On his number one radio show Friday, Rush Limbaugh discussed Donald Trump’s “Thank You” speech, in which the president-elect told the massive, raucous audience in Cincinnati Thursday that it was time to bring the country together around the one thing that truly unites us all: America. The speech has the Left “wetting the bed,” said Limbaugh, not just because Trump was able to so strongly connect with his audience but because it took aim at liberals’ most effective and destructive tactic: “division.”
Limbaugh began the segment by playing a moment which he described as “encapsulating” Trump’s entire speech:
TRUMP: For too long Washington has tried to put us in boxes. They separate us by race, by age, by income, by geography, by place of birth. We spend too much time focusing on what divides us. Now is the time to embrace the one thing that truly unites us. You know what that is? America! (Crowd cheers loudly.) America. It’s America. (More cheers.) Because when America is unified, nothing is beyond our reach. There is no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag, and that flag is the American flag. (Crowd chants “USA! USA!”) From now on, it’s going to be America first, okay? America first. We’re gonna put ourselves first.
This is the part of the speech that really has the Left scared out of their minds, suggested Limbaugh. Despite not being ideologically conservative, Trump’s honest observation of how the political and economic world operates has led him to a profound truth, the most sinister aspect of American liberalism: it seeks to divide people by race, class, gender, sexuality, and then make all those segmented groups into “victims”:
LIMBAUGH: Trump sees, yeah, “Washington is trying to…” Well, who’s actually been doing it? In my view, that’s what liberalism does. Liberalism divides and puts people into groups and makes victims out of as many people as it can. African-Americans Hispanics, gays, lesbians, transgenders. You name it, there’s a group. Liberalism does not see us as one people. They see us as a collection of aggrieved minority groups. The only group that they see that is considered a majority is white Christians, and they do not like them. So all of these other groups get added together to try to outnumber white Christians or white males or what have you.
The true purpose for this division and assigned victimhood, explained Limbaugh, is to create “dependency”—people stripped of agency and hope, who believe their only salvation is the big government:
LIMBAUGH: But the real objective of this is to make victims out of all these other people. When you make victims out of them, you immediately turn them to dependency. When you begin to become their champion in overcoming whatever it is that’s against them — and, by the way, what’s against them is America! In the land of the left America is the biggest obstacle, and they make victims — the left does, the Democrat Party makes victims — out of all these people. They immediately, therefore, turn them into dependent people dependent on the Democrats, dependent on government, and they also destroy, in my mind, an element of their humanity, because they tell ’em, “There’s so many obstacles in your way, you can’t possibly overcome them. You can’t become great. It’s not possible because of the bigoted and prejudiced way this country is structured.” They tell people this, and people believe it. People believe they have no hope, they have no chance unless government or the Democrats are out there punishing this phantom enemy.
Limbaugh contrasted the divisive and pessimistic view of the Left with the unifying optimism of conservatives:
LIMBAUGH: We see everybody as American, we see everybody as human, and we see everybody with potential and desire. There are different degrees of both, but we see people yearning to be free. We want as much freedom and liberty for people as possible. … The left in this country is not interested in unity. They profit from the division. They profit, politically, by being elected. They profit from victimization of people. The left cannot, in its heart, desire unity. Unity would kill them off. Unity would end the need for liberalism.
And this is ultimately why Trump’s “historically true” message of the power of a united America in accomplishing great things must be mocked and undermined and snuffed out by the Left. But as the biggest presidential upset in American history just demonstrated, the liberal media has lost much of its influence, and the Democratic party has lost its grip on a massive segment of the country.
Limbaugh ended the segment by praising Trump for his rare ability to “connect” with his audience, as well as his “humility,” most powerfully demonstrated when he asked his supporters to “help me make America great again.”
LIMBAUGH: He was asking people to stay as engaged as they were in the campaign as he’s inaugurated and becomes president. He told them he needed them. There’s no greater way to get people to respond to you than tell them they’re needed. By the way, you are, folks. You are going to be needed.
Read the full transcript at RushLimbaugh.com. Video of Trump’s “Thank You” speech below: