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RUSH: We’re gonna start in Miami Shores, Florida, with Carl. I’m glad you called, sir. You’re up first. That’s an awesome responsibility. You have to set the tone for the rest of the day.

CALLER: God bless you, Rush. I thank you for all that you do. My comment is basic and simple. The deep state begins with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: When I read on the Drudge Report that Ryan and the Congress is only gonna work eight days next month, when I see that Mitch McConnell is saying that tax cuts are off the table, I’m saying to myself, “What the hell is this? Since when does the tail wag the dog?” We put President Trump in office and took the government back from these neophytes who seem to think they know what the hell they’re doing. It’s apparent to me that they need to go home to talk to their constituents about what they haven’t done. Why would they need to go home? How many advertisers would you have, Rush, if you worked eight days out of the month?

RUSH: I wouldn’t lose any because I’m so effective, but I get your point.

CALLER: It’s amazing to me, Rush, absolutely amazing to me. I’m a 76-year-old retiree, a conservative all my life. Whenever I ran a company — and I ran companies that had hundreds of people — when we had jobs to be done, we stayed on the job until the job was done.

RUSH: I hear you. Let me tell you what’s going on here. What you’re watching in a sense is exactly what was intended when the nation was founded.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: This is separation of powers. Now, I’m not arguing with your point; don’t misunderstand here. But the way this government is supposed to work is to produce gridlock. That’s the objective. The Founding Fathers hated government overreach, they hated government passing law after law after law, and they set up this separation of powers — leave the judiciary out of this for a second — between the legislative and the executive. In normal circumstances, the legislative is supposed to be — I know it gets a little bit complicated when the president and the majority party are the same and that’s what’s bugging you. But even then, members of the legislative branch are supposed to defend their turf, they’re supposed to represent their voters, they are supposed to vie for power.

They’re not supposed to bend over and grab the ankles to the executive. The reason that this appears different is because the Democrats, when they ran Congress under Obama, gave up all legislative power. They turned everything over to Obama because they were unified and they were loyal. And whatever Obama wanted, he got, even if it meant the Democrats in Congress getting rid of some legislative power. Well, here we have, and you shouldn’t be surprised. These Republican establishment types, they didn’t want Trump to win. Do you think they did?

CALLER: Absolutely not.

RUSH: All right.

CALLER: You know, when are they gonna get some cojones? I don’t know if Trump has the audacity to do it. But I’d put Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan on the carpet and say, “Gentleman, we’re here to do the job. Nobody goes home except for four days for Easter in the month of April. We’re gonna get tax legislation through. We’re gonna get Obamacare through. We’re gonna get this –”

RUSH: You’re absolutely right. It’s up to Trump to do that. It’s up to Trump’s leadership ability. It’s up to Trump’s command of support from so many millions of Americans. That’s what he’s gotta do. It’s up to him to do that. The Republicans on Capitol Hill are not all unified behind their own president, as you and I well know. In fact, you know, you talk about these guys going home and meeting their voters. Do you realize all those Democrats showing up at Republican town halls kept people like you out.

CALLER: It’s an obscenity, Rush, it’s an absolute obscenity to the forefathers and founders of this country. It’s a real obscenity to see what’s going on with our government at the disposal of people like Ryan and McConnell. In Texas I said it before. The tail does not wag the dog, and the tail being the RINOs and the Democrats, the establishment in Washington. Damn it; give Trump the chance. Get behind him. That’s why we put him in office. Quit playing these Mickey Mouse games that they’re playing. If they want to see Mickey Mouse —

RUSH: You remind me of a guy — I told this story, a guy sent me an email only a month ago and the guy had a question, “Are they not gonna give Trump anything?” And I said, that’s right, they’re not gonna give him a damn thing. He’s gonna have to earn it, he’s gonna have to work for it, because the truth of the matter is, the Republican establishment is part of the Washington establishment, and they don’t like Trump.

So he’s gonna have to earn this. And the Washington establishment types that you’ve named, they don’t care how many people voted for Trump. Doesn’t matter. You would think it should, and you would think it does, but obviously it doesn’t. I’m out of time. We will be continuing this, I’m sure.


RUSH: Don’t anybody misunderstand. I know exactly how our last caller feels. I know you probably agree with him. Everybody’s frustrated. This is what my friend who sent me the email wrote: “Doesn’t anybody like Trump?” That’s what this is all about. “Aren’t they gonna give Trump anything?” No. That’s not how it’s gonna happen, folks.

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