RUSH: So the Trump White House trotted out a — not a spokesman, but one of their inside policy advisers to appear on the Sunday shows, Stephen Miller, who is in his thirties, he’s a wunderkind of sorts. He went to Duke. He’s from Santa Monica… He’s from a very leftist part of California but is a rock-ribbed conservative.
Trump found him working for Jeff Sessions, and he is a very articulate spokesman and unrufflable. He’s extremely solid. In fact, I looked at some of the comments on the ABC website after he appeared with Stephanopoulos. And Stephanopoulos, it was so classic yesterday, being disrespectful, subtly so, with pointed editorial comments about Miller. (imitating Stephanopoulos) “Well, you’ve provided no evidence. Still, for the record, you have not provided any evidence for all these claims that you’re making,” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Meanwhile, Susan Rice shows up to lie to Stephanopoulos and everybody about Benghazi on five shows, and they all lap it up like addicts. Not once did Stephanopoulos say, “Well, you haven’t provided any evidence that the video was actually the reason for the killings in Benghazi.” Not a single time. Our sound bites come from This Week, but he showed up on all the programs. Let’s get started here.
First question that we have, “Do you think everyone being removed right now,” meaning illegal immigrants — by the way, about these ICE raids, something you need to know. The Drive-Bys are obsessed today with what’s being reported as Trump’s huge immigration roundup. Never mind these raids being executed were planned months ago under the Obama Regime, folks. I’m not making it up. I never make it up. This is what’s happening.
Never mind that Obama himself ordered numerous raids that didn’t just net a couple hundred illegal aliens. Obama had raids that netted ,500 illegals and deported them, but that was never reported. I mean, it was reported, but nobody ever had a problem with it when Obama did it. Nobody, the media, nobody thought it was inhumane, nobody thought it was untoward, nobody thought it was terrible. They barely even mentioned it.
Now Obama-era raids, just like that military operation in Yemen, that was planned during the Obama administration. So are these raids that you’re reading about. So Stephanopoulos is asking Miller, “Do you think everyone being removed right now is a threat to national security?”
MILLER: I think, first of all, that it would be improper, unethical, and wrong for me in the White House to pick up the phone and call an ICE officer and say, “Well, we know you encountered someone who’s here illegally, and we know they have a final order of removal, and we also know that they’re a convicted felon, but we would like you to ignore all of those laws.” What would you say, George, if I picked up the phone and called an FBI agent and said, “I know you’re investigating a tax evasion case, I know the person you’re investigating is a convicted felon, and I know they’ve absconded from justice, but I want you to pretend none of that happened, burn the file, go back to your desk, don’t do anything,” would you think that’d be an ethical, an appropriate action for me to take?
RUSH: Now, I love this. And, by the way, Trump tweeted this morning his thanks to his own aide for defending him so well. I mean, you never see a president do that. (laughing) Did Obama tweet his support and appreciation for Susan Rice? No. Obama wanted you to think he had nothing to do with what she said, but Trump’s out there tweeting: Thanks to Stephen Miller, defended me so well on lying fake news or whatever it was the tweet said.
But here’s Stephanopoulos, the point of Stephanopoulos’ question is, “You guys are rounding up all these innocent, harmless illegals, and you’re just throwing ’em out of the country. You really think they’re a threat to national security?” And Miller answers it as a rule-of-law question. He says, “Well, first of all, it would be really improper, unethical, and wrong for the White House to pick up the phone and call an ICE officer and say, “Hey, if you find an illegal who violated the law, ignore it.” We wouldn’t do that. We’re simply enforcing the law here, George. It might look strange to you because it hasn’t been done in the last eight years.
But that’s the point of Miller’s bite here. We’re just enforcing the law. He doesn’t say these are Obama-era-ordered raids, but they are. I’m not even sure Stephanopoulos knows that. And Miller tries to make the point. Look, George, if we know somebody’s out there, like if you know a friend of yours is evading taxes and we’ve got all the evidence, do you think we should pick up the phone and call the IRS and tell ’em to forget it? His point is, why should we forget and ignore people breaking the law, George?
All we’re doing, Trump said from the get-go, American laws are gonna be enforced. He’s a big law-and-order guy during the campaign, during his appearances and his rallies, and here’s Stephanopoulos, one of the people that didn’t listen, didn’t pay any attention while Trump was campaigning, and now because his sensibilities are offended because these are minorities, these are people of color and they’re poor people and they’re illegal, and you’re kicking them out as a threat to national security.
No, it’s not national security, George. It’s we’re enforcing the law. And of course Stephanopoulos had no answer for any of these retorts of Stephen Miller. He just (imitating Stephanopoulos), “Well, okay. Well, then, okay. Well, okay. How about this?” And then on to the next question. And, as you will hear, Miller nukes the next question. “Well, yeah, but I didn’t hear for the record anything, you still didn’t answer my question. Now, on to the next question.” And it went on and on like that.
And Miller, they didn’t fluster him. And what they’re really, really upset today is that Miller pointed out that there’s voter fraud everywhere. And Stephanopoulos did what the Drive-Bys do, “Give me the evidence, give me the evidence.” And Miller said, “Go to New Hampshire, George.” I mean, everybody in New Hampshire politics said they bused people here and there, and so now New Hampshire’s up in arms and the Drive-Bys are up in arms that Trump is once again lying about nonexistent voter fraud.
RUSH: Back to Stephen Miller, ABC, George Stephanopoulos. Here was the next question. “Mr. Miller, we’ve got this report at the Department of Homeland Security right now saying that the cost of the wall is likely to be above $20 billion. That’s almost three times what the president said on the campaign trail. One, how much is the wall gonna cost? The president says he’s gonna bring the cost down, and can you guarantee that Mexico will pay?”
MILLER: I’m so glad you brought this up. The media has done story after story after story about the cost of building a security wall on the southern border. I can’t remember a time, George — and correct me if I’m wrong — that anyone in the media has ever done a story about the cost of amnesty, about the cost of not enforcing our laws, or the cost of illegal immigration.
This is really quite remarkable. It’s estimated that illegal immigration costs our country state, local and federal benefits about a hundred billion dollars a year. Stopping new illegal immigration, preventing the effects that will have on our schools, on our hospitals, on our welfare system, on our wage earners, will save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. This wall will pay for itself many, many, many times over.
RUSH: I guarantee you that Stephanopoulos has not had anybody answer his question this way. Stephanopoulos asks this question thinking, even before he’s asked it, that he’s got Miller trapped. And you know why he thinks that? ‘Cause he thinks he’s gonna be exposing Trump as a liar about the cost of the wall and about Mexico paying for the wall.
And in this, Stephanopoulos is demonstrating that he, like practically everybody else in the media, does not understand Trump and does not understand Trump’s supporters and does not understand why Trump’s supporters support Trump and the kind of latitude and leeway they give Trump. He hasn’t the slightest idea. This is really such a narrowly focused, shortsighted mind-set, to believe that they can help destroy Trump in the minds of Trump supporters by pointing out that this wall is gonna cost three times what Trump said it was gonna cost.
What about the cost of the national debt that doubled under Barack Obama, George? Are those things that you just don’t even have register in your brain? You’re worried about the cost of the wall when you served a president who blew the lid off spending, who had a stimulus bill of nearly a trillion dollars that went to unions and didn’t rebuild a single road or bridge, much less school? And you sit here and you hope to badger some Trump guy about the cost of the wall being three times what Trump said it was gonna be?
And the answer comes back, hey, George, have you ever done a story on the cost of amnesty? Hey, George, you and the media ever find out what’s gonna cost this country to grant amnesty to 11 or 15 million people? You ever done a story? Stephanopoulos didn’t address it, wasn’t what he expected, so he went on. “Okay, okay, well, okay, this. President Trump, again this week suggested in a meeting with senators that thousands of illegal voters were bused from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and that’s what caused his defeat in the state of New Hampshire, also the defeat of Senator Kelly Ayotte. Do you have evidence, Mr. Miller?”
MILLER: I’ve actually, having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters in to New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, it’s very serious. Voter fraud is a serious problem in this country. You have millions of people who are registered in two states, or who are dead who are registered to vote, and you have 14% of noncitizens, according to academic research, at a minimum, are registered to vote, which is an astonishing statistic.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You can’t make — hold on a second. You just claimed again that there was illegal voting in New Hampshire. Do you have any evidence of that —
MILLER: I’m saying anybody — George, go to New Hampshire, talk to anybody who’s worked in politics there for a long time, everybody’s aware of the problem in New Hampshire.
RUSH: Now, it’s not just New Hampshire. We just had a case in Texas where an illegal alien woman was found guilty by a jury voting illegally, and she entrapped herself because she tried to register when she moved, and she admitted she wasn’t a citizen, she was caught, she was convicted as much for lying as any — there was voter fraud. We know that dead people in Chicago vote, and this is Miller’s whole point.
Of course there’s voter fraud, but the news media thinks this is something they can nail Trump with as a lying skunk because they think every time they ask this question, if Trump can’t produce the fact that three million illegal aliens voted, that that means Trump is lying, and that means they can nail Trump. And what they’re demonstrating again is that they haven’t the slightest idea why Trump supporters support him and voted for him. This is a great example of what I have been attempting to show.
The Drive-Bys are stuck in a mode of operation that’s decades old in the establishment playbook about how to destroy Republicans, and they have not modernized it and updated it to deal with Trump. I don’t think there is anybody in media who better understands Trump supporters, who they are, and why they support Trump than I am. I really don’t. I don’t think there’s anybody out there in media that has a better understanding and a bigger hold on just who Trump supporters are, why they support him, and why the media cannot separate them from Trump. T
The media doesn’t understand it. They think they can with questions to Stephen Miller like this. ‘Cause Stephanopoulos just says, okay, well, let the record show you provided no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire. Let the record show you cannot provide evidence of one fraudulent, faulty vote. Well, Miller said, you can talk to Chris Kovac, the attorney general in Kansas. They’ve been doing some great work on voter fraud.
So CNN dutifully went and got him on the air today to talk about voter fraud, talked about it in the state of Kansas and so forth. But, see, here’s the thing. They want to sit there and deny that there’s any voter fraud. They don’t understand that is the crazy position. They think Trump’s crazy. They think, by extension, Miller’s crazy. They think that they’re exposing crazy, lying SOBs here when they say: You can’t provide any evidence. Let the record show you haven’t provided any evidence of any fraudulent voting in New Hampshire.
Stephanopoulos thinks he wins the day. Stephanopoulos does not realize that practically every Trump supporter watching, if there are any — that’s another thing. Trump supporters don’t watch this drivel much anymore. But those who do and those who were watching know exactly what Miller’s talking about, and they support and applaud him saying what he said. We know not only do they bus voters in to New Hampshire, they bus voters in for the Hawkeye Cauci. That’s how Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, bused a bunch of people in there.
Hillary tried to do the same thing this time around.
We know the dead vote in Chicago. They laugh about it, they brag about it. We know multiple registration rolls. We know all kinds of things. We have say survey out today, four out of five Americans support voter ID. Why? Because they know there’s vote fraud going on. And here’s Stephanopoulos and ABC and the rest of the media trying to deny that there is any voter fraud because Trump and Miller don’t produce actual evidence, and they think they’re winning the day. They have no idea how they’re appearing. They have no idea how all this just cements Trump’s supporters even more firm.
RUSH: Back to the phones, line 3, central Florida. Al, great to have you with us, sir. What’s happening? What’s up?
CALLER: Retired law enforcement dittos, Rush, listener since ’94.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: My point is simply this. Several years ago, Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe, and Arizona legislature were tired of the federal government not enforcing our border. They took action, passed laws, and started to do what they could to protect the citizens of Arizona. The Obama administration sued them, stating immigration was solely the responsibility of the federal government, and if I remember correctly, the courts agreed with them and struck down all the Arizona laws that were passed.
Now we are several years later, they’re arguing, the same people are arguing it’s not just simply the purview of the federal government, specifically the president; rather, it’s the people who live here, the people who live overseas, they all have a say in who gets to come into the country and not the federal government, who is, by the Constitution, supposed to protect our borders and ensure our national security.
RUSH: Okay, two points. A, you’re right on the money in recounting the history of Arizona. They simply rewrote state immigration law to mirror federal immigration law because Obama was not enforcing it. Courts struck it down on the basis that states don’t control immigration, the federal government does, meaning the executive and legislative branches.
But that statute from 1952, which derived from a 1948 Supreme Court decision granting total authority to the president to proclaim that anybody from anywhere cannot get into the country for whatever reasons for as long as he says so is totally a power held by the president.
Now, that executive order’s been stayed. The thing that you need to remember about this is that the substance of the Trump executive order has not even had a hearing yet, folks. The judge in the state of Washington stayed the order ’cause he didn’t agree with the president. And that’s not his role.
RUSH: The voter fraud survey is from last August. It’s from Gallup. “As partisan-fueled court battles over state voting laws are poised to shape the political landscape in 2016 and beyond, new Gallup research shows four in five Americans support both early voting and voter ID laws.” That’s 80%. Now, despite this — despite the fact that 80% support voter ID laws — the media still hammers anybody who might suggest that there’s fraud in voting, like you just heard Stephanopoulos hammer Stephen Miller from the Trump administration.
(sniveling) “Well, for the record, you provided no evidence whatsoever! For the record, I didn’t hear any evidence whatsoever, Mr. Miller, that you can cite — evidence of one faulty vote, one fraudulent vote! I didn’t hear one bit of evidence!”George, everybody knows there’s voter fraud. Go to New Hampshire, they’re busing people …” “I didn’t see any evidence! I don’t see the evidence. You have for the record not provided one bit of evidence! Nah-nah-nah! We hate you, Miller! We hate you. Don’t you understand? We in the media hate you, we hate Trump, we hate Bannon, we Preibus! We hate you all, and we’re gonna get you.”
That’s what these Sunday shows all about. One more. This is the last bite from Miller. But this guy, he did the rounds yesterday. He went over, talked to F. Chuck Todd at NBC. He was at Fox News with Chris Wallace. We just chose Stephanopoulos because… Well, I don’t know why we did, but we did. Just happened the way it came out for the rotation. Final bite, Stephanopoulos says (hostile), “I’m asking you, as the White House senior policy adviser, the president made a statement saying he was the victim of voter fraud. Do you have any evidence? Huh? Huh?”
MILLER: The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than one state, dead people voting, noncitizens being registered to vote. George, it is a fact — and you will not deny it — that there are massive numbers of noncitizens in this country who are registered to vote. That is a scandal. We should stop the presses and as a country we should be aghast about the fact that you have people who have no right to vote in this country registered to vote, canceling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this country. That’s the story we should be talking about, and I’m prepared to go on any show anywhere, anytime and repeat it and say the president of the United States is correct 100%.
RUSH: Stephanopoulos ended the segment by saying, “Well, let the record show that Mr. Miller provided not one shred of evidence for voter fraud in the United States in the last election. And we’ll be back with our next guest who’s gonna slam Trump. I forgot who it is but we’ll be back with them right after these commercial announcements from ABC,” and that’s how the interview went. “George, the real story is — and you won’t deny it,” and Stephanopoulos didn’t deny it. The only rejoinder they’ve got is (sniveling), “You haven’t provided any evidence, any evidence whatsoever.”
I wonder… It wouldn’t take us long if I wanted to order a review of our audio sound bite archives to find all the evidence of Democrats accusing Republicans of engaging in voter fraud and claiming to have produced said evidence. But, see, here there is none.