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Limbaugh: Republicans Are Squandering An Opportunity They Never Thought They’d Get


Rush Limbaugh on the July 24, 2017 broadcast of his radio program: RUSH LIMBAUGH: We're living at a time in our lives, you and me — politically, we're living in circumstances — I don't think very many of us ever thought we would have. Do you realize that aside from the embeds and the career people that have been appointed to the various levels of bureaucracy by previous presidents going all the way back to Jimmy Carter…? Aside from that, the Republican Party, on paper, runs Washington, D.C. The Democrat Party, on paper, has not had this low a power profile since the 1920s. I'm referring to elected positions held. Now, don't forget the caveat: I know there's all kinds of Obama holdovers and Clinton holdovers at the Pentagon, the DOJ, and I know that matters. I know that counts. But they still do not have the power that the Republicans have, and it is one of the most perplexing and frustrating and angering things, a circumstance… I don't know how many of you ever really thought the Republicans would win the White House, control the Senate and the House at the same time, with such majorities. Two seats in the Senate. But even Trump's electoral victory. Yet, despite that, what outward evidence of it do we see? I would submit that most of you think that the media and therefore the Democrats still run Washington. Even though the media hasn't been elected to anything. The media does not hold elective power. The Republicans do. It is one of the most exasperating things. Six months into a Republican administration, after how many years of promises to, say, repeal Obamacare, and we're not an inch closer to it in reality than we were before last year's election? It's not gonna get any better than this. The only way it could get better is if this Republican majority were populated by more conservatives and different ideological types. But that's not gonna happen in our lifetimes, it doesn't look like. This is it! It doesn't… It's not gonna get any better than this, and I cannot believe that this opportunity is not seen by these very Republicans we're talking about in Washington — in the House, in the Senate, throughout the administration. (interruption) No, no. My head's not in the sand; I understand they all hate Trump, or enough of them do. I understand all that. Actually, folks, it's one of my points here. It's an opportunity being squandered, and I know it has you frustrated. What Trump is talking about here is: Why aren't these Republican committees, why aren't these Republican investigators — why isn't my attorney general — looking into Hillary Clinton's crimes? If you're gonna investigate what-all went on with Russia, how in the world do you leave the Democrats out of it? How do you leave Hillary Clinton out of it? The Republicans run the show! It's time for the Republicans to start acting like it. Politics is what it is. The Republicans don't appear to want to play the game. I know the old saw: They didn't think they were gonna win, therefore they weren't prepared. So what? They did win. It ought to be euphoric. It ought to be exciting. Apparently, it isn't. Apparently, it's frustrating and challenging and all kinds of things you would never associate with victory. Victory shouldn't be a problem. Victory shouldn't be a negative. We're in a huge battle in this country, and it isn't populists and nationalists versus conservatives or conservatives versus moderates or moderates versus progressives. We are in a battle for the future of the country. You could call it "patriots versus progressives.†You could call it "Americanism versus liberalism.†You could call it what it is. Whatever you want to call it. It is what it is. It is us against the progressives who are attempting to change and transform this country away from what it was founded to be, and there just doesn't seem to be any push-back, especially with all of this power. And do not doubt me: They have loads of power, and they're not using it. Continue reading the transcript at RushLimbaugh.com.

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Limbaugh: Washington Establishment Was Never Interested In Helping Trump, Have Launched “Silent Coup”


"It has never been about Trump unifying the Republican Party in order to beat the Democrats, and that's been the mistake. That's not the fight here. The fight is not Republican versus Democrat. The fight is Donald Trump and his cadre and you, the Trump base, versus the Washington establishment," Rush Limbaugh stated on the Tuesday edition of his nationally-syndicated radio talk show. Full transcript, via RushLimbaugh.com Anyway, about the time the news broke that the Senate had failed at their repeal Obamacare vote, I started getting a slew of email messages from people that totally dumbfounded me. I started getting email: "This is great! This is great! Now they're gonna vote to repeal it and have a two-year period of time to replace it. That's gonna carry us through the 2018 midterms, and Obamacare premiums are gonna continue to skyrocket and people are gonna blame Obama and we're gonna win everything again in 2018.†And I look at this, and I said, "What planet are these people on?†And then I start asking, "What am I missing?†Because I kept getting these emails. I must have gotten five of these emails from people. "This is great, we're finally gonna vote to repeal it and that's gonna take us through the 2018 election cycle with no Obamacare in place. And that means it's gonna continue to implode and the Democrats gonna get the blame.†And I was caught by one thing in every one of these emails that literally dumbfounded me. I wrote 'em all back. I said, "Would you please share with me the evidence that you have that they're going to vote to repeal it? Why in the world do you think that's automatic?†"Well,†they wrote back, "it's easy to repeal it when you don't have to couple it with a replacement bill.†I said, "Is there evidence for this?†And then I started converting them. And I could see in succeeding emails that their optimism started fading. Which, look, I hate being the guy that does that, but I really was shocked that that was the original reaction people had to the bill failing in the Senate. Now, I don't blame 'em for wanting to see the opportunity, and clearly there is an opportunity there. What I don't see — and I addressed this yesterday — the reason we are here, folks, the reason we're talking about this is that it is abundantly clear, it's just a matter of whether or not you wanted to admit it to yourself or not, it is abundantly clear that the career Republicans in Washington don't want to touch Obamacare. They don't want to repeal it. And they don't want to do tax reform. And they don't want to build a wall. They don't want to do any of the Trump agenda. The Democrats, the Republicans, it doesn't matter what the party divisions are, because we're really not talking about that. We're talking about the elite club known as the establishment. There just has never been — look, I don't like doing See, I Told You So's, because it sounds snarky and arrogant, and I don't ever want to come across that way, but how in the world has this not been seen for what it is? Since the moment Donald Trump was elected you could see that the establishment began to circle the wagons and there was no way this guy was gonna be allowed to triumph on anything. There was no way that this establishment was going to permit an outsider to come in and clean house and show how Washington can work and blow their cover for the last how many decades. Now, don't misunderstand; I am not saying it can't be done. I'm saying they weren't going to help this along. They were not going to contribute. They were not gonna make this easy for Trump. It has never been about Trump unifying the Republican Party in order to beat the Democrats, and that's been the mistake. That's not the fight here. The fight is not Republican versus Democrat. The fight is Donald Trump and his cadre and you, the Trump base, versus the Washington establishment. It has always been that and nothing more. And, frankly, I think one of the problems has been that there aren't enough people in the Trump White House who understand that that's the way the table's set. I think there's a lot of career people in there who think the fight is the traditional fight between parties, and taken on that basis, that all plays out, and that's not at all what has been going on here. We're in the midst of a silent coup. These people are trying to take this president out, and everybody understands that. So why, in that circumstance, do you think that the same people trying to destroy Donald Trump are gonna help him get rid of Obamacare, are gonna help him reform the tax code?

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Limbaugh: Could Donald Trump Be The End Of CNN?


From the Tuesday, June 27, 2017 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show: RUSH LIMBAUGH: Could Donald Trump be the end of CNN? What a legacy that would be… Three CNN members of the new investigative unit have resigned, i.e., been fired. One of them is a guy named Thomas Frank. This for the fake news, the bogus story on Anthony Scaramucci supposedly having a link to a Russian bank system, colluding with them to help Trump doing whatever. It turned out to be total BS, like everything else that CNN has reported with this Russian story. Eric Lichtblau, who, they got this guy from the New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winner. He leaves the New York Times going from print to the big screen of TV and is now out. I'm sure the Times will take him back with open arms. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story — the name might ring a bell. This guy wrote a book way back when called What's the Matter With Kansas or What's Wrong With Kansas? He is an active, uber-leftist. He despises conservatism, and his book about What's the Matter with Kansas, What's Wrong With Kansas, was his befuddlement over how middle class Americans in Kansas would vote Republican and thereby vote against their own self-interest… This Jim Acosta guy, little Jim Acosta, CNN, guy that lost his cookies yesterday with the press briefing when the cameras weren't turned on. We got the audio coming up. I'll tell you what this guy reminds me of. Have you ever had a cat, pet cat, and got one of these red laser pointers. You point it at the floor, and the cat tries to catch it. You point it up against the sofa, cat runs into the sofa. You point it against the wall, cat runs into the wall. I think that's what the Trump administration is doing with many in the media. They're like cats. He's got this little red laser light and is just causing them to make fools of themselves and everybody's laughing at 'em as they're crashing into walls, the sofa and the floor. And that's what little Jim Acosta had happen to him yesterday. Now, we mentioned at the top of the program that three employees of the brand-new investigative unit at CNN were let go and fired or they resigned or what have you. They published a totally fake story about a Trump aide, Anthony Scaramucci, supposedly meeting with the Russians to collude with them about the election. It contained erroneous element after erroneous element. There was nothing in it that was true, and it was sourced by one anonymous individual. CNN pulled it. It was about Scaramucci having a relationship with a Russian banking unit, and the Russian bank unit went public and denied everything that CNN was saying. The details of the banking unit, the fact that Scaramucci had done business with them, none of it was true. So CNN pulled it, and they did so in somewhat of a public manner, and then they announced yesterday that these three guys, these people in the investigative unit were gone. One of them was a guy named Thomas Frank, who wrote a book about What's Wrong With Kansas or What's the Matter With Kansas, and it's why the people of Kansas, in his mind, kept voting against their own self-interest by voting for conservative Republicans. He couldn't figure out why they wouldn't be voting liberal Democrat. Big, long book. He's also had a couple treatises on the inherent failures and faults in conservatism. Another reporter is somebody named Eric Lichtblau from the New York Times. CNN stole him from the Times. He's a Pulitzer Prize winner, and there was a third person. So they're gone, and now we're told that brand-new procedures have been implemented at CNN to make sure something like this can't happen again. The president has tweeted, "What about all the other mistakes CNN has made?†In fact, I think we're gonna call 'em FNN here, Fake News Network. You know, people call 'em the Clinton News Network, but that's kind of outmoded and outdated. Read the full transcript here.

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Rush Limbaugh: What If Obama Didn’t Stop The Russians Because He Didn’t Want Hillary To Win?


On Monday's edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh theorized that the reason President Obama didn't do anything to stop Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election is because he secretly didn't want Hillary Clinton to be president. "People had that theory bandied about before the election," Rush noted. More on the topic from Monday's Rush Limbaugh program: RUSH LIMBAUGH: RUSH: So bottom line, Obama hears about all of these efforts and the brave struggle to contain it begins, and Obama meets with experts and advisers. They advise him what to do. Obama gives his own counsel. At the end of it all Obama decided to do nothing other than call Putin and say "cut it out,†an act of bravery and courage unlike most other in American history. And after telling Putin to cut it out, he then confronted Putin again in China and said, "Stop it or else.†Putin and the Russians quaking away, cowering in laughter at the bravery and courage of Barack Hussein O. For four months — August, September, October, November — they knew this was going on, as far as this story is concerned, at the end of it all, did nothing to stop it. The story even has that quote from an Obama administration insider saying, "Yep, we choked,†and that's what Trump is saying. He didn't choke. Obama didn't choke. He thought Hillary was gonna win! Trump's exactly right about this. He thought Hillary was gonna win. They all did. If they go public with what the Russians are doing, colluding in the election, they're gonna make it look like that Hillary was benefited by this or that the effort was curtailed and stopped and Hillary won because of it, and they didn't want to get in the way. They didn't want to taint Hillary's victory 'cause they all thought she was gonna win in a landslide. I will submit to you the real reason Obama didn't do anything is 'cause there wasn't anything to do, because the Russians weren't tampering with the election. They were not tampering with the votes, as the Washington Post story again claims. As every story on this subject has had to claim for the last six months, no evidence to suggest. And Obama even during this period of time, during these four months was telling the people of America, it can't happen, the Russians cannot successfully tamper with our elections, they're too widespread, it's too diverse. There are too many precincts, too many counties, the Electoral College, you wouldn't know where to go to hack. Obama assuring everybody it couldn't be done. This story says Obama was scared to death it could be done, worried very seriously it was being done and decided to do nothing about it. So people are livid at Obama on the left, and that's gonna be a larger theme going forward as this massive story gets digested by more and more people. But as it gets digested and as more and more people read it and absorb it, it's going to also be seen for what it is: a giant, big batch of nothing where Trump is concerned. Big batch of nothing.

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Limbaugh: “Democratic Party Has Become Largest Hate Group In This Country”


RUSH LIMBAUGH: Let me tell you something, folks. There is an inescapable observation and conclusion, and it is this. You have to look very hard — and you have to spend a long time looking — to find a genuinely happy or content left-wing political person. Whether they're an activist or not. If they're engaged in any way, shape, manner, or form of politics, they're not happy, no matter what. When they elected Obama, they got angrier. They got more enraged. After every success they have, nothing is ever enough. No amount much success ever makes them happy. Every success they have seems to tell them how little they've actually done and how much more there is and how deeply resentful of that they are. The bottom line is: You just don't encounter happy, laughing liberals. Even their comedians are consumed by hatred. The Democrat Party's become the largest hate group in this country. Even their comedians are angry and enraged, and that suffices as comedy. I think it's one of the reasons why left-wing comics have become primary sources of news for other left-wing liberals. So there's never any happiness, there never is any contentment. You don't see any real laughter. You just see a constant level of rage — and I'm telling you, it isn't healthy. Talk about sustainable? That cannot be sustained. A healthy mind and heart cannot be sustained by the degree of rage and hatred that we see in the American left today. You have to ask: Why don't their successes make them happy? Look at what they've done in the area of marriage. They've totally upended it. They have succeeded in not just redefining a word that has stood for however many number of years — tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of years — that humans have been plodding and walking the earth. And even after they succeed with this, they get angry. They don't ever seem satisfied. It's the most amazing thing. And we're all paying the price for it, this constant rage, this constant anger. They lose elections, and it is taken as one of the most outrageous things that could happen. David Horowitz has a good piece about the mind-set of the modern leftist. I want to try to get to that today, too. Let me come back from a break. When we come back, I'm gonna get to another bit of evidence via Frank Luntz focus groups about how when you leave Washington and get out into America, you find all kinds of popularity and approval for Donald Trump. And it stuns and shocks all of these inside-the-Beltway types when they see it. They cannot believe it. That's how far removed they are.

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Limbaugh: “Donald Trump Is Bigger Than The Beatles,” And D.C. Hates It


Rush Limbaugh says President Trump is the biggest star in the world. From Friday's show: RUSH: You don't think Donald Trump's a star? Donald Trump's bigger than the Beatles. Donald Trump is bigger than Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill Maher doesn't even compare. Donald Trump is bigger than Carl Sagan. I'm trying to pick left-wing stars and heroes here. Donald Trump is bigger than Bill Gates. Donald Trump is bigger than Steve Jobs. Donald Trump is the biggest star in the world today. And do not doubt me. It grates. It grates on everyone. I don't know how many Washington political class members get all concerned about the stardom, but the popularity and the name recognition, everything they seek, the power, the adulation from supporters, Donald Trump has it, and they don't. Especially on the Democrat party side. They don't. And there are very few Republicans either who can even approach Trump in the size and scope of his devoted base of support comprised of real Americans. And it grates on them. I believe all these people are afraid. I think Mueller is afraid. I think his own cabinet, Trump's own cabinet respects him so much, may be so petrified they make it known how much they respect him. They praise him of their own volition in that cabinet meeting. I'm not finished yet.

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Limbaugh: All The Establishment Has Left Is To Destroy Donald Trump At Any Cost


Rush Limbaugh urges people not to take the "never-ending oppressive" media hype "trying to destroy Trump" seriously, and stop to smell the roses. Today, June 16, 2017 is the two year anniversary of the beginning of President Trump's campaign for president and the world has changed completely.

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Limbaugh: Trump And The Media, Democrats Is Like Road Runner And Coyote


From the Monday, June 12th broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show: RUSH LIMBAUGH: Do you remember all the media…? When Trump fires Comey, and he issues his letter, and he puts that reference (paraphrased), "Even though you insured me three times I was not a target, you're still a dryball, and I'm still firing you.†Remember the media reaction to that? The media reaction went from, "How dare Trump? Why, that's just silly! Look at how petty Trump is,†to, "He didn't say that! Comey would never have told him that,†and they went and got legal experts. They got law professors. They got presidential scholars and historians to say, "James Comey would never admit to anybody that he wasn't a target, especially this reprobate Trump. "James Comey would never do anything of the sort.†I remember all of those stories. They were all over the New York Times and the Washington Post, and they were all over CNN, lampooning and laughing and mocking at Trump for making it up, that Comey would never violate the rules of investigations like that. "You never tell people they're not a target! Never, never! Even if they're not, you never tell them. Comey would have never done it,†and then when Comey's prerelease testimony hits last Wednesday night, and he admits he told Trump! I'm telling you, the seething got even worse, because once again, the crowd that thinks Trump can't shoot straight was foiled again. This Trump and the media and the Democrats thing is becoming more and more like the Roadrunner and coyote to me. It may be apparent to you yet, but it is becoming that way to me. You know, the coyote goes insane every episode. He buys the latest, greatest contraption to catch the Roadrunner, and the Roadrunner outsmarts the coyote every time. It's one of my favorite all time cartoons, by the way: Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Everybody thinks Trump is the one who ought to be going nuts, with all this pressure, all this criticism, all these assaults, all these attacks, all this disrespect, all the people making fun of him like Saturday Night Live and all these supposedly funny late-night comedians.

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Limbaugh: GOP Is Obstructing Trump More Than The Democrats


Rush Limbaugh expresses his exasperation with the Congressional Republicans: I don't understand how people don't get that it's not just the Democrats in Washington that are roadblocking Trump. I mentioned it earlier. Mitch McConnell says he can't see a way to getting 50 votes for the House Obamacare repeal bill? Now, stop and think here, folks. Back when the only element that we had was the House of Representatives and Republican voters were constantly saying, "Why aren't you doing more to stop Obama? Why aren't you trying to do something to stop Obamacare?†The answer was always, "Well, all we've got is the House. W-w-we can't get anything through the Senate because the Democrats own the Senate. Obama's in the White House! He'll veto anything if it did make it there.†So voters gave Republicans the Senate, and Mitch McConnell said, "Well, the first thing you have to know is it takes 60 votes to do anything in the Senate, and we don't have 60 votes. We only have 52.†And then he would add, "Plus, as long as Obama's still in the White House, all this is academic anyway. He's gonna veto whatever we pass.†So we gave the Republicans the White House and elected Trump. Now the latest story… There's a Wall Street Journal story. You know, I had this sort of cram last night after getting back from being away two days. I saw a Wall Street Journal story about how the Republicans in the House, they just can't! It's just impossible. They're pulling their hair out. They don't know what to do. They just can't find a way to cut any taxes. Because every time they cut a tax over here, they have to find a way to make the money up over there, and they just can't. They're looking at all these various tax cuts proposals and they said, "I — I — I don't know how we're gonna pay for all this.†So the Republican Party, which is ostensibly the party of the president — and they owe their majority to him, particularly the Senate — are roadblocking Donald Trump more than the Democrats are, because the Democrats cannot. The Democrats don't have the votes in the House to stop Trump. The Democrats don't have the votes in the Senate to stop Trump, although there is the 60-vote cloture requirement. It's not the Democrats standing up and saying, "We are not gonna help. We're gonna stand in the way of any foolish tax cut you propose.†It's the Republicans standing up and saying, "I just don't see how we're — there's no room here. I don't know how we're gonna lower rates when you have this exemption over here and you have this exemption there.†And I just read this stuff and I shake my head. They don't want to cut taxes. Either they don't want to cut taxes institutionally, they don't want to cut taxes economically, or they just don't want to do the heavy lifting. I don't know what it is. My guess is they don't want to help Trump. Now, you would think Trump figures this out, but he doesn't give any evidence of it. Like he tweeted something: "U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes immediately and get health care and tax cuts approved fast and easy. Democrats would do it no doubt.†He's talking about getting rid of the 60-vote requirement to shut off debate and just go to simple majority on every bill. Does he know that it's the Republicans that are the roadblock here? He has to know, and certainly if he's got people around him who know. Now, I could understand if he doesn't want to go public and start an internecine battle between the White House and the Republicans on Capitol Hill, you know, keep that for back channels and behind the scenes. The Wall Street Journal had a picture of the chairman of Ways and Means Committee and Paul Ryan standing there and all these guys and the headline: "Republicans Find Yet Another Way to Cut Taxes on the Rich.†They just don't see how they can do it. It's incredible. It really is incredible. Because, of course, there's a way. They just don't want to do it. I think it's all establishment, all the time anti-Trump, throw the media in there as well. But even in the middle of this I can tell you almost assuredly that Trump is not off his game. He's not despondent. He's not sitting there worried about why all these people hate him. He's not worried about all that. He's just head down and moving ahead full speed as he can, not reacting or responding to all this stuff in the media, except when he tweets. That's another thing. Everybody's telling him to stop tweeting, and haven't you seen stories over the weekend of people succeeding. He had a monsoon of tweets yesterday and today. It doesn't look like he stopped tweeting to me. (Via Daily Rushbo)

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Limbaugh: American Voters Saved The Country In 2016


Rush Limbaugh follows up on his suggestion to stop watching the news and how doing so has improved his mood. "I don't know how many of you have taken up my suggestion. It was not a command. It was not an order. It was a suggestion. Just turn off the news, 'cause there isn't any news anymore, just turn it off. I have going on now 10 days, you know, two five day weeks," Limbaugh said before he dove into his monologue. Limbaugh explains why he believes American voters saved the country in 2016: RUSH LIMBAUGH: All right. The assassination of Donald Trump and anybody else in his near orbit that they can touch continues unabated today. The narrative, the Drive-By news. By the way, I don't know how many of you have taken up my suggestion. It was not a command. It was not an order. It was a suggestion. Just turn off the news, 'cause there isn't any news anymore, just turn it off. I have going on now 10 days, you know, two five day weeks. Honestly, folks, I can't tell you how much my perception of things in general, the country, so forth, and my mood are so much improved. It's not smoke. I'm not exaggerating here at all. As an illustration, we were guests of some buddies over in the Bahamas over the weekend on Sunday and Monday. And after playing golf all day Saturday, man, oh, man, my golf game — there are so many life lessons in golf. I wish you people didn't go stick-to-the-issues crazy when I start talking about golf because there's really some instructive stuff here that I could share with you. But, anyway, after golf all day, we had dinner. A bunch of people at the host's home, a bunch of people who also have homes at this place in the Bahamas. It was an august group of people. I'm not gonna mention any names because these things are all private and I didn't ask anybody if I could quote them or mention them so I'm not going to. But the point is that it was a getaway, it was fun, but at dinner all anybody wanted to talk to me about was the news, which, look, I'm not complaining. I understand it. But before that began, you know, there are stages at a dinner party. You have the adult beverage, the cocktail hour and the hors d'oeuvres are passed around and people that don't know each other are getting to know each other. You're sizing up who you want to avoid and who you don't want to talk to, and who you'd like to meet and so forth. You do all that and then you sit down to dinner and after everybody's gotten to know each other, familiarity sets in, people less loose and start opening up. And it was exhilarating because many of the people there did not have my take on things. It's always exhilarating when you have a point of view that a lot of people haven't considered. You see their eyes light up or, in some cases, they start muttering. (laughing) But it was exhilarating and it was fun. It was persuasive. It was a home run night, I have to tell you. But at the same time it caused all the angst that talking about this stuff causes. I'm not complaining about it. It was just an illustration. So I tried to veer it away. There was an NFL owner there, so I tried to steer the conversation away after we'd spent ample time on the country and Trump. What I always try to do, 'cause I'm a great conversational, folks, probably nobody better. You know how to be a great conversationalist? Just ask people about themselves and shut up and let 'em go and they'll think you're the best conversationalist in the world. They'll think you're cool and hip, and you haven't said a word. You just gotta ask the right questions and get them launching 'cause everybody loves to talk about themselves. And in this case the people that were talking about themselves, it was fascinating to listen. There was a wide range of professionalism there. I wouldn't call these people jobholders. These are CEOs and owners and so forth. You get them talking about themselves and it's literally fascinating and a learning opportunity. I've always said one of the greatest perks of my success has been the entree to meet people I otherwise would not have met and be able to talk to 'em, pick their brains and so forth. It was all good. But it starts off lighthearted, we're playing golf and so forth and then you get to dinner and it wasn't tense or nervous or anything, but it changed the mood, understandably. We're divided. So I, in my own mind want to save the day after saying what I had to say, after persuading the people I had to persuade, or giving it a good shot, then steered this stuff away. I'm just telling you, it makes a remarkable difference in two things: your own mood and your perception of things that are going on the country. It doesn't mean that you hide. I'm not talking about building boundaries around yourself where you ignore things. You can't do that, and you people are way too informed and involved to ever do that. I'm just saying buy yourself some time away from it and don't expose yourself to just one-sided BS, which is all the news is anymore. You're watching a hit squad. I don't care what network you watch. Some networks have less of a hit squad, but there are hit squad types on every network. Some networks are all hit squad all the time, and some networks just have a few assassins scattered throughout the day. That would be Fox. PMSNBC and CNN are all hit squad all the time…. See, I have a different narrative in the country here today, folks. My narrative is (and the facts support this narrative) American voters saved this country as we know it. My narrative is that Barack Obama is the one using intelligence agencies to spy on Americans. Barack Obama was the guy setting up back-channel communication links to the Iranians in order to do the prelude to a nuke deal that allows the Iranians to eventually have nuclear weapons. It was Barack Obama back channeling that. Barack Obama — even as a candidate — was doing such things. Barack Obama was back channeling with Vladimir Putin via his foreign secretary at the time, Medvedev. Remember the old comment, the open mic? (paraphrased)â€Hey, tell Vladimir to relax. I'll have a little bit more flexibility after the election.†He was talking about reducing the American nuclear weapons arsenal. These are the kind of things that were destroying this country, not to mention the cultural rot that has been promoted, inspired, and amplified by the American left. This country was on the verge of being transformed away from its founding. If Hillary Clinton had won in 2016, she would have been on the road to completing the Obama transformation. We wouldn't have the Supreme Court justice nominee and confirmation that we got. We wouldn't have any of the good things that Trump has done. You and I… In fact, this has always been my explanation of people about why there's not unity on the Republican side in opposition to Democrats, why there's not unity among conservatives. I've always told you it's because — particularly in New York and Washington — Republicans, conservatives do not believe that we were in a crisis. They don't think we're anywhere near losing the country. They think that you and I and people who believe that the last presidential election was gonna be determinative in the kind of county…? They laugh at that. They don't think we're anywhere near that kind of condition. "We're not losing the country! You guys are crazy.†There's a sizable component of the Republican Party that thinks that, and a sizable component of the northeastern conservative — call it media movement or what have you — simply do not believe that there's this crisis because they don't live it. Where they live, they're fine. There's no crisis. They're perpetual minority dwellers anyway, and they're comfortable there. That's their assigned role in life. But you and I, it's a much different take. We're on the verge of losing much of the foundation that defined this country. So that's a big wall there or a big division when it comes to unity. Then you add, you know, the problems… (chuckle) I hear Mitch McConnell, "I just don't seeee… I just don't seeeeeeee… I just don't see how I'm gonna get to 50 votes on this health care bill.†For crying out loud! Before they had the majority, they said, "Well, you know, we only have the House. "We don't have the White House, don't have the Senate. We can't really stop Obama.†So we gave the Senate. "Well, yeah, but now we don't have 60 votes in the Senate.†So we gave them the Senate with 52 votes, and then the White House. And now they can't… We're back down to 50 votes they can't find, not 60. Now we can't even find 50, when we have 52 Senators on our side! Did you see where a bunch of eighth graders were in Washington on a field trip and half of them refused to pose for a picture with Paul Ryan? I saw some video of these eighth graders, and listened to them talk about why (chuckles) and I swear they were robots. They were repeating what they have to be hearing in class from their teachers — and, perhaps, also at home. (interruption) Yeah, I mean, it was eighth graders. How old are you in eighth grade, 14? (interruption) How old's an eighth grader? I forgot. Thirteen, 14? I mean, it was literal… It was the same kind of hate that you hear out of Maxine Waters — who really did some hate on a constituent in California. We have that audio sound bite coming up. Eighth graders, folks, half of them. One of these kids (impression), "I just couldn't see myself standing in a photo with a man who puts his party ahead of country.†An eighth grader? The Speaker of the House puts his party ahead of the country? Where does an eighth grader get that? Has to be… They don't come out of the womb thinking things like that, and they're not that far out of the womb in the eighth grade. I mean, they're still largely the product of influence, inculcation, indoctrination, propaganda. So, yeah, my narrative is — and it's supported by the facts — that American voters, you, saved the country as we know it. It was Obama and his team that were purposely undermining the America that we all love. There's always gonna be an America, but there are some people that don't like it, never have liked it and want it to be much different. And Obama led that group. Spying on… We now know, by the way, we have a pretty good idea that it was John Brennan (who voted for the Communist Party candidate 1980) that got all this started. It was John Brennan who went to Obama, said, "We've got a basis here for…†Not a premise, not evidence. "We have a basis for spying on Trump and his campaign, for the purposes of destroying him,†and it didn't stop after Trump won the presidency. The spying and the efforts to destroy continued. Hillary Clinton would have covered all of that up, but voters blew up the plan. It was Obama and Hillary who represented the clear and present threat to the democratic processes that underlie our republic, not Trump, not Jared Kushner, not Paul Manafort, not Cory Lewandowski. (chuckles) I mean, it's striking, the names that are continually targeted by assassination hit squad. Has anybody else noticed the pattern starting with the early days of Trump's campaign, where the media decide they're gonna take down a member of his circle? Not the Democrats, folks. Who was the first to tell you…? Remember how revolutionary an idea you thought it was? Who was the first to tell you that Democrat Party's an afterthought now? Electorally, it hardly exists. They keep losing elections. But they're not running the left anymore. The media is. That's the engine, the fuel and the engine. They're the ones mounting this hit squad, not the Democrats. The Democrats are just along for the ride.

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