RUSH: Trump takes a call from the female president of Taiwan, and everybody in the diplomatic corps and everybody in the Washington establishment, anti-Trump Trumpists or anti-Never Trumpers and leftists and the media have a collective cow. “Oh, my God, he’s so stupid. You don’t do this. They’re not official. He just slammed China. He just insulted China. He doesn’t even know it, the guy is so stupid, his ego is so bad, anybody could call him and congratulate him and he’ll take the call. He didn’t know that he’s not supposed to talk to her.”
And they began their narrative that Trump’s demonstrating his naivete, his ignorance, his lack of qualifications, and demonstrating just how dangerous he is going to be. And then somebody said, “Wait a minute. What if he did this on purpose?” And they all paused with a note of fear. “Wait a minute. On purpose? You mean Trump did this on purpose? You mean Trump did this as a strategy?” Yeah. And then they said, “Well, Trump’s not that smart. No. It has to be one of his advisers, it’s probably Bannon. Trump’s not smart enough to do this. Trump couldn’t figure this out. Trump doesn’t know enough to do this.”
So now the media is once again on defense, Trump on offense, media on defense, trying to figure this out, trying to come to the conclusion Trump may have been doing this on purpose. They’re asking, “Why would Trump want to insult the Chinese, for crying out loud? Does he not know how dangerous this?” To which the retort is, “Were you not listening during the campaign?”
Did you not hear every Trump rally, every Trump rally and probably over half of Trump TV experiences he criticized the ChiComs. He called ’em out by name. He accused them of manipulating their currency to our detriment. He accused them of dumping all kinds of inferior products on the U.S. market. He caused them of this and that and the other thing and he said it was gonna stop.
It makes perfect sense that he would take a call from the leader of Taiwan if for no other reason to get the attention of the ChiComs. It makes perfect sense if you ever took the time to listen to Trump. But even those who did listen to Trump, there’s another thing he does that has them befuddled, and that is he apparently means what he says, and they are not accustomed to that. And by “they,” I’m talking about the establishment. Both parties, diplomatic corps, the elites, they speak in a different language.
They never telegraph what they’re really thinking, what they’re really going to do. They speak in code. They speak in diplomacy. As such, you never tell anybody what you’re gonna do, you never tell anybody what you really think, you gotta leave your options open. Trump doesn’t do anything but tell people what he thinks, and he’s now acting on what he said he was gonna do, and it’s just foreign to most people in Washington.
“Donald Trump Threatens Payback for U.S. Companies That Move Abroad — Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans.” He said he was gonna do this during the campaign. Nobody ought to be surprised.
You know, I think a lot of people watching this — I’m not talking about you Trump supporters. I’m talking about the critics of Trump, opponents of Trump, I think they didn’t attach any seriousness to him during the campaign. They just thought he was doing things the way they do. Just say what you have to say to set yourself apart, to be different, get people’s attention, lie to them if you have to. But he doesn’t mean this stuff.
Tariffs was the primary funding source, before the income tax. “Are you saying they’re justified?” No. Did I say that? I’m just telling you. Tariffs is how the U.S. funded itself before the income tax came along. Trump is merely beginning to implement everything he said he was gonna do, and people are having a cow about it for a host of reasons. Anyway, we still gotta get to the Taiwan call and the funny Drive-By Media and establishment reaction to it.
RUSH: I want to start with last Wednesday. Go back to something I pointed out last Wednesday on this program.
RUSH ARCHIVE: They’re honestly sitting there, after having listened to Trump for a year and a half, after having watched Trump — or at least they’ve had the opportunity — assuming he’s got no plan. Well, he most certainly does have a plan, and he’s been very clear about it. He’s been very precise about it. What is it about it that these people don’t see? Why are they not able to listen to what Donald Trump says he’s gonna do and believe he means it? Well, they don’t believe it and they don’t believe anybody in their world would ever speak this way, would ever have think kind of agenda or these kinds of objectives, and so nobody else would either. No reasonable person could possibility behave like Donald Trump does, not in our world. “What if Trump’s got no plan?” He’s got no plan? His plan is what’s behind him running for office. His plan is to make the country great again!
RUSH: He had one of the most detailed and lengthy agendas of any candidate I can recall. And he mentioned his agenda practically every rally. It’s not a mystery what Donald Trump’s plan is. And, by the way, I was very on the money with this. His plan is what’s behind him seeking the office. And he’s been very clear. And one of the things he’s been clear on is that he thinks the ChiComs are running rings around us, manipulating their currency, getting our trade balance out of whack, messing around with imports and exports. He’s had China on his mind ever since he got into this campaign.
CHARLIE ROSE: It is reported that they thought long and hard about doing this, so it was intentional.
MAJOR GARRETT: Some thought this might have been an inadvertent mistake, but we have learned the Trump transition team spend some time arranging this call.
CHUCK TODD: So this was an intentional sort of challenge.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Whether it was out of ignorance or some plan to send a message to China.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Looks like it’s calculated, intentional to send a message.
DAGEN MCDOWELL: That was intentional. That wasn’t a mistake.
BOB KERREY: It’s a remarkable change, if it’s intentional.
DAVID IGNATIUS: I wouldn’t think it was wise unless you had a detailed plan for what to do next and next.
CHRIS CUOMO: Do you have any reason to believe that what we just saw with Taiwan and now these tweets about China are part of a thought-out plan?
RUSH: You hear all those people, you got the Drive-By Media people in there, you got the Washington Post David Ignatius, Bobby Kerry, a bunch of people, F. Chuck Todd, Charlie Rose, they can’t believe it. And now the fact that he may be intending to do this? It’s even worse. Now they think he’s provoking these big, bad ChiComs, and who knows, they might nuke. Oh, this is dangerous, oh, my God, we’ve elected Barry Goldwater, oh, no. They’re in panic city. But they’re really not. Well, they are, but not for the reason I — They are starting to confront, beginning to confront the reality that the guy’s serious, that he’s smart, and that he meant it, and that he’s the opposite of everything they believe in.
And I think they’re now starting to get very, very concerned. And these tweets are his way of staying on offense. These tweets are his way of keeping them on defense. These tweets are his way of relegating them to irrelevancy. He’s telling them he doesn’t need them to get his message out to the American people. And he said, “Hey, look, if you people would report honorably and honestly about me I wouldn’t have to do all these tweets.” And Mike Pence said (paraphrasing), “Wait a minute, you telling me we can’t wait a call from a Democrat leader in Taiwan but Obama can get in bed with Castro?”
Is that what you’re telling us, that Obama can call every fleabag communist tinhorn dictator in the world and that’s great, and we take a call from a Democrat ally in Taiwan and the world’s coming to an end? And he’s right. Matthew Dowd, Alex Castellanos debating whether Trump’s call was intentional on ABC yesterday.
RUSH: Wait a minute. That’s Matthew Dowd, a former Republican Bush analyst that has now gone over to the dark side. These questions are amazing. (imitating Dowd) “I don’t think it was intentional. I think Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing. He got one phone call, it’s his ego on parade. The problem is there’s no fundamental strategy in place, what’s your Far Eastern policy?” The Norks? Are you kidding me? The ChiComs aren’t doing a thing to rein in the Norks. We’re demanding that the ChiComs make sure the Norks don’t nuke everybody, and the ChiComs are sitting there laughing at us. They’re not gonna be anymore.
“What’s it gonna do on climate change?” The Chinese have told climate change to go (raspberry). The Chinese and climate change, need the Chinese on climate change? From everything we know, Trump doesn’t believe in your version of climate change. We now got that under advisement with Algore in and out of there. We’re being very patient on that. Hang in there, be tough. Iran? The Chinese helped Obama in coming up with a horrible Iran nuke deal! Which Trump has also honestly said is a bad deal. If the Chinese facilitated all of this, it’s no wonder Trump wants to reverse it. Here’s Alex Castellanos in reply.
CASTELLANOS: We’re seeing disruption, and it’s freaking out the news media and the old establishment in Washington. Guess what? That’s why Donald Trump was elected, to do exactly that. I feel like we’re watching Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show.
DOWD: Do you think the Taiwan call was deliberate?
CASTELLANOS: I think, actually, it was. Apparently his aides were over there at some point. And, you know, it was almost three months ago to the day that China snubbed the president of the United States —
RUSH: Stop the tape. That’s enough. Castellanos is a former Republican analyst, and he believed that the call was done on purpose, which it was. There’s no doubt about it. But listen to one more here. Charlie Rose as on CBS today speaking with author Ian Bremmer. He’s also the president of the Eurasia Group — E-u-r-a-s-i-A. Europe-Asia. Eurasia Group. And Charlie Rose said, “Ian, it’s been reported that they thought long and hard, the Trump people, about doing this. So was it intentional? Is that your reading of this?”
BREMMER: My reading is that there are few people that are in the transition team around Trump that have been talking to the Taiwanese for some time and love the idea of reaching out. I don’t believe that Trump had the sense personally that by having a phone call as president-elect with the Taiwanese president, that he was setting policy.
RUSH: I’m gonna tell you what’s beginning to dawn on these people, the establishment types, the losers, the anti-Trumpers. What’s beginning to dawn on them is that he’s going to be successful, and that’s got them paranoid. And that they will not be able to talk us, the general public, out of believing it and accepting it. They have been able to destroy successful Republican presidents. It took ’em five years to destroy Bush, but they were able to do it — well, four. Trump is a different guy.
Trump fights back from the moment it happens, and he doesn’t allow whatever they say to settle in and start flowering. He destroys it the minute he hears it, or tries to. And they’re not accustomed to this. They do not have an answer to Trump’s tweets. They only know one way of doing things, and they are not adaptable, folks. This is the wonderful thing about the Drive-Bys. They’re so stuck in the way it’s always been done and in routine and the way they’ve been taught — and the narrative here, the narrative there — that they don’t know how to adapt to this.
So they’re just gonna keep trying everything that they’ve always tried in the past that’s worked. And it’s dawning on ’em it might not with Trump.