worried out there. Wouldn’t you say? How would you interpret this? They’re worried about it. They’re worried about the 11 points. They’re worried about the fact that only 25% agree with what Trump said.
And remember, now… Well, I know; there’s all kinds of counter in that poll, too. That poll is not flawless, but it’s all you got to work with. I’m telling you, people react to this stuff. They don’t dig into it as deep as we do here. They can point out all kinds of flaws in that poll. Reuters, Bloomberg, I’m not sure which it was. But the point is that there are people getting nervous out there now, and it’s really the first time. Now, let’s move on to the second Trump story. Tell me if you’ve heard it. This is in Vanity Fair, and it’s a long story. It’s an exclusive.
That word’s in the headline: “Exclusive: Is Donald Trump’s Endgame the Launch of Trump News?” This is a story positing that the whole purpose of this Trump campaign is to provide the launching pad/platform for his own cable news operation. And it’s based on the fact that no matter where Trump goes, the ratings of that show skyrocket. No matter where it is. If he’s on CNN, if he goes on Hannity, if he goes anywhere on Fox — and if it’s known that he’s gonna be there — the ratings skyrocket.
And this story says that Trump is well aware of this and believes that he could start his own cable network with him as the central figure and star and start out number one, that he’s got a built-in audience already from day one bigger than anybody else has. Fox, CNN, PMSNBC, of course. Here’s a little excerpt: “The breakout media star of 2016 is, inarguably, Donald Trump, who has masterfully — and horrifyingly — demonstrated an aptitude for manipulating the news cycle, gaining billions of dollars worth of free airtime, and dominating coverage on every screen.
Now, several people around him are looking for a way to leverage his supporters into a new media platform and cable channel. Trump is indeed considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States. According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the ‘audience’ currently supporting him.”
Not the voters, not even the supporters. They write “the ‘audience’ currently supporting him.” “He has also discussed the possibility of launching a ‘mini-media conglomerate’ outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC.” You ponder that. And it’s very clever of these people. I don’t think these people at Vanity Fair realize how close they are here when they refer to Trump supporters as “the audience.”
RUSH: The Examiner: “LGBT Community Explodes with Positive Social Media Support for Trump.” See? I knew this is gonna happen. You know what? You know what may become more important than polling data is likes on a social media. I’m not kidding. There’s all kinds of transformation going on out there, and polling data, polls are relics. The social media stuff is so big and it’s exploding, and if you end up with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of likes out there, that can spread, and be much more influential than a positive or negative poll. We’ll just have to see.