RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites here. We’re gonna start with number 9. This is President Trump. The media is having a field day with this today. The President Trump press conference was an impromptu thing. He’s on the way to the helicopter, on the way to Colorado for a commencement speech at the Air Force Academy.
So he comes out of the White House and does the usual stop with the media gaggle, and the Drive-Bys are saying, “This was crazy time today. This was crazy time. This was Trump lying upon lying. He was lying. He was out of his mind; he was out of his gourd! This was weird even for Trump. We’ve never seen Trump this crazy.” This is the flavor that CNN is attaching to this. We’ll just get started. We have a couple bites here and here is the first one…
THE PRESIDENT: I think he is a total conflicted person. I think Mueller is a true Never Trumper. He’s somebody that dislikes Donald Trump. He’s somebody that didn’t get a job that he requested that he wanted very badly and then he was appointed. And despite that — and despite $40 million; 18 Trump haters, including people that worked for Hillary Clinton, and some of the worst human beings on earth — they got nothing. It’s pretty amazing.
RUSH: “Well, this is Trump at his absolute worst. Trump is crazy! This is crazy town.” I was watching CNN a moment ago, and they said even the former chief of staff, John Kelly, said, “This is bizarre. I’ve never seen Trump so out of control as this.” I think people are having a tough time keeping in perspective what happened here. Before I try to put this in some kind of context, in the next sound bite, a reporter says, “Do you believe that Russia helped you get elected?”
THE PRESIDENT: No, Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think helped the other side. What you ought to ask is this: Do you think the media helped Hillary Clinton get elected? She didn’t make it. But you take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and the media. You take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia. She had more to do in the campaign with Russia than I did. I had nothing to do.
RUSH: “Oh, man, Trump is really losing it now, Trump’s gone nuts, Trump is crazy town, Trump is losing his mind, oh, my God. This is getting bad. We need to get the doctors in there very fast, Trump’s losing his mind.” No. I mean, everything he says here is exactly true. This is the thing that boggles my mind.
Sorry to repeat this, folks. I’m still kind of shocked by it. Not one out of hundreds of reporters attempted or is attempting to get to the truth of this. Not one. There are careers waiting to be made. There are names waiting to be made. There is money waiting to be made. There are books waiting to be written. There is all kinds of upside waiting to be discovered out there. And not one of them is interested in it.
It is totally in violation of basic human nature. To not have one of these reporters have any sense of competitive advantage or a competitive streak in them. One more Trump sound bite here. A reporter, “Do you think the Democrats are gonna impeach you?”
THE PRESIDENT: To me, it’s a dirty word, the word “impeach.” It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word. And it had nothing to do with me. There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor. So how do you impeach based on that? And it came out that there was nothing to do with Russia. The whole thing is a scam. It’s a giant presidential harassment. And honestly, I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements. Because I’ve exposed corruption. I’ve exposed corruption like nobody knew existed.
RUSH: All right. Now, to those of you who say, “You know what? Why can’t he just keep walking and get on the helicopter and ignore them?” I understand that. I do. My philosophy is to not talk to these people ever. But I’m not Trump. Trump loves talking to ’em, and he loves getting his side out, and he knows that he’s the only one who can.
I think it’s useful if people could try to remember something. Try to imagine being Trump. I’ve gone at this from any number of different analogies, but try to imagine being Trump. He has achieved the greatest accomplishment of his life and what would be for anybody the greatest achievement in their life. He has been elected president. You look at how he did it. He did it without any assistance at all.
He did it under fierce opposition from the Democrats, of course, and from the media, from the Washington establishment, but he also did it under fierce opposition from his own party. And he really did do this on his own. He didn’t even raise that much money compared to what your average presidential campaign will raise and spend. He raised some, but I mean nowhere near the amount of money say an Obama would raise or a Bush.
And he still gets elected, in defiance of every odd there is. Could not happen, should not happen, will not happen. And now he learns of all of the efforts that were undertaken to thwart and undermine his achievement. And for every day, let’s just start from election night forward, but you could actually do this before the election through much of the campaign.
But from the night of the election on, he has had to listen to some of the biggest lies and allegations said about anybody who’s been elected president in this country, and there’s not been a shred of evidence for it. And he can’t get away from it. The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSN, the whole media, four or five times a day for over two years: Trump’s a traitor, Trump’s a cheater, the Russians and Trump colluded, Trump’s a Russian agent, this or that.
And he knows all the while that he didn’t do it. He knows all the while it didn’t happen. And he starts out trying to be cooperative with these people thinking that he’s the president and that they are loyal and we’re all on the same page now. That we all work together to move the country forward. And he finds out that none of that is true. That these people are still arrayed and aligned against him and are doing everything they can to destroy him, including anybody they think who helped him, including his family.
And all the while, he knows there’s nothing to it! Can you imagine what you would be going through if you had been accused of something — I don’t care big or small — and you know you didn’t do it, and you know there’s no evidence even suggesting that you did it, and yet the onslaught of allegations, character assassination, destruction of friends and family continues.
Do you think that you would be able to just stay silent and let it roll off your back, not react to it? I don’t think it’s something that very many of us can relate to. I don’t know how many of us have had something like this happen. I’m sure some of you have at work or elsewhere, you’ve been accused, because we all have disputes with people, you’ve been accused of things you didn’t do, and eventually it gets resolved.
And then in Trump’s case it gets resolved. He didn’t do it. Even though it was totally unnecessary, even though it was a bogus part of the operation, it still is officially proclaimed no collusion. And yet it doesn’t go away. And yet even after that comes forth, the Mueller report, it ratchets up. It gets even more intense.
I think a lot of things are perfectly understandable in the context of somebody knows they didn’t do something, and the allegations are — I mean, this is some of the worst stuff you could ever be accused of. In addition to denying you your great personal achievement for which you busted your ass and you outsmarted everybody, you ran rings around them, you worked harder than you ever have, and it paid off, and you won, and they are still trying to take it away from you with nothing more than lies and character assassination.
And you can’t find anywhere even one proper defense for you in the places where you would expect it, i.e., you would expect the truth to be ferreted out in the mainstream media. It’s gotta be one of the most frustrating things. And anybody who wants, “Oh, Rush, Trump loves this. Trump loves the attention he gets.”
Look, folks. He doesn’t. This constant reminding that he won this thing and he’s the reason he got elected, not the — they’re trying to take everything in the world away from him. He’s just supposed to sit there politely and let it happen? I don’t think so.
RUSH: We just got some sound bites of the president’s commencement speech at the Air Force Academy today. He’s out in Colorado Springs. I want to play these for you, because CNN and the rest of the Drive-Bys are trying to say that what Donald Trump did when he left the White House on the way to Colorado Springs was lose his mind. (sputtering) “Trump was crazy! It was crazy town! He was crazier than we’ve ever seen Trump! This is… Oh, my God, this is bad!”
So I want you to listen to Trump doing his commencement speech, and I want to you to tell me how is it that you really hate this guy. How can you?
THE PRESIDENT: To the nearly 1,000 cadets — who I have agreed to shake every single hand.
CADETS: (wild cheering)
THE PRESIDENT: They gave me a choice. They said, “Sir, you don’t have to shake any hands. Some people do that.” Those are the smart ones; they’re outta here.
THE PRESIDENT: You can shake one hand, to the one person, top of the class. You could shake 10, 50, or a hundred, and you could also stay for a thousand,” and I’m staying for a thousand, okay?
CADETS: (wild cheering)
RUSH: Obviously, he’d much rather be with the cadets at the Air Force Academy than back in that den of vipers in the nation’s capital. Now, here’s the president telling them… Classic Trump. He’s telling them that they will never get tired of winning.
THE PRESIDENT: You choose to break old boundaries and unlock new frontiers and live life on the cutting edge, the first air combat happened just one century ago. You are the ones who will invent and define the next generation of air warfare, and you are the ones who will secure American victory all the time. Victory! To dominate the future, America must rule the skies.
CADETS: (cheering and applause)
THE PRESIDENT: And that is what your time at this great academy has been all about, preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt — and to win, win, win. Win so much! You’re gonna get so tired of winning, but not really.
CADETS: (cheers, whistling, applause)
THE PRESIDENT: Not really. We never get tired of winning, do we?
RUSH: “Do we?” The old line from the campaign. “We’re gonna win so much, you’re gonna be calling me. ‘Mr. President, we need a break! We need a break. We need to lose some. We’re winning too much,'” which actually happens to be an active belief of the American left — people that detest a country so much they won’t leave it. Finally, the president declaring that now that we are putting America first when we deploy the military, and I think this actually could trigger some of our European allies, like maybe Angela Merkel.
THE PRESIDENT: We are respected again, and we’re reawakening American pride, American confidence, and American greatness. You know that. These gentlemen know it. I’ll tell you right now.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. That’s very nice. And we’re restoring the fundamental principle that our first obligation and highest loyalty is to the American citizen. No longer will we sacrifice America’s interests to any foreign power. We don’t do that anymore!
CADETS: (cheering and applause)
THE PRESIDENT: In all things and ways, we are putting America first — and it’s about time.
CADETS: (wild cheering)
RUSH: And the cadets erupted. Man, when you’re in the U.S. military and your commander-in-chief tells you that you are being put first, that you and your efforts will not be sacrificed to America’s interests or enemies and foreign powers? That’s gonna ring true like something you haven’t heard in a long time. I will guarantee you that the military did not feel that way or have that confidence when Barack Hussein O was commander-in-chief, not with his rules of engagement and not with his fundamental belief that the United States was an undeserving superpower, and that our military needed to be used in very limited ways so that we didn’t offend people and give them the wrong idea that everything was about us — and so, defensive posture after defensive posture.