RUSH: Let me grab a quick phone call here. This is Jill in Seal Beach, California. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Oh, good morning. Thank you, Rush.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Rush, I'm calling today 'cause I'm fired up and emotional at the same time. I'm voting for Trump, I stayed up until 2:30 on election night. You would have thought I was married to him, I was praying.
RUSH: I know a lot of women who act like they're married to him.
CALLER: (laughing) I'm --
RUSH: I'm not kidding you! I'm not kidding. You wouldn't believe the notes I get from women about Trump.
CALLER: Well, we --
RUSH: They love the guy!
CALLER: But as a conservative in California, I'm asking you, as his friend, please, can you reach out to him and have him tone it down? He's taking the bait too much, and I'm fearful that he is losing people such as me because of the tweets. It's getting to be too much. He needs to tone it down. Make America Great Again. Be great again, Mr. President. Stop taking the bait. We don't want a default vote of, "I voted because it's the less of two evils." It just has to be... He has to stop. I understand how it got going, because the media doesn't present everything to us --
CALLER: -- and I understand that.
CALLER: But it's gotten to be too much.
RUSH: With everything at stake... I have to ask you this question. With everything that's at stake -- and you know what's at stake without me telling you. I'll tell you if you want me to, but I think you know what's at stake. You're actually going to not vote for Trump because of tweets?
CALLER: No. Of course not. I will have his... He's got my full support, my full support. But I'm asking you, as his friend --
RUSH: So then what's the deal?
CALLER: I'm asking you as his friend, can you let him know that now the cooler talk is not gonna be what he's done to Make America Great Again. The cooler talk is gonna be, did you hear what he tweeted last night about Chrissy and the foul mouth and this and that? It's getting off point, and what I'm saying.
RUSH: I don't think that anything happening now on September 10, 2019, is gonna be watercooler talk the week before the election in 2020.
CALLER: No. But that's what's happening now and that's what --
RUSH: Well --
CALLER: -- (crosstalk) people what they go on.
RUSH: Look, I am very flattered that you think that I could ask Trump to stop tweeting and that he would, but it's not gonna happen. It's not gonna happen, Jill.
RUSH: Can I tell you why?
RUSH: Well, there's no try. I'll tell you exactly what he would tell you if you asked him to stop tweeting. "It's the only way I can get my side of things out. I have no other way. There's nowhere else in media that I can get my side out. There's nowhere I can go to respond to these lying, stinking attacks on me." He's not gonna stop for that reason.
CALLER: Right. But then stick to that reason instead of going a little bit further and taking the bait and doing the jab and --
RUSH: Okay give me an example of taking the bait. What do you mean?
CALLER: Well, okay. Calling John Legend a has-been or whatever and Chrissy a foul-mouthed woman and --
RUSH: Oh, that stuff.
CALLER: That stuff.
RUSH: Well, let me tell you about that. I have a little sympathy for Trump. Because here are these two people -- and they're brain-dead celebrities, so I understand your frustration at Trump giving them the time of day, but they're out there lying through their teeth, either purposely or because they're ignorant, about prison reform.
Trump single-handedly has done what they've been demanding be done and they don't even know it. They're running around lambasting Trump for not caring about African-Americans and not caring about people who have been illegally or unfairly imprisoned. And he's not getting the credit for it that he thinks he should, so he goes after them for this phony, false attack on him to try to get his version of it out.
Jill, I'm gonna tell you something. The first time I met with him after the election was in February of 2017. It was one month after the inauguration. It was down here in Florida at Mar-a-Lago. And I asked him how things are going, and he said, "I'm a little surprised the country hasn't come together. I thought the country would come together after the elections."
"Mr. President, they are never gonna love you. They are never gonna support you. They are never, ever gonna give you the benefit of the doubt. They are gonna hate you more every day." And he looked at me and Steve Bannon was with him and Reince Priebus. And I gathered they had been trying to tell him the same thing. I said, “You're never going to get one ounce of credit from these people no matter what. So you may as well not try to appease them.”
And this prison reform thing that he did was an exact attempt to appease leftist critics to show that he was not a racist and he was not a bigot and he's not getting an ounce of credit for it, and he's frustrated to all hell about it. So that's why he tweeted his response to those two people.
CALLER: I got that. I understand. But I say stick to the bullet points, stick to the facts, and don't overact with nonsense.
RUSH: I understand. Why should John Legend and Chrissy -- is it Teigen? Is that how she pronounces it, Chrissy Teigen, Teigen? Teigen. We don't even know. Do you know how she pronounces her name out there, Jill?
CALLER: I thought it was Teigen.
RUSH: Teigen, well, whatever. I understand, why is he giving these two nimrods the time of day? But he's got a philosophy, Jill, and it's been since long before he got into politics. If you attack him, if you criticize him, he’s gonna hit back. He’s not from the George Bush school, which says sit there and take it. And, by the way, Jill, I got go, I'm a little long here, but stand by. Billy Bush is being hired back after the Access Hollywood video and I've got an audio sound bite here of advice George W. Bush gave him. It will not surprise you.
RUSH: Hey, how many of you are kind of along the same lines as Jill, our caller from Seal Beach? You’re getting worried about the Trump tweets. They’re not bothering you, you're not going anywhere, but you're worried other people are. Folks, if that's you, let me try to talk you back from the ledge. I think it's the same phenomenon as this recession poll.
The Drive-By Media says that we're in a recession. The Drive-By Media says a recession is imminent. The Drive-By Media says we're all gonna die. The Drive-By Media says we're all gonna lose our jobs. The Drive-By Media says inflation is gonna go bonkers. The Drive-By Media for three weeks, and then they go take a poll, and surprisingly 60% of the respondents, “I think we're going to a recession.”
People don't know in and of themselves whether we're gonna have a recession or not. But they've heard it on the media. Even people who are doing well, they're not concerned about a recession, but man, it must be bad out there. I feel bad. Other people must be suffering.
It's the same thing here. Jill, I would predict, is not worried so much about the tweets as much as she is worried that other people are worried about Trump tweeting. She's not going anywhere, you heard her. I asked her, I said, “Are you really gonna abandon Trump because of tweets?”
“Oh, no. I won't. I won't. I won't.” But she's concerned that other people will. And this is another thing. Who is leading the stop-tweeting brigade? That would be the Never Trumpers, right? And the Democrats and the Drive-Bys. They don't like Trump tweeting precisely because he's pushing back against them.
I think we need Trump's tweets more than ever, folks. I don't think it's time to dial down the tweets. I don't think it's time to dial down everything that got Trump elected. Stop panicking over what you think people are doing or thinking or are going to do because of what you see in the media.
If you voted for Trump, you know what's at stake, and you're nowhere near abandoning Trump because of his tweets then you've gotta figure everybody else is like you, not unlike you. You're not alone. You're not the only person thinking what you're thinking. You're not the only person not abandoning Trump. It's very few who are, if any.
RUSH: Are you getting a lot of calls from people who want to weigh in on Trump's tweeting? (interruption) Good, 'cause I think there's a lot of projection going on with this. I think this is so classically, psychologically explainable. The Drive-By Media, like it or hate it, they still have a tremendous amount of influence.
They start talking about a recession every day, every hour for three weeks; they're gonna convince people that the recession is right around the corner. Then they're gonna go take a poll ostensibly proving it. If you get enough people -- primarily Republicans and Never Trumpers -- on TV saying, "I hate Trump's tweets! He really doesn't need to be doing this. It really... It really... It really would improve things," that's gonna affect people.
Dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporters never would abandon Trump, but they're gonna get worried that other people might. Rather than using their own knowledge of their own selves and their own confidence in Trump that they're not gonna abandon Trump, they will nevertheless be afraid that other people might be persuaded to leave Trump because of the tweets. Despite the fact they never will! So continue to rely on yourself. You're the best focus group analyst you can come up with, not the Drive-By Media.
Don't let them affect your mentality or your opinion or your psychology.
RUSH: Here is Trisha. She's driving back to Maryland from the rally in North Carolina last night. Hey, Trisha. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thank you. It's an honor to speak to you. I am driving back from Fayetteville. It was my twenty-third rally in the last year. We started in August of 2018. I walk up and down the line as part of what we do, and I speak to people waiting in line, rally goers. I specifically speak to them about the president's tweets, and I can tell you firsthand after 23 rallies, they love his tweets. They need his tweets to feel like they're being informed. So Jill is wrong. (chuckles) I literally have spoken to thousands and thousands of people, and the amount of people who do not like their tweets is minuscule.
RUSH: I tend to agree with you. I want to tell a little story here. The week that I was away, I had a chance to see some people that I haven't seen in a long time. A nice, married couple. The woman in the couple... They're Republicans, strident Republicans. The woman has always, though, said, "Gee, I wish the Republicans would stop talking about abortion so much." Now she says, "I wish Trump would stop tweeting. Oh, it just... It's so unbecoming. I wish he would stop tweeting."
Now, the reasons for this, these people live in a place where they're outnumbered. And the people that they know are constantly berating Trump on his tweets and everything else about him. I think that this is more about them than it is about Trump, and I think it's projection, as I said. You love Trump's tweets, and everybody you know that goes to the rallies love Trump's tweets, and I don't think, do you, that Trump's tweeting is hurting him at all, do you?
CALLER: I don't. And I don't... It's not even that they like them. They feel that they need them to be informed. They don't trust the media. They don't believe anything the media says.
RUSH: By the way, I think that is a bigger reality than anybody wants to acknowledge. I think we had --
CALLER: That's the truth.
RUSH: We had a story yesterday. I forget the source, the details of the story, but it was about how the media is just so disrespected now, untrusted, not believed. And there's a real visceral animosity to the media that the media doesn't even get, particularly among Trump supporters. So I think the tweeting is more fear. I have people saying, "I wish Trump would stop tweeting." They're afraid that it's gonna make everybody else abandon Trump.
But you ask them pointblank, "Well, are you gonna abandon him?" "No! Oh, God, no. No." "Then why are you worried other people will?" "Well, it's just so..." "No, it's not 'just so.' It's because you're falling prey to public criticism of Trump and his tweets and his personality in the media and so forth," and not just the media, by the way. Elsewhere. It's an interesting psychological phenomenon to me. Speaking for myself, there's not a thing about them that bothers me.
I don't even care when he takes out after Teigen and what's his name, John Legend. Now, he does things I wouldn't do. My philosophy is, "Don't elevate. Don't punch down." I just have not done it. Howard Cosell was like Trump, folks. If Howard Cosell was sitting in his office in New York and he heard that the Oshkosh Gazette wrote something critical of him, he would send somebody to find a copy of the Oshkosh Gazette, and then he'd walk it into Leonard Goldenson's office, the CEO.
"What are you gonna do about this? They're attacking me in Oshkosh," or wherever, and Cosell believed that no criticism should stand. No criticism should ever be unanswered, especially if it came from other low-rent sportswriters. Trump is the same way. He'll punch down wherever it is he's hit. My philosophy is different. Don't acknowledge 'em. As far as I'm concerned, they don't exist. But it doesn't bother me that he does 'cause that's who he is.
I also know he's not gonna stop, and he's not doing it for the fun of it, although some of his tweets are uproariously comedic and funny. He's doing it because he's a social media master and he's doing it because it's the only avenue he has to push back and to get the truth of whatever, his policies or what he said that's being misquoted. It's the only way he's got to get an alternative out there to a large swath of people. Anyway, Trisha, thank you for the call. I appreciate it.
RUSH: To Charlottesville, Virginia. This is Don. You're next. It's great to have you with us, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, truly an honor.
RUSH: Appreciate that, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Thank you for taking my call. Hey, I wanted to make a comment listening to Jill earlier and then your recent caller, Trish. I myself could say that I was partially on the ledge about Trump and his tweets, but I wanted to get more information about why he tweets so much.
So I actually binged a buffet of mainstream media. I actually watched mainstream media for about a week to listen and understand, is it really that bad in their hatred towards Trump. And I gotta tell you, Rush, after seven days, he could tweet for the rest of his life and I would be totally happy with it.
RUSH: Exactly right. Totally, exactly right. That is great. You took the time to actually find out what is responsible for this. Why is he doing it?
CALLER: Yeah, Rush. And also I would challenge any conservative on the fence or on the ledge, go listen to what the mainstream media is saying. Their lies, their anger and hatred. And here's another thing that doesn't get talked about enough. Their total disrespect for this president. Anything that they say any further cannot be believed.
RUSH: Well, amen. This has been my take on them even before Trump. But it is intensified. Now, I just want to explore something. Let's go back to before you took the time --
RUSH: -- to listen to the Drive-Bys. What was it about the tweeting that made you nervous or made you think he should tone it down?
CALLER: Well, he would tweet sometimes when inconsequential people would tweet. He would send a tweet back.
CALLER: And I'm fine with tweets that were coming from certain individuals in the mainstream media, but people that really, to me, were so inconsequential and had no meaning whatsoever when they were saying what they were saying outside of their hatred for him, I always wondered, “Why does he need to dig in the ground?”
And, Rush, let me also comment why I think he's doing this now. He's doing this because he doesn't have an outlet like the mainstream media, but I believe now that every time he's tweeting, he's tweeting for me and the American people. He's fighting back because he needs to make sure we understand the truth.
RUSH: So it was the punching down that you didn't get. You didn't understand why he would give small fry the acknowledgment of their existence or even a second of his time?
CALLER: Yeah, that's it. Yeah, absolutely. And it piled up, just like you said earlier, you had made a comment earlier that if you hear it enough times, the negativity, you start to wonder. And that's what happened --
RUSH: Hell, you start to believe it. Everybody. I mean, I run into people all the time who are as educated, informed, and sensitive to media bias and lies as I am. And they fall for it nevertheless. They'll send me a story. "You see this? How can Trump be doing this?" I’ll say, "Wait a minute. Do you not –" “Oh, yeah, oh, I'm sorry."
Look, even the wisest among us, even the most experienced, it's an amazing phenomenon. I've got a guy, an Apple fan. He knows that the tech media hates Apple, knows it. He knows they lie about Apple as much as they lie about Trump. So there was a story, anti-Apple, a couple of weeks ago and this guy said, “Can you believe Apple is doing this?”
I said, “Bobby, you know that this is not true. Why are you –" and he had to catch himself. “My God, you're right.” My point is it happens to everybody. If it happens to even us, who are deeply immersed as daily students, imagine how it impacts the casual attention-payers of Drive-By Media. It's something that has to be fought every day, people need to be reminded of it every day.
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