"RUSH: Well, I have to tell you, my email is overflowing with people calling Trump's speech a home run. People are saying, "Finally! It's about time somebody started telling the truth about Hillary Clinton, and it's not you. Finally somebody that's an official Republican starts telling us what we already know!" People are jazzed by this, according to my email and other feedback that I'm getting. We've got all the audio sound bites coming. Of course, I, as a powerful, influential member of the media, had a transcript of the speech before it was given....
It was a speech given on the prompter today down at SoHo, one of Trump's hotels that he owns. So Trump basically said things about Hillary Clinton that you just don't hear Republicans saying. You've heard them before. You've heard them on this program, of course....But you just do not hear Mitt Romney say this, for example. You wouldn't hear the Bush family talk this way about Hillary. You wouldn't. You just wouldn't hear it.
You wouldn't hear fellow establishment types talk about this, 'cause it's too close to home for all of them. But Trump can say this stuff as an outsider. He can say this stuff as a nonmember of the elite or the establishment, and it's gonna be interesting to see, because while everything Trump said about Hillary has been said before by people -- and, of course, we have the Peter Schweizer book, Clinton Cash, which Trump quoted from extensively. You don't see things like that happen, either.
It'll be interesting to see how the Clinton camp and the Democrats and the media react to this, because these are the kinds of things the Democrats have grown accustomed to not having to deal with, within campaigns. They know this kind of stuff's gonna be said about Mrs. Clinton....It's gonna be said by opposition media such as this program. But they think they've successfully marginalized all the critics, and the evidence is that they're still in power, and when they run for office, they win elections.
So they don't really worry about this kind of criticism no matter how correct it is and no matter how specific it is, because they think that they have created and deployed systems to overcome all of this, all of these details about their operations being made public. But Trump came out and literally fired both barrels. And, I tell you, folks, I think -- and he was not yelling and screaming. It was a prompter speech, so it was quote/unquote "presidential."...
He said things like, "For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America." He made it clear to anybody watching that Mrs. Clinton's policies, which are an echo of Barack Obama's policies, are gonna continue to wreak havoc and damage on America's minorities.
These things are just not said....I mean, you and I say them, everybody else says them, but in official campaigns where the Clintons are involved, nobody goes this far with them. And you know it as well as I do. We've always wondered why for 27 years. "What are people afraid of? Why do they always pull back?" Well, Trump didn't pull back much today. He pointed out all of the money that she gets from these Islamic states that execute gays and LGBT people.
And he used one of my favorite talking points about all the money she made in two years delivering speeches to the banks. I think that's powerful, because I think so many Democrat voters think that the banks and Wall Street and CEOs are wedded to the GOP. "The GOP is the party of the rich! Bankers are obviously rich. Wall Streeters are obviously rich," and Trump made it clear as a bell today that it's the Democrat Party in bed with the banks. So you wonder if time low-information people see this....
Trump made it clear throughout this speech that he's with the American people....In fact, that was a very strong beginning to his speech, why he even wants to be president. He said,
"People have asked me why I'm running. Well, I've built an amazing business I love. I get to work side by side with my children every day.
"We come to work together, we turn visions into reality, we think big, we make it happen. I love what I do. I'm grateful beyond words to the nation that's allowed me to do it. So when people ask me why I'm running, I answer, 'I'm running to give back to this country which has been so good to me.'"...
To the people Trump needs to reach, that's a big deal. Giving something back is a huge deal....By the way, this comes one day after a Hillary Clinton speech where she created the biggest illusion in the world, and that is that we have a roaring economy out there.
That everything is phenomenal, but it could be better, and she's gonna do it. And Trump came out and blew that sky-high. (summarized) "When I see crumbling roads and bridges or the dilapidated airports or the factories moving overseas to Mexico or to other countries, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton. Only by me." And he made it clear countless times throughout the speech that his desire is to be with you. His desire is to be with the American people, not "with her."...
He's not with the insiders. He's not with the elites. He's winning. He went back to that, zeroed back to that or circled back to it countless times....I made the point yesterday that I've never seen pessimism so successfully sold as the Democrats and the progressives and the left of today are doing it. Barack Obama and the Democrat Party convince people that America's best days are over.
They've convinced people that America's best days are in the past and we're a nation in decline, that we deserve to be in decline in some ways, and it's up to the right people now to manage that decline....
That's Hillary's message. "Yes, she tried to make it better. Only government can....This country's greatness relies on government programs administered by experts in Washington, DC." Trump said the exact opposite today. "Everywhere I look," he said, "I see the possibilities of what our country could be, but we can't solve any of these problems by relying on the politicians who created them. We will never be able to fix a rigged system by counting on the same people who rigged it in the first place."...
He made a pitch for Bernie Sanders voters. And did you see polling data over here? This is a Bloomberg Politics poll. Nearly half of Bernie Sanders supporters will not support Hillary no matter what....Now, that's today. This could all change, you know, when we get to November, and it's crunch time.
But as they're stating their opinions today, 40%, even more, of Bernie Sanders supporters would not support Clinton. It means they're gettable. rump made a pitch for them today. He described how everything is rigged, "Rigged by big donors who want to keep wages down, rigged by Big Business who want to leave the country and manufacture their products overseas and sell them back to the US with no consequences for them. It's rigged by bureaucrats trapping kids in failing schools. It's rigged against you, the American people.
"Hillary Clinton -- who, as most people know, is a world class liar. Just look at her pathetic email and server statements or her phony landing in Bosnia?"
When's the last time anybody brings that up? But he brought it out! This is the old sniper fire thing. She said they corkscrew landed in Bosnia. She got out and had to dodge sniper fire. It's a totally made-up thing. Totally manufactured. Trump calls her out on it, and it's a pretty powerful....We'll have audio sound bites of this coming up.
Judge for yourself...but among the people who did who have taken the time to send me emails, the vast margin of it's overwhelmingly supportive. Trump has also launched a new website, LyingCrookedHillary.com. So he's off and running. I'll tell you something... The Democrats are being awfully contradictory. You know, Trump doesn't have a whole lot of money in the war chest right now. Not sure exactly how much, but it's nowhere near what Hillary has....
You have people out there...constantly whining and moaning about all the money in politics. They want campaign finance reform, right? They want to get all the money out of politics....But then you look at their coffers, and it's overflowing with hundreds of millions of dollars.
Here's Trump. He doesn't even have $10 million in the bank, and he's out there running his campaign. He's not even doing official, formal fundraising, and you listen to these Democrats...They're criticizing that, "Well, Trump's not a serious candidate. He's not serious about raising money, doesn't have a serious campaign staff. He's an amateur, doesn't know what he's doing." Wait a minute. I thought you guys all said there's too much money in politics.
I thought you guys all said that there's way too much and it's gotten out of hand and we've gotta dial it back. Well, here's the direct result of that being put into play. Donald Trump doesn't have nearly the amount of money Hillary does. Why aren't you giving him credit for this?...It's another example of the hypocrisy they get away with. They run around and they whine and moan about all the money in politics, and then they...shovel as much of it as they can....
Mrs. Clinton is gonna be...She's in a tight spot here. She'll go out and she will do with this however she does. But a lot of what he said today -- the vast majority, maybe all -- of it is dead certain true. That's what makes it so powerful, in a sense....It's no longer just in Peter Schweizer's book. It's no longer just Peter Schweizer on radio and TV being interviewed as a guest promulgating the information. It's now all out there. It's officially part of the presidential campaign....We'll see if it matters....[Break]
RUSH: I want to start here...I'm gonna play a sound bite with me in it from Greta Van Susteren last night, 'cause Trump mentioned this. And I think this is a great example of the kind of stuff... It's been reported. But they report it and they let it go. There has been no reaction to it whatsoever. It's out there; it was out there one time. I don't know who else is making a big deal of it, but the fact that Trump did... See, by having it not made a big deal of, the low-information crowd -- the Yahoo News consumers and whoever gets their news in the Fakebook news digest (whatever that thing's called, the feed) -- they're not hearing anything about it. But they will now.
And, remember...Here's Hillary Clinton getting away with tying the Republicans to rich people....She's tying herself as with the low-income crowd -- and the average, ordinary middle class American -- as their champion, as their defender.
They don't know that it's not the Republicans in bed with banks. They don't know that it's the banks that are practically paying for and underwriting the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton today. And because Trump is mentioning this, it's gonna get out there now. So here's Greta last night on her program playing my comments about Hillary taking money from all these big banks and how much she has earned in just two years.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton trashes the banks every time she opens her mouth, and yet she made $21 million in two years making speeches to those very banks that she trashes every day. Now, you tell me there isn't some kind of a game being played here? What do you think would happen if we could successfully inform all of these Democrat voters that she and her husband and the entire Democrat Party are in bed with these bankers and -- contrary to the Democrats ravishing these bankers and keeping them honest and all that -- that they're in bed with them?
RUSH:...Trump has put it out there now in his speech today. ...We'll track it. Here's Greta's next sound bite...
VAN SUSTEREN: And it's not Rush Limbaugh who doesn't believe her. A brand-new Quinnipiac University poll of the three major swing states -- Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania -- asked, "Do you believe Secretary Hillary Clinton will try to rein in the power of Wall Street?" And a majority each state said, she won't even try.
RUSH: Great news. I had not seen that aspect of that poll, so it's a positive that more and more people are catching on to this. Now, it doesn't say these people are gonna vote....But these are step-by-step things. And in dealing with the Clintons, remember, they've gotten away with so much....It's gonna be a long slog here. It's gonna require Trump consistency. He can't say this stuff just one time. And Hillary's gonna have her surrogates out there replying to it and so forth. It's gonna be heated. It'll get intense....When we come back, Trump sound bites from the speech."...
Added: Ethnic slurs commonly made about working class whites, Charles Murray, WSJ, Feb. 12, 2016 via Rush Limbaugh, 3/1/16:
"Trump's America: Why the White Working Class is Justifiably Angry."...
""Try using 'redneck' in a conversation with your highly educated friends and see if it triggers any of the nervousness that accompanies other ethnic slurs. Refer to 'flyover country' and consider the implications when no one asks, 'What does that mean?' Or I can send you to chat with a friend in Washington, DC, who bought a weekend place in West Virginia. He will tell you about the contempt for his new neighbors that he has encountered in the elite precincts of the nation's capital."...
(Rush): Murray's point was that these people in the white working class know exactly all of this. They know they're being condescended to, they know they're being laughed at, they know they're looked down on, they know they're being made fun of -- and yet they think of themselves as the backbone of the country. They're the ones that join the military. They're the ones that lose family members in war. They are the ones that are making the country work. They are the backbone; they're being laughed at, mocked, made fun of.
And they're tired of it.
And they're tired of being blamed for all the problems by the media. And it's that simple."...
3/1/16, "Codevilla and Murray on Trumpism," RushLimbaugh.com, transcript
6/22/16, Related links from Rush Limbaugh
- RushLimbaugh.com: Hillary's $21-Million Speech Scandal - 05.23.16
- AP: Clinton 'Gets Rich Making You Poor,' Trump Charges
- Politico: Full Transcript: Donald Trump NYC Speech on Stakes of the Election
- Bloomberg: Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won't Support Clinton
- NPR: Trump Just Gave The Speech Republicans Have Been Waiting 20 Years To Hear
- RushLimbaugh.com: Clinton Defenders Struggle to Respond to Trump's Speech - 06.22.16
Added: For those who thought the Democrat Party cared about the middle class:
Dec. 2009 Rolling Stone article describes Democrat Party sellout to Wall Street. The article by Matt Taibbi has been copied and saved online by sites such as infinite unknown, as well as the site Common Dreams. Video is online of the author, Matt Taibbi, discussing the article on Jan. 15, 2010.
Dec. 12, 2009, "Obama’s Big Sellout," Rolling Stone Magazine, Matt Taibbi
"The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway."
"Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided with wealthy bankers “at the expense of hardworking Americans.” Obama may not have run to the left of Samuel Gompers or Cesar Chavez, but it’s not like you saw him on the campaign trail flanked by bankers from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. What inspired supporters who pushed him to his historic win was the sense that a genuine outsider was finally breaking into an exclusive club, that walls were being torn down, that things were, for lack of a better or more specific term, changing.
Then he got elected.
What’s taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place. This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside.
How could Obama let this happen? Is he just a rookie in the political big leagues, hoodwinked by Beltway old-timers? Or is the vacillating, ineffectual servant of banking interests we’ve been seeing on TV this fall who Obama really is?
Whatever the president’s real motives are, the extensive series of loophole-rich financial “reforms” that the Democrats are currently pushing may ultimately do more harm than good. In fact, some parts of the new reforms border on insanity, threatening to vastly amplify Wall Street’s political power by institutionalizing the taxpayer’s role as a welfare provider for the financial-services industry. At one point in the debate, Obama’s top economic advisers demanded the power to award future bailouts without even going to Congress for approval — and without providing taxpayers a single dime in equity on the deals.
How did we get here? It started just moments after the election — and almost nobody noticed.
‘Just look at the timeline of the Citigroup deal,” says one leading Democratic consultant. “Just look at it. It’s fucking amazing. Amazing! And nobody said a thing about it.”
Barack Obama was still just the president-elect when it happened, but the revolting and inexcusable $306 billion bailout that Citigroup received was the first major act of his presidency. In order to grasp the full horror of what took place, however, one needs to go back a few weeks before the actual bailout — to November 5th, 2008, the day after Obama’s election.
That was the day the jubilant Obama campaign announced its transition team. Though many of the names were familiar — former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, long-time Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett....
As director of the NEC (National Economic Council), meanwhile, Obama installed economic czar Larry Summers, who had served as Rubin’s protégé at Treasury. [Larry Summers, was paid more than $5.2 million in 2008 alone as a managing director of the hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and pocketed an additional $2.7 million in speaking fees from a smorgasbord of future bailout recipients, including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup."] Just below Summers is Jason Furman, who worked for Rubin in the Clinton White House and was one of the first directors of Rubin’s Hamilton Project. The appointment of Furman — a persistent advocate of free-trade agreements like NAFTA and the author of droolingly pro-globalization reports with titles like “Walmart: A Progressive Success Story” — provided one of the first clues that Obama had only been posturing when he promised crowds of struggling Midwesterners during the campaign that he would renegotiate NAFTA, which facilitated the flight of blue-collar jobs to other countries. “NAFTA’s shortcomings were evident when signed, and we must now amend the agreement to fix them,” Obama declared. A few months after hiring Furman to help shape its economic policy, however, the White House quietly quashed any talk of renegotiating the trade deal....
Taken together, the rash of appointments with ties to Bob Rubin may well represent the most sweeping influence by a single Wall Street insider in the history of government. “Rather than having a team of rivals, they’ve got a team of Rubins,” says Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. “You see that in policy choices that have resuscitated — but not reformed — Wall Street.”...
Obama planned to institutionalize the policy, firmly established during the Bush years, of keeping a few megafirms rich at the expense of everyone else."....
What’s most troubling is that we don’t know if Obama has changed, or if the influence of Wall Street is simply a fundamental and ineradicable element of our electoral system. What we do know is that Barack Obama pulled a bait-and-switch on us. If it were any other politician, we wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe it’s our fault, for thinking he was different.
"Watch Matt Taibbi discuss “The Big Sellout” in a video on his blog, Taibblog."
[From Issue 1093 — December 10, 2009]