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RUSH:  And now the Green Party is saying, “We don’t even support this.  We didn’t support Hillary.  What’s our candidate doing trying to get Hillary elected?”  So the Green Party is abandoning Jill Stein.  

Anyway, what a way to end the week.  Another busy broadcast week here at the EIB Network.  Rush Limbaugh at 800-282-2882, and email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us.  It’s Open Line Friday, which means I don’t have to know anything about what you’re calling about.  I don’t have to care about it.  Monday through Thursday those two things are very important, but on Friday you can pretty much bring up anything you want.  That’s the purpose.  That’s reason we do it.  And again, 800-282-2882.  So if you want send an email, ElRushbo@eibnet.us.  

Do you realize the left is wetting the bed today?  (laughing)  They’ve been wetting the bed all night.  He-he-he.  Oh, man!  What a rally last night!  And not just his rally.  Trump’s appointment “Mad Dog” Mattis is turning them mad.  Mad Dog Mattis as the defense secretary selection is just perfect.  We’ll get into explanations of why as the program unfolds.

Man, oh, man, oh, man.  I’ll tell you, folks, I don’t think Washington has any idea what they are in store for.  I mean, they’re looking at it, they’re seeing it, and by Washington, I mean the elected establishment, in many cases of both parties, certainly the support groups at think tanks, the media. I don’t think they have the slightest clue yet of the whirlwind that’s headed their way.  

They’re still in a little bit of denial, and you can tell by some of the media’s reviews of Trump’s speech. “We didn’t like this. We don’t like the way he keeps attacking us.  That’s not presidential.  That’s not nice.  He shouldn’t be doing this.  He can’t give speeches like this.  This is not presidential.”  

They continue to make the mistake of plugging him into what they think their system is.  And what they haven’t figured out is, Donald Trump has taken over their system.  I really think they don’t have any idea what’s headed their way.  You know, Washington is an interesting place, folks.  It moves at a snail’s pace.  It exists in a mind-set of very little can actually get done.  And because that’s the mind-set that very little can actually get done, very little of substance is literally tried. And particularly in our case on the Republican side, we haven’t really been trying anything.  Our efforts have been oriented toward stopping the left, which has been on a full-fledged march that’s been looking successful because there hasn’t been any opposition to it.  

But I don’t think either party has any idea what’s headed their way.  Their business is to remain mired in process.  They call it deliberation, thoughtful, reasonable deliberation.  Trump doesn’t know any of that.  Trump is not a process guy.  To him, process is delay.  Process is obfuscation.  Process is incompetence.  People engaging in process are a bunch of people masking the fact they don’t know what they’re doing, and he has no time for ’em and no patience.  

Donald Trump gets things done.  That’s all there is, getting things done, accomplishing objectives.  And you watch.  The reaction to Trump is, “We can’t do it that way.  This is not the way we do it. That’s not the way it’s always been done.”  It’s almost cliched, but that is what I expect is gonna happen, and the Democrats, I think, are gonna end up falling even flatter on their face than they have to date because they still are living in a state denial. 

And part of that denial is a supremacy or a superiority about themselves and I think they’re telling themselves in private, “Yeah, just wait ’til this guy gets here, we’ll show him.  Ha-ha-ha, Trump may think he’s ruling the roost right now, Trump may be owning all the media, Trump may have all the momentum, but wait ’til he runs up against us and the way we do things.” And I think they are gonna be bulldozed.  

I think they’re gonna steamrolled and I don’t think they have the slightest idea yet, and if you watched what happened last night in Cincinnati, if you enjoyed it, buckle up, because I predict you are going to have day after day after day of overwhelming enjoyment once Trump actually gets inaugurated.  There are gonna be setback days, obviously.  But we haven’t seen anything like this.  

And Trump does not think the way they do.  He’s not showing up and trying to politely insert himself in their system and the way they do things.  He’s not trying to ingratiate himself.  He doesn’t care.  He’s elected to do specific things.  His campaign, his agenda, his rallies, a very long list of specific things, and he reminded everybody, if you’re thinking he’s not gonna build a wall, if you’re thinking that was just chatter, I’d change my mind if I were you.  He committed to it again last night.  

And so the left — I’ve watched ’em on TV.  I watched ’em last night.  I watched even conservative media types a little nervous, they don’t like the way Trump does two things at once.  Oh, I love — folks, I love this.  We’ve got a sound bite coming up. In fact, let me find it.  It’s Van Jones.  Van Jones went to Trump country to try to figure out what the hell is going on, and he thinks he did.  Yeah.  Grab sound bite 15.  

Van Jones doesn’t know it, but he has just described this radio show.  He went to Trump country to try to figure out what this is all about.  He admits, he went out there to Trump country.  Actually, play 14 and 15.  Play them in order.  Here’s the first one.  It was on CNN last night. 

JONES:  It’s interesting.  I’ve just spent the past several days in Trump country.  I got a chance to be in Pennsylvania, Ohio, talking to Trump voters. I’m gonna tell you, that speech sounded differently to his voters.  He said, “Now is not the time to downsize our dreams.”  He said, “I’m asking you to dream big again.”  There are people out there who are hurting economically, and they have felt that the elites just want them to settle, just to kind of swallow the technology, swallow the globalization and settle.  And he’s pushing back on that. 

RUSH:  Is this not amazing?  Now, stop for just a second.  Here is a guy who was an original member of the Obama Regime and because it was discovered that he’s got communist ties, a big deal was made of it and he’s out.  Now he’s been on CNN where communism lives in America.  And he actually went to Trump country.  Remember, he called the election originally a whitelash. Meaning a bunch of racist, bigot, angry white people decided to get back at having had to endure a black president.  And folks, they believe that.  

The Democrats, this business at Harvard between Kellyanne Conway and Jennifer Palmieri, a campaign review that happens every four years at Harvard, fisticuffs nearly broke out between Trump team Kellyanne Conway and Jennifer Palmieri at the Clinton team as they rehash the election.  And it was bitter and it was vitriolic.  They really believe this stuff.  

It’s not just words they’re saying, it’s not just mindless allegations.  They really believe that every middle class white is a racist bigot. They really believe Trump won because white people are fed up with Obama and want to resurrect a society of white supremacy.  They really believe it, folks.  Van Jones believed it.  He went out and after the election talked about it as the whitelash.  He got so much backlash to his whitelash comment that he went out to Trump country.  

Did you hear this?  He totally gets if now simply because he left the ivory tower and left the confines of cliche that defined the Democrat Party, and he went out and he found out that Trump voters are reasonable, that their grievances are real.  What do Trump voters believe?  They believe in optimism.  They believe in can-do.  They believe in, “We’ve got to reverse this for everybody’s sake.  We have got to reverse the trajectory of the country.”  

What’s the left think?  The left think the country’s best days are behind us.  The left believes our great days were undeserved.  The left believes that we’re an unwarranted, undeserving superpower because we’re a racist, bigoted nation from our founding.  So Obama presides over America’s decline and tells everybody “get used to it.  This is the new norm.”  

The new norm is no full-time jobs. The new norm is government getting bigger.  The new norm is you having no wage increases for 15 years.  This is what the new norm is, as we entered the global marketplace.  And the American people don’t want any part of that.  That’s not America.   

America doesn’t exist in decline!  America never has existed in decline, and people do not want to be told that the country that they live in now is in decline and to live it, learn it, and love it.  And so they rejected it.  So Van Jones goes out and he understands it’s not racism — at least he says he understands.  I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt.  He says he understands.  He hears… He listens to Trump’s speech and he finally sees how other people are hearing it. 

It’s optimism.  It’s can-do.  It’s America is great, and we need to be great again.  The left instinctively opposes that.  They think that’s xenophobia.  There is no such thing as American exceptionalism to them. There’s no such thing as American greatness. “It’s unwarranted; it’s undeserved. America’s guilty! America’s a land of grievance, deserved grievance,” and they still can’t understand why they’re losing now. 

Nobody wants to hear a message like that except fellow losers, of which the Democrat Party has made a bunch.  Every one of their voters outside of Hollywood and New York may classify as a loser. These little snowflakes in college campuses that can’t handle anything they don’t agree with.  There’s a guy… I have a story here. A guy, a Hillary voter, actually checked himself into an insane asylum on election night. He actually committed himself, knew that he was gonna be driven insane.  So you hear Van Jones. He went out to Trump country. 

He watched these people, and he hears Trump asking them to dream again, people who are hurting economically.  Now, these people have always been hurting economically, particularly in the last eight years.  Why didn’t the left notice them?  Well, because they were white, and the Democrat Party had abandoned the white working class in November of 2011, on purpose.  It was a campaign strategy: Abandon them.  Demographic shifts. Minorities, if you combine ’em, outnumber whites in terms of people that show up and vote.  

The Democrats made a strategic decision to abandon the white working class, the Reagan Democrats, people they used to call “the little guy,” people they used to claim they’re looking out for! Here’s the next Van Jones bite.  This is the bite where he describes watching Trump from outside the confines of CNN.  He went to Trump country, and he watches Trump with a bunch of people in Trump country — and he doesn’t know it, but he has inadvertently also described how this program operates. 

JONES:  He’s doing some interesting stuff.  First of all, you have two Trumps.  There’s Teleprompter Trump and then there’s Terrible Trump, and Terrible Trump is gonna say a bunch of mean stuff to basically elites who are then gonna predictably take offense and then, that’s, you know… He does that.  But he’s also producing two different reality television shows at the same time.  One reality TV show is for his base, firing them up.  But the other is for a very concerned business class that wants to see a little bit more maturity.  What’s amazing is that he does them both on the set at the same time. 

RUSH:  He doesn’t know it, but he’s just described this program, as I have always described it from the get-go.  We do two things at once here.  We do satire, parody — over-the-line, sometimes, humor, irreverent humor — and serious discussion of issues with credibility on both at the same time.  For the longest time, there was no presentation like this in American media, but now Trump has come along and done it.  And Van Jones is exactly right.  He goes off the prompter and starts ad-libbing — he doesn’t lose his place either way, either time — and in the process, deepens his connection. 

The one thing the left still doesn’t understand about all this is how Trump connects with the people watching on TV and in the arena last night.  He connects! That connection worries them.  It reminds them of Brown Shirts and so forth.  They don’t have… They haven’t the slightest idea what’s happened.  They don’t see humility in Trump.  I did.  There was humility all over Donald Trump last night.  Do you think they saw it?  They didn’t see any humility.  They see a braggadocios oaf, an out-of-control motor mouth that’s gonna get us all blown up.  

They don’t see humility.  It was all over that place last night.  Donald Trump gratitude, Donald Trump humility was all over that presentation.  And at the same time Donald Trump braggadocio, Donald Trump “I’m great,” Donald Trump, “You’ve never seen anything like me,” Donald Trump mocking the media, calling them dishonest, pointing them out. Just like a campaign rally!  The media (stammering), “This is not presidential! This is not presidential.  This is not what presidents do.  They — they — they don’t focus on the media.  We made Donald Trump!  The media made Donald Trump! He can’t get along without us.  W-w-we –” 

What Trump does during the speech, appearance, is he points at the back of the room, “There they are!  There they are! The dishonest media, the lying media.” (crowd)  “Lock them up!  Lock them up!”  “The lying media.  The dishonest media.”  And he’s right!  They were dishonest!  They were reporting lies and misinformation about him and other things through this campaign.  Why shouldn’t he point this out?  “Well, Mr. Limbaugh, it’s beneath the dignity and the office of the presidency.”  No, no.  

In your old world, in the way things always are done, in the world of politics, yeah, maybe, but this is not that.  It’s a new day with a new president who isn’t trying to get along and intermingle.  He’s taking over.  These are dire times, and there are decisions that need to be made in order to change the direction this country is going and rapidly.  But why shouldn’t Trump point out the media? I mean, he points out last night. He’s mocking them on election night.  “There is no path to 270 for Donald Trump.  Donald Trump has no path to 270! Donald Trump cannot be elected.”  

He says, “They’re doing this up until nine o’clock on election night, and at the same time they’re already early advance celebrating Hillary’s win. ‘Donald Trump can’t get elected!'”  And the audience in the arena is going nuts because then he points out, “And yet we won, and we won in a landslide, and I got to 270,” and he points out even at midnight they wouldn’t call it.  He called ’em out.  This is what doesn’t happen.  They never get called out.  He called them out.  I’m telling you, there was a lot of bedwetting last night, and there’s a lot of bedwetting still going on today.  


RUSH:  Anaheim.  This is Justin.  Great to have you on the program.  Hello. 

CALLER:  Hi, Rush. 

RUSH:  Hi! 

CALLER:  I am so honored to be speaking to you right now.  I just wanted to let you know how much my family appreciates what you do every single day, and we just think you are an absolute crackup and just laugh out loud with so many comments that you say.  But, yeah, just want to thank you for what you do, first and foremost. 

RUSH:  Well, thank you very much.  I appreciate that.  I really do. 

CALLER:  Thank you.  Well, my question is more of what your response would be to Donald Trump’s speech last night. There was a moment when he was talking about us not pledging allegiance or loyalty to any given country, not pledging allegiance or loyalty to globalization, that we pledge allegiance and our loyalty stands with one flag and one nation, and that is the United States. And I thought that was so powerful and a message to the world as far as America is back and we are gonna be strong again, and that’s gonna be good overall for the world as a whole. 

RUSH:  And I think you’ve interpret it exactly right.  That’s exactly what Trump meant.  Precisely what he meant.  There’s nothing wrong with loving your country.  There’s nothing wrong with caring about who gets into your country. There’s nothing wrong about wanting your country to be great. There’s nothing wrong with thinking that the country comes before the world.  There’s nothing wrong at all, and that’s been wrong in the past and we’re gonna make it right. We’re gonna love America, we’re gonna unify, we’re gonna make America great again.  You’re exactly right the way you interpret it, and it’s perfectly fine. 

CALLER:  And it’s already started. 

RUSH:  It has. 

CALLER:  It has. 

RUSH:  And that’s why the left is wetting the bed today, Justin. 

CALLER:  Oh, they are! And, you know what?  I actually listen to more mainstream media news than I have in the past few years just because I get a giggle and a laugh to just see them — 

RUSH:  Right. 

CALLER:  — squirm and — 

RUSH:  Congratulations. That’s the way to do it! Let me them entertain you.  

CALLER: (laughing) That’s right. 

RUSH: Don’t let ’em send you off into spasms of anger.  Let them entertain you! 

CALLER:  It’s more like spasms of hysterical laughter because they’re just so utterly clueless as to what’s going on in this country. 

RUSH:  They are.  They are.  

CALLER:  Oh, yeah. 

RUSH:  But that’s combined with the fact they don’t know that.  They are still arrogantly condescending to everybody, thinking that weve all been duped and that Trump is an idiot and doesn’t know what he’s doing.  They haven’t… It hasn’t hit them yet, Justin.  That’s why — 

CALLER:  Yeah. 

RUSH:  I don’t even think even now, even though it’s staring them in the face every day. That rally last night, they saw it; they still don’t know what’s coming their way.  Washington — 

CALLER:  I saw last night, he was so humble.  He really was. 

RUSH:  He was. 

CALLER:  He stuck it to them a little bit, but at the same time he was humble. 

RUSH:  I’ll guarantee you, the Drive-Bys didn’t see the humility.  They’re too busy at him being offended at him coming after them.  Justin, I gotta go. I don’t have much time.  I need to ask you if you’d like a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.  Would you have a desire for one? 

CALLER:  You know what? I totally would.  My phone’s about to break actually. 

RUSH:  Well, then it’s your lucky day.  What size, Plus or the regular size? 

CALLER:  I will do the Plus. 

RUSH:  Okay.  Who’s your carrier? 


RUSH:  Okay, cool.  I’ll send you… It’s probably gonna be black.  It’s either gonna be shiny black or matte black.  It’s gonna be unlocked.  There won’t be a SIM card in it.  It’ll work on any carrier in the world. 

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. 

RUSH: Just put whatever SIM card in it, and you’ll be up and running.  

CALLER:  Thank you so much. 

RUSH:  Hang on so Snerdley can get your FedEx address and we’ll get that out to you, maybe tomorrow.  You never know. 


RUSH:  This is David “Rodham” Gergen losing it on CNN last night.  After the Trump speech, Anderson Cooper said, “You know, it’s interesting, David ‘Rodham’ Gergen, Trump sometimes used the prompter, then he reads from it as a touchstone, then he improvises for a while, goes back to conversational style, he’s always been doing that.  What do you do make of this guy that goes from the prompter to impromptu and doesn’t seem to lose a step?” 

GERGEN:  The alpha male reappeared tonight.  I don’t think there was any doubt that we’re putting an end to one chapter in American history and moving on to a new one.  He dispelled that doubt tonight.  This was good-bye to American leadership in the world.  It’s good-bye to globalization.  He’s bringing America home.  He is going to lead a nativist, nationalistic, populist movement.  And if you want to join up with him, fine, but if you don’t, forget it.  That kind of speech will fire up his base, and it’s gonna leave a lot of other people — I knew I didn’t like the (Bleep). 

RUSH:  Whoa ho ho!  David “Rodham” Gergen, the dean of conventional wisdom, the arbiter of collegiality, the leading light of being civil, “I knew I didn’t like the son of a b-i-itch.”  Except he said the word.  I’m telling you, folks, they’re discombobulated.  They think Trump is gonna become a protectionist, build walls around the country, and we’re not gonna go anywhere in the world, good-bye — you heard him, “good-bye to America leadership in the world.”  

No, no, no.  No.  It’s just exact opposite.  Mr. Gergen, we’re entering a new phase of American leadership in the world where we’re actually gonna lead instead of acquiesce to a bunch of namby-pamby linguini-spined leftists at the U.N.  We’re gonna start leading again, Mr. Gergen, you S…  We’re gonna lead, not follow!


RUSH:  I want to play this David “Rodham” Gergen sound bite one more time.  Because there’s a lot in here.  This is actually another very teachable moment, and I’m not playing it because of the way he ends it.  It’s because of what he says before that.  He’s reacting to Trump’s amazing rally.  I haven’t played very many sound bites from it, but it was a fantastic night.  

There’s everything in the world to recommend it.  America first, jobs first, working the crowd over the media, heckling it is hecklers, laying out a very bold conservative plan, announcing Mad Dog Mattis, replace, repeal Obamacare, rebuild the military, build a great wall on the border. We’re gonna stop letting people we don’t know who they are come into the country. The government’s gonna answer to the people, only our people.  

He said, “I’m asking you to believe in America again.  The script is not yet written.  The pages will be authored by each one of you.  You are the movement.  I am the messenger.”  That was Donald Trump last night.  As I say, it was humble.  It was filled with love and appreciation for his voters and the people in that hall.  It established an even deeper bond of connection between those people and Trump, and he asked them to continue working to help him achieve what he wants and what we all want.  

So someone like David “Rodham” Gergen who believes the United States has never been a justified superpower.  I mean, we were but we shouldn’t have been. It’s too destabilizing. The Soviet Union went kerplunk and that’s bad news.  We didn’t have anybody to stabilize us.  They believe in globalism.  They believe in the United Nations.  They believe in us becoming just one of many nations.  And Trump doesn’t believe that at all.  

Trump believes we lead nations.  Trump believes we set the example.  Trump believes that American exceptionalism means just that, and anybody that wants to come along with us is more than welcome to.  But they got to understand who we are.  We’re not gonna define ourselves by telling ourselves we’re no good or we don’t rate, we’re gonna be more like you.  Anyway, Gergen, Council on Foreign Relations, globalism is the answer, and he’s just livid over what Trump said.  I want you to hear this one more time.  

GERGEN:  The alpha male reappeared tonight.  I don’t think there was any doubt that we’re putting an end to one chapter in American history and moving on to a new one.  He dispelled that doubt tonight.  This was good-bye to American leadership in the world.  It’s good-bye to globalization.  He’s bringing America home.  He is going to lead a nativist, nationalistic, populist movement.  And if you want to join up with him, fine, but if you don’t, forget it.  That kind of speech will fire up his base, and it’s gonna leave a lot of other people — I knew I didn’t like the (Bleep). 

RUSH:  Right.  I think what Gergen is saying is that it’s other people who were saying “I knew I didn’t like the son of –”  I don’t think he’s actually saying that himself.  What he’s saying is that it’s gonna confirm for people who thought Trump was an SOB that he’s an SOB.  But this is not the point.  The point is this.  This really is a dividing line.  I think it’s where people on the left, the Democrats do not understand you and me.  

They see Trump, they listen to Trump, and look how Gergen describes it.  America’s coming home.  It’s good-bye globalization.  That means good-bye United Nations.  That means good-bye Paris accords. That means good-bye all these world organizations that punish America for its excesses.  Trump’s bringing America home.  Good-bye world leadership, hello nativism, nationalistic populism, and if you want to join up with Trump, fine, but if you don’t, to hell with you.  

And they’re missing the point.  What Trump is saying and what all of you instinctively want is America to return to world leadership.  We haven’t been leading the world in anything.  We’ve been acquiescing.  We’ve been accepting the world’s charges against us.  We got presidents running around assuming that all these allegations against us are true and that we’re guilty of this or that and so that’s why Obama runs around and apologizes.  

We haven’t been leading anybody.  We’ve been acquiescing to a bunch of linguini-spined leftists all over the world, at the United Nations, in NATO, wherever it is.  The people who don’t even pay for their own defense.  The people that don’t even believe in guns and bullets to protect yourself are the people we have been acquiescing to.  And they think this is called leadership.  Leadership is sponsoring America’s decline.  Leadership is administering America’s decline.  Leadership is admitting that America’s superpower status was never deserved or warranted.  

No.  We are going to lead once again by being the best.  We’re gonna lead economically.  We’re gonna lead technologically.  We’re gonna go back to the Moon, we’re gonna do whatever we’re gonna do.  We are going to lead by engaging in American exceptionalism and this is going to inspire others to come along with us.  We’re not shrinking away from anybody.  We are reengaging.  That’s what Trump is, and that’s what they don’t see.  (interruption) The Republicans are not the globalization — well, the establishment in Washington, both parties, has become a globalization party.  That’s one of the reasons that Republicans voters are so fed up with the Republicans.  

The whole notion of globalization is, the impetus behind globalization is that the United States should not, it’s immoral to be the superpower in the world. It’s just not right, it’s not fair, because how did we become superpower?  We stole from that nation, and we stole from that nation, and we overthrew that leader, and we overthrew that leader, and we’ve imposed freedom here, and we’ve imposed freedom there, and we had no right.  So America needs to be cut down. 

Look, I have told everybody who will listen since the first days of Barack Obama what this is all about is paying America back for its supreme accomplishments, its excellence, its exceptionalism, that people on the left do not believe we deserved, do not believe was warranted, and do not believe was justified, because they’re so caught up in this idea that we have been immoral from the days of our founding. We’ve been racist, we’ve been bigoted, we’ve been homophobic, we’ve been all of these horrible cultural things, and we never, therefore, deserve to be this superpower in the world.  

Woodrow Wilson was the first guy to try it, and FDR was on his way until World War II made him step up.  And so now Obama — look at the rules of engagement our military has.  The one thing we’re not allowed to do is win!  So Mr. Gergen has it all wrong.  We haven’t been leading.  That’s been the problem.  We have been apologizing and acquiescing and acknowledging that a bunch of wimps around the world have more moral authority than we do.  And it’s been eating away at people in this country for 20 years, and they’re excited now because it appears maybe we’re gonna start acting who we are once again.  

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