RUSH: What’s that? (interruption) Shutdown? Yeah, next hour I’ll get to the Shutdown Stack. I’ve got all kinds of stuff. In fact, there’s a great piece here from The Daily Caller written by an unnamed senior Trump official. The headline: “I’m a Senior Trump Official, and I Hope a Long Shutdown Smokes Out the Resistance.” I don’t know who this is, but the person says he’s being hurt by this in a number of ways financially.
But he hopes Trump doesn’t cave. He hopes this thing goes on and on and on and on and on and a whole bunch of people get smoked out. He says there are just too many career leftists; there are too many saboteurs. He said in this piece, you’d be amazed… I wouldn’t, but he says you would be amazed at the number of people still in the Trump administration actively working on a daily basis to undermine Trump and his agenda.
I wouldn’t be surprised by that at all. This guy says he hopes Trump doesn’t cave. The best thing that’s happening here is for people to see how much redundancy there is in the federal government, and despite this shutdown going on and on and on that life goes on. There are a couple little disruptions here, disappointments there amplified by the media. But he thinks it’s a golden opportunity, and I have always thought this.
Trump is assuring everybody he’s not gonna cave on this, and I hope he doesn’t. I think the long-term prospects of this are totally up. I think a lot of people are afraid of it. The Republicans, traditionally, are afraid of being blamed pour shutdowns. The Never Trumper conservatives are apoplectic here over the fact that government’s being interrupted and so forth. I think it’s a great, great, great opportunity. There are so… We don’t get opportunities like this one presents, and I just… I hope he sticks to it.
RUSH: This piece that I referenced. (shuffling papers) I’ll betcha I put it at the bottom of the Stack. Yeah, “I’m a Senior Trump Official, and I Hope a Long Shutdown Smokes Out the Resistance — President Trump can end this abuse. Senior officials can reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs. We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them.”
This is somebody close to the Trump administration talking about the impact of the shutdown. A bunch of saboteurs have been furloughed.
“President Trump has created more jobs in the private sector than the furloughed federal workforce. Now that we are shut down, not only are we identifying and eliminating much of the sabotage and waste, but we are finally working on the president’s agenda. … This is a chance to effect real change, and his leverage grows stronger every day the shutdown lasts.”
The article makes reference to the number of people actually in the Trump administration that are still trying to undermine Trump and the agenda and that the shutdown is doing a great service in getting rid of furloughing a bunch of them. It’s an advocacy piece to keep the shutdown going.
He says all this “is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good. On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.”
If they don’t feel like showing up, they don’t. “Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position — some do this in the same position for more than a decade.”
It’s a long answer. But do any of you see any evidence that anybody that Trump would name AG is gonna go in there and start the investigation to the people that really need to be investigated? Starting with Obama, starting with Hillary, starting with Brennan, starting with Clapper, starting with Fusion GPS, including all of these people in the FBI that worked to undermine Trump’s campaign and undermine Trump’s transition, they continue to try to undermine his presidency.
And I’m telling you, if you could watch this, every Democrat question can be boiled down to this essence: Are you gonna make sure that Robert Mueller gets rid of Trump? Are you gonna stand in the way of Robert Mueller getting rid of Trump? Are you gonna do what you can to suppress Mueller’s results that would get rid of Trump or are you gonna let Mueller release them? Are you gonna release these investigatory details to the public so everybody knows why we have to get rid of Trump?
They’re not adding “to get rid of Trump.” But that’s what they’re asking. They are convinced that Mueller is gonna have the goods on Trump and he’s gonna go. And so they’re paranoid that this guy’s gonna shut down the investigation or let Trump fire Mueller. So every question is basically, are you gonna stand aside and let Mueller do his job and get rid of Trump?
And Barr is saying, “Yes, yes. Of course. Absolutely within the rules and the context of the guidelines, absolutely, Senator.” That’s what all the Democrats are asking. Because despite what we all know, they’re convinced that Mueller’s got the goods. And they’re convinced Mueller’s not gonna stop until he gets the goods. Anyway, I wish I had a different answer for you, but I don’t. And I’d love to be wrong.