RUSH: The Pew Center for the People and the Press, they went out there and they did an extensive survey of people that voted for Trump.
You know what they found? “Trump’s Core Support Remains Solid, But,” dot, dot, dot, “a Significant Minority of Republicans Have Soured, Study Finds — President Trump’s backing from his core supporters has been famously solid… But that steadfast backing coexists with a less positive fact for the president.
RUSH: Back to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and their survey. They went and they talked to Trump voters, and they found that “solid core of support” remains for Trump among those who voted for him. However, 20%, “[n]early one in five Trump voters from 2016 have soured on him since he took office,” and of course, this is “according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.” This is a survey of 3,014 voters.
They “took part in a panel that was questioned three times during 2016 and then again in 2018. Each time, they were asked to rate their feelings about Trump on a 0-to-100 scale. Because the same people were questioned each time, pollsters could track which individuals changed their minds about Trump. Based on that, Pew put Trump’s voters into one of four categories…”
Enthusiasts, converts… Let’s see. Enthusiasts, converts… Da-da-da-da-da. Well, that’s two of them. Anyway; so they’re trying to make the case here that it’s happening that people that voted for Trump starting to sour on him, starting to get embarrassed of him — and it’s always about the tweets. It’s about the tweets and the separation at the border.
RUSH: Deborah in Gadsden, Alabama. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you. It’s great to be on.
RUSH: Thank you very much for calling.
CALLER: Two days ago you were saying that President Trump should campaign on both the economy and immigration. And I think he also ought to bring up the Supreme Court, not just the gentleman who hopefully will be confirmed before the election, but what if the Democrats should take the Senate? Ginsburg probably wouldn’t hesitate to retire because President Trump could not nominate a conservative and get him or her confirmed.
RUSH: Trump could nominate anybody he wants. If the Democrats start obstructing Trump, Trump’s gonna nominate somebody they don’t like, either. Trump’s not gonna give ’em what they want. The Senate, even Karl Rove had to admit today that it looks like the Republicans might even pick up three seats in the Senate.
CALLER: Thank God. Anyway, I mean, I just thought mentioning the — it wouldn’t be a bad idea to campaign on the Supreme Court as well, because that did motivate a lot of people.
RUSH: Yes, it does, but here’s the reason the idea was immigration and the tax cut. We’re talking House races, and House people have nothing to do with the Supreme Court. So Trump stumping for, in this case went to Ohio 12, that’s a House of Representatives seat. Now, I think — see, Trump’s not campaigning for himself there. Well, he is, but whoever wins Ohio 12 is gonna have literally nothing to say about Supreme Court nominees.
And I don’t mind throwing it in the mix; don’t misunderstand. But the objective here is for Trump to turn out his base. If the Democrats do have all this energy and if they are turning out in massive numbers, then Trump must get his base out too. I mean, at the bare minimum Trump has to get his base out. And that’s why people were suggesting immigration, number one, because that’s what got him elected. And then the economy, tax cuts, number two.
RUSH: This is Reg in Southampton out of Long Island. Great to have you, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: It’s actually East Hampton, Rush, but that’s close enough.
RUSH: I’ll take it. You’re in one of the Hamptons. It’s not a bad place.
CALLER: One of the Hamptons.
RUSH: You could be in Binghamton. You don’t want to be there.
CALLER: I’m another privileged white male waiting too patiently for my privilege credit card to show up.
CALLER: I want to thank you once again for acting as the Maha Rushie because while I was on hold you brought up something that actually clarified what I wanted to say about what the left is really up to. The left has totally taken care of the leadership of the Democrat Party. The Leninist, Stalinist, Alinskyite model has taken hold. Can I give you a brief quote from Vladimir Ilyich himself, Lenin?
CALLER: He said, “We can and much speak in such a way that arouses among the masses fear, scorn, loathing, and the like towards those who disagree with us.” If you’ve noticed, that’s the tactically that the left uses now. If I destroy your character — make a mockery of your whole approach, your whole being — then anything you say or do is already a joke, and that is what they’re doing. That’s why I have my one quibble with what you and the other conservative hosts are saying.
I don’t think this is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Because Trump is basically irrelvant toward it. Now, he’s a big target. He’s brash, he’s outspoken, he’s exactly what they can’t stand: A powerful figure who swats them away. However, I think they would have done this to anyone. Even if a RINO like Kasich had been chosen, they would be doing this to him, although I don’t think any Republican, especially including Kasich, would have stood up auto to the abuse that Trump is standing up to. But I think if the Republican establishment would only admit to itself that this is what they’re up against — exactly what you said. It’s not this policy versus that policy. This is, “You are the devil, and we are going to destroy you.”
CALLER: That’s their approach.
RUSH: So you don’t think that Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving them per se because he won. It’s just they would react this way to any Republican who had won?
CALLER: Yes. Because Rush, they were so close. If Hillary had won, they were in. Eight years more of that stuff, we would be well on our way to Third World irrelevancy.
RUSH: Let me ask you, I don’t dispute that. I don’t dispute what would have happened if Hillary won. You mentioned Kasich. Let’s say Kasich had won. Would they have said the Russians meddled and tampered and Kasich colluded with them?
CALLER: Whatever it took to diminish him. Look at McCain. He’s their big buddy until he actually runs, and then what happens?
RUSH: He remains their big buddy, though! That’s the difference. He remains — and Kasich —
CALLER: — lost, but, Rush, when he was running, they were beating the hell out of him.
RUSH: Yeah, and they would continue to do so even after — if he won they would continue.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah.
RUSH: But he still would be their buddy, and so would Kasich.
CALLER: Oh, I don’t think so because whatever policies they put in place would not be all that they want. I mean, Kasich is a weak sister, but he’s not a lefty. And I think they would still be unhappy that he won, because he would be under some pressure to appoint semiconservative judges or semiconservative —
RUSH: Generically I agree with you, but I think there is Trump Derangement Syndrome, because Trump is an outsider. The fact that Trump won coupled with the fact that they thought they were gonna win in a landslide, the fact that Trump beat them, it is something they have taken personally, and it has shaken them up. And the media does have Trump Derangement Syndrome.
CALLER: I agree with that, because he is such an in-your-face target. I mean, he really is the worst that could have happened to them. But I think that they still would have tried to eviscerate —
RUSH: Well, that’s true. I have to knowledge that Reg here is exactly right. There’s not a single Republican out there that would not get a version of this treatment after having won an election, the presidency or what have you, there is not a one, unless that Republican totally caved, and even then there would be some. Reg, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.