RUSH: All right, sir. That open-mic tape, let’s just cut to the chase here. That open-mic tape is in a microcosm what this entire election is about. You’re probably saying, “What?” Yeah, it is. That whole thing is exactly what Trump winning the nomination is about. Now, whether it’s gonna see it through to victory in the presidential race remains to be seen.
I want to take you back to when I first heard about this, and I want to share with you my initial gut reaction to this, and then I attempted to — I didn’t have to try very hard because I am one of you — I tried to put myself in the shoes of your average person on the Republican Party side that’s supporting Trump. This is an election and Trump wins the Republican nomination precisely because a whole lot of Republicans are fed up with what? The Republican establishment and the Washington establishment, the elites and the way they do things and the way they run campaigns and the way they run Washington.
And I believe — it was my first reaction and I was hoping it was the reaction of millions of people. Putting aside for a moment what was on that tape — and, by the way, there will be more, folks, do not doubt. If they’ve got that, they’ve got more, so steel yourself. That’s the point.
I think a whole lot of people are sick and tired of things like this determining the outcome of elections, these October Surprise kinds of things. It may not have been safe to say this back in the year 2000. It might not have been safe to say it in 2004, but a lot of ground has been covered, and there is so much hypocrisy on the left when you get to the subject matter of that open-mic tape, Access Hollywood, Trump running around there with Billy Bush. Who are the people expressing outrage over this?
The very people who applaud it and celebrated JFK, who had women trooped into the White House in droves. Bill Clinton, you go through the list of Democrats and entertainers who have made their names on the basis of infidelity and catting around and being celebrated and protected and lauded and held up as great people. “Hey, that’s sex, it’s not their job. Hey, that’s just private life; it doesn’t matter to their leadership.”