RUSH: Here’s Brett in my adopted hometown, Sacramento, California. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s so great to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER. Yeah. I just wanted to say that I think the president absolutely crushed it last night. He did fantastic, and I was so proud of him. But I wanted to point out two areas that I keep thinking were kind of really big missed opportunities to really go after Biden. The first — (chuckles) it was so laughable — is Biden said that Iran would, quote, “pay a price” for election interference if he were elected.
Okay, Joe is a weak and decrepit old man who will be an absolute laughingstock on the world stage. So I would have asked him, “Joe, would you have gone after Soleimani when you had the chance? You didn’t even want to kill Bin Laden. You advised Obama against the Bin Laden raid, and that’s not to mention the 150 billion bucks that you gave Iran.”
RUSH: Yeah, that’s what I would have said if… But look, it’s easy for us in the grandstand to sit here and say — when there’s no pressure on us — what we would have done, what we would have said, what Trump should have said. It’s really easy to sit here and be critics. But that’s… You know, when Biden said, “Iran, they will pay the price,” I would have said, “Joe, haven’t you already? You guys already gave them $150 billion on the tarmac, Joe! Is that what you call paying the price?”
CALLER: Yeah, yeah, and like I said, I’m not by any means criticizing, and who knows what all’s going through his head while he’s up there talking. But the second item I think could have been a good opportunity is when Biden said, “Oh, it’s so sad we’ve got all these cities and local municipalities who are having to lay off first responders and police officers.”
I would have said, “Joe, you want to defund the cops! You don’t want to want the cops to be a thing anymore. Abolishing the police and whatever else. How can you possibly say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s Trump fault we’re having to lay off cops’?” He has gone on record saying he is pro defunding the police!
RUSH: Well, that’s a good point. You know what you are illustrating is that there were a lot of these. There was a lot of Biden hypocrisy. There was a lot of Biden sticking his foot in his mouth last night. There were gaffes galore, gaffe after gaffe after gaffe. It was almost impossible to keep up with all of them. I appreciate the call, Brett. Thanks.
Let me give you a couple more. On the Biden laptop fiasco, Biden said, “I have never taken a penny from a foreign source in my life.” Maybe that’s true. Maybe that’s why Hunter Biden’s in the pipeline. Maybe that’s why Joe Biden’s brother Jim is in the pipeline. Maybe that’s why Bobulinski was hired in order to be the front man to actually take the cash.
That’s what it means when they say 10% or up to 50% is to be “bumped up to the Big Guy.” That’s Biden. Folks, this is exactly how it happens, and this is why: So that the principal in the deal, which is Biden… Biden is the agent of influence! Nobody is paying Hunter Biden because of the quality of his work. Nobody’s paying Bobulinski because of the quality of his work.
Nobody’s paying Biden’s brother Jim because of the quality of his work. Those guys are not being paid by China because they are experts in anything and because they’re great employees. They’re being paid so that that money gets to Joe Biden. Joe Biden is the receptacle! Joe Biden is the target. Joe Biden’s the agent of influence.
Joe Biden is (depending) either the United States senator who can get things done or he is the vice president who can get things done. So when he says, “I’ve never taken a penny from a foreign source in my life,” it’s probably true. His son did, and his brother did, and then they “bumped” whatever percentage of the deal to Joe — and that’s where Joe gets the money to have four houses now.
Everybody thinks Joe Biden lives in an A-frame in Wilmington, Delaware, in the basement. Do you believe that? That’s the image: Biden lives in the basement. I don’t know if you’ve seen any video or pictures of Biden when he’s in the basement, but it’s like a 1960s ranch, and that’s supposedly where Biden lives. Biden has two lake homes.
He’s got a couple of beach homes — and they’re significantly large, major amount of square footage. You never see them. You never see Biden arriving at one. You never see him leaving one. He does have that little old cheap family homestead somewhere in Delaware where he can be seen in the basement. But Hunter is in the pipeline specifically to take the money and then bump it up to Joe. It’s exactly why Hunter is there.
RUSH: Victor Davis Hanson has written a piece at National Review Online of the post-debate review. And I highlighted some things that he wrote here. He said, “Biden will suffer for unequivocally denying what is now a demonstrable fact: there is evidence that his family ran a systematic shake-down operation to peddle inside access and influence for millions of foreign dollars in profits. In the debate, Biden seemed bewildered why anyone could ever conclude the obvious.”
And that’s because Biden knows the media’s not gonna cover it. And so he’s totally at home acting, no big deal. But, you know, folks, to people like Joe Biden — and we’ve encountered this — we’ve encountered this with other inside the Beltway elitists. They really don’t think this is anything out of the ordinary. I mean, this is how it works. In fact, this is one of the perks of being an elitist in Washington, you get to set up this kind of deal.
This is just the way the world works. Foreign governments know that if they’re gonna have any influence they’re going to have to buy it and there are people in Washington who are gonna set themselves as the people that sell it. Now, the people that don’t live in Washington don’t have to know about it, and we’re not gonna make a big deal telling them about it, but it’s the way of the world. And I’m sure Biden doesn’t think that there’s anything special about this. It’s just the way everybody does it.
And that’s probably not far from true. I mean, I don’t think everybody does, but it’s a common practice to try to describe it many ways. But at root they know it’s wrong. And at root they don’t want anybody finding out about it. But when it is discovered, the first level of defense is, what’s the big deal here? Remember all the ambassadors who testified during the impeachment of Trump? It was perfectly fine for the ambassadorial crew to be undermining a president if he didn’t know what he was doing. The guy’s an outsider and doesn’t know how the foreign policy structure of the country works. It’s perfectly fine for these people to assert control. It’s why they’re there, so forth.
I think this Trump administration has been one of the greatest eye opening things that could have happened for the American people to find out how their country really operates. And I think it’s been a godsend so that people can find out that our country is not what we’ve always thought. It’s not run by people like us. It’s not run by people who are American loyalists and who want America to be the best and the greatest and the strongest.
I mean, look at the reaction to Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. Look at the controversy that created. We don’t have a government leadership which believes in American decency and goodness. We have a few people in government who do, but it’s obvious that we don’t have people like us in positions of leadership and authority. Whereas we always thought we have.
Whether they were Democrats or whether they Republicans, we always thought that in a contest between us and, say, the ChiComs or us and the Russians, the Soviets, it would always be Americans would always side with America. That’s not the case. And it’s been shocking to learn it, and it’s one of the reasons why there is so much investment in Donald Trump.
It’s why there’s so much hope in Donald Trump. It’s why there’s so much support of Donald Trump. Because Donald Trump represents what we all thought we were always getting when we elected people to office in Washington. We thought we were getting a series of Donald Trumps. We didn’t realize the degree to which Donald Trump is the exception. But now we know. Now we know.
We know that we can’t trust that elected officials in positions of authority are going to put America first. And we saw it clear as day during the Obama eight years. We saw people that did not believe that we have the moral authority to tell the Chinese what they must do and what they can’t do if they want American aid, if they want American cooperation, if they want American assistance.
We learned that we’ve got people, the Obama administration, we have no right to tell the Chinese because we’ve got our own problems with discrimination and our own problems of punishing people who don’t think right. It was absurd. But people that routinely think America’s the problem in the world, not the solution, there are more of those people running around in our government you could possibly dream. At least more than I ever thought.
And the Trump administration has illustrated this and has shown this to be the case. And I think it’s ultimately what is going to be the reason Trump wins reelection.
RUSH: The University of Pennsylvania “Has Paid Joe Biden More than $900K Since He Left the White House. What Did He Do to Earn the Money? — What did the University of Pennsylvania get for the more than $900,000 it has paid Joe Biden? The former vice president collected $371,159 in 2017 plus $540,484 in 2018 and early 2019 for a vaguely defined role that involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events.
“Penn’s payments to Biden raised eyebrows and questions among some in the community when they were revealed this week as part of the financial disclosures for his presidential campaign. … Biden’s official title was the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor — the first person to hold that job — and he also lent his name to the school’s effort to expand its footprint on international affairs,” the so-called Biden center.
So they paid Biden more than 900 grand in four years, and then Philadelphia Inquirer had a story back in February (so nine months ago). University of Pennsylvania “Got $258 Million in Foreign Money, and There May Be More It Hadn’t Disclosed.” It looks like organizations in China gave $68 million in gifts and contracts to the University of Pennsylvania between January 2013 and June 30, 2019 — and it’s all Joe Biden related. Is that not fascinating?