RUSH: Ted Cruz just got the best endorsement he could ever get. He could not have gotten a better endorsement than he got out of John Boehner speaking to the Stanford Daily, the campus newspaper at Stanford. Can you imagine, here’s John Boehner out there calling Ted Cruz Lucifer, the biggest SOB he ever had to work with?
Here’s John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, who had to work with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barack Obama, and he says that Ted Cruz was the worst he ever had to work with? Isn’t that a little bizarre? Especially since they both claim, both Boehner and Cruz, to be conservatives.
RUSH: Sean in Philadelphia, you’re next. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. It’s great to talk to you. I’ve been listening to you since ’89.
RUSH: I’m glad you made it through, Sean. Thanks so much.
CALLER: Thanks. I just wanted to make a point, at least my perspective on the support of Trump. I reluctantly support him but I do straight… I mean, I do support him, and it’s not about conservatism. It’s not, as some people say — and I’ve heard it on your show, too, from a lot of callers calling in. It’s not really about, “Well, you know, people are being fooled that he’s not really conservative.” It’s not. I know he’s not a conservative. The fact is, to put it simply, Trump will fight. Not only will he fight, he’ll fight dirty, and the thing is we gotta get that. We have to have someone that’s gonna fight in the mud, ’cause that’s where our opponents are. That’s where our opponents have been.
RUSH: Fight who?
CALLER: The Democrats. I mean, look at what happened after 9/11. Remember it was like a month or two after that, and then Kennedy came out and he started slamming George Bush. You know, all of his supporters were waiting for him to stand up and defend himself, and he didn’t. For eight years, he just let the Democrats plaster him. And then what happens? Obama gets elected, and he rams Obamacare down our throats. What were Reid and Pelosi doing? They were locking people out of committee meetings, remember that?
What was our response? Did we fight back? No. We didn’t fight back. So then what did we do? We have a landslide victory. We give them the House. Do they do it? Do they repeal Obamacare? No. They do nothing. They say, “Well, we can’t do anything ’cause we don’t have the Senate.” Okay, we give you the Senate. What do they do? “Oh, you know, we’re not gonna do anything ’cause we’re gonna take our only weapon off the table before we do battle with these people.”
We’re sick and tired of fighting with people who won’t fight, and when it comes to down to Cruz, you know, my instincts with Cruz is that, yeah, he’s a nice guy. And don’t get me wrong, if he magically wins this nomination, of course I’ll support him. But the problem is, I suspect he won’t fight. Three days ago there was an article in Breitbart where he’s being interviewed and he said, “You know, if I’m elected, “he said something to that effect of, “I’m not gonna get personal. This is gonna be about issues.”
Okay, great. You just handed them the election, ’cause you know what they’re gonna do? They’re gonna make it personal against you and you’re gonna be like the new George Bush just sitting up there like Jeb. You won’t fight. You’ll just sit there and take it and we’re gonna lose again. And the thing is, Trump, you know what? I disagree with probably 80% of the stuff that he believes in, or he purports to. But the thing is, I think we’re facing an existential crisis. It comes down to immigration, illegal immigration —
CALLER: — and Obamacare.
RUSH: Stop. You don’t need to say any more. You just said everything in about five words. “I don’t agree with 80% of what I think Trump stands for, but I’m voting for him.” That is why the Republican establishment is about ready to commit harakiri. They can’t figure this out.
RUSH: I watched Trump last night after the voting was all over and the tabulations were in, and he’d just announced that he’s the presumptive nominee now. He went out and he said that Bernie Sanders was robbed and should run as an independent. He said that he will take his people out of the GOP, and the GOP will lose the White House and the Senate, if people don’t unite behind him; that he has no problem doing that.
And he then went after Hillary Clinton. He said if she were a man, she wouldn’t get 5% of the vote — that’s max she would get — that all she does is play the gender card. And he basically said, “Hillary Clinton’s gonna be easier to beat than the 16 guy I already have beat.” It was… Trump pulled something off last night. He came off as presidential and also came off as Trump. He actually put those two things together out there.
There is panic setting in at the Republican establishment level, and there is curiosity that is boiling over in some sectors of the conservative movement.
RUSH: I have to tell you — no other way to say it — I was just not right yesterday. Well, it’s not a big deal. I mean, it’s not a big deal, but I clearly said on this program 24 hours ago that what was gonna happen yesterday and last night was not gonna shake anything up because it was already expected to happen.
Trump was going to win. And the delegates that Trump was going to collect had already been factored in and that these five states that voted yesterday were really not going to have that big an impact on things because nothing unexpected would happen, and that’s not true. This was a tsunami that happened yesterday. It was incredible what happened here yesterday.
Do you realize, folks, that Trump won every county in every state that was holding elections yesterday? Every county in every state. Nobody predicted, even the most favorable predictions, even the most supportive predictions, nobody came close, really, to what happened yesterday.
Trump got 58% of the vote in Connecticut, Cruz got 12%. Trump got 61% in Delaware, Cruz got 16%. Fifty-seven percent for Trump in Pennsylvania. That surprised a lot of people. And I’ll tell you something else. Kasich was thought to do better. He wasn’t gonna win anything, but people thought that Kasich would do better in some of these Northeastern states ’cause there’s a bunch of moderate liberal Republicans there.
Trump 57% Pennsylvania, Cruz 22% there. Sixty-four percent for Trump in Rhode Island, Cruz at 10%. Fifty-four percent Maryland for Trump, 19% for Cruz. Nobody predicted that Trump would win every county in all five states. Now, the delegate situation, Trump got at least 105 delegates, Kasich got five, and Ted Cruz got one. And Trump will probably say that somebody stole those six delegates from him and that they’re actually his. He’ll do it in a jocular fashion.
RUSH: I’ll talk about what was going to happen if Trump had not gotten in the race, and do so to try to explain to you what Cruz is doing.
What Cruz is doing is not targeting Trump. Cruz’s plan was drawn up long ago before Trump even got in the race. So again — and that’s what makes this so ironic and amazing about the Trump narrative that Cruz cheating and that Cruz is establishment, because Cruz was going to be the anti-establishment candidate, and he was going to be the only one. And if you think back prior to last June when Trump announced, when Trump got in, prior to all that, Cruz was the renegade. He was the Republican in the Senate, but he was running against the Senate.
He was constantly running against the establishment. He had this term for them, “the Washington cartel,” and he knew that he was reviled. He knew. He purposely had created this persona because he wanted to own the anti-establishment position. He correctly identified the anti-establishment mood throughout the electorate. And his purpose, his strategy was to become the champion of everybody in the anti-establishment movement, anti-Democrat establishment, anti-Republican establishment.
Now, at the time Cruz is strategizing and putting together his plans on how he’s going to win — and stop and think of the monumental task here. Here’s a guy in the Senate, and what is the conventional wisdom about Cruz? Everybody hates him, right? Nobody likes him in the Senate. People now used that to say, “Well, how can a guy govern? You’ve gotta like people. People have to like you be able to make deals.” But before all of this, before the current iteration of this campaign occurred, Cruz never, ever figured on running against Donald Trump.
Nor did anybody else, for that matter. But it’s important if you want to understand what Cruz is doing now — and you think it’s aimed at Trump — that it didn’t start that way. Ted Cruz planed on running against the establishment from the get-go, as I say. He hoped to be the champion of every anti-establishment voter in the country, and he knew that the Republican Party and the entire Washington establishment would use every means at their disposal to beat him. He knew it was a stacked deck.