Donald Trump's poll numbers are continuing to climb "because the people of this country are understandably fed up" with Republican leaders who don't stand up for conservative principles, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday.
"They have turned to mush," Limbaugh said on his program
. "I refuse to believe that they have undergone ideological transplants and have all become liberals or moderates, because none of it makes any sense. So that has created a giant void, and who is filling it but Trump?"
Americans are angry, said Limbaugh, with everything that is happening in Washington.
"There's no opposition to the gay marriage agenda, and we have to listen to a Supreme Court justice tell us that if we oppose it, we're bigots or whatever," he commented, and on immigration, there also is no opposition.
"The Iran deal, does anybody think this is actually good for the United States?" he said. "Yet there's no opposition to it, no serious opposition."
There's not even any more real opposition on Obamacare, he continued, and there's not even "fake opposition" to President Barack Obama.
"I refuse to believe as I say that these guys have become moderates or liberals overnight in our party," Limbaugh said, "So there's something else going on to explain this."
He also doesn't believe it's entirely because the Republican Party wants to finally get rid of its base, although he doesn't think it's that simple.
And then comes Trump, who "they can't blackmail...and they can't buy him, because if they could, they would be."
Limbaugh went on to read, word-for-word, a lengthy article written by Angelo Codevilla
, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University about Trump and his attraction for Americans.
"Most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world," Codevilla writes. "Trump's attraction lies less in his words' grace or even precision than in the extent to which Americans are searching for someone, anyone, to lead against this ruling class, that is making America less prosperous, less free, and more dangerous."
"The ruling class knows they are in the minority, sitting atop an explosion waiting to happen," Limbaugh said. "The apparent ruling class doesn't know what to do with Trump. They're waiting for him to implode."
He also praised Trump for his attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, saying that "he's doing something no other Republicans is doing. He's getting on her case; Trump is hitting her on it."
Meanwhile, Limbaugh continued that Trump's rise focused his thinking on how Republican leaders have changed, and he thinks that "obviously the Republicans have been gotten to."
"Do you really think [John] Boehner and [Mitch] McConnell have become liberals?" Limbaugh asked. "Not to this extent, no."
And, he pointed out that there have not even been any statements of outrage from Washington leaders about two videotapes that have been released allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue.
"There are 24 million people ready to sit and vote against every Democrat, if they're given reason to believe their vote is going to matter," said Limbaugh. "If you look at this within a prism of issues, it makes no sense. But if you look at it in other ways...follow the money, blackmail...but it doesn't make any common sense."
He continued that he believes that there is a "unified powerful group" of people in Washington that is made up of both parties, but that it will not be able to get to Trump.
"He doesn't need their money," said Limbaugh. "He is perfectly content to know when he's in a room, he's the most powerful guy in it."
Meanwhile, Trump is refusing to back down on statements that have been reviled by "conventional wisdom," including controversial words he said about Arizona Sen. John McCain — and another GOP candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is following his example.
Pundits and even the president are criticizing Huckabee for telling conservative website Breitbart News this weekend
that Obama is "so naive, he would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven."
"Well, the predictable outrage lit up television all weekend and into this morning," said Limbaugh. But the media is realizing now that Huckabee will follow the "Trump script," and even admitting that Huckabee won't apologize "because he's going to double down and follow what Trump did."
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