RUSH: There’s one other thing I want you to hear. It’s all the way back on January 24th, 1995. Bill Clinton in the State of the Union address, January 24th, 1995. I want you to tell me who this reminds you of.
CLINTON: All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
RUSH: Sounds exactly like Donald Trump, doesn’t it? Now, Mr. Snerdley, have you heard this Clinton sound bite? Do you ever recall hearing Clinton say this back in the ’90s? I mean, you should have seen people’s eyes on the other side glass listening to this. They don’t recall ever having heard it before, even though we all watched it. When I found the bite, I was stunned like you probably are.
I remember all the Clinton similarities going after Osama Bin Laden and Iraq that George W. Bush had said. But this, this is no different than what Trump is talking about. Here’s Bill Clinton in 1994 talk about deporting all of these illegal aliens we could find, stopping their welfare benefits. And you have a standing ovation in the House chamber.
RUSH: So I checked the email during the break. It’s typical. This guy says, “So what’s the big deal what Clinton said back in 1995? Clinton says the same thing on immigration in ’95 as Trump, so what, Rush?” I’ll tell you so what. He got a standing ovation for it in 1995. How many years ago is that? Twenty-two? Twenty-two years ago.
The American people were so fed up with illegal immigration that the president of the United States was echoing their sentiments. We had to start mass deportation. We had to stop welfare benefits. We had to secure the border. And it was roundly supported and applauded.
The American people pay attention. This issue affects millions of people and has for longer than 20 years. And all these politicians have come along, and they’ve said they’re gonna do something about it, including President Bill Clinton back in 1994, and nobody has. So you skip forward to 2016, here comes the Trump — 2015, actually. Here comes Trump. And they believe him on it.
My point is do not — if you are, do not underestimate the power of this issue, in terms of motivating people and turning people out. And causing people who haven’t voted in a while to maybe show up and vote. It’s that big. And the establishment totally misses this. Obviously they miss it. Because they have yet to take it seriously. And, in fact, they’ve done everything they can to make sure what Clinton was advocating, what Trump’s advocating never happens.