LIMBAUGH: Trump’s Anti-Shutdown Message

RUSH: So basically what you have here, led by President Trump, is an anti-shutdown message, blaming the Democrats for it. And the message is Democrats are putting 800,000 illegal immigrants ahead of active duty military members. That’s what this is about. That is essentially what Paul Ryan was saying in his press conference just before noon. That’s what Trump said outside the Pentagon today when he went over to the military. And every Republican from now ’til the end of this battle over this continuing resolution needs to say the same thing, be on message.

In fact, they might even want to run an ad. Shouldn’t be hard to put together. “This is the Democrat Party. They are the anti-prosperity party. They are the anti-security party. They are the pro-illegal immigration party. They are threatening to hold national security hostage, potentially costing the economy billions of dollars, forcing hundreds of thousands of federal government employees to go without pay –” although they will be paid “– in exchange for securing legal protections for 800,000 illegal immigrants.”

But that’s the message. That’s what the Democrats want. And they’ve always gotten their way up ’til now. They’re holding national security hostage, potentially costing the economy billions of dollars. They’re forcing hundreds of thousands of precious federal government employees to go without pay. They are disrespecting the U.S. military, all of that in exchange for securing legal protections for 800,000 illegal immigrants, but potential Democrat voters. That needs to be the way they cast this. And Trump is doing it.

Folks, again, the government doesn’t really shut down. Not the way the word implies. It does not close. Entitlement checks or deposits continue. There’s not a welfare recipient out there that will not get his welfare. There’s not a food stamp recipient that will not get his debit card. There’s not a Social Security recipient who will not get their check. There’s not one interruption to any entitlement payment to anybody. They do not lock the government, and it does not cease operations.

The president gets up and goes to work and the House and Senate will get up and go to work. It’s a political construct created by the Democrats, aided and abetted and amplified by the media, to try to demonstrate Republicans hate government and hate all that government does for people. And only government does things for people in the Democrat world. And so when government shuts down, people are hurt. When government shuts down, people are in pain. When government shuts down, people are locked out of resources and benefits.

And that is the lying, stinking political message that the Democrats and the media promulgate, that the Republicans heretofore have felt there was no way they could beat it back. There was no way they could overcome it, so they had to acquiesce to it. That day apparently is over. We shall see.


RUSH: While Media Obsesses Over Trump Every Day, The “Administrative State Is Being DISMANTLED”

RUSH: While the Drive-By Media obsesses over Donald Trump every day, the bureaucracy/the administrative state is being dismantled, and it’s not being covered by the Drive-Bys are so focused on Trump hatred. Last night CBS Evening News, Major Garrett spoke with Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator. And question was, “What’s the philosophy here? Do you want to protect business at the EPA or do you want to protect the environment?”

PRUITT: It’s not… I mean, our focus here should be on stewardship.

GARRETT: There are others who also wonder about those who have come from industry who in leadership position here. Why should the American public be comfortable with someone coming from industry and into this agency?

PRUITT: I don’t buy the paradigm, Major. This paradigm that says, “We have to choose industry over environment or the environment over industry” is the old way of thinking.

RUSH: Bingo! And this is the classic leftist setup. The straw dog that private businesses — corporations — are evil, and they’re destructive, and they want to harm customers and damage the planet. And this guy’s saying, “No, no, no. We don’t look at it either/or. We’re gonna do both. We’re gonna focus on the environment and business because we can,” and they are.


LIMBAUGH: Trump Ran A ‘PERFECT SCAM’ On The Media By Taking Cognitive Test

CALLER: The press has again, in my opinion, been outsmarted and out maneuvered by the president. By requesting the cognition test and scoring the perfect 30-for-30, the president’s mental state is no longer an issue. He preempted the press brilliantly. Imagine if this test had not been performed — and parenthetically, it has never been employed before in any other presidential physical exam. What would happen is the mainstream press would be doing nothing yesterday, today, every day for days in the future but saying, “Well, the president is healthy, but his mental state is still a question.” That’s now not an issue, and he did it. He requested it.

RUSH: Well, but not entirely, because the Drive-Bys are questioning the veracity of the test and the doctor reporting the results.

CALLER: Well —

RUSH: There’s even a story… Peter, listen to this. Here’s a story in the Washington Post. “Trump’s Cognitive Test Was Created by a Lebanese Immigrant to Canada.”

CALLER: I saw that.

RUSH: The Washington Post thinks that now disqualifies it because Trump hates immigrants, right? Trump hates immigrants.

CALLER: I have a PhD in neurobiology and I’d love… That test is unassailable.

RUSH: Well, you’re talking about abject truth here, which the Drive-Bys don’t accept. They can report whatever they want. This is the problem.


RUSH: You’ve got the test 30-for-30. He aced it! They make a big deal out of it. But I can point you to any number of Yahoo News stories today or tech blogs or wherever you want to go where the focus of this is the doctor may have lied or the test may not be all that good, that it was created by a Lebanese immigrant to Canada. And of course, the Post is trying to say, “Well, Trump can’t rely on that! He hates immigrants! He hates immigrants from Lebanon. He hates the Middle East.” So they’re trying to point out irony in this. The Washington Post really thinks they have a killer point here. They think they disqualified it because the creator of the test is a Lebanese immigrant to Canada, and Trump hates immigrants — and for all we know, he may hate Canada!

CALLER: My point is that had he not done this, that all we’d be hearing about is his mental state is still a significant question.

RUSH: No, I hear you.

CALLER: He totally outmaneuvered ’em.

RUSH: Well, in the sense… Okay. You’re right. He ran a perfect scam on ’em. He thought to include it. In fact, the doctor even mentioned the fact that they don’t normally do this cognitive test in presidential physicals. They just don’t do it, and the doctor said, “The only reason we did it is the president demanded that I do it. The president asked to take the cognitive test, and so he aced it. He got 30 out of 30. He is in perfect health.” And the wind went out of the sails in the pressroom. But it’s not gonna stop them from questioning his mental fitness.

It’s not gonna stop them from talking about the need for the 25th Amendment. They’re always gonna be able to find a Harvard Law professor or some doctor of shrinkology at some bogus, obscene university to claim that Trump is exhibiting the signs of whatever. Or somebody in the Drive-By Media who’s just gonna rain all over the test and claim it’s illegitimate, that the doctor phonied it up because Trump demanded that he do so and the doctor is a Trump Fanboy, and so they’re basically gonna cast aspersions on the honesty and the integrity of everybody behind this physical.

They’re not gonna let go of this stuff. I mean, you’re right, had Trump not done this, that’s all they’d be talking about, but it isn’t going to stop them from doing so. I appreciate the call, though. Thanks very much.


RUSH: Media May Turn Trump’s ‘Good Genes’ Into White Privilege

RUSH: We go to Indianapolis. This is Chris, and I’m glad you called, sir. How are you?

CALLER: Hey. I’m doing great, Rush. Thanks.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I’ll jump right into my observation or comment. You know, when I heard the question about hamburgers and soft drinks and then Ronny Jackson’s response of “genetics,” I cringed. (chuckles) And I cringed in a way that said, “Oh, man, they’re gonna turn that right back around on him, because, you know, this falls right into…” And you’ve taught me well. I’ve been listening to you since I think ’87 in my dad’s tool and die shop in New Jersey. But this is a wide-open door for them to say, “Oh, Hitler! Genetics!” Right? “White privilege!” The whole thing can just dovetail off that. I’m surprised we haven’t heard it yet, to be honest.

RUSH: Yeah. They may stumble upon that. It may take some idiot like Joy Reid or Joy Behar at MSNBC or The View to come up with that. I mean, that’s actually good thinking on your part. I would have never —

CALLER: (chuckles)

RUSH: I would have never even considered that until you brought it up.

CALLER: Well, I’m sure they’re listening to you, and you’ll probably hear it tomorrow. So…

RUSH: Okay. So walk me through this.



LIMBAUGH: Trump Eats McDonald’s Because They Don’t Have Time To Poison His Food

RUSH: By the way, do you know why Trump eats McDonald’s? Have you heard the explanation for it? Well, partially because he likes it. But he is… This is what makes this Trump dossier thing about hiring the prostitutes and all that in Russia so idiotic.

Trump is a known germophobe, number one. But number two, like all powerful people and wealthy people, he is surrounded by security people who over the years have warned him of the ways enemies could try to take you out. Poisoning your food, poisoning what you drink, you know, corrupting a chef and having a chef put something in the food that’s gonna make you sick.

Now, some wealthy people take it to heart more than others. Some wealthy people, “Don’t kid me.” Some don’t care about it. They look at the security guidelines as an obstacle, but Trump, the reason he goes to McDonald’s, besides the fact he likes it, is they don’t know he’s coming. There is no opportunity to poison the food he’s gonna get there. It would be true of any fast food place. Nobody knows he’s coming.

I’ll tell you when I first became curious about this, it was during the campaign. Trump’s traveling around on his own plane. It’s a Boeing 757. Now, you people that travel on 757s, you know they’ve got huge galleys, they have state-of-the-art galleys and Trump’s got staff and I assume press in the back of the plane. And whenever the press is anywhere near, you feed them.

You would not believe at professional sports stadiums the pressrooms where the media is fed prior to every game. It’s incredible, the spread that’s put out for the media, baseball parks, football parks, football stadiums. The pressroom opens two to three hours before the game. I mean, it’s incredible. It’s just a staple. You feed the press.

So I see a still shot of Trump with a bag of McDonald’s in front of him. And I’m saying, the guy’s got chefs galore, he’s got a great galley, he could order anything he wants catered to that airplane, prepared and delivered. And he’s sitting there eating McDonald’s. So that’s when I first got curious and started asking myself why. And this is what I learned.

Also, it’s cheaper to feed the media if you’re not importing a chef and catering a bunch of stuff. You know, give a bunch of fast food and fine and dandy. I don’t know what he feeds the press on the plane, on his own plane. I don’t know if he even was. I just know that it’s standard operating procedure that when they’re there, you feed them. It’s one of the old standby staples, feed the press, keep ’em on your side, keep ’em happy, to the extent possible.

The first time I toured Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City was shortly after it had been built. It was the beginning of football season, Lamar Hunt, the owner, was hosting the local media and tour of the press box and I was stunned. I’m just a young kid here. I’ve never been in a press box anywhere. I’m stunned. I can’t believe the luxury that I’m seeing. They showed the pressroom, and I said, “What’s this?”

“This is where the media eats prior to the game.” Holy smokes. So I ran into Mr. Hunt, who I’d met for the first time that night, I said, “I can’t believe what you have here for the media.” He said, “We have to. Highly pampered, highly pampered.” Which I came to learn was SOP, standard operating procedure.

Anyway, that is why Trump has McDonald’s, primarily. He knows that it’s gonna be safe because there’s no McDonald’s restaurant that knows he’s coming. They don’t have time to poison his food.