Rush Limbaugh: Trump Tells Establishment to ‘Go to Hell’

From:,  by Sandy Fitzgerald,  on Jul 20, 2015,  see the article HERE.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1KTWT

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

Donald Trump is defying “conventional belief” by doubling down and refusing to apologize to Sen. John McCain for comments made over the weekend that at first questioned the senator’s reputation as a war hero before saying that he is one, talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday.

“The American people haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” Limbaugh said on his radio program. “They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up, double down, and tell everyone to go to hell.”

Limbaugh insisted that he is not a Trump apologist, but said the media and politicians are following a typical trail they use when they want to get rid of a public figure, and the talk show host said a similar pattern is often followed on his own controversial statements.

“Under conventional belief, a public figure makes a politically incorrect statement that offends somebody,” said Limbaugh. “The Washington establishment and media react in outrage, and the media replays the offensive comment over and over and over.”

Eventually, the establishment “gets together with the media” and all demand the public figure apologize, beg forgiveness, and withdraw from public life and “stay in chagrined irrelevance,” said Limbaugh.

“This charade plays whenever this circumstance happens,” said Limbaugh, and there is one fatal mistake made, when it is assumed that “the collective outrage of the Washington establishment and the media is reflective of the American people.”

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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the Golden EIB Microphone of his daily network talk show.

He noted that journalist Sharyl Attkisson wrote a “great analysis” of the Saturday incident.

“It is a fact that Trump did not say what he is being reputed to say,” said Limbaugh, that “McCain’s not a hero, and so forth. Four different times, he said McCain is a war hero.”

“Facts don’t matter in a circumstance like this,” Limbaugh said, but instead, statements are “purposely blurred, lied about or ignored, much like my ill fated commentary on ESPN. Take something that wasn’t said and blow it out of proportion.”

He also pointed out that Trump said what he did “following McCain’s insult of Trump’s supporters, calling them ‘crazies.’ This ticked Trump off, [because] he doesn’t want to think they’re a bunch of crazed wackos.”

But nobody is suggesting McCain apologize, but the media and Washington’s establishment are all demanding apologies and saying that Trump’s campaign can’t survive, as is the usual pattern, said Limbaugh.

“Except one thing hasn’t happened: Trump hasn’t apologized,” said Limbaugh. “Not only he hasn’t, but he doubled down and added to his original criticism.”

And the “architects” of the scandal “don’t know what to do…the guilty party is begging for forgiveness but Trump has not,” he said.

Meanwhile, the outraged reaction takes for granted that the American public will find Trump’s words “unpalatable, unforgivable, and unacceptable,” said Limbaugh, because the assumption is that media is reflecting public opinion.

But Limbaugh said that didn’t happen in his own case and he doesn’t think it will happen with Trump either, as the assumption that everybody is outraged “is always erroneous.”

“They’re doing everything they can to destroy Trump by acting like he’s destroying himself with voters,” said Limbaugh. “That’s what presumes this new political reality, but I don’t think that’s the case.”

He noted that polls will likely come out that will show if Trump was damaged by his words, but the Republicans don’t want to be seen as mean people.

“The conventional wisdom is…everybody is outraged the fact that he doesn’t have a lot of public humility, that he’s a mean guy,” said Limbaugh. Meanwhile, McCain has “called tea party people hobbits, crazies.”

And, he pointed out that Trump was not the first to question McCain’s war service, but when attacks come from the left, “they’re warranted because they’re nice people, compassionate people.”

Unlike others, “Trump is not following the rule that targets are supposed to follow,” said Limbaugh. “Targets are supposed to immediately grovel, apologize, say ‘I have the utmost respect for Sen. McCain’ and everybody cheers because the the target has seen the light. [That] usually means another Republican has been taken out.”

“There is an arrogant presumption that the majority of the American people are as outraged as the media,” he concluded.


Rush is right, I am one patriotic American veteran who is NOT outraged.

Donald Trump just blasted through shackles of political correctness that ordinarily bind other political figures and said what many ordinary Americans already think about John McCain – he sucked at being a Republican Party candidate in 2008 (Sarah Palin kept him from flat-lining), and he sucks at being a Senator.

Yes, he may have been a POW, but many (myself included) have serious doubts that he qualifies as an actual hero. And he wasn’t a very good pilot either.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t there during his time in captivity, but the stories that I’ve seen make me question his account of what happened. The same isn’t true about his activities as a Senator. I have personally witnessed that, and if he represented Texas, I’d cast my vote for practically any other candidate who might run against him. He has NOT been good for the United States and he hasn’t been good for veterans either. As I’ve said before, he’s long past his “use by” date.


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13 Responses to Rush Limbaugh: Trump Tells Establishment to ‘Go to Hell’

  1. Buck says:

    In conversation with folks who are going along with the media I find so far 100% know nothing about McCain’s blocking bills regarding POW/MIA for some reason McCain has never allowed.

    • Garnet92 says:

      There is a really long list of activities by John McCain that stonewalled the POW-MIA investigations and he’s also voted against many veteran-related bills that sought to improve life for our vets.

  2. Kathy says:

    In most of the comments I’m seeing the people are agreeing with Trump. Speaking the truth requires no apology and had the media been telling the truth all these years, people wouldn’t have been so shocked by his statements regarding McCain.

    Trump is stealing their thunder and cranking up the volume – the RINOS don’t like it, so they have him under a microscope looking for any little thing to discredit him. Good luck with that, guys.

    • Garnet92 says:

      While I personally don’t think that Trump is presidential material, he does have the cojones to say things that need to be said, but few have the guts to say.

  3. BrianR says:

    How about his history of donating to Democrats, including the Hildebeest , and “20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2006 cycle, effectively buoying the election prospects of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, respectively.”?

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    • Garnet92 says:

      He’s no angel, that’s true and I don’t want him as my president, but I DO want him to continue to prompt the public to think about some things that the political media has been keeping out of the conversation. He’s shredding political correctness in many of his statements and that’s what is getting him the support in the polls. I really don’t think that most of those showing support for Trump in the polls actually want him as POTUS, they’re just applauding his statements.

  4. vonmesser says:

    The more Trump mouths off, and the more people are dumping on him, the higher his ratings are getting.

  5. Bullright says:

    Wow Rush is right. “the media and politicians are following a typical trail they use when they want to get rid of a public figure,” And it doesn’t seem to be working yet. So how far will they go? I think they’ve thrown about all their ammunition at him.

    • Garnet92 says:

      True Bull, they’ve used their same old playbook to orchestrate the attack on Trump. The thing is, he doesn’t seem to pay attention to it – or he throws it back in their faces. That’s the only way to deal with the media – can’t kowtow to them or they’ll eat you alive. Trump bites back!

  6. Hardnox says:

    Ditto here Garnet. I’ve read a number of military blogs whereas many if not all did not take any offense to Trump’s remarks and in fact heralded them. Vets like Trump and they know McCain is a fraud.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I did a little more research on McCain’s blockage of veteran-related and POW-MIA bills and it’s apparent that he didn’t want us going after more detailed information about the couple thousand of POW-MIAs that are just missing. Most believe that it’s because it would expose McCain’s actions while in captivity.He also has an abysmal record of supporting veteran’s benefits.

      • Hardnox says:

        That’s my understanding too. If memory serves, McCain’s brother or brother-in-law was involved in some real estate deals in Vietnam at the same time. Coincidently after the POW-MIA issue was swept under the rug the deal went through. I’m sure it was just a coincidence. Nothing to see. Yeah, right!