RUSH: A few sound bites from Hillary’s speech yesterday in Reno, Nevada. She began the speech… This is typical Clinton. I don’t know about you; I’m sick of it. I’m tired of the plan, the schedule, the make book on it “Republicans are racists” card being thrown by the Democrats in every campaign. She starts out by saying, “Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election.” It’s just a typical setup. People aren’t complaining to her about that. The divisive rhetoric in this country started eight years ago or maybe even before that, and it comes from Hillary’s party.
RUSH: Now we go to the audio sound bites and we’re gonna start with the promised few excerpts from Mrs. Clinton’s speech yesterday in Reno in which she just accused Trump of every vile, despicable, racist, and conspiratorial thing she could think of. We have a total of four bites just to give you an example. Here’s the first.
HILLARY: From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of president he’d be.
RUSH: All right. She is alluding her to this new thing called the Alt-Right, which most people can’t define, most people don’t know what it is. What Hillary is doing is trying to set up the Alt-Right as the new mainstream conservatism, and it’s of course despicable, and it’s vile, and it’s disgusting, and it’s what Trump is, and Trump is promoting it. And you heard her say here, “He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe” — that’s the Alt-Right bunch — “take over the Republican Party.”
So that’s her signal to people like Ryan and McConnell and anybody else in the elected Republican domain, “Hey, hey, you can abandon this guy now. I’ve given you the highway. I’ve given you the way out. I have properly characterized this guy taking over your party. I can give you a way out so you won’t be tainted by it.” Make no mistake, that’s what she’s trying to do. What she’s not calculating by doing all this, she is insulting everybody who supports Trump.
Now, maybe she thinks that she’s got enough of a cushion where she can do that and it won’t matter. But she’s gonna be president someday if she succeeds, and presidents have to be president of all the people. But we found out that’s not the case anymore. The presidency has even become a partisan thing. The presidency has been totally politicized and totally made partisan, as evidenced by the IRS going after the Tea Party and any number of other examples I give you. Here’s the next Hillary excerpt.
HILLARY: Now, all of this adds up to something we have never seen before. There’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, but it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone until now. This is a moment-of-reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.
RUSH: Once again, outreach to Republicans she thinks and hopes are outraged by Trump and have been for a while, to abandon Republican Party ’cause it’s gone. The Republican Party we’ve all known, it’s gone, Hillary says. Trump’s taken it over and this fringe bunch from the Alt-Right, and Trumpbart News and all that, so if you don’t want to be part of it, come join me. And there are some Republicans acknowledging that’s what she’s doing and thinking of making the move. Media type Republicans. Here’s the next excerpt.
HILLARY: Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits in the convention hall and told any racists in the party to get out. The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims love America just as much as I do. In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters that they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew Barack Obama, he said, is an American citizen and a decent person. We need that kind of leadership again.
RUSH: Oh, there she goes, almost screaming, almost going off into ex-wife land. Now, that’s even further outreach. McCain, George W. Bush, she’s saying kind things about George W. Bush? This is an invitation. But what Hillary conveniently left out, which we will remind you, because I’m sure you know it and may be shouting at your radios even now, she is the one who started the birther movement on Barack Obama, in her campaign of 2008. And it was her husband who played the race card on Barack Hussein O.
It was her husband who said to Ted Kennedy in a moment of frustration in South Carolina (Clinton impression), “Hey, Ted, this guy, this is a fairy tale. This guy’s, he’s dreaming, it wasn’t that long ago, Ted, this guy’d be getting our scotch. Isn’t that right, Ted?” Well, Obama heard about that and there was friction from that day forward. But it was Hillary and her campaign which started this whole birther business. Trump didn’t start it.
RUSH: Still in Reno yesterday afternoon: Hillary Clinton claiming that it was Donald Trump who started the birther movement.
HILLARY: (slow talking) Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called (dramatic pause) birthers. He promoted the racist lie that President Obama is not really an American citizen, part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black president.
RUSH: Well, except the problem with that is that Hillary Clinton started it. I don’t know how many of you recall, but there was during the 2008 campaign… This is one example. There was a picture of Obama in Muslim garb. He had gone home to Kenya. Uh, sorry! He had gone to Kenya and, you know, the ancestral home there. The brother that lives in the hut and so forth is there, the six-by-nine foot hut. (interruption) Yeah. (interruption) No, no, no. The brother still lives in a six-by-nine-foot hut.
Obama’s brother lives in a six-by-nine-foot hut and lives on the equivalent of $2 a year. (interruption) No, no, no, no! If Obama could find a way to give his brother 20 bucks, it would mean a phenomenal difference. He lives in a hut; doesn’t even have a sign, says “Home, Sweet Hut.” There’s no such thing. Anyway, he went there and he dressed in ceremonial garb, and it was the Hillary campaign that got that photo and sent it to Drudge, who put it on the front page of the Drudge Report!
Now, let’s go back to March 2, 2008, CBS 60 Minutes. Steve Kroft speaking with Senator Hillary Clinton. Kroft says, “You don’t believe that Obama’s a Muslim?” She was getting the question because her campaign had already raised the question. People forget this 2008 campaign because it was Democrats and it was… Well, eight years ago. But it contained innuendo out the wazoo, folks. And the Clinton campaign had been insinuating that Obama might be a Muslim, that he might not be a natural-born citizen. The birther stuff all came from the Hillary Clinton campaign, and Steve Kroft said, “You don’t believe he’s a Muslim?”
HILLARY: (stammering) Of course not! I — I mean, that’s… You know, that… There is no basis for that! You know, I take him on basis of what he says and, you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that.
KROFT: You said we take Senator Obama at his word that he’s not a Muslim.
HILLARY: (high pitched) Right! Right!
KROFT: You don’t believe that he’s a Muslim, or are implying it, right?
HILLARY: No! No! Why would I? There is nothing to base that on — as far as I know.
RUSH: Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho. “There’s nothing to base that on — so far as I know.” That’s not one of these categorical denials. That’s not one of these, “Don’t be silly, Steve! I can’t believe you’re asking such an insulting question about a Democrat candidate. Of course he’s not a Muslim! Who in the world could possibly say that?” But the problem was, her campaign was. And even more, I mean, her campaign was playing race cards. Her campaign was doing all kinds of things. Her husband was out there trying to demean Obama as nothing more than a waiter or a butler, and then claiming that if he won the South Carolina primary…
What was it Clinton said about winning the South Carolina primary? (impression) “Oh, it’s just gonna be the same thing happen to Jesse Jackson. It doesn’t mean anything! The guy’s living a fantasy world out there.” What he meant was he just gonna win ’cause he black. That was Bill Clinton saying that, and he did make that comment to Ted Kennedy about: “It wasn’t that long ago, Ted, this guy’d be getting us our scotch.” He might have said “coffee.” There’s a new Trump ad, doubling back to audio sound bite number two. Last night, Trump’s Twitter account, a new ad highlighting Hillary’s campaign tactics against Obama during the 2008 primary.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2016
RUSSERT: When we arrived in South Carolina yesterday, this was The State newspaper: “Clinton camp hits Obama, attacks painful for black voters, many in state offend by criticism of Obama, remarks about Martin Luther King.”
HILLARY: Dr. King’s dream, uh, began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
RUSSERT: It’s as if you are minimizing I Have a Dream. “It’s a nice sentiment, but it took a white president to get blacks to the mountaintop.”
WOMAN: The damage between the Clintons and the African-Americans in this country might be irreparable.
HILLARY: Senator Obama’s, uh, support among, uh, uh, hardworking Americans — uh, white Americans — is weakening.
LARRY O’DONNELL: Clinton had said, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
CLINTON: I am not a racist.
CLINTON: This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale.
CHRIS CUOMO: Geraldine Ferraro’s comments to a newspaper that, quote, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.”
MAN: The Clinton campaign does not want to change the tone. They’re defending this — and this, therefore, is their strategy.
RUSH: This was… You don’t see the video in this, but the ad highlights of all of the… That was Tim Russert of Meet the Press at the beginning, and Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC and Chris Cuomo from CNN was there, and then they’re all reacting to how outrageous the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 is in the things that it’s alluding to. And one of those things is, “Hey, you know, Martin Luther King didn’t do that much.” It was LBJ!
“LBJ gave us the Civil Rights Act; Martin Luther King didn’t do all that much. That was the Hillary Clinton campaign, and of course she has embraced the only member of the Ku Klux Klan to ever be in the Senate — a Democrat, Robert Byrd — and she said he was the conscience of the Senate. It makes what she did yesterday pale all the more because it’s typical. Democrats run out — it’s an Alinsky tactic, actually. Yyou accuse your opponents of being who you are and doing the outrageous things that you do.
RUSH: I’ll tell you another reason for this speech that she gave yesterday: Trump’s outreach to the African-American community. Do not be misled, do not be fooled; the Democrats are worried that it could be effective. They’re very worried about it. They, of course, don’t act like it. They act like, “Oh, this is outrageous! Trump’s out insulting them!” Wrong. I’m gonna put this all in perspective for you as the program unfolds. ‘Cause Trump — whatever he was warning the Democrats, whatever he’s warning African-Americans about — he wasn’t criticizing them. He was criticizing the Democrat Party. He was telling them it’s the Democrat Party that has made their bed for ’em, and it’s time that that changed.
RUSH: Now, look, I could be wrong about this. I’m just telling you what I’ve observed. Hillary Clinton goes out and delivers this devastating speech yesterday, which a lot of people thought was devastating. A lot of people thought, well, that’s it, that’s it, that’s the final nail in the Trump coffin, that’s it. I had more people down in the dumps over this thing when it was over sending me emails, “Oh, my God, Rush, this is horrible.”
And, folks, look, you know what I’m seeing mostly on TV today? I’m talking about the cable networks. I’m not seeing clips of Hillary’s speech. Now, maybe they did it earlier today. You know what I see ’em talking about? Everybody’s talking about the Trump immigration flip-flop. There is far more attention being paid to that. CNN, I don’t know what PMSNBC is doing. I don’t watch ’em anymore. But Fox isn’t talking about the Hillary speech. I mean, there’s some perfunctory reporting on it, but not like there used to be.
A speech like that 10, 15 years ago, that, believe me, would have been the only thing discussed on the Sunday shows coming up. That speech would have had a life span of four days, five days, what have you. And it seems or feels different to me. I know that Hillary’s buddies and supporters in the Drive-Bys, they ate it up, they loved it. But when I see more attention being paid to Trump’s position and his flip-flops or supposed flip-flops on immigration, I get a little curious about it.
Now, it’s true to say that the Democrats do this every presidential election year. I mean, let’s not forget what they did to Mitt Romney.
RUSH: We have a woman who has smeared women victimized by sexual abuse from her husband. Her husband is a known sexual predator. And when the women who were abused by this guy popped up, Hillary Clinton was leading the charge to destroy them. You notice that Hillary Clinton hasn’t led the charge to destroy any of the women coming forth and saying that anybody else has been sexually harassed, but the women who come forward to say her husband did, Hillary Clinton targeted them and led what was caused a bimbo eruptions unit to destroy them, their reputations and their integrity and their stories.
And this is the woman clean and pure as the wind-driven snow? This is the woman who gave birth to the birther story in the 2008 campaign. This is the woman who gave birth to the idea that Barack Obama was a Muslim. It was the Hillary campaign who got that whole thing started. So Trump comes out, starts making these appeals to African-Americans on the basis that the Democrat Party has let them down, that the Democrat Party doesn’t care about them, that the Democrat Party is just using them. And so Hillary has to get in gear and immediately bring out the whole deck of race cards to try to destroy Trump.
Donald Trump has been in public life for 30 years. People have worked for Trump. People have done this with Trump, all kinds of people. He’s been on TV. He’s hosted TV shows. He’s worked with top-level executives. He was given his own reality show. At no time in those 30 years did anybody ever say Donald Trump was a racist, and then all of a sudden when he seeks the presidency opposite a Democrat, guess what? Like every other Republican before him, he becomes a racist. Like Mitt Romney in 2012 became a murderer. Mitt Romney, maybe the most moral and decent man who’s ever run for president, ended up being a murderer, somebody who didn’t care about animals, and a tax cheat.
This is what the Democrats do. It’s the primary card that they play, and she played it big time on Trump yesterday. She said: “Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms: ‘Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.’ Those are his words.”
Well, yeah. But he wasn’t blaming African-Americans. He was defending them. He was blaming the Democrat Party for the circumstances in which African-Americans and other minorities in this country now live. Trump was trying to tell them, “You are voting for people who don’t really care about you. You’re voting for people who only care about you for your votes. They don’t care about you and your lives, and the evidence is your lives.” Well, that kind of outreach to African-Americans, that’s not gonna be tolerated in the Democrat Party, so out Hillary went with her speech.
Anyway, folks, I could be wrong. I don’t and can’t watch everything, but I’ve had two news networks on since I arrived here early this morning. And I’m telling you, I haven’t seen hardly anything about Hillary’s speech. I haven’t seen very many roundtables. There have been some, I mean, perfunctory. But I haven’t seen roundtable after roundtable, people wringing their hands saying how horrible or how great Hillary’s speech was or, “Oh, my God, Trump is so bad.”
All I’ve seen, the majority of what I’ve seen is these networks focusing on whether Trump’s flip-flopping on his immigration proposals. I don’t know. It just makes me wonder. I’m surprised the impact of Hillary’s speech is as muted as it is, and if it is, if I’m right about that, there has to be a reason for it. There has to be a reason why they’re not pounding it and playing it up. I think one of the reasons is that Trump really fired back and he is continuing to fire back on this.
RUSH: So during my perusal of the email, the question, “Rush, is there any more about Hillary and what she said about Obama in 2008 besides the Muslim stuff?” Yes, folks. There is. In fact, another piece here from the Huffing and Puffington Post, a black author. The guy was for Bernie Sanders, name is James Rucker. It says here he’s an activist, an entrepreneur, and cofounder of colorofchange.org and the Citizen Engagement Lab.
He had a piece going back to June of this year, June 28th, which was the tail end of the Democrat primaries and the Bernie people were fit to be tied over the rigged nature of the campaign. So what this guy’s done, he’s gone back, he went back to the 2008 campaign, and he revived some of the things said by various people. And here’s a couple excerpts from this story.
“The truth is that for the entire Democratic primary, not only did Hillary Clinton’s campaign do nothing to push back against the racist fear-mongering about Obama, it actually fed this atmosphere and helped it grow. It was a part of their strategy from early in the campaign,” to push the racial aspect of Obama and the Muslim aspect and the birther aspect.
For example, “March of 2007, Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist Mark Penn wrote a campaign memo that proposed painting Barack Obama as un-American.” This is from the memo itself:
This is Mark Penn, chief strategist for Hillary, advising her campaign on the ways they were gonna go about attacking Obama, and one of the things they were gonna do, “Look, we’re at a time of war, this guy, we’re not sure that he really is pro-America. We don’t know where he’s from.” They’re pushing the meme that he’s Muslim and the birther aspects. It was the Hillary campaign that got all of this started. People just either didn’t pay attention to it back then or have forgotten.
But everything she’s accused Trump of doing she did, her campaign led. And, folks, I remember it. One of the reasons I did Operation Chaos, to keep her campaign alive. But I remember some of the things that she was saying about Obama. And I made mention of them here, because this was Democrat-on-Democrat kind of crime. She was saying things that supposedly Democrats don’t even think about African-Americans. She was characterizing Obama in ways that we’re told Democrats never, ever do.
So this is just one example, Hillary’s strategist with a memo saying it might be effective to question whether Obama really has American roots in his character.
“I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values … Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America to the middle class in the middle of the last century … Let’s explicitly own ‘American’ in our programs, the speeches and the values.” Because Obama can’t.
That was not from Mitt Romney. That wasn’t from McCain. That wasn’t from anybody on the Republican side. That was Hillary’s chief strategist. “In December 2007 Billy Shaheen –” I know you’ll remember this ’cause they forced this guy to quit “– Billy Shaheen, the co-chair of Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign, raised the issue of Obama’s drug use as a young man.” He was in a the choom gang back in Hawaii. And Billy Shaheen raised “the possibility that Obama could be attacked as a drug dealer. … His statements had the effect of injecting racist stereotypes into the campaign.
“The next day, Clinton privately apologized to Obama for Shaheen’s comments and claimed she had nothing to do with them. Obama didn’t accept the apology because he believed Clinton’s campaign was circulating emails claiming he was a Muslim. According to Reggie Love, Obama’s personal assistant at the time: ‘The candidate [Obama] very respectfully told her the apology was kind, but largely meaningless, given the emails it was rumored her camp had been sending out labeling him as a Muslim.'”
I remember when Billy Shaheen made the comment. (imitating Shaheen) “This guy could be a drug dealer in his past. He’s in the choom gang. He’s out there smoking weed every day in Hawaii, who knows, do we want this guy being president?” And they forced Shaheen to resign. They did this giant mea culpa. I remember sitting here flabbergasted watching all this, because we’ve been told my entire life Democrats don’t think this way about blacks. Democrats do not stereotype. Democrats do not accuse blacks of these kinds of things, only evil Republicans do.
Hillary and Clinton felt betrayed and they got bitter, and that’s when all of this stuff started. Because even when a lot of Democrats and a lot of media left Hillary and went to Obama, the Clintons were still thinking it was gonna be a cakewalk. The Clintons were still thinking there’s no way the country is gonna elect this black guy nobody’s ever heard of. He’s given one speech at our convention, skinny black guy, there’s no way that’s gonna happen. This guy’s a Muslim, there’s no way. This is what the Clinton campaign is thinking.
And we all know what really happened. He dwarfed her! If it hadn’t been for Operation Chaos run by me on this show she would have been out of the race in March instead of June. So all this BS about Trump starting this birther stuff and Trump starting this racist attack on Obama. Nah, nah. Mrs. Clinton, the Hillary campaign, 2008.
RUSH: I want to grab a couple of sound bites here the remaining moments of this busy broadcast hour as an example of things I mentioned earlier. Here’s Chuck Todd from the Today Show today talking about Hillary’s speech on race. Now, his take is a little different than mine.
TODD: There’s an amazing thing that happened yesterday. Hillary Clinton called the Republican nominee a racist, and all these Republicans, not a word. No Republicans outside the campaign said, “How dare you, Hillary Clinton, call the Republican nominee a racist.” The sound of silence among mainstream Republican elected officials yesterday is stunning.
RUSH: Yes, exactly, exactly, it’s stunning, but why is there silence and why is it stunning? Look, I don’t remember a whole lot of people defending Mitt Romney when Harry Reid starts ripping into him. This was one of the frustrating things for me was that I was one of the loudest defenders of Romney. There weren’t any elected Republicans doing it. Harry Reid calls him a tax cheat. The Democrats are running ads claiming he doesn’t care that the wife of an employee died. You know, the Bush team never responded to any criticism of them when they’re in the White House. They all left it up to us here to do that.
I don’t remember Republicans coming to the defenses of other Republicans much at all on anything. Right? And they didn’t yesterday either, that’s true. But I have a different theory. Chuck Todd’s theory is that they didn’t respond because they think it’s true, and they were devastated. And I don’t think that’s why they didn’t respond. Here’s Nicolle Wallace. She is from the George W. Bush campaign, the communications office. And she was Sarah Palin’s handler in the 2008 campaign. She was on the Today Show today as well as F. Chuck.
WALLACE: I have to say on the speech yesterday, when Hillary went to what all the Republicans have done in the past on race, she cited George W. Bush going to a mosque, she cited John McCain standing up to somebody who called President Obama a Muslim. I wish a Republican had given that speech.
RUSH: Well, now, wait just a second here. You know what she’s talking about here when she says that McCain stood up to somebody that called Obama a Muslim, that’s not what happened. It was Bill Cunningham attending a rally for McCain, actually did the introduction of McCain, and it might have been in Cincinnati, it’s where Cunningham lives and works, and all he did was announce Obama’s middle name.
Leading up to the introduction of McCain, he mentioned Barack Hussein Obama, and campaign came out (McCain impression), “I’m not gonna put up with that. That’s the kind of thing my campaign is not gonna be known for and I’ve asked Mr. Cunningham to shut up and never, ever attend one of my rallies again.” He didn’t call him a Muslim. He just used his middle name, as I recall.
But here’s Nicolle Wallace, “I wish a Republican had given Hillary’s speech.” Why? Okay, so no Republicans come to Trump’s defense. But that’s not true. In the media all kinds of so-called Republican conservatives have come to Trump’s defense such as here and turning all of this around on Hillary.
RUSH: Okay, back to the phones as promised on Open Line Friday. Bruce in Denver. It’s great to have you, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I think Mr. Trump could get ahead of this racism claim quickly — and take it off the table for the entire campaign — with the right set of ads and turn it to his advantage huge, as you would say.
RUSH: What do you think…? What kind of ads? What should the ads contain?
CALLER: Run clips of every Democrat presidential candidate for the last 40 years saying the same thing about their opponent, including, “If George Bush is elected, black churches will burn.” And then finish that up with Mr. Trump saying, “Look, folks, the Democrats and Hillary Clinton are afraid because they know I do what I say, and I will bring jobs back to the inner city.”
RUSH: Well, let me offer a bit of a disagreement. If you start rerunning Democrat ads on black churches burning, you’re still running Democrat ads. If that’s… If I heard you right, if you think they ought to get every ad that every Democrat presidential candidate ran — every allegation they said — and run it and then close it by saying, “Donald Trump wants to be….” In other words, you’re gonna leave it up to the audience to assume that all that’s a bunch of BS, when really all you’re doing is rerunning the ads. And guess who’s gonna see ’em?
African-Americans are gonna be reminded again of the allegation that blacks were dragged behind trucks when George Bush was governor of Texas. You just… I understand the desire everybody has to nuke the lies. Everybody wants the Democrat lies to be blown to smithereens and to hang those lies around their necks — or, better yet, bury those lies in the political coffins in which we’re gonna bury ’em. But I don’t think you do it by rerunning ’em. Those things are emotionally based. They worked because they connected emotionally with people. To run them again with the hope that people are gonna finally realize what a bunch of lies they all were, it’s a big risk. I think you’re on to something with Trump running ads. He’s gonna have to start doing that. The question is: About what?