‘We are defending an America that has strayed from our founding…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) In one of the key battleground fronts of the 2018 midterm elections, Missouri, President Donald Trump got an extra boost of support at a rally on the eve of Election Day from conservative heavy-hitter Rush Limbaugh in his hometown of Cape Girardeau.
The radio talk-show host rebuked the accusations that the right-wing had created a “divisive” culture by demanding strong immigration and law-enforcement.
“They say we’re divisive, but we are not divisive,” he said. “We are defending an America that has strayed from our founding.”
Limbaugh, who joked that Trump had imposed a 10-minute time limit on him, began by encouraging the “electric” audience to start a chant “Lock her up” against Hillary Clinton, who has refused to concede her 2016 election defeat and gracefully exit the spotlight.
“Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia. Hillary Clinton rigged that election,” he said.
Limbaugh said that career politicians like the Clintons and Obamas were jealous that Trump had stirred up the conservative base in ways that they had not.
“This isn’t supposed to happen. You people are supposed to love them, not Trump. So guess what? They want to get in on it.”
But he said few had bothered understanding what motivated Trump’s supporters and that there was “much to learn.”
“The bond that exists between you and everybody else that has been to a Trump rally is something that politicians envy, and the people in Washington have not taken the time to understand why you voted for Trump. They just think you are stupid for doing so,” he said.
Some, he said, resented Trump for giving voice to voters that they would rather ignore. “You weren’t being listened to. You weren’t being paid any attention to. Even now, the real anger at Trump is actually at you for having elected him.”
However, Limbaugh dismissed the oft-floated media talking point that fear and anger were what had driven massive conservative turnouts in recent elections. “You’re not angry. You love people! You want your country to be the greatest it can be and you finally got someone willing to help you do it,” he said.
Limbaugh said that Trump—who bucked convention by taking an active role in the midterm campaigns and embracing it as a mandate on his performance rather than distancing himself—had been “indefatigable” his goal of fixing the country. “Donald Trump wants America to be great again—and, it’s not a slogan, it is an objective.”
He observed that while other politicians may have personal gain at stake, Trump had no other motivations for entering the political arena.
“He is one of the most successful people in America and he doesn’t need this. He doesn’t need to put up with the abuse … He does because he sincerely believes that America is headed in the wrong track and it needs to be put back on the right track.”