On Sunday, Rush Limbaugh described entrenched bureaucratic sabotage of President Donald Trump’s administration as being directed by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Joining Chris Wallace for an interview with Fox News Sunday, Limbaugh drew on Glenn Greenwald’s depiction of the “deep state” in describing obstruction of Trump’s agenda by federal courts, agencies, and the judiciary.
Partial transcript below:
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 that’s the notion that there’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 that’s right on and some folks will think it’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 -- what’s his name? Assange. I think he actually coined the term -- and I think it works.
I don’t think -- who is driving this business that the Russians hacked the election? It’s the Democrat Party. It’s Hillary. It’s Obama. It’s all those people who just can’t accept --
WALLACE: And you think they’re behind the leaks, too?
LIMBAUGH: Absolutely. Of course, they are. They’re trying -- look, if they can’t win at the ballot box -- you know they are down 1,200 seats since 2010. They’ve become a marginal party electorally. All they’ve got is their embeds in the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and they are pulling out all the stops. There’s no question.
Over the past week on his radio show, Limbaugh described the “deep state” as the “Obama shadow government.”
Partisan Democrats embedded within intelligence agencies, said Limbaugh, were leaking information to sympathetic news media outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times in order to damage the Trump administration.
Given that conversations between Michael Flynn and Russian officials - specifically Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak - were intercepted by intelligence agencies in the last weeks of the Obama administration, Limbaugh concluded that Obama was aware of and involved in a concerted effort to damage the incoming Trump administration with innuendo-laden leaks to sympathetic news media outlets.
The absence of any publication of incriminating statements made by Flynn to Russian officials, said Limbaugh on his Thursday radio show, was proof that no such statements were made. Left-wing and Democrat-aligned news media outlets would have published any such statements had they been made, he asserted.
Limbaugh also described Trump’s greater imperviousness to news media criticisms when compared with most other Republicans, casting Trump as defying conventional designs of GOP politicians:
"Trump has a wide berth here, Chris. The media did not make Donald Trump, and they can’t destroy him. But the media thinks, and I -- when I say media, let me define it, ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, L.A. Times, the cadre.
They have a formula. They have a blueprint for destroying Republican political officials they don’t like. It’s not going to work on Trump. He doesn’t fit that mold. They are trying to every day. It’s kind of comical to watch.
And this effort to stop him -- this is what people include, anti-American, anti-this -- it clearly is anti-Trump. And Trump has a connection with his voters that most politicians don’t have. I understand perhaps better than anybody in media. And that connection that he has is not anything that anybody else can break. Only he can break it."
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