On his top-rated talk radio show on Friday, Rush Limbaugh argued that now that we've got more evidence in hand, it's clear that the liberal media's talk of the second coming of Richard Nixon and Watergate 2.0 apply far more accurately to actions taken by Barack Obama and his administration than Donald Trump.
"The Drive-By Media, the entire journalism community, since Watergate, has been attempting to make it happen again. I mean, it was a seminal moment. The media was able to get rid of a duly elected president, Richard Nixon," said Limbaugh.
"How did they do it? Well, they did it by forcing him to resign, and they did that by seeing to it that he was losing the support of the American people," he said. "How did they do that? They did it with never-ending innuendo over Watergate. And by the time it all crescendoed, nobody even really remembered what Watergate was. They just thought it was rotten and that Nixon was behind it and that Nixon tried to cheat the Democrats out of the election — and, for that, he had to go."
Ever since, said Limbaugh, the media has been trying to "relive the moment," and with Trump and the ever-elusive "collusion" and "obstruction," they think they're close to pulling off.
After summarizing Nixon's role in Watergate — which amounted to taking steps to cover up the actions of his re-election campaign members who broke into the Democratic National Committee to plant wiretaps, an initial scheme which Nixon reportedly had nothing to do with — Rush then compared the scandal to the actions taken by the Obama administration against then-candidate Trump.
"The Barack Obama administration not only tried to bug the Trump campaign, they succeeded. The Obama administration succeeded in planting an informant in the Trump campaign. This, we know. It’s been confirmed," said Limbaugh. "We don’t know who, but we know that it happened. We don’t know the timing yet. We don’t know at what stage of the campaign the informant was planted in the Trump campaign, but we know that it happened."
He continued: "We know that the Obama administration used a political opposition research document, the Steele dossier, and they tried to make it appear as though it was legitimate and real intelligence. And it was all fake. It was made up. None of it corroborated. None of it verified. This, too, was ordered by people in the Obama administration."
In other words, said Limbaugh, if you want to bring up Nixon, the analogy is far more relevant to Obama than Trump.
"So if you want to draw a Watergate parallel, you have to draw the parallel not to Trump. Trump hasn’t bugged anybody. Trump has not planted listening devices," said Rush. "Trump does not have informants. He did not have informants in the Hillary campaign. That was all Obama! Nixon’s Plumbers, they left a bug inside the headquarters; it didn’t work. Obama put an actual human being in Trump’s campaign! Nixon knew nothing about the Plumbers. But what did Obama know about the mole in the Trump campaign and when did he know it?
"So if you really want to draw the Watergate analogy, it points right to Barack Obama," he concluded. "Note: None of that is being investigated. Not a single shred of it. Not a morsel of that is being investigated. In fact, I believe that this entire investigation of Trump is actually a cover-up of what the Obama intelligence community — Department of Justice, FBI — did to try to nail Trump during the campaign and to corrupt his transition period after he won the election to destroy or paralyze his presidency."
Partial transcript via RushLimbaugh.com