RUSH: This is Michael in Richmond, Virginia, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush. I appreciate you taking my call.
RUSH: Any time, sir. Any time.
CALLER: So during your first hour I was listening to you, and this question kind of formulated in my mind. At least to me, in my opinion, it proves that the mainstream media does have an agenda. So you were talking about how when the president… Well, let me start over. Every time the president or his administration talks about illegal voting, the mainstream media goes apoplectic and asks for proof. However, when Democrats and others talk about Russian hacking — alleged Russian hacking or whatever you want to call it — the mainstream media never asks for proof.
RUSH: That is an excellent observation. In fact, as they know there is not any and run the story anyway, and they include that in there. They include, “So far, officials have not been able to find any direct evidence of any linkage between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.” It’s always like in paragraph 15 or 20 (chuckling), and yet Trump comes out and says that illegals are voting? (laughing) “Prove it! Where’s the evidence?” That’s exactly right. Exactly right.
This is Ilana next in Palo Alto, California, where Stanford is. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: (garbled cell connection) Hi. How are you?
RUSH: I’m fine. Thank you.
CALLER: Good. I just wanted to say I am a Jewish Republican, a conservative. I’m a huge Trump supporter. And, you know, in the last… Since Trump was elected, I guess, there have been about five to six waves of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and (unintelligible) —
CALLER: — and Jewish day schools —
CALLER: — and yesterday there were another twenty, including in Palo Alto, and I happened to be driving by to see little children escorted out with their stuff pushed on carts. And it’s so sad. And, you know, I guess the press is only interested when Trump is president, and the liberals choose… You know, my left-wing coreligionists are only interested in anti-Semitism while Trump is in office, right?
CALLER: So I guess I want to say that this is terrorism. It’s terrorism, and, you know, if it was another group (beep) — if it was another minority group — I feel like media, Hollywood, would be all over it, and I want Trump to speak out. I want the FBI to be investigating and find this out because it’s very scary, you know, for our children and everyone. And, you know, I work hard as a Jewish conservative. I work hard. I’m a big activist. You know, I would love if the FBI would get involved. You know, prosecute these people.
RUSH: You know, one of the big mysteries for many conservatives for many, many moons — including me — was the existence of liberal Jews who put liberalism before their Judaism.
RUSH: I didn’t understand it. I never understood liberal Jews blaming Israel, you know, supporting Palestinians. I’ve never understood it, until I spoke once to a man named Norman Podhoretz, and he said to me, “Many of you refer to liberal Jews that way. They’re not Jews. They are liberals. Liberalism is what is first and foremost in their identity. The fact that they are Jews is not paramount or prominent.
“It’s secondary — and, in many cases, even tertiary — to their identity.” Now, you look at Trump. Tell me something here, Ilana. Why in the world do you think Trump is being blamed as an anti-Semite after all he’s done during the campaign and since to defend Israel, to be on the good side of the prime minister of Israel, to oppose the Iran nuclear deal — which is very, very bad for Israel down the road? Trump’s done nothing but be a great friend of Israel, and yet he’s being tagged with anti-Semitism here. It doesn’t make any intellectual sense.
CALLER: Right. No, it doesn’t. I think most of these Jews, you’re right. They’re not Jews. If you look down the road, their grandchildren are not gonna be Jews. They use it like a badge like someone saying, hey, I can make a Jewish joke, I have a Jewish friend, you know? Trump is the biggest supporter of Israel for sure. I think he’ll go down in history as being the biggest supporter of Israel. And I think Jews think that if they stand with the left, I mean these liberal Jews, I don’t even want to call them liberal Jews. I think they’re left wing. If they stand with the left, they think that they’ll be protected and they were the biggest advocates against the refugee ban. And, I mean, who is a bigger target in Europe right now regarding —
RUSH: That’s what doesn’t make sense.
CALLER: Doesn’t make sense.
RUSH: None of this makes any common sense, because anti-Semitism is rampant again in Europe. And yet the Jewish people you’re talking about here in America, the Jewish liberals, it doesn’t seem to be a factor in them determining what side of issues they’re gonna fall down on. You know, I still don’t get the ease with which so many, like Hollywood politicos, can come down on Israel and rip Israel, just because Netanyahu happens to be conservative.
RUSH: I’ve asked all kinds of people about it, too, and there isn’t — Podhoretz is the best answer I’ve gotten, but I don’t think it’s all-inclusive. It’s a mystery. But you do have to be careful when you start —
CALLER: Right. And I think they replace their Judaism with liberalism, and they’re very passionate about it, and it’s ridiculous. But I wish, you know, every day I see Facebook posts suggestion, “Oh, you see, you see this is happening during Trump.” Anti-Semitism on colleges, the BDS and, you know, they’re shouting down Israel’s supporters on campus, that’s been happening all through Obama’s years, and nothing’s been done about it. And as soon as Trump’s president all of a sudden there’s been anti-Semitism in the U.S. for 20 days, you know?
RUSH: If there was ever a legitimate argument, it was that aimed at Obama. And you’re right. This is my point. It’s Podhoretz’s point. The loyalty is to the ideology, not the religion. And that’s what so many people have difficulty understanding. I know you get it. Look, Ilana, I’m flattered that you’re out there. Great to hear from you in Palo Alto. I gotta go, though. I’m way behind.