RUSH: Rosemary in Ballston Spa, New York. Great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Rush, I have tried to repeatedly over the past few weeks to contact you and keep getting a busy signal. I’m very grateful that today I got through, and I need to clarify something before I go any further. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool, born-again Christian. And I love the Lord. And I didn’t say that for any other reason than to clarify what follows in the cases. I am sick and tired of the so-called Christians who claim to not be able to vote for Trump because of their conscience.
If they truly looked at their conscience, how many people have they voted for who have been liars, thieves, et cetera? If they were true Bible readers, they would even go back and realize that George W. Bush — who I voted for, by the way — is a one-world government guy. He was a one-world government president. I’m so sick of them, I cannot stand it. I have read Erick Erickson — and if I’ve done this and it’s wrong, I’m sorry. But he is so self-righteous, I can’t handle it. God did not make us self-righteous. He said we needed Him, and they certainly are not showing that, and that’s what I called for.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: If you have any comment, go ahead, and if not, that’s fine.
RUSH: Yeah. Look, the Never Trumpers comprise all kinds of different beliefs and people, people of different beliefs. And, you know, I know that some of them are honestly held, their beliefs. They’re legitimate and so forth. Others are personal and selfish. When I say “selfish,” I don’t… I mean self-interested. There’s a difference in self-interest and selfish, but here’s what it boils down to for me, and I have been expressly clear on this from the get-go.
And nothing’s changed — and, in fact, it has even become more important and crucial — and that is, Never Hillary is the only thing that matters here to me. I don’t care… We don’t have the ideal choices here. It didn’t work out for a lot of people. But it can’t… We cannot have another four or eight years of this, and that’s what they want. There’s a magic dream that Obama and Hillary have of 16 consecutive years of transforming America and basically wiping it out from its foundational roots, and there is no amount of self-interest for me that would trump that.
Meaning: If it meant the end of this radio show, if supporting Trump meant the end of this radio show but that meant the end of Hillary, then that’s what I would do. It’s that important to me. And I think that some people look at Trump as a personal threat. Some of them are serious and sincere in their righteousness, as you call it. Other people are thinking, “Oh, my gosh, if this guy wins, this is the end of the Republican Party, and that’s the end of the party establishment!
“That’s the end of my future. That’s the end of my career path. That’s the end of my chance,” what have you. I’m way beyond that — and, fortunately, I have the freedom to be. But I don’t know how people who have expressed conservative beliefs and have meant them and lived them and are devoted to them, can take any action whatsoever that would make it more likely that Hillary Clinton would be elected. That, to me, is unacceptable. It’s just unacceptable.
We can’t handle it! We cannot; we shouldn’t want to. We don’t want to even conceive of that. The woman is an outright unmitigated disaster, and so is her party. It scares the ever-living heck out of me to think of four more years of this or eight more years of it. And people who think, “Well, four more years of Hillary? As long as it’s not Trump! We can’t let Trump win this because it’s the end of the party. It’s the end of any serious opposition to the Democrats ever, and if Hillary gets elected, the big thing there will be Trump losing, and Trump must lose so the Republican Party will be viable once again.”
Well, why did Trump win? How did this happen? It wasn’t any trickery that went on out there. There were all kinds of opportunities for people to vote for any number of other Republicans. Now, you could say, “Well, yeah, but that vote was split in so many different ways. It went 15 different ways, 16 candidates, and Trump.” That may be true. Probably is. But, you know, I also don’t see Trump as the giant negative that a lot of people do. And one of the ways that I look at Trump is I look at his family. I look at his kids.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a story of any Trump kid in TMZ or E! Entertainment. I don’t see them in the gossip pages. I don’t see a single story about a Trump kid that’s wandering aimlessly through life drunk and out of control and disorderly and wandering aimlessly here and there. I see nothing but well-raised young adults who are seriously working, who are devoted to their father, and their family is devoted to him. They don’t appear to be spoiled brats. They’re not playboys. They’re not getting on the Trump jet, flying a bunch of women off to who knows wherever. At least we don’t know about it, if they are. They’re not.
My point, it’s not easy to do that this day and age. I know that his kids have all had to work. They’ve not been handed things. They’ve all had to go to school. But he adores ’em, and they obviously adore and respect him. And that’s not easy to do, in this day and age, to not have one renegade kid that’s out there trying to undermine dad. “Well, Rush, wait a minute.” I know what you’re saying. That doesn’t mean Trump’s any great shakes, it doesn’t mean his politics are any good, doesn’t mean his policies — but we’re talking values and culture here, and I do think it matters. It matters to me, anyway.
But really what it all boils down to is this, folks, there’s no choice here. When Hillary Clinton’s on the ballot, there’s no choice. If the Republican Party wants to reassert itself, if the conservative movement wants to retake the Republican Party, then have at it, while Trump’s in office. Some people think it will be easier to fundraise with Hillary in office. You know, I get hit with this myself, and it burns me up.
To this day there are people out there in the media who say that I’m lying to you, that I secretly want the Clintons to win all the time ’cause the Clintons are who made me, they say. If it hadn’t for the Clintons you wouldn’t even know me because I was able to bounce off the Clintons and I made my bones with the Clintons in office and it is much easier for me to do a show like mine when the opposition’s in power ’cause I can show up here and whine and moan and complain every day. As opposed to when my people are in office and all I have to do is support ’em and whatever. And they claim that my secret desires are for the Democrats to win all the time.
And I can’t tell you how that burns me up, because that means that I don’t care about my country and where it’s going. And that means that they think I’m lying to you for 28 years about my thoughts, views, opinions, everything about this country, which I love to death and am scared to death for. I am genuinely scared to death. I’m scared to death when I see what’s happening to young people, to college students. I’m scared to death when I ask myself, are we outnumbered already?
Earlier in the program, Obama 56% approval number with this crap going on? That scares the heck out of me. What is happening to us? What has happened to our population? And I think I know. And it’s gotta stop, and the people responsible for all of this destruction and decline have got to be called out, and they’ve got to be held responsible and held accountable. The American people have to be informed about it, which is an ongoing effort and some say a losing proposition.
But as long as I have breath, that is going to be my message. I have no desire, if it meant the end of my program, if Hillary Clinton losing meant the end of this program, then that’s what I would be for. If that’s what it took to save this country, meaning she loses and that means my radio show goes away, then that’s what I would do. I have no self-interest in this whatsoever. I’m not looking forward to Hillary Clinton being in the White House so I can seek greater advertising revenue. I don’t have a problem with that as it is.
I don’t need Democrats in office to be successful. My success has not been determined by who wins elections, and it never has been. Trump is who we have, Hillary Clinton is who we have and we don’t want, and I don’t think there’s any comparison in the two. In what would be the worst for this country, Hillary or Trump, it’s not even close for me, but there are other people who obviously think Trump would be far worse than Hillary. I don’t see it. I don’t think it’s even close.
I think she and the Democrat Party are the equivalent of a giant wrecking ball that is intentionally being aimed at institution after institution every day, and they’re making contact, and they’re crumbling things that used to be strong that people could believe in, and it’s gotta stop, politically.
RUSH: Look, I know a lot of people do a lot of things for what they consider to be principled reasons, ladies and gentlemen. That’s fine and dandy. My principle here is Never Hillary. By the way, our Never Hillary bumper stickers, they have been so overwhelmingly popular, we have now printed up a bunch of Never Hillary T-shirts in blue that replicate the bumper sticker at the EIB Store at RushLimbaugh.com. They’re available today. These are T-shirts, blue T-shirts, Never Hillary.
But for me, it’s not even. And don’t forget, I know Donald Trump and he’s not a reprobate. He’s nothing close to people I genuinely fear, genuinely oppose. My support of the guy is not personal, it’s not biased because it’s personal. I don’t know him that well. We’re not buddies. I’ve played golf with him a few times. He’s funny, just like you see him here. But he doesn’t threaten me at all. He doesn’t threaten my belief system. He doesn’t threaten my core principles at all.
I can talk to him, I can change his minds about some things, but I know that would never happen with Mrs. Clinton. Wouldn’t even want to try. It’s not even close. It’s instant disaster to do anything that gets that woman in the White House.