Asking the right question about Trump:
What do Americans really want?
The right question is: What’s wrong with the Ruling Class?
CALLER: I heard so much intellect on that stage last night. None of it, in my opinion, was coming from Donald Trump.
RUSH: Well, I don’t think you have heard? In terms of…? Well, define “intellect.” What do you mean by “intellect”? You mean intellectualism? What do you mean? Manner of speaking? What do you mean?
CALLER: No, it makes no sense. All he just came off last night as was the most unintelligent person on that stage.
RUSH: Wait just a second. I’ve said this a number of times, and this is something that’s gonna needs to be repeated. The majority of Trump’s support base does not come from the Republican base. A lot of it does, but not the majority. I mean, his support base is all over the place, demographically. He’s got blue-collar people in there. He’s got disaffected Democrats. He’s got some Hispanics. He’s got a lot of women that support him. It actually is what the Republican establishment claims they want the party to be.
I don’t even think that’s the right question anymore. If you want to understand why people support Trump, then you need to know what they are asking. And you know what they’re asking? You know, trying to figure out Trump is the wrong question.
The question is: what’s wrong with the ruling class establishment?
They are the ones implementing policies that are causing this country to be at greater risk, less safe, and our economy to crumble. The real question is: What’s with the ruling class establishment?
The evidence is abundant that they are doing harm to this country, from regulation, to taxes, to health care, entitlements, immigration, national security. It is the Washington establishment dragging down this country, and the people supporting Trump have been asking why for years. And they haven’t gotten an answer. The establishment’s not interested in what people think. The question is, “What’s wrong with them?” not what’s wrong with Trump or Rubio or Cruz or any of these other candidates. The real…
Why doesn’t the establishment see what the rest of us see? That’s the question to me. And if they do — if they see what we see, and it doesn’t change the way they implement and support policies — then do they not love the country as much as the rest of us do? Why would anybody knowingly take us down a path that’s gonna end in a horrible crash? That’s the real question.
And Trump is asking that question at every appearance, and that’s why people are signing on. He was the first to tap into what Americans are feeling and thinking, when nobody else was. It’s that simple.
The question today and going forward is not what explains Trump. The question is not: “How do we understand Trump? Just who is this guy?” But, “Why is Trump succeeding? Why can’t Trump be taken out? Why do people who support Trump not leave him?” That’s not the question. It’s a wrong question. It’s the question posed every day by who? The establishment and the media. The real question is: “What’s with them?” How do you explain them? If anything needs to be explained, it’s the Washington establishment and particularly the Republican establishment.
If anything needs to be understood — if there need to be questions asked and if some of us need to get answers on anything — it’s that question: “What is with them?” The evidence is all around us, and it’s what Trump has tapped into. The policies being implemented in Washington are destroying this country. They are destroying this country’s economy and its future, destroying this nation’s health care system, making a mockery of our immigration law — and in fact, making a mockery of the rule of law in a broad-based sense as well.
Overregulation. Taxes. Health care. Entitlements. Out-of-control, irresponsible spending. We don’t have the money for any that we’re doing right now. Immigration. National security. The ruling class establishment is engaging in behavior that demands explanation. The things that they are doing defy common sense. There is no reason for the borders of this country to be as wide open as they are and everybody welcomed as though we are obligated to take them. The ruling class establishment attacks on mainstream people in this country need to be explained.
We’re not Safe
There is a palpable fear all over this country. People who have lost their jobs are afraid they won’t find one. People who have jobs are afraid they’re going to lose theirs. People who have savings are worried it isn’t going to last, or it’s going to be erased or taken away. There is a palpable fear. Militant Islamic terrorists seem to be able to kill at will. And when it happens, the ruling class seeks to point fingers at people who are the actual victims, and they want to find evidence of racism and bigotry.
Then they want to discuss the niceties of beating the bad guys and to tell us how we can’t do that and do it, we can’t do that and do it, we can’t do this and do it. People are confused, because it makes no sense. There is no common sense in what’s coming out of Washington.
The question is not what’s wrong with Trump, not what’s wrong with Cruz, not what’s wrong with any of them.
No Clear Vision from Ruling Class
The question is: What’s wrong with the people currently leading the country? Why do not they see what the rest of us see? And if they do, if they do see what we see, then why do they permit this continue to happen?
Why do they fund it? Why do they support it? Why are they taking us down a path that is endangering this country as founded? Why are they doing it? That’s the question. And why will they not answer those questions? So I don’t think the issue here… It may be for you in the context of the Republican presidential race, but overall in terms of problems that we face and the questions that we have, the issue is not understanding Trump, which is easy. I just explained Trump to you, and I’ll do it over and over again.
It’s not hard to understand why Trump’s doing what he’s doing; why it’s working. He speaks plainly. He’s straightforward. He’s not politically correct.
He refuses to accept the terms mandated by the establishment and the ruling class, the conditions they put on everything. Trump’s not destroying anything. Trump hasn’t cost anybody their job. Quite the contrary. Trump’s not taking people’s health care away from ’em and making it more distant and unaffordable. Trump is not implementing policies that place American citizens at risk to acts of terror and crime in their cities and towns and communities.
That’s all on the establishment, ruling class, whatever you want to call ’em. So the public’s not hanging on every word that Trump utters.
The public is not micromanaging and looking for mistakes or errors. The public is not playing gotcha. The country’s not trying to find evidence to laugh at Trump and put him down. That’s the ruling class doing that. And every time they do it, every time they try to play it that way, all they do is cement and solidify Trump’s support and the support of anybody else they target.
7 years of an “Intellectual” in the White House
What you see is that the supposedly wise and intellectual and brilliant ruling class types have given us a massive debt, endless illegal immigration. They create problem after problem after problem, and then they claim they’re the only ones with the solution. And the “solution” makes the problem worse! The “solution” actually codifies and cements the problem and justifies it. Now, it used to be that all of this that I was saying used to apply primarily to the Democrats. The great, sobering reality is that you have to include some Republicans in this diatribe now.
Because there are plenty of Republicans in the ruling class who are joining forces with the powers that be who are demanding all of these policies. Endless immigration. We have a dismal economy. We have 94 million Americans not working, for crying out loud! We got more people on welfare and federal benefits than ever before in our lives. We have more food stamps. We’re destroying peoples lives. We’re destroying human dignity.
We’re taking away from them the opportunity to be the best they can be before they even have a chance to understand what’s happening to them. We have attacks on the family by redefining marriage and then calling people bigoted who have deeply held religious beliefs that were present at the founding of the country. Those people are the new bigots and racists. We turn the US military into a social architecture playground for the Democrats and the libs. Every day brings new race-baiting.
The more complex, the harder it is for you to understand it. The more complex, the more necessary they are to explain it and deal with it, because they have the deep intellect to get it. The more complex the better. But the fact of the matter is, as Ronaldus Magnus said, yep, no easy answers, but there are simple answers.
We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Well, I would submit to you that a lot of people see Trump that way. They’re not worried about the niceties of the intellect and all that.
They understand that the problems are deep, and here’s a guy talking about his desire to fix ’em and solve them, and he has a track record of doing that.
And the intellectual elite do not like simplicity. They’re not needed for that. And, you know, oftentimes they don’t even get it. Simplicity is too beneath them.
Snarky Intellectual Elite
Folks, we have just had, and we are still in the middle of seven years of somebody that the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party think is the smartest president we’ve had in generations, Barack Hussein O.
Oh, man, is he smart, does he use the language. Oh, does this guy know how to speak. This guy is so brilliant, it’s dripping off of him. Harvard Law, law review, except we’ve never seen the transcripts, never mind. What good has all of that brain power done us? That is why I’ve always maintained that we have the need to redefine “smart” here.
But here’s another reality. For all of you trying to understand Trump, understand that today the ruling class is aiming all of its fire at Ted Cruz. Now, part of the reason the ruling class establishment’s backing Rubio, and they are. Rubio has assumed the position that Jeb occupied. The ruling class, nobody’s admitting it yet, but they understand that Jeb’s not gonna pull this off. They need a stand-in, and for them, in their mind, it’s Rubio. And they’re pushing for Rubio to try to take out Cruz.
RUSH: By the way, if Hillary Clinton is an example of deep intellect and intelligence, then spare me, ’cause I don’t want any part of it.
I think this whole argument about intellectualism and depth and who’s smart and who’s not, it’s idiotic.
The ruling class establishment want nothing to do with two of the smartest people in our country today, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
Trump is enormously successful businessman, well liked, generous, very popular. Ted Cruz, the smartest man in the United States Senate, the smartest man maybe in the Republican Party, and the ruling class of Washington wants nothing to do with either of them.
So the question to me is, what’s with them? Why are they so exclusionary, and of whom? I mean, they’re trying to destroy these two people. They must feel really threatened. Meanwhile, you don’t hear anybody going after Hillary or Obama the way they go after these two. And these are the questions that people are asking out there. People in this country are trying to understand why Washington’s doing what it’s doing, why Washington supports the people it supports, issues and on and on.
Wants a Builder to Lead the Country
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. I understand where the previous caller’s coming from, but here’s the deal. We need somebody in office who loves the United States of America and who will support and defend the Constitutional republic for which it represents, number one. I’ve listened to Trump a lot on his rallies and things like that, and the man’s a builder. He builds things, just like he says in his rallies. He’s a concrete thinker, he’s a nuts and bolts kind of guy, and when he wants a building built, he knows what he wants, when he wants it, and how he wants it and why he wants it, but he has a whole multitude, a whole team of surveyors, engineers, architects, and draftsmen that actually put the thing together. You could liken that to him being the president of the United States. He’ll have a whole cabinet of –
RUSH: If anything needs explaining, it’s Barack Obama and what he’s doing and wants to do. And I happen to believe that a majority of the American people think that and are asking that very question. And they think they know the answer in many cases, and they don’t like it.
But you look, ruling class here, they are dead set against two of the smartest Americans having anything to do with the American political system, Trump and Cruz. Now, John in Sioux City, there is one thing. I’ve said it before. It bears repeating. He made the point here that we have been conditioned to accept a certain personality type and a certain resume as the qualifications to be a successful politician.
Today’s Politicians seek to Enrich and Empower Themselves
The problem really is, I think, that those in the political business have decided to make it a business that’s oriented toward their personal enrichment, their personal acquisition of power, and maintaining that power. And the idea that they are there to do something like defend and protect the Constitution, defend and protect the country, yeah, but secondary.
The primary purpose of politics now is to glorify those in it. And maybe it always has been to a certain extent, but it really seems more of an exclusive insider, no-outsiders-welcome type of enterprise than it has ever been. And yet it seeks and demands the American people thinking they’re part of it in order for it to succeed. So a giant game is being played. The American people during campaigns are told how important they are and then after the election is over, the American people go back to becoming irrelevant again and dunces and know-nothings and worse.
Speaker Paul Ryan—Happy because No One is Happy
CALLER: Thank you. Hey, for those who don’t understand Trump’s appeal or his support, it was on full display at the top of last hour, on a sound bite from our new Speaker of the House who’s touting what a wonderful job they did back there in DC because they passed some bill and nobody got what they wanted, you know?
It would be like me coming to you, you’re the president, I’m the general and telling you the war is going great, nobody’s winning, you know, or a football coach going in and saying, you know, fire up the team, let’s get out there and tie one for the Gipper.
RUSH: Bob, this is an excellent point. You are making an excellent point, and you know as well as I do what this means, because I heard the same thing. I saw the sound bite on the news at the top of the hour and I saw the graphic and the closed-captioning, and that is, Ryan saying, “Hey, this is a great deal because nobody’s happy,” which we are supposed to interpret as meaning everybody comprised, and that’s what we should be happy about, everybody compromised and everybody gave some ground and we’ve got a deal, and everybody is unhappy.
And, you’re right, that’s exactly what Trump is saying is a mess.
Americans Want to Win
We’re in this to win. America needs to win.
We’re not in this to get lousy deals. And we certainly don’t want to stand around here and brag about it. We don’t want to brag about getting lousy deals. We don’t want herald lousy deals. And we don’t want to hoist ’em up as our objective.
But, see, the Beltway types, they really believe this business that all of you out there want this kind of compromise. And the greatest example of compromise is when both sides are unhappy. I don’t know. Unhappy is unhappy. And I don’t know anybody who wants to be, other than the psychologically screwed up, who are happily unhappy. I can’t relate to it, but the shrinks tell me it exists.