RUSH: CNN had the funniest thing today. Carol Costello (formerly assigned to stalk me and report on me at CNN), now she’s an infobabe, anchorette, and they had Trump’s former butler on as a guest.
You could just tell that they thought this butler guy was gonna come on and just cream Trump. Why else have the guy on for CNN? I’m sure they thought this butler was gonna dish dirt on Trump, somehow, some way. But he didn’t. He did just the exact opposite, and Carol Costello was asking questions, and this guy would answer with one- or two-word answers, and she didn’t know what to do. She’d pause for three or four seconds, then ask the next question. Here, I may as well let you hear what this is about; then after that we’ll dig into the deep Democrat aspect of things. And there’s one salient thing.
The Huffing and Puffington Post, had a story last week that kind of slithered by everybody. It’s related to the low Democrat turnout in these primaries. And, to me, it’s blockbuster in what it portends. So hang on for that. Carol Costello interviewing Donald Trump’s former butler. You think Mitt Romney ever had a butler? He never talks about the it, if he did. You think he did? Why do you think that Romney had a butler? Well, but — you’re just — just because he’s got a bunch of properties and a bunch of cars and a bunch of houses and big garages for the cars and so you think — Well, butler, that’s a major-domo that does that stuff. Butler has specific duties. The thing here, Trump is not ashamed to have his former butler out there. Trump not bothered at all by the fact that people gonna learn he had a butler. I mean, the only people that have butlers are rich Wall Street aristocrats, and we’re supposed to hate them. But here’s Trump — No. And here’s Trump’s former butler, my name is Tony Senecal. Some people might pronounce it Senecal, but the correct pronunciation as indicated here is Senecal.
Carol Costello. And here’s how it opened.
COSTELLO: Are you gonna watch tonight’s big debate?
SENECAL: Of course.
COSTELLO: (long pause) And when you watch Mr. Trump at these debates, is he the man you know personally, or is he someone else?
SENECAL: No. He’s the man that I know. For 20-some years we carried on that same debate.
RUSH: Another pause here.
COSTELLO: What same debate?
SENECAL: The debate that he’s having now, his interest in the American people, his patriotism. The man was born on Flag Day. He’s a very patriotic person, and he wants what’s best for this country.
RUSH: You should have seen this. It was clear to me that somebody thought that this guy was gonna be dishing dirt. And whenever an anchor has to pause for four seconds formulating the next question, it means they’re shocked or stunned by what they got in the answer. They weren’t expecting it, and they don’t know where to go next. “Are you gonna watch tonight’s big debate?” “Of course.” Long pause. What was she expecting? “Hell, no! I hate the guy! I’m not gonna watch the debate. He’s a phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ roller.”
So the next bite, she says, “A lot of voters are puzzled when Mr. Trump does things like he did at the news conference when he brought out the Trump water and the Trump steak. Why do that?” This is classic of how the Drive-Bys do it. “A lot of voters are puzzled…” Nobody’s “puzzled.” They either laughing about it, applauding it, or think it was cheap. But nobody’s puzzled about why Trump did it. Nobody’s puzzled about Trump at all. There isn’t any puzzlement about Trump. There is either massive support or endless despising. But nobody’s puzzled.
“A lot of voters are puzzled when Mr. Trump does things like he did at the news conference when he brought out the Trump water and Trump steak. Why did he do that?”
SENECAL: Because he was challenged on that, that it wasn’t true, that he didn’t have the water, that he didn’t have the magazine, that he didn’t have a steak. It’s all bull.
COSTELLO: You mean it’s all bull when people say he’s not the great businessman he passes himself off to be?
RUSH: Wrong answer. Another pause.
COSTELLO: Even the allegations against Trump University, you think, aren’t true?
SENECAL: That’s in court. Let the court decide that.
RUSH: Another pause.
COSTELLO: But it is fair to bring it up, right, because shouldn’t voters know that it’s in court and why it’s in court?
SENECAL: Sure. That’s fine. I have no problem with that.
RUSH: See? Right there. Right there, it tells you what she thought she was getting. She’s cursing the producers under her breath right now. This is not happening the way it was supposed to happen. So let’s review here. “You mean it’s all bull when people say he’s not the great businessman he passes himself off to be?” She’s hoping for something totally different. She wants the guy to say, “No, the guy’s phony, it’s all bull, there aren’t any steaks. There isn’t any water! Everybody knows that! Trump is laughing at everybody.”
That’s what she wants.
She wants something like that. She doesn’t get it, so she pauses for four seconds. (paraphrased) “You mean it’s all bull when people say he’s not the great businessman…?” “Absolutely!” “Oh, that’s pretty definite. What do I do next?” she says. “You mean even the allegations against Trump University you think aren’t true?” “Yeah, let the court decide that,” and then the proof: “But it is fair to bring it up, right? I mean, because shouldn’t voters know that it’s in court and fair to bring it up.”
So she doing everything she can to steer this guy into criticizing his former employer, and he won’t do it, and she can’t figure out how to get it done. So she next says, “Well, it’ll probably be brought up at tonight’s debate because there is Florida and there’s Ohio coming up, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and John Kasich have to make their mark.” So she wants this Trump University thing to come through. She wants this guy to dump all over Trump for Trump University. Here his reply…
SENECAL: Yeah, but I think Rubio’s gonna back off a little bit. He’s been… He’s been just absolutely obnoxious. First of all, he has not represented this state. I mean, as far as I’m concerned, he is taking America money under false pretenses. I wouldn’t vote for him in this state for anything.
RUSH: Another pause.
COSTELLO: Donald Trump says he’s going to take a “softer tone” in tonight’s debate. Do you believe him?
RUSH: Another pause.
COSTELLO: What’s a “softer tone” when you say that about Donald Trump?
SENECAL: He probably won’t pick on Rubio as badly as he has. He may not even call him “Little Rubio” anymore, “Little Marco.”
RUSH: And finally, “Can you tell my viewers something about Donald Trump that they don’t realize,” like he kills cats, like he picks the wings off of flies? Is there anything like that you can tell us? (She didn’t say that but you know that that’s what they’re looking for.)
SENECAL: Yeah. I tell you, first of all, he’s an incredibly generous person. He’s been generous to his employees. He’s generous to strangers.; He’s an entirely nice guy. He’s not the great, gruff person that people play him out to be. Sure, you attack him, he’s gonna fight back. But most of the time, he’s just a nice man. I mean, I lasted with him for 20 years. He had to be pretty good.
COSTELLO: (cackling) I have to leave it there, Tony Senecal. Thank you very much for joining me this morning.
RUSH: (fake laughter) “Who gave me this guy?” she’s asking.
RUSH: Sounds like Donald Trump is one of the first guys to be a hero to his valet. You’ve heard that old saying, old philosophy. “No man is a hero to his valet,” ’cause the valet knows all the shortcomings. The valet knows what goings-on behind the scenes, what a phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ roller the powerful patriarch is or whatever. But this guy sounds like he lot of respect for Trump. (interruption) What?
I’ve known one person, one family member that had a butler, one person that had a butler. He was a British guy, and whenever I was at this place, I could have sworn the butler behaved like it was his house and the family worked for him. It was the most amazing thing. I mean, this butler might have been a major-domo, I don’t know. But this butler clearly thought he ran everything, was just short of owning it, and it was a fascinating dynamic to watch.
RUSH: No, I think this is the way it goes. Butler, valet (val-it to some), footman, second footman, hall porter, second hall porter, ladies maid. If you’re gonna go the whole aristocratic thing, I mean, I think that’s the (what would you call it?) the tree, the organ… (interruption) Yeah, the flowchart, right, for the household staff. But the butler, some people call the butler the major-domo. The major-domo would be in charge of virtually everything including the butler, but some people combine butler with major-domo.
Well, nobody does it anymore, but in the old days of aristocracy. Phil Donahue had all that stuff. He had major-domo and this stuff. His major-domo went public now and then on a couple things back when I first moved to New York. I didn’t even know what a major-domo was until I read that Phil Donahue’s was doing stuff. So I said, “What is this?” And I started looking into it.