RUSH: So here he is on CNN’s “New Day” today, and he’s with Chris Cuomo, and they’re talking about Milo Yiannopoulos being canceled by CPAC.
SMERCONISH: Donald Trump is the embodiment of a 30-year trend in the making, an embodiment of empowering Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report, Fox News, Breitbart, NewsMax. They exert control over primary voters in a way that the traditional conservative leadership used to do. And that’s why Milo Yiannopoulos would even be extended an invitation to come to a gathering like CPAC. But the problem is that that comes at the expense of reaching a much more middle of the road audience than you need in a general election.
RUSH: We just won. What in the hell are these people talking about? But I have another question. Who the hell empowered me? What does that mean? And who empowered Fox News? And who empowered Matt Drudge? Who are these mysterious forces that are empowering us? Who is it setting the table so that we can come in and dominate the way we have? Who made that happen? “Donald Trump is the embodiment of a 30-year trend in the making, an embodiment of empowering Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report, Fox News.”
Well, I don’t even understand if I define these words, as I know their meaning, this doesn’t make any sense. Who empowered me, Mr. Snerdley? What does this even mean? What is he trying to say? No, no, no, he’s not trying to say I earned anything at all. That’s the whole point. I did earn it. Nobody empowered me. You know, women talk about empowerment, feminists talk about empowerment. What do they mean by this? It’s like I told my friend when he asked me, “Are they gonna give Trump –” No, he’s gonna have to win it. He’s gonna have to beat everybody. He’s gonna have to earn it.
What is this empowerment stuff? And what is the embodiment of empowerment? They probably understand it at Harvard or Brown, but it doesn’t make any sense. And who empowered Drudge? I mean, who is this all-powerful empowerer who is sitting up there deciding who’s gonna succeed and who isn’t? I’ll tell you who it is: It’s the American people. If I’m empowered by anybody, it’s the American people. But that’s not how this works.