Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the Golden EIB Mic Wednesday to offer President Trump some encouragement: Hang tough on the wall and public opinion will eventually swing your way.
"I'm just gonna tell you point-blank: Donald Trump can win this if he hangs on," said Limbaugh. "It’s gonna be a few more weeks. It’s gonna be risky. But I actually, folks, really believe that if he hangs on and continues down this road, at some point there’s gonna be a shift in public opinion and the vast majority of the American people are gonna end up with him on this — if he hangs in there."
"He’s got a good start," Limbaugh added. "There’s all kinds of really good, long overdue things happening that we’ve wanted to happen. Like 95% of the EPA furloughed? A lot of nonessential government workers on furlough? This is exactly what we’ve wanted: The deemphasis of government, the shrinking of government, the illustration of the (pfft!) redundancy in the number of people and policies and so forth. The idea that people can function, that their lives can go on even in the midst of a partial government shutdown. If he can just hang on a few more weeks."
After playing a clip from the media sounding the alarm over the partial government shutdown, which is now the longest in history, Limbaugh returned to his theme: Trump was elected to interrupt the government's status quo — and that's exactly what he's doing.
"Trump was elected to interrupt," he said. "We have major disruption of all kinds of things that have not been good for the people of this country. It’s a really great start. It’s gonna be hard because this is the kind of stuff that’s gonna be in the media over and over and over and over again: People dying, people having to choose between insulin and their mortgage, people running out of food, people running out of gas. The horror stories are gonna intensify, they’re never gonna end, and largely most of them are gonna be exaggerated or made up."
Limbaugh then addressed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call for Trump to cancel the State of the Union address in the name of saving money on security. Pelosi has just handed Trump "one of the greatest opportunities that she has presented," said Rush.
"Trump should just find an alternative place if she’s not gonna host it, if the House is not gonna invite him and welcome him in," he suggested. "He can go do it anywhere he wants, and he can call it whatever he wants. But he can give the State of the Union, and he can do it with a friendly crowd rather than a bunch of freshman Democrats protesting and mooning him probably and hanging up a bunch of protest signs in the House chamber, shouting at him. Who needs any of that?"
In a follow-up conversation with a caller, Limbaugh noted the polling data from Pew showing Trump "losing his shirt" over the shutdown. But the actions of the Democrats, said Rush, suggest otherwise.
"I don’t believe that for a minute because the Democrats are not acting like they’re winning this, and Chuck Schumer’s little speech about me on the Senate floor today is evidence. Chuck Schumer knows people voted for a wall. He knows the majority of people want a wall, and he let that slip," he said.
As evidence for his premise, Limbaugh pointed to a piece by the Washington Examiner, reading: "Support for President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is at an all-time high weeks into a partial government shutdown. According to the results of an ABC News and Washington Post poll released Sunday morning, 42 percent of Americans support a wall."
That 42%, he pointed out, is up from 34% a few months ago. "The previous high in this poll of Americans supporting the wall was 37% in 2017. Now it’s at 42%," he said. "And any of these people in politics will tell you that more than the final result of any poll will be the trend."