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RUSH: Want to start with Troy in Whitehall, Wisconsin. Welcome. It’s great to have you here. How you doing?

CALLER: I’m doing well, Rush. Merry Christmas and God bless you, sir.

RUSH: Thank you. Same to you, sir.

CALLER: Thank you. My question’s very simple. Do you ever think President Trump will just say, “That’s it, I’ve had enough. I can’t take all this lying, back-stabbing,” or whatever you want to call it and just say, “I’ve had enough.”

RUSH: No. That’s not at all how I interpret President Trump. I, in fact, interpret him as being of the opposite frame of mind, steeled and ready to expose all of these people for who and what they are. Are you worried he’s gonna quit? Is that where your question is coming from?

CALLER: No. Me personally, no. I couldn’t put up with what he’s putting up with. But he gets support from yourself and very few people publicly, and that’s where I think — the man has nothing to prove to anyone. He’s fighting —

RUSH: Let me ask you a question.

CALLER: — both sides of the isle.

RUSH: Let me ask you a question. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Donald Trump doesn’t show up to the office ’til after 9:30 or 10, that he watches eight hours of TV during the day, and that’s what determines what he tweets and what he says. That the staff can’t get him to spend enough time in the Oval Office to get any work done, and that he’s basically bored and increasingly alone. Do you believe that Trump doesn’t get to work ’til 9:30 or 10 in the morning and watches eight hours of TV during the day? Do you believe that when you read that?

CALLER: No. I don’t believe it at all.

RUSH: What’s Trump doing when he tweets at 4:30 or 5 o’clock in the morning? Has he got an automatic app that tweets his dreams while he sleeps? I mean, how does somebody tweet at 4:30 or 5 o’clock, even 5:30 in the morning? Who are the sources telling these New York Times people this gobbledygook? I actually think it fires him up.

You know, it’s a tough thing. I know why you’re thinking this, because you’re putting yourself in Trump’s shoes, and you can’t imagine every day being filled with so much undisguised hatred for you, especially when you are a person that wants to be liked. And Trump is definitely that. But I don’t think that — it may dispirit him. I think it’s the human aspect that any person — I mean, nobody relishes this kind of stuff. I’ve often said nobody is born wanting to be polarizing or hated or controversial. It’s to the contrary.

Everybody wants to be loved. Everybody’s parents want their kid to be loved. Every kid wants to be loved and adored and popular. Nobody, “Little Johnny, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I want to be hated. I want everybody to hate me so much, I think that would be so much fun.” You never hear that. And it’s a psychological challenge. I mean, you have to learn to take this kind of pure, raw hatred as a measure of success. And not everybody can do that. But I don’t see him quitting because of this. Not at all. But I don’t know. I’m just guessing.

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