RUSH: Let’s go to Trump. I quoted Trump all morning. Let’s actually go to the audio sound bites. This is in Fort Myers on the tarmac at the airport. The reporter says, “Are you open to citizenship for the DREAMers over time,” you pig?
THE PRESIDENT: We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here. We’re working with everybody. Republican, we’re working with Democrat. I just spoke with Paul Ryan. He’s on board. Everybody’s on board. They want to do something. We’re not talking about amnesty. We’re talking about… Uh, we’re talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here — people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition. But very importantly, what we want, we have to have a wall. If the wall is going to be obstructed when we need the funds — at a little bit later date we’ll be determining how much we need — then we’re not doing anything.
RUSH: Oh. Well, there it was. You heard it. I mean, I quoted him earlier, but you just heard it here. If they don’t get the money for the wall… We need the funds a little bit later. That’s what Chuck and Nancy said. He said we’re gonna do the wall “a little bit later.” If we don’t get the money for the wall, the funding, and “we’re not doing anything.”
RUSH: So I’m gonna get to Andrew in Katy, Texas, but first one more Trump sound bite. This is where he emphasizes that there’s no deal, that there was no deal, and that if the Democrats obstruct the wall, at some point he will obstruct them. This is in Fort Myers today. We played the first sound bite here right before the end of the hour. Here’s the question again from the unidentified reporter: “Why did the Democrats say there was a deal at dinner,” you pig? “Why did they say that?” You’ll also hear some unidentified female reporters, and they just get in on the act here in Trump’s answer.
But see, here’s what happened. AP puts the story out, and AP just doesn’t run in one place. AP’s in 4,000 newspapers and thus 4,000 or four million websites, and the reporters all wanted it to be true. They want the story that Chuck and Nancy rolled Trump. So the reporter asks, “Well, why did the Democrats say there was a deal?” See, the reporters think that Chuck and Nancy said they had a deal, and Chuck and Nancy are backtracking. “No, no, no, we didn’t say well.” Anyway, here’s Trump’s answer to this…
THE PRESIDENT: There was no deal, and they didn’t say that. In fact, they just put out a statement. They didn’t say that at all.
REPORTER: No release for DACA recipients unless you get the wall? Is that what you’re saying?
THE PRESIDENT: The wall… At some point, they’re going to have to… They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall, to me, is vital. If I don’t get the wall, then we will become the obstruction.
REPORTERS: (crosstalk) What has to come first, the wall?
THE PRESIDENT: We have to have an understanding whether it’s in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time, the wall will be funded. Otherwise, we’re not doing any deal.
RUSH: Pfft! I don’t know how it can be any more clear. I mean, you’re gonna have to believe that Trump doesn’t mean it or that they tricked him and now he’s trying to slide back out of it. But he even protected them in this answer. The reporter says (impression), “Well, why did the Democrats say it was a deal a dinner, then?” Trump said, “They just put out a statement. They didn’t say that at all.” So Trump’s defending ’em, at least their accuracy of what they said. And then the infobabe said, “No relief for DACA recipients unless you get the wall? Is that what you’re saying?” And Trump… Well, you heard it. He made it explicitly clear here.
So here is Andrew in Katy, Texas. I’m glad you waited. What’s happening, Andrew? What you want to say?
CALLER: Hey, Rush, thanks for taking my call today. I appreciate that.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: (fast talking) So I just had a question for you. You were alluding to a lot today in regards to the wall and asked about —
RUSH: Andrew? Andrew? Andrew? Andrew? Andrew? Andrew? Hang on. Could you slow down just a little bit so I can understand you?
RUSH: Okay. Slow down just a little bit.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Earlier today you spent some time alluding to a lot of conservatives being upset over, you know, the wall and then linking, you know, the deal and trying to manipulate the deal to no wall and trying to paint that narrative. Based on what I’m seeing and based on, you know, how I feel, it’s not the wall, it’s the amnesty portion of it. We have a president who campaigned on no amnesty. They have to go and then they can come back in, and those were his promises throughout the campaign. And for him to essentially, you know… I know it’s not amnesty, but it essentially will become amnesty, and that’s what our president’s doing and I think that’s what’s got a lot of people ticked off, not the wall.
RUSH: Okay. Now, he’s explicitly said there isn’t going to be amnesty. But you think that’s a distinction without a difference, because if they’re being allowed to stay, if they’re not gonna be deported… You think they need to be deported. You think that’s what he told you he was gonna do during the campaign?
CALLER: I’m not necessarily saying that they should be deported. I’m just saying, you know, if we control the House, control the Supreme Court, control the presidency, then why are we even talking amnesty in the first place? That really shouldn’t even be on the table — and, yeah, if you want to build the border wall, that’s great. I live in Texas, and, you know, a lot of people here —
RUSH: Wait a minute. There is an answer to that. It’s not gonna be what you want to hear. But I agree with you. We run the House. We run the Senate. We run the White House. Why is “amnesty” even a word coming out of anybody’s mouth? The reason is because Republicans won’t work with Trump on anything! You know that.
CALLER: Right. And so instead of making a deal… I agree with you there.
RUSH: But it does matter. Democrats are the ones that put amnesty out in the public domain.
CALLER: Well, I completely agree with you there, but what I would say is, you know, use the bully pulpit of the presidency or fight for midterm elections. You don’t necessarily have to get a wall, you know, in the first year of your election and concede something like amnesty, you know, immediately. I just think that’s a terrible deal and I think that’s why a lot of people are ticked off. Because, you know, we were promised the exact opposite, essentially. And I don’t think a lot of people are, like you said, you know, the imagery of doing something like that is not gonna be positive. But, you know, before we even discuss those things, you know, things like border security… Our border it needs to be secured before we even have that discussion, honestly, and that really needs to be where we’re at.
RUSH: Okay. Now, wait a second, though. On the subject of border security, it is. The border is being beefed up every day, and it has been since Trump took office. You know, it’s not a big story. The Drive-Bys haven’t spent a lot of time on it. But you know as well as I do that the numbers of people even trying to get in are way down, and you know why. Is because the people who would otherwise be trying to get in know full well the attitude of the current administration, which is not tolerant.
There is… Obama welcomed the world in. The Democrats welcomed the world. “Come on in! We know we’re the reason you’re poor and we know we owe it on you, and we know that America really should be your country. Come on in!” Well, Trump all during the campaign said, “No amnesty. Deport. We’re going to have a wall.” The message got out, and the numbers of people trying to get in are down dramatically. There’s already, therefore, some major improvement in the overall situation, and it’s been brought about by one thing, and that is the simple enforcement of existing law. The Border Patrol has been beefed up, and Trump has given them marching orders.
There are areas of the border that have a fence built and those areas are being built up. But the overall numbers of people coming in, there’s already vast improvement in the circumstance just with the threat, just with the realization that the border isn’t open any longer. And you have to factor that in. I mean, everybody’s aware of that. Trump is aware of that. Believe me, the Democrats are. I hear you when you say, “Why is amnesty even on the table? We won the election! Those Democrats didn’t win anything, and they’re not even close.”
I totally agree, but the answer to that… Look, I hate saying this, ’cause it ticks me off, and it’s not fun to sit here and blame your own team. But there’s no way around it. It’s flabbergasting. It’s frustrating. Like I said in the first hour: We’re never, ever gonna have — we never thought we would have — this opportunity, and the odds of it coming around again? Therefore, it needs to be sustained, and that means elections it need to be continued to be one, and that means Democrats need to continue to lose. No matter where the Republicans are, the Democrats need to continue to lose.
At some point, you know, try to bring the Republicans around. But when you have Trump, I mean, he doesn’t want to sit there and do nothing. He doesn’t want to sit there and get nothing done. People define “action” as coming after legislation. In truth, there is already plenty of improvement and a bunch of action taking place with just the simple enforcement of existing law. But because it doesn’t involve a change, it’s not perceived as dramatic change even though on the ground it really is.
The numbers of people trying to come in are way down. The number of people getting in way down. The number of people leaving is way up. So you have that on one hand. On the other hand, you’ve got official Washington that’s not happy with any of that. I don’t… I’ve not ever heard Trump say that he is for amnesty. In fact, grab sound bite number five again. This is in Fort Myers. I’m just gonna play maybe one half of this, Mike, so be ready. You know, stand by for the “stop the tape, stop the tape.” Reporter says, “Are you open to citizenship for DREAMers over time?”
THE PRESIDENT: We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here. We’re working with everybody. Republican, we’re working with Democrat. I just spoke with Paul Ryan. He’s on board. Everybody’s on board. They want to do something. We’re not talking about amnesty. We’re talking about… Uh, we’re talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here — people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.
RUSH: Stop the tape. It’s a perfect definition of the DREAMers. They’re kids. Actually, they did come of their own volition, a lot of them. I mean, the sneaky little truth here is part of these kids — a great number of them — are the ones that parents put ’em on the trains down in Central America — in El Salvador and Guatemala — and sent ’em up here unaccompanied, because Obama, the door was open. The Obama Regime was welcoming them all in.
They’d cross the border, got off the trains, the Obama administration placed them in homes all over America. They didn’t even process ’em! If you remember this, they weren’t even going through the full processing stage. And there was one place… It was Rancho Murieta, a bunch of ’em were bused in there and people in Rancho Murieta showed up at a town council meeting and said, “No! We don’t want them here,” and so the bus went somewhere else. Some of them were off-loaded. The point is the Obama administration off-loaded these kids and they put ’em in homes.
It was all set up, and that’s who we’re talking about. They did come of their own volition to the extent that that you know an 8- or 9-year-old could come, but they came by themselves. They were not unaccompanied. We always suspected at the time that the real intent here was to get them here knowing full well that nobody’s gonna start rounding up a bunch of kids and send ’em home. The next thing that was gonna happen, people like Chuck Schumer and Nancy would go to the microphones and cameras (impression)
“It’s so horrible, all the brave children (sobbing) braving the crime and the heat and the weather coming in the horrible conditions in those freight cars with a bunch of cattle and cattle pooh-pooh (crying) and how can we not let their parents in? I don’t know who was…” So it was a push to get their parents in, and that’s what the parents thought. So it was all part of a grand strategy. I’m convinced that it was. So that’s who we’re talking about here, is these kids, and Trump is saying… Well, I’ve said it myself. Nobody wants to be in charge of pictures of a roundup of — and now they’re not 8 or 9 anymore.
They’re a little older than that. And some of them are not even kids. Some of them have aged beyond 20 and 21. But the question I have for you… “We’re not talking amnesty.” Let me get the exact quote from the Trumpster. “We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.” Would somebody like to tell me the distinction? Would somebody like to tell me the difference? “We’re not gonna grant ’em amnesty. Nobody’s talking amnesty. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.”