In an interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday, Rush Limbaugh said there is no evidence that the Russian Federation had any effect on the election and it would be preposterous to believe so. Limbaugh said if Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election then why did President Trump lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
"The first thing thatâ€™s going on, Chris, in my view, it is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country," Limbaugh said Sunday. "Itâ€™s absurd. There is no evidence. Zilch, zero, nada."
"The New York Times has run two stories that are basically propaganda on this -- one in October, and one this past week. And both stories clearly say: no evidence. Nobody theyâ€™ve talked to has any evidence whatsoever to suggest it," the talk radio host said.
Transcript, via FOX News:
WALLACE: You say that whatâ€™s happening to Donald Trump right now is that the left-wing courts, the left-wing media, the left-wing bureaucracy are trying to, in your words, sabotage his presidency. Sabotage?
LIMBAUGH: Well, actually, I do. And I -- itâ€™s driven by two things, actually. The first thing thatâ€™s going on, Chris, in my view, it is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country. Itâ€™s absurd. There is no evidence. Zilch, zero, nada.
The New York Times has run two stories that are basically propaganda on this -- one in October, and one this past week. And both stories clearly say: no evidence. Nobody theyâ€™ve talked to has any evidence whatsoever to suggest it.
The second thing I think thatâ€™s important for people to remember -- people that voted for Donald Trump, people who support Donald Trump really, really believe that they were going to lose the country if Hillary Clinton won. This is not an idle thought. Itâ€™s not an exaggeration.
They really believe that the country is founded was up for grabs. It was over if Hillary won -- if the Democrats had another four or eight years to do what they do with the judiciary and so forth.
So, those two things -- and I think that if you try to understand both of those -- not to you personally -- but the people have a much greater ability to understand Trump and his supporters if you can intellectually accept those two premises.
WALLACE: You also use a phrase which I have to say that I only heard for the first time in the last couple of weeks, "the deep state". And thatâ€™s the notion that thereâ€™s an Obama shadow government embedded in the bureaucracy that is working against this new president. I think that some folks are going to think thatâ€™s right on and some folks will think itâ€™s awfully conspiratorial.
LIMBAUGH: Well, I would love to claim credit for that, but actually, I think a reporter by the name of Glenn Greenwald at "The Intercept" who has got a relationship with -- whatâ€™s his name? Assange. I think he actually coined the term. And I think it works.
I donâ€™t think -- who is driving this business that the Russians hacked the election? Itâ€™s the Democrat Party. Itâ€™s Hillary. Itâ€™s Obama. Itâ€™s all those people who just canâ€™t accept --
WALLACE: And you think theyâ€™re behind the leaks, too?
LIMBAUGH: Absolutely. Of course, they are. Theyâ€™re trying -- look, if they canâ€™t win at the ballot box -- you know they are down 1,200 seats since 2010. Theyâ€™ve come a marginal party electorally. All theyâ€™ve got is their embeds in the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and they are pulling out all the stops. Thereâ€™s no question.
This business that the Russians hacked the elections, this is serious, serious allegation that is impossible. The Russians could not have had any impact whatsoever on voting. Either how they were cast or how they were counted.
In fact, if you want to say that they did, they did their job, Hillary won the popular vote. How could they have possibly had any -- this whole premise, and itâ€™s been driving news coverage here ever since Trump took office and even before. And thereâ€™s -- you donâ€™t need any more evidence than that to suggest and to know that the left, which is run by Obama and Hillary and the hierarch of the Democrat Party is doing everything they can to undermine, sabotage, and to prevent Trump from implementing his agenda. Thereâ€™s no question about it.
I know what Trump should do.