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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m getting nervous.  I am already getting nervous.  I know it’s early.  I’m not getting nervous because of anything I’ve heard President-Elect Trump say.  I’m getting nervous because of things I’m hearing other people say, things totally unnecessary.  And I want to take some time today to try to explain why I’m nervous and destroy some myths that seem to always pop up after elections about unity and crossing the aisle and working together and almost apologizing for winning. 

I’m sick of it.  I’m fed up with it.  I have watched it happen for now 29 years, and I’m not gonna sit here and stand or sit mute while it happens again.  We have been governed against our will for the last eight years.  The Democrat Party — and nobody saw this, folks — because everybody was so focused on two people, Hillary and Donald Trump. Nobody, I mean nobody until after it was over, had any idea what had really happened. 

We should have known it because we’ve been chronicling it.  I’m talking about the demise of the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party since 2010, the midterm elections in 2010, they lost 900 seats in that election in the House, in the Senate, go to governorships, mayors, town council, if you go all over the country, they got a shellacking.  We now know that if Donald Trump had run for president in 2012 using the exact data he got versus what Obama got in 2012, Donald Trump would have beaten Obama in 2012, if you take the data from this election and measure it against what Obama had. 

Hillary Clinton got six million fewer votes than Barack Obama in 2012.  In 2014, the next set of midterms, the Democrats lost another 700 seats.  The Democrat Party has been decimated.  They have no bench.  They don’t have anybody bringing up the rear in case Hillary lost.  They have literally been shellacked.  We have been governed by a minority against our will, and the illusion has been that they are the majority and gaining the majority and growing the majority. 

The illusion has been that we are the ones dwindling away to nothing, and it’s been the exact opposite.  The pollsters didn’t miss anything.  They didn’t get anything wrong.  They just didn’t tell us the truth about what they were seeing in these polls.  You go back and look at it now.  The data there was.  They, exactly as I asked on the day of the election, if we’re not gonna believe them all of these months when they report the news, why believe the polls that they produce? 

They didn’t miss anything.  What they’re doing by saying, “Man, how did we miss it? Oh, my God, we’ve gotta go back and examine it.”  They didn’t miss it.  They didn’t tell the truth.  They weren’t honest about what they were finding.  They weren’t honest about trying to find what was actually going on.  The idea they don’t know who Trump voters are — BS.  They know exactly who the Trump voter is.  They ignored them.  They impugned them.  They knew exactly where the Trump supporter was coming from and they chose to ignore it.  They chose to report that it didn’t exist.  They chose to report that it wasn’t relevant. 

So now we have all these riots going on, exactly as I predicted. And, folks, aside from these little snowflakes that are melting on campus today, the kids, all of these riots that you’re seeing in New York and Philadelphia and Chicago and Los Angeles are bought and paid for.  They are not real in terms of springing up genuinely and organically.  They’re bought and paid for, and we know this from the WikiLeaks email dumps from John Podesta, and we know it from Project Veritas videos. 

We know that all of the protests at Trump rallies were bought and paid for primarily by George Soros, by the Democrat Party.  We are still being treated by the media to a picture of America that isn’t true.  They want you to believe that a majority of Americans is fit to fit to be tied and angry over the election of Donald Trump and as one of which we can never unify unless Trump caves on everything in order to get peace.  That’s what they’re trying to make everybody think, and that’s what’s making me nervous, when I hear so many on our side talk about now the need to cross the aisle and the need to unify. 

The time to unify is after we have forced them into surrender just like we did the Japanese in World War II.  But the days of unifying with the losers because they’re mad and we don’t want the media saying mean things about us, they lost.  And, folks, they have been losing since 2010.  Obama would not have won his two elections were it not for his race.  I am convinced that his approval numbers — people say, “Rush, how can you say what you’re saying.  Obama’s got 53% approval.” 

No, he doesn’t.  His policies were unilaterally rejected in this election, folks.  The presidency of Barack Obama was sent packing.  That is exactly what was on the ballot, and we have with his own words if you recall.  Part of his campaign — his ego couldn’t help it — he’s out there campaigning (imitating Obama), “My legacy is all about this. My issues are on the ballot.  Hillary Clinton represents a continuation of everything and all the progress we made.” 

What happened?  A total repudiation.  That 53% approval rating is because of his race and for other surface-oriented factors, but not substance. And they use that 53%, and I’m not even sure I believe that number.  That number doesn’t does make sense with the election results.  The Democrat Party and the agenda of Barack Obama were entirely, totally repudiated in this election, as was the Democrat Party.  It was a bloodbath.  That is how bad it was.  And what people are now learning, they didn’t know just how bad it was on the Democrat side. 

All of our Never Trumpers and all of our wishy-washy RINOs are so self-absorbed with what’s wrong in their own party and who’s traitorous in their own movement that they were not paying attention to the real enemy — in a political sense, of course — and that’s the Democrats and the left.  And once you look at what has happened to them 2010, 2014, and Tuesday of this week, they have been sent packing.  Their policies, the substance of what they tried to do, the substance of what they say they believe, things like Obamacare, the stimulus, various economic policy, it has all been repudiated, and not because of personality.  It’s because of substance. 

Six million fewer Democrats showed up to vote for a person who thought she was going to be coronated, so loved and adored we were told she was by the Democrat Party.  She had to steal her own nomination from Bernie Sanders.  Folks, we are lied to every day by the Democrat Party, which is the media.  We are lied to about how we are viewed in the country.  We are lied to about how they are viewed.  We are lied to about how the country loves their policies and loves them.  We are lied to each and every day, and it is the daily soap opera that I have warned about and talked about that the media gets together and scripts, the daily narrative. 

Look at Colin Kaepernick.  Did you see what Colin Kaepernick did on Election Day?  He didn’t vote!  Here’s a guy who may be one of the primary reasons the audience levels in the NFL are plummeting to the cellar — here’s a guy who claims he’s doing it because of social justice, that he can’t stand to sit in a country and be in a country where minorities are so poorly treated — and on the one day where he really has something to say and do about it, he sits on his butt and doesn’t go vote. 

As far as I’m concerned, Colin Kaepernick is a nonperson and doesn’t serve one second more of media coverage, which raises a question: Why did he get any media coverage in the first place?  What was it?  Colin Kaepernick used to be a great quarterback.  Now he has fallen to, basically… He’s a bad quarterback.  There’s nothing worth watching when Colin Kaepernick takes the field, unless you like car wrecks.  Yet look at all the attention that the media gave him. 

Why did they give him so much attention?  What was he doing, really? When you get down to brass tacks, what was he doing?  He was ripping America, and that’s what they liked, and that’s what they wanted to promote — and the American people have had their fill of this.  The American people love their country and are sick and tired of people who hate it being celebrated and elevated and made celebrities and getting rich.  They are sick and tired of it, and we have the election results to show for it on Tuesday.

And we also have the plummeting fortunes of the Democrat Party to back it up.  The Democrat Party happens to be the receptacle for anti-Americanism in America today.  If you don’t like America and if you’ve got problems with America, that’s where you go.  You go to the Democrat Party.  It is undeniable.  Now, I warned everybody about this rioting. I warned about it constantly.  I want you to hear, because, folks, it isn’t real.  I am begging you to ignore it.  Do not let it affect you. 

Do not let it convince you that it wasn’t worth winning.  Do not let it make you think that winning is not gonna amount to anything because look at how many Americans are unhappy. “Oh, my gosh, why can’t they join us?” It is being bought and paid for.  Organized leftist protests the day after the election in seven cities?  It’s not organic like Occupy Wall Street wasn’t organic.  If it was, where is it now?  Where is Occupy Wall Street?  It served its purpose; it’s gone away?  No, it hasn’t.  This is Occupy Wall Street.  This is Black Lives Matter.

It’s all the same people, it’s all the same money, it’s all the same thinking. And Project Veritas videos exposed how the Democrat Party buys, pays for, and orchestrates this stuff.  Here is me all the way back on June 30th on this program.  And Politico was outraged by what I said here, and they wrote a story on July 1st expressing how they were outraged how anybody could dare say what I said, given the campaign as it was. 

This is it.  This is what I said.  You probably heard it, June 30th of this year.

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RUSH: I want you to fast forward to November to Trump winning the presidency in November. And I want you to think, using your intelligence guided by experience, what’s gonna happen that night?  What’s gonna happen the next day?  What’s going to happen every day thereafter?  What’s gonna happen the day Trump gets inaugurated?  What is the left gonna do?    They’re not gonna just sit idly by and accept this and say, “Good fight.  We gave it everything we had, but we lost.”  They’re gonna do everything they can to undermine it. 

And I think we’re gonna see levels of violence that we have not seen.  I think people are gonna be shocked at the degree to which the left intends to intimidate people into reversing that result.  I think they’re gonna do everything they can to see it that Trump never does get inaugurated.  Whatever, it’s gonna be unlike anything. And the point here is that the election, if we win it, is just a small step forward.    It’s gonna take fortitude. It’s gonna take guts.  It’s gonna take steel spines. 

It’s gonna take courage to implement the victory and then to maintain the victory and then to grow upon the victory.  And I’m telling you, the left is gonna be out there attempting, in whatever fashion they can — whether it breaks the law or not — to thwart the results of the election should Trump win. … [M]y sense is that there isn’t gonna be any peace.  There’s gonna be anger.  There is going to be rage.  There are gonna be lawsuits. 

Everything about the victory is gonna be attacked.  The Democrats will throw lawyers and who knows whatever else at that outcome demanding recounts here, recounts there, whatever. No matter how close it is.   No matter if it’s a landslide loss for Hillary Clinton. They just don’t put up with it, and they’re certainly not gonna be of the mind to put up with it in November.  And it’s not just because it’s Trump.  Trump will be icing on the cake. 

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RUSH:  ACLU has already announced they’re going to sue Trump.  Folks, there is no desire for unity by the people on the left.  It’s a trap, it’s a sucker play, and what makes me nervous is that we have Republicans who want to fall into that trap.  I don’t know about Trump yet.  Way too soon for that.  This meeting he’s got with Obama’s going much, much longer than anybody thought.  If it’s the Trump we know, Obama’s getting a ration for what he had said about Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner linked him to the KKK.  We don’t know.

But it’s going on much longer.  Media perplexed.  The media thought it was gonna be a mere formulaic meeting, that Trump was gonna go out there and say, “Thank you! You’re a wonderful guy, Mr. Obama.  So great to meet you!  Thanks for letting me in the White House,” and then move on to a meeting with Republicans.  They do not want unity.  The protests, the college snowflakes melting before our eyes? They do not want unity.  It is a sucker trap. 

It’s a sucker play designed to get us to essentially act like we didn’t win.  We’ve seen it before.  We’ve seen the movie!  Remember when we won the Senate and then said, “You know, it’s not fair! It’s not fair we should have majority,” and so we gave them essentially an extra vote so the Senate would be 50-50, trying to show the American people how open-minded and fair we can be.  I made this prediction numerous times.  Last October 21st made the prediction again.

RUSH ARCHIVE:  Let’s say Trump wins a narrow victory, say gets 285 electoral votes or 280, 275, whatever.  Do you think they’re just get sit there and accept it for the honor of the tradition of accepting the election results? They’ve got themselves convinced, ’cause of their own polls, that they’re looking a landslide of Goldwater proportions here.  They think Hillary may get 500 electoral votes. (laughing) If Trump… Folks, there will be rioting election night, and we will witness the dignified and accepting tradition of going with the outcome of an election as we have come to expect.

RUSH:  Right.  So everything I predicted is coming true, except the lawsuits and recounts.  That hasn’t happened yet.  It may not, but — and it was easy to predict.  I’ve got more of this.  But I want to delve deeper into the actual size of this Democrat loss and deeper into my fears about this business of unity.  I don’t want any misunderstand.  I’d love it if it were possible and it is, but not right now. 

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican Party… Let me put this in perspective for you — and this is among the things that nobody saw, and stand by for even more delightful detail on this.  The Republican Party is stronger in Washington than it has ever been since the 1920s!  We have more power in Washington, DC — the Republican Party — than at any time since the 1920s.  It is huge!  The Republicans have expanded their… The Republicans didn’t; Donald Trump did. 

Another key element here to keep in mind, for all the Never Trumpers, for all the wishy-washy RINO Republican types. They enjoy this power because one man decided to take on the illusion of this gigantic, unbeatable left.  

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RUSH: I don’t want to imply that I think their objections to Trump were not principled like some of them were.  I think they were just misguided.  But take a look many of the things that the conventional wisdom from the smart people, what they told us.  In the first place, they told us Trump’s gonna lose in a landslide, doesn’t have a prayer.

Which means that we’re gonna lose the House and we’re gonna lose the Senate, and it’s just gonna end up being the absolute worst thing that could happen.  We had smug predictions from writers and analysts and strategists on cable TV, bloggers, all of them arrogantly assuming that there was simply no way that Donald Trump could win, because he’s just a very coarse and uncouth individual. Just no way that he could win.  And anybody that was on his side was also excoriated for betrayal, was a sellout not understanding what was at stake. 

So Trump was gonna lose big, and take the party down the tubes. He was gonna wipe out Republican majorities. The sky was falling! Massive landslides were coming.  And many of them made these predictions happily.  Many of them were very, very… They seemed enthusiastic or enthused to make these predictions, because I guess they thought that there was great opportunity for them in the aftermath of this being able to say, “See, we told you!  You can continue to donate to us because we are the true keepers of the flame,” or what have you. 

Well, not only were Democrat policies, not only was the Obama administration — the Democrat Party — repudiated, but so were a lot of the so-called intelligentsia on the right as well.  This was gonna teach the Republican Party a lesson, and it was gonna learn once and for all, “You can’t listen to talk radio! You can’t do anything other than listen to the genuine intellectuals.  They’re the ones that will guide you.” Now look at what’s happened.  Look at what has happened.

We’re going to expand control of Congress, or keep it, in the case of the Senate, more governorships, and the Republican Party with more power in Washington than it has had since the 1920s, all because of one election.  It’s amazing how nobody saw it! I didn’t.  I mean, I didn’t see the full measure of impact, and I don’t think too many people did, either.  That’s why there’s so much shock and surprise over what has happened.  Now, I mentioned earlier that I’m getting nervous, and we’ve even got a guy on the phone who thinks I sound angry.

Is that what he said, Mr. Snerdley? The caller thinks I sound angry?  Do I sound angry in there to you guys?  Tell me! Tell me straight. Tell me… (interruption) Okay, the staff, highly paid to suck up (chuckling), is telling me that they… They don’t suck up. No, they don’t hear anger, ’cause they can see me, too, and so can you on the Dittocam.  They hear passion.  They know when I’m mad.  Folks, my point is we’ve seen this movie. We’ve been here how many times?  Go back to the 2002 midterms, you know, where we kept the House we were supposed to lose.

Any number of times where we’ve been victorious, the left, by rote, starts demanding unity, that we get rid of our differences, that we come together.  But it always ends up being us that has to do it.  They never have to change a damn thing about themselves, even and especially when they lose.  No, it’s all up to us to compromise, to unify, to do whatever it is so they won’t be angry anymore, so their protesters can get off the streets and once again enjoy life.  Why is there disunity in America in the first place? 

Well, it’s natural when you have partisan politics as the governing system of the country, and it’s not gonna change. And as long as you have passionate people on both sides, you’re going to have partisan divides.  And as long as both sides have people are never gonna compromise their principles, you’re always going to have a circumstance where there is never unity.  The nation’s never been unified in the ways that people today are demanding it be unified anyway.  It’s a pipe dream, something that sounds really wonderful to hope for. 

And, by the way, it sounds really wonderful to say in the afterglow of an election, to talk about putting aside our differences and unifying. It sounds wonderful, and maybe that’s what Americans want to hear.  I’m hoping it’s just what people think they have to say right now on our side.  Look, there’s a headline in The Politico today: “Obamacare Defenders Vow ‘Total War.'”  They’re not gonna lay down, folks.  They’re not gonna unify. 

For unity to take place, they would have to agree with us that Obamacare is a disaster and help us get rid of it and put something in its place.  They’re not gonna do that.  Why, when they just got beat, they just got shellacked, when their entire agenda was repudiated and all because Trump put this stuff out there that he was going to get rid of Obamacare? Trump won!  Why in the world should we, after victory, say, “Okay, we’ll leave it and we’ll let you guys come in and participate in the meetings that we’re gonna have to save it”?

It’s not how things would work if we lost. 

It is a trap. 

There is disunity because the left views this as constant, never-ending war.  We have tried. Our party, members of our party have tried to appease the Democrats and the left for as long as I have been doing this, and it never, ever works.  It never makes the media less mean. It never causes Democrats to say they love us and like us more.  Not that that matters, but it seems that some people want that to be the case.  It never changes anything.  But let’s looking at this as it actually was, as it actually happened. 

All of this, I want you to keep in mind under the umbrella of “we should now unify.”  Obama claimed that his legacy was on the ballot, claimed his policies and their being continued was on the ballot.  His legacy. Hillary Clinton was charged with making sure the Obama legacy lived on.  Obama himself put his legacy, his agenda, his entire administration on the ballot.  Barack Obama campaigned saying, “Save my agenda.  Save my legacy.”  What happened? 

It was totally repudiated.  It was sent packing.  The people of this country told the Obama agenda to take a hike.  Barack Obama — and it’s certainly not politically correct to say this. Barack Obama has really damaged the Democrat Party, folks.  If you look at all of the Democrat defeats starting in the 2010 midterms, and you add the number of seats they lost 2014, we’re up to about 1400 to 1600 electoral seats the Democrats have lost! 

It’s so bad that Democrats in California won to secede from the nation — and many people are saying, “Let them.”  These are the people demanding to sue for unity?  They ought to be mad.  They are mad.  Their anger needs to be placed where it should be, and that’s on the shoulders of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, because those two people have single-handedly seen to it that the Democrat Party is its weakest since the 1920s. 

It’s astounding what happened.  Governorships, Senate seats, House seats, mayors, city council, it’s incredible the number of seats Democrats have lost.  And once again, as it was in 2010 and 2014, the Republicans are beneficiaries of what has taken place here, but you might come up short in calling them actual winners because it was Donald Trump that secured the victory on Tuesday.

It was the Tea Party and the conservative movement in 2010 and 2014 in those midterm elections.  The Republicans didn’t actually present an agenda; they represented the opposition.  They represented the alternative choice.  The Democrat Party has been rejected by whoever showed up to vote.  You can talk about low turnout, I don’t care, but among those who showed up to vote — and Colin Kaepernick was not one of them — the Democrat Party has suffered defeat after defeat after defeat. 

Donald Trump has seen to this massive shift in power that nobody saw, nobody thought possible on our side.  To me, Donald Trump shows what has been possible all along for the Republican Party.  We could have won in 2008.  In fact, the numbers have been run.  We could have won.  Trump, with the support that he got Tuesday, would have beaten Barack Obama in 2012.  None of this had to happen.  But too many of our people on our side thought it was unavoidable.  Well, we had too much history against us. We had an African-American, the first, guy that spoke well, was intelligent. 

But we didn’t oppose.  We were afraid to oppose for a whole host of reasons that we have been through and named so there’s no need to repeat them.  The history is what’s important.  Had we opposed the Democrat agenda, we could have beaten it, as did happen this past Tuesday.  We have not lost our country.  We are the majority of the country, or very close to it.  Since Obama became president, since the Democrats got on board his aggressively Big Government agenda, the Democrat Party has been routed across the country in both houses of Congress, in state and local governments. 

When Obama’s policies are on the ballot, without him, the Democrats get shellacked.  When he’s on the ballot with his policies, they win.  So therefore it’s not his policies; it’s him and whatever he means to voters.  And I think it’s simply that people are afraid to vote against him for fear that somebody might find out they voted against him and for fear that they think that will say to other people.  I think it’s dominated by his race.  There are other factors as well. 

David French at National Review.  One of the Never Trumpers who thought that this was the opposite of what was gonna happen, who believed that we were headed for a defeat that was actually gonna destroy the Republican Party.  Do you realize how many Never Trumpers, how many mainstream Republicans really thought this election would be the end of the Republican Party and it was gonna have to be reconstituted and rebuilt, and there may be some of that anyway, by the way. 

But Mr. French at National Review wrote that he had no idea the Democrat Party had so thoroughly alienated its own voters.  Hillary Clinton will likely end up with almost 10 million fewer votes than Obama got in 2008. And what nobody the Drive-Bys wants to talk about today: Bernie Sanders.  The Democrat Party voter read WikiLeaks.  The Democrat Party voter knows Hillary Clinton rigged that game with the DNC. 

Remember how fit to be tied we were in 2012 when we found out four million people didn’t vote for Mitt Romney for whatever reason?  Try six million Democrats didn’t vote Tuesday for Hillary.  Two words: Bernie Sanders.  The Democrat Party knew, enough people in that party knew how they had rigged the game and they were lying.  They were being just as disingenuous with their own party as they were being with us.  

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