Rush Limbaugh Clarifies ‘NERVOUS’ Comments: “I’m NOT Distancing Myself From Trump”

RUSH: So yesterday on the program, I admitted that something was making me nervous about the entire NFL situation. And remember when I finished it, Mr. Snerdley, I came back from a break, or maybe it was during the break, I asked you, “Did I make this clear?” ‘Cause I wasn’t sure that I had. And you said, “Perfectly crystal clear to me.” And when I went to RushLimbaugh.com, my website — I’m rarely misquoted on my own site, but it’s happened. Just kidding. I’m remembering where Charles Barkley said he was misquoted in his autobiography. Even the editors at The Limbaugh Letter got it right, at RushLimbaugh.com, got it right in terms of what I had said yesterday.

And the headline at the piece at the website was: “It’s NFL Owners’ Job — Not the President’s — to Control Their Employees.” That’s the point that I made yesterday. Now, my choice of words in the process, I admitted that there was an aspect of this that was beginning to make me nervous. And I don’t think I was clear enough about it, or maybe I was and people just had a knee-jerk and thought they heard something they didn’t hear, but they wanted to hear it, so they ran with what they wanted to hear, which was I was breaking from Trump on the NFL. (interruption) Well, you think that’s the word? Snerdley thinks it’s ’cause I used the word “dictatorial” when explaining all this. Maybe.

Let me try this again. The way this was being presented in the news — and that’s always what I react to, in addition to reacting to what’s really happened, I react to both phases of the story, because there are no two phases every story, what’s really happening, and there’s what’s reported to be happening. And the way it was reporting was — being reported was that Trump was going to force the players to no longer kneel, and Trump was going to force the players to stand.

Now, I know full well that there are people who are not as attentive to the news media and the way it works, and they see it or they read it, especially if they read it, and they think it’s true. Everybody does that. Everybody made that mistake. It’s almost human nature, you see it written, wherever, it could be written on some smut site on the website, but ’cause it’s written, you believe it. And if that’s is the way people were perceiving this to happen, that does make me nervous.

My point all along in this has been the NFL is the one botching this. The NFL doesn’t know what’s happening. The NFL misreads its audience. The NFL should have gotten hold of this way back during Kaepernick. The NFL, they’re the owners. They are the employers. They are the equity holders. They’re the people who own this business. Therefore, it’s their responsibility to have their employees behave in a way they choose, not the president’s.

I don’t want the president of the United States, whoever he is, to ever have the power to determine, particularly that any person is going to show allegiance to whatever the president demands. And I admitted yesterday that this makes me nervous. But it’s being reported “Trump thinks players should stand. Trump thinks players shouldn’t kneel, Trump thinks, Trump thinks.” The news reports are Trump thinks, Trump demands, Trump this, and if there is a result where the players no longer kneel, then I could see where people think, “Look what Trump did.”

Trump is pressuring the owners, as he should be, and he’s perfectly entitled to do that, and that doesn’t bother me. But he doesn’t have the power to make anybody do what he wants to do. All he can do is suggest. He can get close to demanding and he can threaten, but the actual bit about demanding it, being able to get away with it, we don’t want that on the part of any president or any elected leader. And that’s what I was being made nervous about was the way people were maybe perceiving this.

Now, it’s been written up that I am distancing myself from Trump as he pressures a business, and I’m not. If Trump wants to pressure the owners to do what he thinks is the right thing, that’s one thing. But if Trump has the power or the ability to make them, well, that’s another. And that’s not what’s going on here. The power of persuasion is much different than the power to dictate. Trump is using the power of persuasion, and he is very effective at it, and it doesn’t hurt that a vast majority of Americans agree with him.

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