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RUSH: Man, this is funny. The Drive-Bys don’t know what to do. They don’t know which story to lose their minds over first today. Bannon talking to Mueller or Trump’s physical and the fact that he’s in better shape than 90% of the media. He’s gonna outlive 90% of the media, it really ticks ’em off. They don’t know what to focus on first.

So they always come down on what they think will be the easiest path to destroying Trump. And since the health news happened before the Bannon news today, they’ll probably go with Bannon, so we will spend adequate time in that.

Greetings, folks. Such a delight to have you here with us today. I got a note from somebody today: “This is really a slow news day, Rush. This is the first slow news day that I can recall in a long time.” I don’t think so. I have more here than I’m ever gonna be able to get to. Even a yeoman effort, even if I assign myself no more than 90 seconds per story, I don’t have enough time to get to everything. Here’s the phone number if you want to join us. 800-282-2882, and the email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us.

Ladies and gentlemen, the childish display, the childish exposition and behavior of the Drive-By Media yesterday once again has proven me right. The bizarre questions, the unhinged, childish, so transparently desirous questions from our Drive-By Media regarding the health of President Trump, has proved something. And interestingly enough, it’s something that I highlighted yesterday. They believe this.

Now, I know a lot of you think that the media is just hitting on things to try to trip Trump up or to convince Trump voters that he’s nuts and they say all these outrageous things. Like I told the audience at the Media Research Center gala that I keynote addressed back last fall, the danger here is that while they are actors, they do believe this stuff, folks! And their believability transfers to some of the brain-dead members of their audiences.

The media believes — they’re not just trying to create the illusion — the media believes that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. The media believes he is in the early onset stages of either Alzheimer’s or dementia. They believe that he is mentally teetering on the edge and with a gentle nudge daily from them, that they can send him over it. They believe he can’t read. They believe he literally sits on his bed in the residence scarfing down Quarter Pounders with cheese and a double orders of fries. They believe that. It is not just a caricature or picture that they create. They believe it!

Whatever anybody in the White House, whatever any source they have leaks about Trump with crazy, incomprehensible behavior, they believe it. I am convinced that they believe that Donald Trump ordered prostitutes to show up at his hotel room in Moscow and have them urinate on the bed and pointed out right there, “This is where Michelle and Obama were sleeping and this is where they did it, so I want you to urinate right there.” I am convinced they believe that happened.

They believe that because he eats Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with cheese and maybe even double Quarter Pounders with cheese and an extra large order of fries, they believe that he’s going to die, tomorrow, next week, hopefully tonight, maybe next month. They believe that anybody who eats cheeseburgers and fries is going to die, in addition to the fact that they are polluting the planet and destroying the climate. They believe their sick fantasies.

There’s no way these people could act as stupid and dumb and childish for an entire hour as they did yesterday if they didn’t believe it, if they didn’t hope it, if they hadn’t invested in it. They believe all of these sick fantasies that they conjure up. And this is why they often confuse their opinions with being facts. They mistake their fantasies for being truth, without evidence, without reading. They believed Obamacare would do everything Obama promised. And they still do.

They believed that Obamacare would lower premiums. They believed that Obamacare would let you keep your doctor. They believed that Obamacare was the answer to American health care, and they still do. They were not interested in Obama’s history of blowing weed. They were not interested in Obama’s drug history whatsoever. They were not worried when Obama went out, snuck out away from Moochelle (My Belle), where did he go to, to Five Guys hamburger joint? They weren’t worried that Obama was gonna die when he had burgers and fries. They thought it was cool that he snuck out and even evaded them until they caught up.

They believe that all of these massive, historic record cold snaps prove global warming. They believe this stuff. They believe that massive corporate tax cuts hurts employees, despite seeing widespread bonuses and wage increases. They believe all of this that they are reporting. That’s the difference. Many people on our side think they’re lying.

Well, they are, but they’re not misrepresenting their own true beliefs. The reason they are able to stay this intensely focused is they believe all of this stuff. They believe the election was stolen. They believe Donald Trump worked with Vladimir Putin and a bunch of Russian honey pots to steal the election. They aren’t just saying it to try to destroy Trump. They believe it. The reporters and reporterettes at the New York Times and CNN and the Washington Post and wherever else, they believe it. That is the difference.

They believe Donald Trump is on the verge of Alzheimer’s, insanity, and death. They believe the doctor lied in reporting Trump’s health statistics. They think that Trump is lying about his height, that he’s not 6-3, that he’s really only 6-2. And you know why that one inch makes a difference? Well, because if he’s really 6-2 and not 6-3, his weight means that he is obese. No, I’m not kidding! “He’s not 6-3, he’s 6-2, and he got the White House doctor to lie for him!”

If he was really only 6-2 and was what he weighs (239, is that the weight?), that would make him obese. Whereas at 6-3, he’s not obese. He’s just overweight. And obese means he’s slovenly and irresponsible and is a slob and is going to die. So what we’re watching here — with all due respect (chuckles) extended to that wacko senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake — is the media is the clown show. It is the media unfit. This current crop is entirely unfit to discharge their constitutional duties.

Well, we have to say it that way because they’re given constitutional recognition in the First Amendment. You know a Republican is losing his mind when he goes to the floor of the United States Senate and praises the media and calls them “the truth squad” in an effort to rip Donald Trump as trying to destroy the truth and American institutions. These people — this current crop of Drive-By reporters — are unfit. They are unstable. If all it was was they are just partisan — just your usual, ordinary, everyday, standard leftist partisans — that’d be one thing. That would be tolerable.

But this is way beyond partisanship. This is way beyond bias. We’re dealing with unhinged instability. Jim Acosta yesterday had to be thrown out of wherever they were, the Roosevelt Room, and Trump shut him down with one word: “Out!” So yesterday, Acosta said, “I never thought this could happen anywhere but an authoritarian country.” Today Jeff Flake compared Donald Trump to Stalin! Right, Jeff Flake compared Donald Trump to Josef Stalin, who was a mass murderer, in the old Soviet Union.

The true Stalinists today are the American left. “Stalinist” defined as someone who demands that you think as they do and love it, demands that you agree with them and love it and love them. They will brook no discord and they will accept no intolerance. You believe them or you will be destroyed. The media, this current crop — and, by the way, not all of them, obviously. But the vast majority of the White House press corps and the big names at cable news are actually what they accuse Trump of being. They are unfit for their jobs.

They’re not reporting the news. They’re not trying to find the truth. They already think they know it. They’re actors. See where Cory Booker wanted to get in on some of that yesterday? Did you see that picture with his hands up? I think he’s doing an Al Franken impersonation with that picture. All we needed was Leanne Tweeden in that photo to close the loop. Did you see that? He’s got his hands up there just like Franken in that picture aboard the C-130 on the way back from, I guess, Afghanistan. You talk about unhinged?

But Booker was acting ’cause he’s running for something, trying to get noticed, trying to attract the praise and support of the unhinged mainstream left. What happened in Hawaii? You know, people ask me frequently, “What do you mean by Drive-By Media?” ‘Cause I don’t define it very much. I think it’s self-explanatory. What’s a drive-by shooter? You’re riding along, you’re minding your own business, somebody pulls up next to you and unloads on you. A mess is created; you’re injured or killed or whatever.

What’s a Drive-By shooter do? Just keeps rolling, heading on down on the highway, waiting for the next chance to do it again — while behind him there’s a giant mess and a bunch of people hurt and injured that needs to be cleaned up. That’s the Drive-By Media. The Drive-By Media and the Russia collaboration. The Drive-By Media and Trump’s health. The Drive-By Media and take your pick! The Drive-By Media and Trump is a racist. The Drive-By Media and Trump and the s-hole story. The Drive-By Media… It’s just pull up to a story, raise hell, cause havoc.

Throw everybody upside down and then head on down the highway and do it with the next story, leaving behind you a giant mess for adults to fix and clean up. What happened in Hawaii is a perfect metaphor for how the media operates. They press panic buttons needlessly. They cause millions of people abject fear, in some cases for their lives. The media creates discord, instability, unrest. They cause people to be obsessed in pessimism and negativism. And then after it’s discovered that there is no impending disaster, there are no repercussions.

They’re on the road, down the road to do it all over again. Nobody gets fired, nobody gets reprimanded, and very rarely are corrections ever substantially made. Just a brief pause before pushing the next nuclear warning button again. What happened in Hawaii with the emergency management guy that (snorts) hit the wrong button twice and they didn’t tell anybody for a half hour, is a perfect metaphor for how the Drive-By Media supposedly covers the news.

This is the same Drive-By Media that never batted an eye when Bill Clinton refused to release his medical records, even though STDs and venereal diseases and the drugs used to combat them can affect one’s mind. But they were not interested in any of that, despite everything they knew. They covered for Bill Clinton not releasing his medical records, saying it wasn’t important, that his approval ratings were sky-high; the American people didn’t care.

It seems like it was only yesterday the Drive-Bys were talking about the Michael Wolff book and how the Wolff book claims some insiders describe Trump as childish and childlike. Well, what we had yesterday in the White House briefing room was nothing more than Romper Room without a teacher. The Drive-By Media was the kids playing in the sandbox, not getting their toys and not getting their lunches and not getting recess. This is the same media that never questioned Hillary Clinton when she could barely stand up!

The same media that never questioned Hillary Clinton when she collapsed trying to get into a van to make a fast getaway after almost having collapsed at a 9/11 ceremony. The same media that never asked Hillary about her supposed concussions. The same media that never questioned when she was wearing those thick Coke bottle glasses because of her double vision! They said it was actually double vision; it was to prevent seizures.

The same media that never questioned when Hillary couldn’t finish a single speech without a prolonged coughing fit. There was never any concern for Hillary Clinton’s health, and we never had Sanjay Gupta or any other doctor on mainstream media telling us, “She’s not well.” But Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame yesterday said, after he heard the numbers that the White House doctor reported for Trump’s cardiovascular system, “The president has heart disease.” Did you hear that? CNN, Sanjay Gupta: “The president has heart disease.”

This is the same bunch of people now obsessed claiming Trump is dangerously overweight, the same people that want Oprah to be president.

You figure it out.

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RUSH: CNN had a panel… By the way, we’ve got an audio montage coming up. I would be playing it right now, but there are time constraints. We put together a montage of the White House press corps asking their ridiculous, childlike questions about Trump’s health and mental health yesterday. There was even a question, “Doctor! Dr. Jackson! Is Donald Trump a drug addict?” Here’s a guy that’s never smoked. He has never consumed adult beverages. He takes aspirin. He’s not on any….

I think there’s a cholesterol medicine that he’s got a prescription for, as I recall it. But no alcohol, no tobacco, no nothing. Meanwhile, the previous president was in a “choom gang”! He proudly talked about it. “CNN Panel Doubts Presidential Doctor, Claim He’s Just a ‘Trump Fanboy.’” The Root, the “Skip” Gates website: “Did the White House Fake Trump’s Physical Results?” They believe he’s insane. They believe he’s gonna die. They believe it! That’s why all this stuff, they think, is made up and faked. They believe it.

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RUSH: You know the White House doctor, his name is Ronny Jackson, and he looks so familiar to me. You know, I was at the White House a number of times during the administration of George W. Bush, and I met the White House doctor. Dr. Jackson began his service as White House doctor under President Bush. And I know this was the first term that I had a chance to talk to him, because the 2004 election, we were discussing it and what it would mean if Bush won and what it would mean if Bush lost.

He looks familiar. My memory is he was one of the nicest, greatest, most outgoing people I had ever met. I was up there for, I think it might have been — we had lunch with Tony Snow in one of the anterooms of the White House mess, Karl Rove and so forth, I don’t remember ’cause there are a number of those times. But I remember on the way out, we’re in the hallway, the White House physician’s office is very near the elevator that takes you up to the residence. And somebody said, “You really need to meet the White House doctor. He’s a great guy.”

I had great conversation with him, and I think it’s Dr. Jackson here. Unless he joined the administration in the second term, and even then, I think that that’s who I remember talking to. The reason I bring this up is that he made a point — I’m not gonna tell you how, but integrity and honor are the coin of the realm for him. Of all the things I remember talking to him about, it was his emphasis on integrity and honor and those characteristics being part of people who lead the country and how he wouldn’t be around if there were wide gaps in integrity and honor.

He loved President Bush. He thought President Bush was one of the finest men and human beings he’d ever met. And many people who’ve met President Bush say that. Even Democrats now, with all these years behind them and water, all that under the bridge now. I was thinking about all this, and I’m listening to these reporters accuse this doctor of lying, accusing this doctor of making it up, accusing Trump of blackmailing the doctor or otherwise threatening the doctor to report things that were not true.

And if it’s the same guy I met, there is no way that doctor — he would resign. He would walk out of there if any president told him to lie, make it up, doctor the results, misreport, whatever. The doctor I met would have walked out of there. But just again, the allegation here, the reckless allegation, the willing desire to destroy a doctor’s career and reputation, all in pursuit of getting rid of Donald Trump.

These people are shameless. They obviously have not an iota’s worth of compassion or respect. This doctor is just another person to be destroyed and sent packing on the road to getting rid of Trump. I mean, this is serious stuff, to accuse a White House doctor, any doctor of lying about it, making it up, accusing the president of threatening if they didn’t make it up.

Now, I’ve often believed that people who make those kinds of allegations are actually people who do those things, who have experience doing those things, and that’s why the allegation so easily rolls off their tongue. So here they are. I mean, look, they’re already participating in a totally made-up lie and hoax, and that is the Trump dossier. And I don’t know whether they believe that dossier is real or whether they know it’s a hoax. What I do know is they are relishing in passing it off as real.

So they really believe, even though there isn’t a scintilla, there isn’t a shred of evidence there was any collusion whatsoever, except between Democrats and Russia. Despite the fact there’s no evidence, they wholeheartedly endorse it and believe it and think all kinds of cheating was going on. And then the same people come along and accuse the White House doctor of making it up and lying, and the president being complicit in it.

It produced this. We have about a minute and a half of a montage here of a bunch of reporters in the White House press corps asking some of the silliest, stupidest, most ridiculous questions about Trump’s health.

JON KARL: Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s (laughter) and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good a shape as you say he’s in?

HALLIE JACKSON: Can you assess the president’s mental fitness for office?

JOHN ROBERTS: How much weight have you suggested the president lose?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Cholesterol over 220. Do you hope to get it under 200?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer’s? Are you looking at dementia?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Does he have heart disease?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The 25th Amendment, a lot of people in the country have been talking about it.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you believe he is fit for duty?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: He sounds like he has the sniffles.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you have a life expectancy range for him? Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Is there anything you’re keeping from us for privacy reasons?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Are you confident of his prostate health?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Waist measurement for the president? His weight, I think he’s at 239, right? Seems just shy of obesity.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: It’s recommended that most Baby Boomers get screened for hepatitis C. Did you do a Hep C test?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Some of the President’s friends have told reporters in the past they think he’s a germaphobe, that he washes his hands obsessively.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Stroke concerns?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: When the president has a colonoscopy at the next physical, will he be sedated?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you keep a tally of how much golf the U.S. president plays?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Drug addiction?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Does this president ask you about how he could follow his predecessor’s example to be as fit as Barack Obama was?

RUSH: Pfft! (laughing) Do you believe this stuff, folks? (impression) “Does this president ask you about how he could follow his predecessor’s example to be as fit as Barack Hussein Obama was?” They can’t believe it! Folks, when I say that they believe it, whoever got this 25th Amendment business going? You know, it’s been out there. This has been a Drive-By story for many weeks now, and the thrust of it is that Trump is unstable. He’s unfit. The lying, filled-with-errors Michael Wolff book suffices as evidence for these people that Trump is unfit!

That he’s mentally unstable, that he’s in early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s and that the cabinet and several members of Congress need to get together and enforce the 25th Amendment, basically throw Trump out of office. Okay. They’ve been reporting that so long, it’s now real. They believe it. It’s not just a prop. They believe it. And, by the way, first question: “Explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, all those Diet Cokes… Explain to me how he’s in as good a shape as he is?” You can’t…

A lot of these guys in the media are Millennials. They’ve grown up believing that McDonald’s is destroying the planet. They have grown up believing that eating cheeseburgers is deadly. They have grown up believing that cow farts (methane) is destroying the ozone layer and promoting climate change. They have grown up believing this! Their schoolteachers have told them this. PSAs in media have told them this.

They believe it. So here comes a 71-year-old man who is in impeccable health, who does everything they’ve been told not to do, and they can’t reconcile it. It literally doesn’t compute. To them, Donald Trump must be dead. Because they believe all of this poppycock that they have been taught about diet and the things that you eat and drink will kill you, and he’s healthier than many of them are, and they just cannot abide it!

They cannot deal with it and they cannot accept it. “Can you assess the president’s mental fitness for office?” “Does he have heart disease?” “The 25th Amendment! A lot of people in the country have been talking about it.” So what? Doesn’t mean anything. “Do you feel he’s fit for duty?” “It sounds like he has the sniffles!” “Do you have a life expectancy range for him?”

And you heard the attempt here at getting at 239 pounds versus the height and would that be obese or any of this. But, I mean, the childishness and the ignorance and the prejudice. You can see the education these people are the product of and it’s scary. And these are supposedly the best journalism has to offer. These are the people with the top jobs, folks, and they are children. They’re dangerously unqualified, incurious, fact-absent, totally propagandized young kids.

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RUSH: From The Daily Caller: “Journalists Unable to Accept Results of Trump’s Physical Exam.” By the way, one of the big aspects of this was the cognizant exam, and the White House doctor spent a lot of time explaining that Trump is thoroughly cognizant. He’s aware. He’s coordinated. There’s no delayed physiological reflex, mental actions whatsoever. He’s operating at near 100% in all these measurements, and they simply can’t believe it and they think the guy is making it up and they want to know if Trump…

“Why did you even do this?”

And the doctor said Trump ordered it because he knows there are people who are saying that he’s behaving otherwise. Now the Drive-Bys are trying to say that the doctor who designed the cognizant test is from Lebanon. Well, Lebanon is a country, supposedly, Trump hates! And they think it’s great irony. The cognitive test was created by a doctor from Lebanon, a Lebanese immigrant to Canada! “Trump’s Cognitive Test Was Created by a Lebanese Immigrant to Canada,” and it’s a Washington Post story.

They think they’ve got a killer point here. The man in question came to Canada as a legal refugee. Trump has not tried to stop all refugees from coming to the U.S. for asylum. They tried to point out that Trump’s a hypocrite, that the guy who created a test that Trump passed is a refugee, immigrant to Canada, and if Trump had had his way, this guy would have never been able to do what he did. It’s that asinine, childish, and absurd.

“Journalists Unable to Accept Results of Trump’s Physical Exam.” Maggie Haberman of the New York Times said that Dr. Johnson, the White House physician, “may have arbitrarily made Trump one inch taller so that he would not have an obese body mass index.” She tweeted, “Remember that earlier physicals decades ago put Trump at 6-2. This physical has him at 6-3. It makes a difference on his BMI from overweight to obese.”

This is pathetic. These people are… What’s the word? They’re obsessed, and the poison with which they’re obsessed is hatred. Hatred and resentment. But they are literally boiling with rage each and every day. I guess they expected these results to be deadly for Trump, maybe even in a literal sense, and they just can’t accept what they heard. It’s too good. It defies what they know to be true.

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RUSH: Now, we get back, continuing the audio sound bites at number five and number six. And this is in regard to the president’s health, and it’s an observation that I, your beloved host, made back in 2016. It was on November 17, and it was right after Trump was elected, to the shock and dismay of many. Something that had always impressed me about Trump is his energy level during the campaign, starting with that day in 2015 when he announced.

He had all those rallies. He was doing, in some cases, three a day. There were a couple of days he did four. They weren’t just land and shake some hands and get back on the plane and fly to the next one. These were hour to hour-and-a-half rallies with anywhere from 15 to 25,000 people with a lot of autographs being signed afterwards. They were full-fledged shows, and I was amazed by it because the president’s 70 years old.

The candidate, at the time, is 70 years old. And remember, on the other side, we had Hillary Clinton, who had to take two weeks off just to get ready for a debate! Hillary Clinton, the health news about her was not good. She was having seizures, been having trouble standing up, wearing Coke bottle glasses. The media was not interested in her health problems whatsoever, and I made this observation two days after the election

RUSH ARCHIVE: You’ve heard of the word “indefatigable”? That’s Trump. He’s 71 years old, gets up at five in the morning. He sleeps four hours a night and he doesn’t stop. Donald Trump has never smoked and he has never consumed adult beverages.

RUSH: “Indefatigable.” You see the root word there: Fatigue. “Je suis fatigue” is how you would say it in French that you’re tired. Trump is never tired. Remember the tweets that would start at 5 a.m. and the rally would end right before midnight? People would say, “When’s the guy sleeping?” Four hours. I can relate. I get five to six, and I don’t need that much. I only go to bed when the clock says 2 a.m. because I think if I don’t… I never go to bed tired. Rarely. I mean, sometimes but rarely am I dog tired when I go to bed. I have to force myself to do it. Discipline. So here’s the White House doctor yesterday. This is, again, White House Dr. Ronny Jackson speaking to the Drive-By Media briefing them on the president’s health.

JACKSON: One of the things being with the president on the day-to-day basis that has been impressive to me, he has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina. I first noticed that, you know, we traveled — did some overseas travel — last year; and I was really surprised because I didn’t know the president early on. We’d get these 14-, 16-hour days, and the staff is just spent after a while. I’ll tell you, out of everybody there, the president had more stamina and more energy than just about anybody there.

RUSH: That was plain as day to see. You don’t need a doctor telling you that. The press corps was there, they were covering it, and it was easy for people to see. And yet they’re living in utter denial now of the doctor’s medical report on President Trump. And, you know, he said one thing, and I just know this ticked them off. I’m not aware of any specific reporter having an insane reaction to this, but I know that a bunch of them did silently.

At one point, the press was peppering the doctor with questions. “How can any of this be? The guy eats all these Big Macs! He sits there on his bed in the residence and gorges on Big Macs and French and has all those Diet Cokes — and you know what Diet Coke does to you!” “No, I don’t know what Diet Coke does. What does Diet Coke do?” “Well, you know what aspartame does!” “No, I don’t know. What does aspartame do to you?” “Well, you know.” “No, I don’t.”

I don’t subscribe to these namby-pamby, left-wing crises health warnings that we get every day. Oat bran’s gonna kill you one day; then it’s gonna constipate you the next day; then it’s the best thing you can do the day after that. Coffee’s gonna kill you! Coffee’s horrible. Next: Coffee may lead to prevention of Alzheimer’s or something else. I mean, they go back and forth on all these things. Remember butter and margarine and all of this stuff?

They’ve made people so self-conscious on everything they eat and order that nobody has any fun doing it anymore if you pay attention to them. I, of course, don’t, and Trump doesn’t either. By the way, do you know why Trump eats McDonald’s? Have you heard the explanation for it? Well, partially because he likes it. But he is… This is what makes this Trump dossier thing about hiring the prostitutes and all that in Russia so idiotic.

Trump is a known germophobe, number one. But number two, like all powerful people and wealthy people, he is surrounded by security people who over the years have warned him of the ways enemies could try to take you out. Poisoning your food, poisoning what you drink, you know, corrupting a chef and having a chef put something in the food that’s gonna make you sick.

Now, some wealthy people take it to heart more than others. Some wealthy people, “Don’t kid me.” Some don’t care about it. They look at the security guidelines as an obstacle, but Trump, the reason he goes to McDonald’s, besides the fact he likes it, is they don’t know he’s coming. There is no opportunity to poison the food he’s gonna get there. It would be true of any fast food place. Nobody knows he’s coming.

I’ll tell you when I first became curious about this, it was during the campaign. Trump’s traveling around on his own plane. It’s a Boeing 757. Now, you people that travel on 757s, you know they’ve got huge galleys, they have state-of-the-art galleys and Trump’s got staff and I assume press in the back of the plane. And whenever the press is anywhere near, you feed them.

You would not believe at professional sports stadiums the pressrooms where the media is fed prior to every game. It’s incredible, the spread that’s put out for the media, baseball parks, football parks, football stadiums. The pressroom opens two to three hours before the game. I mean, it’s incredible. It’s just a staple. You feed the press.

So I see a still shot of Trump with a bag of McDonald’s in front of him. And I’m saying, the guy’s got chefs galore, he’s got a great galley, he could order anything he wants catered to that airplane, prepared and delivered. And he’s sitting there eating McDonald’s. So that’s when I first got curious and started asking myself why. And this is what I learned.

Also, it’s cheaper to feed the media if you’re not importing a chef and catering a bunch of stuff. You know, give a bunch of fast food and fine and dandy. I don’t know what he feeds the press on the plane, on his own plane. I don’t know if he even was. I just know that it’s standard operating procedure that when they’re there, you feed them. It’s one of the old standby staples, feed the press, keep ’em on your side, keep ’em happy, to the extent possible.

The first time I toured Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City was shortly after it had been built. It was the beginning of football season, Lamar Hunt, the owner, was hosting the local media and tour of the press box and I was stunned. I’m just a young kid here. I’ve never been in a press box anywhere. I’m stunned. I can’t believe the luxury that I’m seeing. They showed the pressroom, and I said, “What’s this?”

“This is where the media eats prior to the game.” Holy smokes. So I ran into Mr. Hunt, who I’d met for the first time that night, I said, “I can’t believe what you have here for the media.” He said, “We have to. Highly pampered, highly pampered.” Which I came to learn was SOP, standard operating procedure.

Anyway, that is why Trump has McDonald’s, primarily. He knows that it’s gonna be safe because there’s no McDonald’s restaurant that knows he’s coming. They don’t have time to poison his food. Now, you can laugh and think that that’s kind of crazy behavior, but in that world, where all kinds of espionage takes place, it’s — (interruption) well, that’s the point. That’s why he would not call prostitutes and have ’em come in and urinate on a bed.

By the way, you talk about standard operating procedure. Trump, as a matter of policy, his executives, his family, whenever they travel, the assumption is that every hotel room they stay in is bugged. Whether it is or not, that is the standard operating procedure. The assumption that it’s bugged and behave, speak, act accordingly. It’s another illustration of how it’s folly that Trump would hire a bunch of prostitutes to come in and urinate — the whole idea is just — and none of it’s been corroborated. Now, let me take a break here so we have some time on the other side.

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RUSH: The doctor — you know, the Drive-Bys are going nuts, how can the guy be this healthy? They don’t believe it. They think the doctor’s making it up, that Trump has made him lie to them, and the doctor said — and this doctor is a crafty guy. This doctor said, “He’s just got incredible genes. This is just how God made him.” This doctor, I don’t know, but I am suspecting that this doctor knew that inserting God into the equation of Trump’s health would drive them crazy!

Because, remember, these are liberals. God? Shut up about God. That’s that crazy Christian stuff. They don’t believe creation. They don’t believe God. And certainly that God would choose some people to be healthier than others, that it’s just genes? Trump lucked out with good genes? No. No. Because these people, don’t forget, they’re liberals. They believe that only they are qualified to tell you how to live and how to behave in order to live a long life.

They have all the answers. They’re the ones that come up with these cockamamie diet schemes, things you should eat, shouldn’t eat, that you need to get this much exercise, that you need to stay in this degree of fitness. And it’s all rooted in their utopia. And in order for their utopia to ever happen, they have to be able to deny you freedom. They have to be able to control what you do, what you say, what you think, what you eat, what you don’t eat. And that’s how they get to their utopia, because you cannot be left alone. You cannot be trusted to do the right things with your money, with your life, with your kids!

And so the doctor, “You know, he’s just got good genes. That’s just how God made him.” No. No! No! I’ll bet you a thousand percent of all those reporters, “No! No! God has nothing to do with it.” It’s all about doing the right things as defined and determined by progressives. I just know that when he inserted that notion that it was God, that it had to drive ’em nuts.

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RUSH: We go to Indianapolis. This is Chris, and I’m glad you called, sir. How are you?

CALLER: Hey. I’m doing great, Rush. Thanks.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I’ll jump right into my observation or comment. You know, when I heard the question about hamburgers and soft drinks and then Ronny Jackson’s response of “genetics,” I cringed. (chuckles) And I cringed in a way that said, “Oh, man, they’re gonna turn that right back around on him, because, you know, this falls right into…” And you’ve taught me well. I’ve been listening to you since I think ’87 in my dad’s tool and die shop in New Jersey. But this is a wide-open door for them to say, “Oh, Hitler! Genetics!” Right? “White privilege!” The whole thing can just dovetail off that. I’m surprised we haven’t heard it yet, to be honest.

RUSH: Yeah. They may stumble upon that. It may take some idiot like Joy Reid or Joy Behar at MSNBC or The View to come up with that. I mean, that’s actually good thinking on your part. I would have never —

CALLER: (chuckles)

RUSH: I would have never even considered that until you brought it up.

CALLER: Well, I’m sure they’re listening to you, and you’ll probably hear it tomorrow. So…

RUSH: Okay. So walk me through this.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: You heard the doctor explain Trump’s health by saying, “Hey, you know what? He was blessed with good genes. That’s just the way God made him,” and you immediately thought what?

CALLER: I just thought, man, the press is gonna take that and they’re gonna turn it against ’em. They’re gonna say, “Well, you know, he’s more privileged than somebody who doesn’t have good genes,” and then they’re gonna float it back to Hitler and they’re gonna say, “Well, Hitler was very genetically focused.” Right? So you just look at all the ties they can make to that. So (unintelligible).

RUSH: Well, what…? No, no. Wait. Let’s just not skate past this. What ties could they make to this?

CALLER: Well, they could —

RUSH: I mean, Hitler’s a stretch. Hitler did not have great genes. Hitler was insane.

CALLER: No. (chuckles) But he had programs I think that focused on purifying the genetics of the population there. It’s not the first time there would have been, you know, a parallel drawn between Trump and Hitler I think by the media. So it’s absolutely probable, in my point of view.

RUSH: So you think that they might take the fact that the doctor said, “Hey, he’s got great genes; it’s just the way God made him,” and you’re thinking that the media will say, “Trump knows this and that’s why Trump wants only people like him in the country, white people from Norway or Sweden”? Something like that. That’s what you think’s gonna happen?

CALLER: It ties right back into Acosta yesterday.

RUSH: I hope they do. Look, the loonier they go and the crazier they go with this kind of stuff —

CALLER: I wouldn’t put it past them.

RUSH: You really cringed? I mean, you’re worried they could sell something like that?

CALLER: You know, I mean, cringe? Inside of me, I just kind of jumped and went, “Oh, boy.” (chuckles) You know.

RUSH: Hitler would not have liked Trump anyway. Orange hair was not good.

CALLER: No absolutely not. They’re diametrically opposed, you know, opposite. But, you know, that doesn’t stop the press, you know.

RUSH: I tell you, this is fascinating. I’m so glad, Chris, that you got through here. I’m fascinated with the way people think. And you notice that he credited being a student here at the Limbaugh Institute for his ability to even ponder this, potentiality that good genes, “That’s just the way God made him…” The media could hear that and turn that (snorts) into a somehow racist or bigoted position that Trump has. “Well, obviously he’s aware of it! He wants more people like him.

“He loves himself, he thinks he’s the best, he thinks he’s the smartest — and this is what Trump is really trying to engineer.” They may get there. But as I say, if they do, it’s gonna take somebody on their side that literally is being held together with chewing gum and peanut butter — that loosely almost falling apart — to come up with something like that, and it’s entirely possible. I think that they’ve already gone through stage one, the stage one reaction. The doctor mentions God! Look at it in this context.

We’re talking about, essentially, perfect health for a 71-year-old man that all these people hate. Perfect health. He does many things that they believe and have been taught that are not good to do for your health. They have been taught that you don’t do a whole lot of things that Trump does, and he’s in better health than some of those people. So here comes the doctor and assigns as one of the reasons to explain this: God. (Groan!) That is a double insult. Trump being in perfect health for his age? Did you see the heart rate numbers?

Did you see the BP numbers? Did you see the cholesterol number? Perfect health. I mean, for a 71-year-old guy, he’s in perfect health. The only complaints that the doctor had was a little elevated cholesterol and it is “not enough exercise,” which a doctor would tell a marathon runner. It’s habit. Everybody, nobody gets enough exercise. So those are the… (sigh) I mean, his fasting blood sugar is 89! Well, that means he is nowhere near type 2 diabetes. If you have…

I don’t know how they administered with Trump, but they basically give you this super sweet, sickening stuff that you have to drink, and then they measure your blood sugar four hours later to get a reading on how well you’re handling sugar, essentially. And anything under 105, you’re good. At 105 and up, and you’re at the beginning of trouble. When you hit 150, 200, it’s to the hospital. If you hit 400 or 600, uh-oh, it’s crisis time. Trump is at 89. It’s perfectly normal. It can’t get any better.

Now, some people get to 89, but they have to fast for six or seven hours to do it. The test is a four-hour fast after consuming all that glucose. It’s called the glucose tolerance test. As a key man insurance policyholder, I have to take all these tests, which is why and how I know this stuff. So when I heard Trump’s numbers, they were dazzling to me. I mean, they say he’s got elevated cholesterol, but it’s still 200. It’s nothing.

He’s not taking any prescription meds other than something for that, Crestor or some such thing as that. The point of all this is the media getting all this, go into that room thinking that they’re going to learn that he’s got early onset Alzheimer’s. Folks, they believe this stuff! Do not doubt me. They believe it, hope it, a combination of the two that ends up becoming their reality. (interruption) Mmm-hmm. (interruption) Snerdley is asking me, “When did it become possible that somebody that looks like Trump could be categorized obese?”

I don’t know. I’d have to wild-guess it that that’s when the AMA got hold of the tables and started reducing them down. There’s no way. Donald Trump is not obese. Even if they make him 6-2 instead of 6-3 and weighing 239, that is not obese. There’s a big difference in obese and morbidly obese and overweight, and Trump… (sigh) I mean, it’s six of one, half dozen of the other. Maybe overweight, but there is no way that Trump is obese in any measure, unless you go by this new body mass index that the health fanatics have cooked up.

And remember, so much of this is done because the more people on the verge of bad health or illness, the better for who? The better for people who make drugs, the better for doctors, the better for psychiatrists, the better for everybody. Why do you think we have a Monday holiday in February? The ski industry wanted it! So what do we call it? Presidents Day or some such thing.

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RUSH: Here is Peter from either Rancho Meringa or Rancho Santo Margarita or Rancho Santa Monga. What is it? (interruption) It’s Santa Mari. That’s all I… (interruption) Santa Maria? Is it that where you’re from?

CALLER: No. Actually, it’s Rancho Santa Fe, Rush.

RUSH: Rancho Santa Fe. Okay.

CALLER: Just outside of San Diego.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah. I just… It says on my callboard here “Santa M-a-r-i,” so I was saying, “That could be anything. Santa Margarita, Santa… Santa Cucamonga, but not Santa Fe” Anyway, here you are.

CALLER: Come out and play The Bridges as my guest. You’ll love the golf course.

RUSH: (chuckles) I probably have seen it.

CALLER: There have been a lot of pro tours there. But listen, your perspicacity is unassailed, but I think I have one for you.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: The press has again, in my opinion, been outsmarted and out maneuvered by the president. By requesting the cognition test and scoring the perfect 30-for-30, the president’s mental state is no longer an issue. He preempted the press brilliantly. Imagine if this test had not been performed — and parenthetically, it has never been employed before in any other presidential physical exam. What would happen is the mainstream press would be doing nothing yesterday, today, every day for days in the future but saying, “Well, the president is healthy, but his mental state is still a question.” That’s now not an issue, and he did it. He requested it.

RUSH: Well, but not entirely, because the Drive-Bys are questioning the veracity of the test and the doctor reporting the results.

CALLER: Well —

RUSH: There’s even a story… Peter, listen to this. Here’s a story in the Washington Post. “Trump’s Cognitive Test Was Created by a Lebanese Immigrant to Canada.”

CALLER: I saw that.

RUSH: The Washington Post thinks that now disqualifies it because Trump hates immigrants, right? Trump hates immigrants.

CALLER: I have a PhD in neurobiology and I’d love… That test is unassailable.

RUSH: Well, you’re talking about abject truth here, which the Drive-Bys don’t accept. They can report whatever they want. This is the problem.

CALLER: True.

RUSH: You’ve got the test 30-for-30. He aced it! They make a big deal out of it. But I can point you to any number of Yahoo News stories today or tech blogs or wherever you want to go where the focus of this is the doctor may have lied or the test may not be all that good, that it was created by a Lebanese immigrant to Canada. And of course, the Post is trying to say, “Well, Trump can’t rely on that! He hates immigrants! He hates immigrants from Lebanon. He hates the Middle East.” So they’re trying to point out irony in this. The Washington Post really thinks they have a killer point here. They think they disqualified it because the creator of the test is a Lebanese immigrant to Canada, and Trump hates immigrants — and for all we know, he may hate Canada!

CALLER: My point is that had he not done this, that all we’d be hearing about is his mental state is still a significant question.

RUSH: No, I hear you.

CALLER: He totally outmaneuvered ’em.

RUSH: Well, in the sense… Okay. You’re right. He ran a perfect scam on ’em. He thought to include it. In fact, the doctor even mentioned the fact that they don’t normally do this cognitive test in presidential physicals. They just don’t do it, and the doctor said, “The only reason we did it is the president demanded that I do it. The president asked to take the cognitive test, and so he aced it. He got 30 out of 30. He is in perfect health.” And the wind went out of the sails in the pressroom. But it’s not gonna stop them from questioning his mental fitness.

It’s not gonna stop them from talking about the need for the 25th Amendment. They’re always gonna be able to find a Harvard Law professor or some doctor of shrinkology at some bogus, obscene university to claim that Trump is exhibiting the signs of whatever. Or somebody in the Drive-By Media who’s just gonna rain all over the test and claim it’s illegitimate, that the doctor phonied it up because Trump demanded that he do so and the doctor is a Trump Fanboy, and so they’re basically gonna cast aspersions on the honesty and the integrity of everybody behind this physical.

They’re not gonna let go of this stuff. I mean, you’re right, had Trump not done this, that’s all they’d be talking about, but it isn’t going to stop them from doing so. I appreciate the call, though. Thanks very much.

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