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Rush Limbaugh: Rand Paul Teaches Republicans How To Defend Trump


From the November 5th, 2019 broadcast Rush Limbaugh's nationally-syndicated radio program:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Now, last week, as you know, I was given the prestigious William F. Buckley Jr. award for Leadership in Political Thought by the National Review Institute. And, in my remarks, I was scheduled to go 15 minutes. At 30 minutes they gave me the hook. I understood it. They clearly told me 15 minutes. They had to stay on schedule to get to the dancing by 9 o’clock. I guess it was 9:25 they came out and got me.

I was right in the middle of a riff on it’s not hard to defend Donald Trump. I was explaining to everybody in the sold-out ballroom at The Breakers hotel and resort here in Palm Beach that it isn’t hard. Defending Donald Trump is nothing more than defending ourselves, defending the people that voted for him.

Last night Trump had a rally in Kentucky, and Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky, showed up, and I want you to hear it because this is how you do it. This is how easy it is. I can’t tell you the number of people, “Rush, Rush,” emails, “Rush, did you see Rand Paul last night? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Rush, oh, my God.” It’s so rare that somebody defends Trump that everybody that saw it wanted to make sure I saw it.

I’m still amazed that people can possibly believe I don’t know something that’s happening out there, but still those people exist. They’re trying to help. I understand that. But it’s not hard to do. And Rand Paul’s getting fed up that nobody’s doing it, either. Here is what he said from the stage at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, last night.

PAUL: President Trump has great courage. He faces down the fake media every day. (cheers) But Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the president. (cheers) The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs. I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name!

CROWD: Do your job! Do your job! Do your job!

RUSH: Do you hear that crowd? Do you hear that crowd?

PAUL: And, I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington, step up and subpoena Hunter Biden and subpoena the whistleblower.

RUSH: And that’s it! That’s all anybody has to do! It isn’t hard. It is not hard. Defending Donald Trump is the same thing as attacking the corruption in the Democrat Party and on the left, and that’s exactly how it’s done. And if that kind of chorus could begin, the Democrats would not have a chance, and the media would not be able to avoid it. Just one senator.

And, by the way, I have to tell you that over the course of the years — Snerdley, you’d agree — Rand Paul’s not been a prominent Trump supporter. He has been, but he was not on the early list. He had to be persuaded to come over, but he’s all-in now. But this, to me, is as simple as two and two is four. Defending Donald Trump is not hard because defending Donald Trump is defending us, defending ourselves, the people who voted for him.

Donald Trump, when he’s attacked, it’s us being attacked, folks. He’s the vessel for the hatred they have for us who elected him. As I’ve said over and over, Trump is transient. All presidents are. They serve four years or eight and then they move on. The people that elect these presidents, you and me, we are forever! Well, in the political sense.

And this movement of Trumps, another point that I made to the august gathering of elites at the National Review Institute, that this Trump voter group out there is not going anywhere. This movement existed before Donald Trump came along. He had the brilliance to tap into it. And it’s not the Tea Party. The Tea Party may have some foundational aspect to it. But defending Trump is easy. Attacking the left is required. It is a must.

I was watching CNN yesterday, and I didn’t mention this yesterday because it ticked me off, frankly, and I didn’t want to be ticked off when I saw it, so I forgot it. I didn’t forget it. I moved it to the side. I made it not a priority. CNN ran – I’m gonna paraphrase here — they ran some kind of a chyron headline: “Trump Defenders Down to Their Last Stand. ‘He did it, but it’s not impeachable.’”

I said, “What the hell? Where’s that coming from?” I don’t know anybody out there acknowledging that Trump, quote, did it, unquote, and that the thing is it’s unimpeachable. I don’t know where that’s coming from. And I haven’t seen it anywhere but CNN.

But congratulations and thanks to Rand Paul. What would you rather have, that or Mitt Romney out there running around doing the kind of silly things that he’s doing and some of these other Republicans scared to death of their own shadows? It isn’t hard. And more than that’s required.

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