On his massively influential talk radio show on Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh pointed out something that a look at a map of the 2016 election results seems to confirm: “The Democrat Party is not a national party anymore.”
Limbaugh’s comments came as a response to a similar statement by Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat who is challenging radical left congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for her job as House minority leader. Limbaugh pointed to the 2016 election as a massive revelation to the American people — particularly the liberal political and media establishment — that despite President Obama’s continued personal popularity, the Democratic Party has done nothing but shrink since his election. Now, as the county-by-county map above shows, the Democrat Party is largely confined to the coasts, the literal fringes of the country.
“Prior to this election everybody thought the Democrat Party was the majority party and it was on its way to transforming America…”
“Folks, we do have two Americas right now, and this Tim Ryan guy that wants Pelosi’s job is right: The Democrat Party is not a national party anymore,” said Limbaugh. “Now, stop and think about that for a minute, because he’s right about it. But it took an election to reveal this. Prior to this election everybody thought the Democrat Party was the majority party and it was on its way to transforming America and that a very small and declining-in-size minority of Americans were opposed to this transformation. There were many of you who were thinking, ‘My God, we are so outnumbered, it’s over! We’ve lost the country. Rush, it’s time for you to tell us it’s time to panic.’ And it turns out that that whole picture was an illusion. It wasn’t true, and it wasn’t even close to being true — and one election exposed this illusion, which had been presented to us by the Democrat Party.”
The main “culprit” behind this nationwide hoodwinking of the American people, said the conservative radio host, is the media, which is constantly abusing its ability to influence public opinion.
“The media with the ability to shape public opinion just with the telling of stories — not even reporting the news, just sharing of anecdotal things — is able to portray and paint a picture of America that just isn’t the case,” he said. “One election shows the Democrat Party’s not even a national party.”
Limbaugh underscored his point by highlighting the last three elections (really four, Republicans winning in a landslide in 2010), which saw consistent, and often seismic, gains for Republicans.
“Over the vast majority of acreage, the vast margin of land in this country, they have no presence.”
“Three elections have shown that the Democrats have lost 1200 seats,” said Limbaugh. “They only have five states now — four, actually — where they have the governorship and the state legislature. They are basically a party of the coasts. They have New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle — the coastal regions — and that’s it. Over the vast majority of acreage, the vast margin of land in this country, they have no presence. If you look at county by county, if you look at state by state, district by district, no matter how you look, they are just invisible, other than on the coasts.”
Despite the Left’s continued attempts to control the culture, including having “totally uprooted America’s pop culture” and “taken over education” (resulting in a “special kind of stupid” dominating Democrats), the heart of the country — the part of the country that “makes America great” — remains deep red.
If you’re wondering how the map could be so red yet the popular vote be so close, the University of Michigan’s Mark Newman, who created the map above, provided a few other versions, including this rather trippy-looking cartogram, which presents the states sized according to population to give a more accurate picture of the total numbers of people by county supporting the two parties:
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com.