The great Rush Limbaugh has been taking a lot of heat over the last few weeks and months for not stepping out to endorse a candidate for President. He’s said some nice things about most of the candidates, most often lavishing praise on Senators [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) and [score]Marco Rubio[/score] (R-FL), but also refusing to vociferously criticize Donald Trump. This has caused some consternation among the GOP faithful.
This tension boiled over on Tuesday when a listener called in to condemn Rush for mischaracterizing Marco Rubio’s position on illegal immigration. She felt as though Rush was not accurately portraying Rubio’s position on amnesty, after Rush opined that Rubio’s recent appearance on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, was another example of the problem with Rubio’s candidacy.
The sound bite that Rush is referring to start at 2:00 into the video:
Rubio: As far as the 12 million here that are, look, I don’t believe the American people support some sort of militaristic roundup of individuals, and I don’t think you could carry it out, the sort of tactics that would require would offend the American people. And the good news is we don’t have to do it that way. If you secure our border, if you secure our border, if you put in place mandatory E-Verify, if you put in place a mandatory entry-exit tracking system, if we prove to the American people that illegal immigration is finally under control, I think the American people will respond in a very rational, reasonable, but responsible way.
Rush responded to Rubio’s answer by telling his listeners that this is precisely why Donald Trump is winning the GOP race for the White House.
Rush Limbaugh: What he’s saying here is if we ever get to the point where we could secure the border and prove it and announce to the American people that no more illegals are getting across, certainly not en masse, that we’ve got it under control, he’s saying the American people I think will be very fair and understanding about the 12 million or whatever the number is that are here and would not want to deport them and would want to find a way to keep ’em here, keep ’em united with their families.
Now, over here, Trump: deport, deport, they gotta go, build a wall, no question about it. It’s the signature element of his campaign. Cruz has now joined that aspect of it by acknowledging that he would support deporting all 12 million. So this is clearly the establishment line here that Rubio has taken. And we’ll just have to wait and see how helpful or whatever else it ends up being.
A listener took issue with Rush’s characterization of Rubio – which is when he took her (and every other Rubio supporter listening) to school.
The back and forth begins at about 1:09:10 into the broadcast; listen as Rush proves that Rubio isn’t being honest about his position on amnesty.
This is not going to make the Rubio campaign happy.
You can read the full devastating transcript at Rush’s website.
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