Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh schooled Fox News host Chris Wallace, saying President Trump has the right to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Limbaugh also blasted high-level Obama holdovers of the “Deep State” for trying to stage a coup against a duly elected president.
“These people are unelected. They took it upon themselves to overthrow the election results in 2016, ignoring the potential real collusion and conspiracy between Democrats and Russians to undermine the Trump candidacy and the Trump presidency.
The Mueller investigation is a cover-up of all of that. It’s to distract everybody’s attention. We are losing sight of what happened here.”
‘This Is a Silent Coup’
Limbaugh said people like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI director James Comey should be prosecuted for trying to subvert the will of American voters by trying to overthrow President Trump.
People unelected — simply because they don’t like a guy’s hairstyle or like where he came from — decide the American people’s decision was invalid, and began a systematic process to get him thrown out of office. This is a silent coup.
These guys, if you ask me, ought to be the ones in jail. They ought to be the ones under investigation.
What they have done, working with agents in the Obama intelligence agencies, is simply unprecedented. This is one of the greatest political hoaxes that has ever been perpetrated on the people of this country, certainly in a couple of generations.”
Limbaugh: The Border Crisis ‘Is an Invasion’
Chris Wallace ― a registered Democrat and frequent Trump critic ― accused Limbaugh of being hypocritical by supporting the president’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Wallace said:
“So I know that you are a constitutional conservative and originalist. Do you really have no problem with President Trump declaring a national emergency and taking money that Congress refused to give him?”
Limbaugh retorted that there is a national emergency at the US-Mexico border that warrants an emergency declaration, and a wall.
“We have an emergency. This is an invasion. The very existence and definition of American culture, American society, the rule of law.
Why does nobody talk about the fact that millions and millions and millions of people are breaking the law coming here illegally and that the Democratic Party wants that to happen? We can’t have the breakdown of rule of law, and law and order this way. That alone would suggest that this has gone on way too long and we need to stop it.”
Can anybody deny that [illegal drugs are] coming in and it needs to be stopped and that it’s destroying future generations of the country? It is undeniable that we have a major immigration problem, and a political party that needs a permanent underclass of voters that wants illegal people who are uneducated, don’t even speak the language. They want them here.”
Limbaugh: Obama Abused Power
Wallace followed up by saying Limbaugh was furious when Barack Obama issued his many executive orders, but he doesn’t seem so upset now that President Trump is doing something similar.
“When President Obama took executive actions, you were outraged,” Wallace said.
Limbaugh also pointed out that Obama issued many more wide-ranging executive orders than President Trump has.
“You may look at it that way. I don’t. I look at it as right and wrong. What Obama was doing was furthering this existing problem. He was politicizing this using whatever executive powers he wanted to use.
Yes, I objected to that, but primarily because of what he was doing with these executive powers. He was taking action that I deemed to be harmful to the country. I look at what Trump is doing as something he has to do because he’s not getting any cooperation from both parties.”
Rush: Media Constantly Tries to Undermine Trump
Rush Limbaugh dismissed Chris Wallace’s suggestion that Limbaugh is a “puppet master” that’s influencing policy behind the scenes.
Limbaugh says the media focus on him is yet another liberal trope to undermine President Trump.
“I don’t make policy. If these people in the media really thought that I was telling Trump what to do and when, they’d be calling me, they’d be asking me about it. I haven’t had one call.
It’s just another effort to continue to try to diminish the president.”
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