RUSH: This is the media montage of Drive-Bys saying Trump will be inaugurated lowest approval rating ever…
MICHAELA PEREIRA: (music) “The President-elect has the lowest approval rating of any incoming President.”
CHRIS CUOMO: (music) “Donald Trump with an historic low approval rating heading into the White House.”
KRISTEN WELKER: (outdoor noise) “Mr. Trump could be sworn in with historically low approval ratings.”
SUSAN PAGE: “Donald Trump is going to be inaugurated with the lowest approval ratings of any President.”
DAVID CHALIAN: “It’s a historic low.”
MIGUEL MARQUEZ: “Donald Trump now has the lowest approval rating of any incoming President-elect in the history of Gallup polling.”
ALISYN CAMEROTA: “How do you explain these historically low approval numbers for an incoming President?”
RUSH: That’s Alisyn Camerota at CNN. Hey, I’ll explain it to you, Alisyn. Fake news! Fake polls! Simple. Fake news. Fake polls. Don’t doubt me on this, folks. Lowest approval rating after a year and a half when the nation loved Donald Trump, people just couldn’t get enough of him, and they elected him president. And in less than eight weeks, massive regret, massive buyer’s remorse? People that voted for Trump are now saying, “Oh, man, if we’d a known that we’ve seen the last eight weeks, there’s no way we would have voted Trump!”
Even though what they’re seeing the last eight weeks is exactly what they loved for a year and a half. Trump is Trump every day. It doesn’t matter before the election, after the election, they loved Trump. But now they don’t. Now they’re scared. Now they’re worried. And this sets up the media to portray the Democrats as once again the adults and the smart people in the room. It’s so predictable. It is classic. It’s all they know. It is exactly how they behave. Of course you have some Never Trumpers out there even on our side who are gonna eat all this up and act like they believe it and act like it’s true.
So you just sit back and watch it.
RUSH: Wait a second. Does it bother anybody that John Lewis is not gonna go to the inauguration? You know, he didn’t go to Bush’s inauguration, and he claimed that George W. Bush was illegitimate. Does it matter whether he goes or not? Why is it a big deal? Why do we need these guys there? Why do we need any Democrats there? Is anybody under the illusion the Democrats are gonna be eager to work with Trump here? If they show up at the inauguration, it’s only marketing. If they show up, it’s to be able to say later that they showed up with the spirit of cooperation.
“But Trump is so outrageous, there’s no way we can chime in and help on this.” Why do we need ’em? They just got schlonged. They just got beat. Why do we need ’em? “Mr. Limbaugh! Mr. Limbaugh! What about national unity?” Yeah, what about “national unity”? You know, national unity, national schmunity. We haven’t had national unity since the days of the founding. What we’ve had is political warfare. It’s common. It’s what’s built into our way of life, part of a democracy, our representative republic.
The objective is to beat these people, which is what we just did. Why feel guilty about it? “Yes, we just schlonged you. Now you need to join us.” It’s a great way to do it. Fine, if you want to approach ’em that way. But then when they don’t, it’s no reason to think, “Oh, this is horrible!” This is not horrible. These people have been decimated. The Democrats have been decimated at the state level. How many times…? I’m gonna point this out as many times as it takes. They’ve lost 1200 seats!
In fact, I made this point yesterday at RushLimbaugh.com in the “Just in From Rush,” little thing. It’s my version of tweeting except it’s exclusive to you at RushLimbaugh.com. I made the point that they’ve lost 1200 seats nationally, locally, state level since 2010, the midterms. They’ve only got four states where they have the governorship and the state legislature. They’ve literally been wiped out. Obama has presided over the repudiation of the Democrat Party. Why do we need these clowns?
RUSH: Pete Hegseth was on Fox & Friends Weekend. He was hosting over the weekend and they were talking about Obama’s criticism of me for the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. The lack of cooperation, the lack of Republicans helping Obama accomplish his socialist agenda was my fault. I think, in truth, I should be applauded and credited if I’m indeed responsible for this. If I’m the reason the Republicans didn’t cooperate, give me the Medal of Freedom or whatever it is.
RUSH: Lester Holt, and he is interviewing Barack Hussein Obama. He said, “Given the recovery was as uneven as it was, the people on the bottom slower to recover than the people on the top, didn’t that in some way plant the seeds for the election of Donald Trump?”
OBAMA: Well, what is true is that the — the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base — helped along with by folks like Rush Limbaugh, some commentators on Fox News — I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans for cooperating with me. That hothouse of back-and-forth argument — and really sharp partisanship — I think has been harmful to the country.
RUSH: Right. Now, Obama came into office January 23, 2009, and had the Congressional Leadership Conference in the White House. You’ve got Boehner and McConnell there and their aides, House and Senate leaders both parties. And Obama said to Boehner and McConnell, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done. That’s just not how it happens in Washington.” So he came into office blaming me and telling the Republicans they have to stop listening to me.
As I have mentioned on a couple of previous occasions, I had a meeting with Boehner right here at the EIB Southern Command headquarters a couple of weeks after that, and he was talking about this, and he said, “I can’t believe it. I don’t know why he would do that. I don’t know why he would say that, Rush.” You know, I was kind of dumbfounded. I said, “You really don’t?” “No. Why would he say that?” I said, “Because he was hoping that you, or Mitch, or somebody in your group would go out to that pile of microphones always outside the White House after a meeting with the president.
“And that one of you would agree that there’s a new day and we need to have a new way of looking at things and Rush Limbaugh has been too whatever. He was desperately hoping that you will agree with him! He was trying to marginalize conservative opposition to him.” Another way he acted, is he had dinner with noted conservatives in Washington. It was at the home of George F. Will. Obama chose the conservatives to be there. Naturally, I was not there. They were David Brooks, George Will, Larry Kudlow, Dr. Krauthammer.
It was at this meeting that David Brooks discovered the crease in Obama’s slacks, and that convinced Brooks that Obama’s gonna be great. People said, “Why did he have that dinner?” It’s because what he was trying to do was designate the official conservative leadership in Washington for the media to follow, and he had chosen many of those — not all, but he had chosen many of them — ’cause they had already been solicitous of him and already been open and praiseworthy and complimentary towards him.
So he was trying to eliminate any opposition. It’s kind of a crock here for the guy (chuckles) to blame me for partisanship in Washington. (chuckles) I’m never there. I’m a guy on the radio. Admittedly, a powerful, influential member of the media guy on the radio. But nevertheless I’m not there. But the noteworthy thing here is how he exempts himself from any of the reasons for partisanship: “That hothouse of back-and-forth argument and — and really sharp partisanship I think has been harmful to the country.” See, none of what he did is partisan.