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RUSH: Last night, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump at a campaign event.

TRUMP:  If he would have just not done anything, just go home, go to sleep, relax, he would have been a hero.  But he made a deal with the devil.  She’s the devil.  He made a deal with the devil.

RUSH:  He’s talking about Bernie Sanders.  He’s really ripping Bernie for giving up and caving in and endorsing Hillary when it was all over.  He thinks Crazy Bernie should have kept up the fight at the convention.  He should have kept trying to win those superdelegates, but Crazy Bernie was a paper tiger, or a paper lion.  Crazy Bernie never, ever, was gonna win the Democrat nomination.  That was arranged in 2008.  The game was, in fact, rigged.  Hillary was promised 2012 or 2016, when they stole it from her in 2008 because Obama wanted it.  That led to Trump later in Columbus, Ohio, that Bernie bite kind of sets this one up.

TRUMP:  I’m afraid the election’s gonna be rigged, I have to be honest.  Because I think my side was rigged. If I didn’t win by massive landslides, I mean think of what we won in New York, and Indiana, California, 78%.

RUSH:  So here is the Republican nominee signaling the likelihood of defeat on the basis that the whole thing’s been rigged against him.  And what he means is, if I didn’t win by massive landslides, he’s talking about people who said Trump’s only hope here was to win by a massive landslide because, if it’s close, he didn’t have a prayer.  And, of course, there’s gonna be some people who believe this because there have been elections where there has been fraud.  I mean, everybody knows this. 

But Trump is being hit from all sides on this one by even some of his supporters who are upset that he sounds like he’s making an excuse already here in August for losing, and then others who claim to be Trump supporters are also saying, “You don’t do this.  In the freest nation on earth, you don’t tell voters that the entire institution of the presidential election is corrupt and unsalvageable.” 

So this constitutes, in my mind, Trump shifting from an aggressive offensive strategy here to one of being on defense.  And I don’t know if he’s trying to arouse sympathy here.  I really don’t.  All I know is that that doesn’t work.  Nobody ever got elected anything ’cause somebody felt sorry for the way they’ve been treated or what have you.  I don’t think it’s that.  But some people think it is, so we’ve gotta deal with all these possibilities. 

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RUSH:  Now, guess in all of this, the last three or four days, who have we not heard from?  You haven’t heard a peep out of Hillary Clinton, have you?  And guess what?  She’s going up in the polls.  Exactly as we’ve advised everybody.  She goes silent, that’s when she goes up.

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