RUSH: Okay. Here’s Ellen in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I’m glad you waited. You’re next. It’s great to have you here. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Long, longtime fan since 1988. Great to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much. You’re a lifer too. You’ve been since very beginning. That’s amazing to me!
CALLER: In ’89 you were actually in Altoona, and my husband and I got to come see you. So…
RUSH: I remember, one of the early Rush to Excellence stops was Altoona. I remember flying in there too. It was great.
CALLER: Yeah. It was a great event. Anyways, I’m just livid over Christine Ford’s false claims. I wonder if she realizes that, the liberals realize that as much as hurting the Kavanaughs, she is hurting women everywhere. I believe there are true victims. When you have all these women coming out, making false claims, that just gives discredit to the women that have actual claims.
And I think people turn their ears off more quickly after all this… These ridiculous claims and they won’t be taken as seriously. And, really, so the bleeding heart liberals, the compassionate people, they’re the ones that are discrediting women more than anybody over playing this kind of cry wolf game for political gain. I just think: Shame on them. You know, women have struggled for so many years to be taken as seriously in the workplace.
CALLER: And now we have women going around making these false claims, making us look unstable and using this card to get gain from… You know, from these accusations —
RUSH: So it sounds to me like what you’re really saying is that you’re not all that certain Democrats really care about the plight of women, if they’re this willing to put somebody up with this lack of credibility that’s going to then redound to other women and make them seem less credible and the Democrats may not even care about that.
CALLER: The Democrats only care about themselves, and they’ll use any person as a tool for their credit, for their gain.
RUSH: No question about that.
CALLER: They do not care about us.
RUSH: You know, I’ve heard this argument, and on paper it make sense. Ellen, thanks for the call. And really thanks… It’s been 1988, ’89. That’s a lifer. Something like 30 years. You know, we have audience research, you would be stunned to learn how many people are in that category, out of our….You know, weekly audience here is up to 26 million. You’d be stunned how many. I was when we found out. Anyway, I hear this argument that, ah, this is really going to harm other women, who’re gonna be reluctant to come forward because they’re not gonna be believed.
And I’ve heard the argument about rape, same time. If a woman comes forward with a false allegation that is demonstrated to be false, that that then harms other women to whom it did happen, who may not be believed. And, as I say, logically on paper it makes sense. I’m not sure I’ve seen any evidence of it. I would love to be corrected on this.
But, for example, there have been other women… Did Anita Hill stop Christine Blasey Ford from coming forward? Quite the contrary. Anita Hill… I have a story that details the stardom that she has received following supposedly risking it all to come forward about Clarence Thomas! And this is another myth that these women… “They really run the risk of becoming fools forever and destroying their lives and losing it all, Mr. Limbaugh.”
Well, you know, Anita Hill kind of bombed out in her effort to keep Clarence Thomas off the court, but books by Anita Hill: “Speaking Truth to Power. Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home. In popular culture: In 1999 … Strange Justice, a film based on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy. Her case also inspired the 1994 Law & Order episode Virtue, about a young lawyer who feels pressured to sleep with her supervisor at her law firm,” based on Anita Hill.
“Hill was the subject of the 2013 documentary film Anita … which chronicles her experience during the Clarence Thomas scandal. Hill was portrayed by actress Kerry Washington in the 2016 HBO film Confirmation. Hill is mentioned in the 1992 Sonic Youth song Youth Against Fascism. Awards and recognition … American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession’s Women of Achievement award in 1992.
“In 2005, Hill was selected as a Fletcher Foundation Fellow. In 2008 she was awarded the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award by the Ford Hall Forum.” That’s not even half the page of the awards and movies and books that she has written, appeared in, or been portrayed in. She’s wealthy. She has jobs at major universities. There’s not one negative thing that happened to Anita Hill for losing!
RUSH: Jean in Ponca City, Oklahoma. You’re next. I’m glad you waited.
CALLER: Hi. I found the names of at least 10 women — there’s more — that said they were abused by Bill Clinton, and I’m concerned about where they could go to get a do-over and be believed. I was wondering if you could direct them to anywhere.
RUSH: (chuckles) That’s been tried. Juanita Broaddrick is one of them. By the way, I think now people credibly accept that she was raped by Bill Clinton. The left doesn’t even deny it. Juanita Broaddrick is saying, “You know, why doesn’t the FBI come and investigate what happened to me? I remember exactly what happened. I remember where I was. I remember what he did. I remember everything about it,” and the only network that ever gave this the time of day was NBC. Only one reporter. Everybody else ignores it — and the Clinton women were destroyed. Remember James Carville talk about Paula Jones?
RUSH: (impression) “This is what happens when you drag a dollar bill through a trailer park! Ha-ha-ha!” You know, and Hillary Clinton was right in there destroying all these women that came forward that had detail after detail after day about what Bill Clinton had done to them.
CALLER: Right. It’s a long list. It’s a long list here, and all the accusations and I just wish they could be heard.
RUSH: Well, some of them have been, but the point is, after they’re heard, they’re ignored. Nobody does anybody about it. The media actually continues trying to make people not believe them, and here we have an allegation that doesn’t have any substance to it at all, and it’s being treated as gospel. It’s maddening. I just saw on Fox, by the way… This is stuff, when I hear this, I say, “This can’t be true. It just can’t be.”
But some infobabe on Fox said that internal White House polling shows too much complacence among Trump voters leading into the November elections, that they’re not all that hepped up to vote. Trump voters think, “Trump won. Trump’s continuing to do good things. What do I need to care about?” Now, I just… That does not compute with me, unless there is… There is one way. Unless these people have just tuned out the news ’cause they’re so fed up with it.
They just don’t watch it, in which case they may not be even aware what’s going on here with Kavanaugh. But, see, that doesn’t make sense to me, either. Of course, the Trump administration might just be feeding that news to reporters so that their voters hear it and don’t get complacent. I don’t know. I know I’m daily immersed in this and I’m emotionally attached and invested in it, and so that does tend to warp your judgment if you’re not careful.
You think everybody is, and then you realize a lot of people do not follow this stuff as do you and I. You realize if more people did, there might be a bigger backlash. I just… But this is not a one-off. This is what we’ve been dealing with for three years now if you go back and include the campaign. We have been dealing with this kind of literal injustice and and stark unfairness. Whatever else this is, it is the epitome of a stacked deck, unfairness.
It is fueled by lies and perversion and distortion, and anybody paying attention to it would have to be outraged by it if they have any decency in them at all! See, that’s the naive me speaking. You would think that would be the normal, everyday reaction. But I don’t know that it is. Grab sound bites 10 and 11. Yesterday we learned that the lawyer for the accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the lawyer Debra Katz said, “It’s not up to her to prove anything. The accuser doesn’t have to corroborate anything!”
That caught me flat-footed.
I said, “What? The accuser doesn’t have to corroborate. Go talk to any prosecutor. The prosecutor has to damn well corroborate, confirm, prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, all that” in a court. Now, in the court of real life, yeah, defendants often have to prove they didn’t do it even though proving a negative is practically impossible. But in this case this woman comes forth after 36 years of nothing and lays out this allegation and now does not have to offer proof?
In what world?
Well, in this world, because here is none other than “An-ee-tah,” as pronounced by Judge [Susan] Hoerchner back in 1991. Anita Hill was on Good Morning America today with George Stephanopoulos. Yeah, she’s so traumatized! Anita Hill still quivering in fear, cowering in the corners over what happened to her. Stephanopoulos said, “You’ve said that Judge Kavanaugh bears the burden of persuasion here. What does that mean, exactly?”
HILL: It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated and to serve. It is not an entitlement, and so a person coming into that position on the Supreme Court for a lifetime really has to have the full confidence of the American public. We need to be able to believe in the integrity of our courts, and that means believing in the integrity of the individuals who are on it.
RUSH: Stephanopoulos said, “Your hearings famously came just five days after the allegations went public.”
HILL: (haltingly) These… take time … to evolve. So six days is not enough for the senators who probably know very little about these kinds of claims.
HILL: It’s not enough for them to inform themselves, and so that’s why it’s important to have an investigation.
HILL: It’s important for them then to call on experts to help them shape credible questions to ask both Dr. Blasey and Judge Kavanaugh and then to move forward. There is no reason for them to rush this.
RUSH: The hell there isn’t! The hell there isn’t! Anyway, so, here you have “An-ee-tah,” saying that the burden of persuasion is on the nominee. This guy is gonna serve for life. It’s up to him to convince us that he’s worth it. So anybody can come along at any time and say, “He abused me! He sat on top of me! He laid on top of me! He smelled of booze! He was drunk and so forth and I’ve been traumatized for 36 years,” and that, with no evidence backing him up, can stop everything?
That’s where we are. Craft questions. Investigators can craft questions. Meanwhile, she doesn’t want to show up. She’s got an open invitation to show up — by the way, not just in public. If she wants to testify behind closed doors, they’ve offered that. Grassley… According to an anonymous source at CNN, Grassley’s even willing to go to California to interview her. The United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the road. When’s the last time you think that ever happened?
RUSH: This does it. John Danforth, senator from Missouri, big friend of Clarence Thomas He loved Clarence Thomas. Clarence Thomas worked for him. He sponsored Clarence Thomas. He remembers the Anita Hill-Thomas hearings. He was on Wolf Blitzer this afternoon. Jim Acosta accosted him and said, “You were against the delay in the Thomas hearings. Do you think a delay now is out of order? Is it unacceptable, in your view?”
DANFORTH: What I said back then, and it definitely was true, was that the whole thing was torture. And for a human being, Clarence obviously controversial. But he was a friend of mine, and everything that he lived for was under attack. You know, it was really awful, and he was just humiliated by the whole darned experience. So this is like reliving that. I don’t know Judge Kavanaugh, but for him. I mean, here’s a man who’s had just a sterling reputation, and clearly his reputation means a great deal to him, and now all that’s in the trash.
RUSH: “All of that is in the trash.” Precisely. It’s all in the trash, and the left is happy. The left is applauding. By the way, folks, if you think that you can encounter a liberal or a leftist and have a rational discussion with them about this, I want to warn you in advance: You can’t. Now, there are exceptions to everything, but my experience guided by intelligence is that you do not want the frustration of trying to discuss this reasonably. You, as a decent person, are gonna be talking to someone who is poisoned with political hatred for Donald Trump and thus is incapable of reason and is more easily led to believe that Brett Kavanaugh is scum than the truth about Brett Kavanaugh.
If you’re gonna try it, just be warned.
It’s not gonna turn out the way you think.