RUSH: Now, let’s go to the audio sound bites. Let’s return. Gonna pick up here with David Axelrod. We’re at audio sound bite No. 6. This is this morning on CNN. Trump had a magical appearance last night in Elkhart, Indiana. It was Trump to perfection. It was Donald Trump as he is, Donald Trump who he is. Donald Trump had an overflowing place with people eating out of the palm of his hand.
He was talking about American greatness. He was talking about how great the people in the hall are, how important they are to the country. He continued to explain his agenda that is all about loving America and making it great. So here’s Axelrod now on with Alisyn Camerota at CNN, and she asks him, “What is it like for you?” I mean, you have to sit here and you have to watch Trump dismantle the Obama legacy. “What is it like for you,” Mr. Axelrod, to have to watch this happen?
AXELROD: I’m wondering how many of those things could the president of the United States sit here and talk to you for more than three minutes about in detail? I suspect he doesn’t know. The barometer that he uses is not, “Is this in the national interest?” It’s, uh, “Did Obama support it? Did he sponsor it?” He’s about the business of trying to arouse his base. It’s not about the policy! We’ve never seen anything like this before, where one president spends all his time trying to malign a — a — a former president. I think he resents the fact that Obama left as — as — a respected president with high approval ratings, that the elites, uhh, liked Obama, and, uhhh, so he — he really wants to tear down the Obama legacy.
RUSH: Well, I’ll tell you, he is tearing it down, and it’s driving these people nuts. So I guess they’re telling themselves that Trump is this rotten, dastardly guy who’s simply tearing down Obama’s legacy because he’s jealous of Obama, that Obama was liked by these egghead, phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time elitists, and Trump isn’t. So since Trump is jealous, he’s gonna get even with Obama! He’s gonna tear every Obama legacy item apart.
The truth of the matter is, Obama’s legacy was built on balsa wood. Trump could not get rid of Obama’s legacy if it was real. If Obama’s legacy really were attached to public opinion — meaning if the American people really, really liked what Obama had done — Trump would not be able to tear this apart. Trump would not have been able to get elected. Trump is only doing what he said he was gonna do on the campaign trail. He’s only fulfilling promises.
Now, they can gripe at the motivation all they want. I think they tell themselves, “This guy is an idiot! He couldn’t talk for three minutes on the Iran deal. He couldn’t talk for three minutes on the North Korean nukes. He’s such an idiot, he doesn’t even know what he’s doing. He’s motivated solely by taking Obama’s legacy apart.” I think these people are fumingly jealous. They cannot believe that somebody outside has come in and so effectively dismantled whatever it was The Great Obama did.
The only reason Trump is able to dismantle it, as I said yesterday, is because it really isn’t rooted — Obama’s legacy is not rooted — in America. About the only thing that is is Obamacare. Obamacare was passed via legislation, so Trump can’t just come in and eliminate it with executive actions or executive orders. But aside from Obamacare, pretty much everything Obama did was via executive action or executive order.
He didn’t do it with consensus, with Congress. There was no legislation. There were no roots. Meaning, the Obama legacy did not have enough popularity to actually become law and therefore have roots and be representative of public opinion. If Obama’s legacy was so popular, then Hillary Clinton would have won. Trump wouldn’t have gotten to first base. Trump wouldn’t have had anywhere near the success he did if Obama’s legacy were that popular.
I think these people just can’t come to grips with the fact that everybody else rejected Obama. The elites loved Obama for all these silly reasons like the sharp crease in his slacks or because he had mastered intellectual speaking mannerisms and so forth. And they’re just beside themselves that somebody they view as an abject idiot can come in and undo it. When the truth of the matter is, Donald Trump is proving that he can do what all these elites can do.
They can’t do what he has done in his life.
David Axelrod couldn’t any more get anywhere near what Donald Trump has done in his life than John Brennan could, than Hillary Clinton could, than Bill Clinton could, that Barack Obama could. But Trump has come in and shown he can do everything they do and do it smarter. He can come in; he can outsmart them. He can beat them on their field at what they do. That’s gotta burn ’em! It’s gotta smoke ’em! It’s got a infuriate ’em! It’s gotta intimidate ’em.
They couldn’t play on Donald Trump’s field if they wanted to. But he has shown he can come in and beat them every day. The only thing they’ve got to try to stop Trump is a phony investigation that hasn’t found anything reporting to explain Trump in terms of illegality. Let’s go Trump. Let’s listen to a little bit of Trump in Elkhart, Indiana, last night. This is… How many bites do we have here? I think we’ve got… We have three, and here’s the first.
THE PRESIDENT: Obama, President Obama —
THE PRESIDENT: — paid $1.8 billion for hostages!
THE PRESIDENT: Kim Jong-un… Kim Jong-un did a great service to himself, to his country by doing this. But those hostages came out with respect. We didn’t pay for them! —
THE PRESIDENT: — We’re going to set the table. We’re gonna make a great deal for the world, for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China! —
SUPPORTERS: (wild cheering)
RUSH: This crowd is going nuts!
CROWD: (wild cheering)
RUSH: Now, let me explain something here. Let’s go back to Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright. Then we have George W. Bush and whoever his national security people were and secretaries of state. And then we had Barack Hussein O and all the brilliant people here. And not a one of them was able to alter behavior of Kim Jong-un an iota. In fact, it could be argued that under H. W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush and Obama, Kim Jong-un and his dad, Kim Jong-il, and has dad Kim Jong before that, were able to get stronger.
In fact it was the Clinton administration that tried to buy them off. “Hey, we’ll give you some equipment here to help you build up your nuclear grid. Just don’t turn it into weapons.” Kim Jong-il said, “Sure! Fine! You want to give us nukes? We’ll promise you we won’t do nukes.” Madeleine Albright said, “Fine.” They made the deal; he starts developing nukes and missiles. The Clinton administration enabled him.
Previous administrations did the same or were unable to deter Kim Jong-un’s practices, North Korea’s practices at all. Here comes Donald Trump, is not even a year and a half into his presidency, and some things that have never been accomplished with North Korea have already been accomplished. And the road, it looks like, is gonna continue to improve! And here’s David Axelrod talking about how Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing and how Trump couldn’t hold a conversation for three minutes on any of these things.
“He’s just trying to dismantle what Obama did!” I’m telling you, these people are seething, folks. They just can’t stand this! And remember, there’s not a one of them that could even get in the field on Donald Trump’s league. He is on the field in their league and beating them. It’s not supposed to happen, and it makes perfect sense that they’re infuriated, angry, discombobulated, and unhinged.
RUSH: Let’s head back to the phones, Open Line Friday. We actually have somebody from Elkhart, Indiana, here. Kevin, glad you called, sir. How you doing?
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Fine and dandy. Thank you.
CALLER: Yeah. I attended the rally last night with my 16-year-old daughter, and it was phenomenal. Trump, he knows how to work a crowd, I tell you what.
RUSH: How many people were in there last night?
CALLER: Well, I’ll say 7,000 to 7500, depending on what the fire marshal allowed to be in, but around 7,000.
RUSH: Okay. That was the capacity of the place. So it was filled?
RUSH: Yeah, okay.