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RUSH: Obviously, the violence that happened on Friday that resulted in Trump canceling an appearance in Chicago… Folks, let me ask you a question about that real quickly. We’re in the primary season. Why are these anarchists and Democrats and leftists protesting Trump now? And make no mistake, this is all on the Democrats. I think it’s unfortunate there are people trying to blame Trump for this. This has never, traditionally never been a Republican problem.

Republican protests don’t happen, to your chagrin. How many of you have called me over the years wishing you would see some? You’re tired of the Democrats getting away with the protest march. You’re tired of the Democrats exclusively being able to shut down events. And make no mistake, this was Black Lives Matter. This was MoveOn.org. This was a rent-a-mob. This mob had been bought and paid for. They were there for the express purpose to shut down the Trump appearance, and they were celebrating after they succeeded in doing so.

The event had not even started.

There wasn’t a Trump supporter that did a thing to any of these people.

They showed up. This is all bought and paid for by the Democrat Party and its donors: George Soros, MoveOn.org. It goes on. The list is long. It’s the same bunch of people that were in Ferguson, Missouri, the same bunch of people that were in Baltimore, the same bunch of people that have been in Berkeley, the same bunch of people that rioted for Rodney King and the OJ trial. It’s the same crowd. Different names of the organizations, same people. It’s all leftists. It is all intolerant leftists. And, in fact, grab audio sound bite number four. Saturday at the Democrat National Committee fundraising event in Dallas, President Obama…

OBAMA: And what’s been happening in our politics lately, it’s not an accident. For years we’ve been told we should be angry about America and that the economy’s a disaster and that we’re weak and that compromise is weakness, and that you can ignore science and you can ignore facts and say whatever you want about the president and feed suspicion about immigrants and Muslims and poor people and people who aren’t like us.

RUSH: Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not gonna work here, making it look like you’re an innocent bystander here while all this raucous protesting is going on, brought about by the unfair treatment of you. Let’s go back September 17, 2008, in Elko, Nevada, during a campaign event, Senator Barack Obama running for president…

OBAMA: I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to ’em whether they’re independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with ’em and get in their face.

RUSH: “Get in their face.” And Obama’s protesters have been in our face since he encouraged it back in 2008. But who was it in 1968? It was a bunch of leftists and anti-war protesters then who were protesting the Democrat National Convention, in Chicago, of all places. The left owns this. Do you remember Obama? Here’s a Politico story from June 14th of 2008. “Senator Obama…” It’s a Politico story, and Obama was in Philadelphia, and he said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun, because from what I understand, folks in Philadelphia like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.” And I couldn’t believe it that McCain and the Republican national committee actually pounced on that line and used it to illustrate what Obama was doing.

So this idea that Trump’s responsible for this?

It just isn’t the case, folks.

Do not lose sight of who does this.


RUSH: So it’s Obama. “Get in their face. They bring a knife, you bring a gun. Get in their face. I want you to argue with them.” Look, folks, Donald Trump supporters are not leaving Trump events and going to Hillary events or going to Bernie Sanders events and beating people upside the head. Trump supporters are minding their own business.

Now, look. Don’t misunderstand me on this, but I’m telling you this is crucial. This is why I have been so hell-bent over the years that people understand the left, that people get an ideological education and they understand what we’re dealing with here, because disruptive, intolerant, violent public protest is wholly owned by the Democrat Party. It’s an entire subsidiary of the American left and the Democrat. They own it; it’s part of their operational blueprint. They are there to shut people down. They are there to deny people their presence on the field.

We talk about a level playing field. They don’t want a level playing field. They don’t want an opponent on the field. Their objective is to shut down. It’s happening on college campus. It’s happening everywhere in America. They’re intolerant. They do not want to hear anything they disagree with. There is no First Amendment. There is no open exchange of ideas. There’s nothing but authoritarian shut-them-downism. And it’s not the Trump people that are doing it.

“But, Rush, but Rush, I saw that Trump guy hit the guy at the Trump rally.” Yeah, who started it? Who shows up with the express purpose of disrupting the event? Bernie Sanders supporters. Bernie Sanders supporters, whether they’re from the Bernie campaign or not, Hillary supporters, Democrats are infiltrating, trying to get in there.

This clown that nearly got to the stage at the event in Dayton on Saturday, I did a little investigation to find out who this clown is, this 22-year-old guy named Tommy DiMassimo. He is a leftist through and through. John Hinderaker at Power Line did a great bit of investigation into this guy, as have a number of others.

Now, if you read about this guy on the left, he’s written about with great praise and courage, but the fact of the matter is he is a committed leftist from a deeply liberal Democrat, radical leftist family in Georgia. He went there to shut Trump up. And the idea that Trump is encouraging this? Some people want to say that when protesters show up at Trump’s event that Trump’s encouraging his supporters to be violent against them. Remember what’s happening here. Look, I have no defense — it’s not the point here. This wouldn’t be happening if these people were not infiltrating and getting into Trump events. It’s these people who are starting the misbehavior.

And I’m gonna tell you something else. You may not like hearing it, but there are all kinds of reasons why Trump is getting the support he’s getting, and this is one of them. I’m here to tell you that a bunch of Republican voters — and I don’t care whatever else they are; they’re evangelicals, they’re men, they’re women, they’re old, young, whatever, there’s a huge number of Republicans for my entire life who have been slowly simmering that there’s never any push-back on this kind of stuff. That there is never any opposition to the left and its radicals destroying events, shutting events down, committing violence, blowing up buildings or what have you.

Donald Trump is the first Republican candidate in my lifetime who, in the middle of the one of these things, openly says, “Get them outta here” instead of trying to engage them fairly and have a discussion with them or talk about how wonderful the First Amendment is or the right to dissent. It’s a one-way street here. The left has, just like everything else they do, they have gotten away with being able to shut down, to destroy and then with their allies in the press, mischaracterize what goes on at these Republican events, for years, not just this campaign, but for years.

Code Pink, I don’t care who we’re talking about here. Cindy Sheehan, the Iraq war, the number of people that are getting into Senate hearings? How’d they get in there? Had to be getting invitations from Democrat senators to get into those things. Some people that don’t support Trump are happy to see the way he deals with this at his rallies. “Get them out of here. Get ’em outta here.” People are there to hear Trump. They’re not there to hear a debate. They’re not there to see Trump engage these people. And that’s not what these people want. These people are trying to shut down not just Trump, but any other Republican that they become frightened of.

Take you back to my question. Why in the world are they protesting Trump now? We’re still in the primaries. Why now? I’m leaving that open. There may be some obvious answers. But here’s what happened in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday. Trump was speaking in an airplane hangar there at the Dayton airport. And all of a sudden you’re watching it and you see Trump give a startled look, his mouth flies open, he looks behind him and looks down, but you don’t see that ’til you review it. Really what you see is these four or five Secret Service agents storming the stage, Trump looking behind him and, “What happened? What happened? What happened?”

Then it replays either in slow-mo or whatever and you see, if you get the right angle, you see the guy jumping the fence and making his move on the stage. And what he says he wanted to do was just stop Trump and get up there and call Trump a racist. He wanted to take Trump’s microphone away from him and call Trump a racist. But he wanted to shut down the event. Who is the guy? Tommy DiMassimo.

Now, Trump originally suggested the guy could be an ISIS sympathizer but the reason he thought that was because there was some hoax thing on Twitter or Facebook, I forget which one, that had this guy portrayed as an ISIS member, but it was somebody that hoaxed it. It was not genuine. But the guy was photographed standing on top of and stomping on an American flag. He is a fourth year acting major at Wright University. A four-year acting major. So he’s just biding his time. He’s just in school ’cause it’s someplace to be. His age is reported as anywhere from 22 to 32. He’s from Georgia. His father’s a schoolteacher. His mother is a deeply involved, committed radical leftist in their town in Georgia. They come from Cobb County.

On his Facebook page Tommy DiMassimo proclaims his hate for America. Makes no bones about it. He’s a Bernie Sanders supporter. The media will no doubt treat this as irrelevant. The media, in fact, in many places is praising this guy as a young example of dissent, this is the kind of greatness, this is the kind of thing we had when we formed and founded our country. This is this kind of trace backs to history that leads to our greatness, so forth. This is nothing of the sort. This guy’s a rabble-rousing, America hating, classical America hating leftist. As such, he’s a mainstream Democrat.

He has a little manifesto up on Facebook. This is a part of it.

“LetÂ’s get rid of unions. LetÂ’s get rid of economic regulation. Let’s allow every act of religious freedom to get passed. LetÂ’s never hold police accountable because their jobs are hard. LetÂ’s continue to spend trillions to [sic] the military industrial complex. LetÂ’s never address our ecological crisis. LetÂ’s just give them everything they want. I want them to see what the world they want truly looks like.”

You know, we have people on our side, “Let Clinton win so everybody will find out what a rotten guy he is and how bad the Democrats are, what the country will come.” That’s his thinking. He believes, actually, the opposite of all of that. (interruption) Is he gay? I don’t know. I can’t tell if someone is. Until you asked me I had no idea if he’s gay. No idea. Anyway, that’s who the guy is, and there’s nothing virtuous about him. There’s nothing that you can trace back in the form of greatness to the American founding.

He’s just your average Bernie Sanders-supporting anarchist, crazed radical leftist, and that’s who it is that does all of this. I know a lot of people are very angry at Trump for a whole host of reasons, and they want to try to make the case that Trump is equally responsible because of what he says during these protests at his rallies. I’m gonna tell you, you may say two wrongs don’t make a right, fine and dandy. But don’t forget where this stuff starts. It all starts with the Democrat Party. It all starts with leftist radicals.

Barack Obama actively, as a candidate, encouraged taking “a gun to a knife fight”, “getting in people’s faces,” and arguing with them. And his people did it. How many Tea Party rallies did union people show up and actually engage in violence, and there wasn’t any hand-wringing over it! The Drive-Bys pretty much ignored it. But the thing that you have to remember is, Trump’s supporters are not infiltrating Sanders rallies or Hillary rallies. If they went to a Hillary rally, they’d be the only ones there. Now, you may say that Trump supporters are engaging in violence and people…

Yeah, but they’re minding their own business until these people come up and start beating up on them or harassing them or shoving them and trying to disrupt the Trump event. It’s a one-way street here. Now, we can argue whether the way Trump deals with it is wise or not, but Trump is not at the root of this. And there are a lot of people trying to get rid of Trump, defeat Trump, thinking this would be the way to do it. It may be. I don’t know. But he’s not responsible for this. His rally hadn’t even started on Friday night in Chicago.

There hadn’t been a thing take place.

Trump canceled it in advance for whatever reason. He says he canceled it for safety and security reasons. He says he talked to the cops. The local cops said, no, he never talked to them. So there’s some disagreement about that, but Trump apparently unilaterally canceled the event. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen. And still, in celebration, the protestors poured out into the streets. It looked like Chicago 1968 all over again minus the fires. Even after they got what they wanted, they’re out there bragging, shaking hands, applauding.

“We shut Trump down! We shut Trump down!”

They’re still out there raising hell. Don’t forget who they are.


RUSH: Let me tell you how this manifests itself, folks. I’m holdings here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers… Somebody actually sent me a black-and-white picture of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s a picture of Trump standing at a rally in St. Louis. He was there on Saturday. Can I read you the caption of this picture? “Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in St. Louis. He was scheduled to go to Chicago for a rally but canceled it as his supporters became violent.” Now, see? This is my whole point.

His supporters never “became violent.” His supporters were there in anticipation of him showing up. They started to show up. But it was not Trump supporters that got angry. They didn’t get violent. They weren’t protesting anything. They were invaded by a bunch of leftists Bernie supporters. Look, I’ll tell you who this is. It’s Black Lives Matter, which used to be Occupy Wall Street, which used to be some anarchist groups. It’s the same bunch of people they’re out there protesting global warming. They’re protesting for feminazism. It’s the same bunch of people.

Many of them are rented.

Many of them have to be purchased to show up. But I wonder how many other leftist rags a story similar to this caption ran. He “was scheduled to go to Chicago for a rally but canceled it as his supporters became violent.” His supporters have never been violent. His supporters have never started violence. His supporters have never been to a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders rally. That is not what Republicans do. Anyway, this is why I have been so insistent over the years that people understand the difference between liberalism and conservatism.


RUSH: Now, I checked the e-mail during the break and there’s some people saying, “Rush, you keep saying Trump’s innocent here. Trump’s just like Obama, Rush! Trump’s been out there telling his people, ‘Punch ’em in the face! Get ’em outta here! Kick ’em outta here! Get rid of ’em.” I understand that, but Trump is being creamed for that. The Drive-By Media’s all over him. It’s all part of trying to blame Trump for it.

My only point is — and I don’t want to get caught up in this two-wrongs-don’t-make-a-right business. I understand that. But I do believe: Who started it? If there were not protesters in Trump’s rallies, Trump wouldn’t be behaving the way he is. But I’m just here to tell you… You can believe me or not, but I am here to tell you that Trump’s behavior, when his events are interrupted, is one of the reasons why his legion of supporters love him. You might think it’s crass. You might think it’s crude. You might think it’s dangerous.

You might think it’s inciteful, that it would be better if Donald would politely ask them to leave, or if Donald Trump wouldn’t say anything; just send his security guys in there to escort them out, and therefore nobody would know. Donald should ignore the protest, not acknowledge it; should you not steer the media cameras to the protests and instead quietly deal with it and so forth. Well, that’s not who he is. He sees an opportunity to score points and further establish his identity with his crowd. And I don’t know how to say this, other than the way I’ve said it.

Don’t also misunderstand any justification here. I know it’s sometimes tough to weed through a tone of voice, but I’ll just tell you: I’m one of them. I have been so livid over the years at what the left gets away with on these protest marches, starting back in the sixties when I was a teenager, high school, first year of college — well, first semester ’cause I didn’t finish the second semester. But I was livid at it and I have been livid at it ever since. I have been more livid at the way Republicans don’t deal with it.

And then I’ve been livid with it when it was happening in Ferguson, when it happens on college campuses, when it happens any presidential campaign the Republicans are raging waging, or any campaign when it happens in Baltimore. This stuff ticks me off. All this private property destruction is being tolerated as some sort of free speech expression, or we’re supposed to understand the rage. We’re not to condemn it. We’re to understand why their grievances exist and we’re to understand that their grievances are legitimate.

Screw that! As far as I’m concerned, I don’t know what it is that gives people the right to destroy people’s private property. I don’t see where the Constitution becomes a suicide pact in that regard. And I’m just here to tell that there are whole lot of people at these Trump rallies and people who support Trump who, when they see him reacting this way to people who are trying to disrupt, interrupt, and shut down his events… He’s not tolerant of it, and he wants these people made an example of. He wants them thrown out so that others are dissuaded from trying it again.

Not that that’s gonna work with this crowd ’cause they’re being paid to do this. But his audience loves it, folks. I’m just telling you: His supporters love it. It’s the kind of action that people associate with decisiveness, courage, or what have you. But more than anything, it’s Trump showing he’s not gonna take anything from anybody. And so many people that support Trump are sick and tired of having to take it, having been told, “We have to take it.” We have leaders that take it and don’t shut it down and react to it. The protest march has been looked at, is seen by many on the right as a never-ending Democrat Party victory every time it happens.

They’re sick and tired of.

Gabby Giffords gets shot out in Arizona? They’re sick and tired of protest marchers claiming it’s Sarah Palin’s fault, and nobody on the Republican side standing up and denouncing that. Oh, yeah, because Sarah Palin somehow had a logo on her website with some map in some crosshairs. So that supposedly angered the guy out there and he went nuts shooting people at a shopping center. And it turns out the guy was a rabid leftist. He’d never been to Sarah Palin’s website. Or there’s a movie theater shooting, and Brian Ross at ABC News immediately tries to find out whether the guy’s a member of the Tea Party.

People are fed up with this.

They’re fed up with being blamed. They’re fed up with being impugned. They’re fed up with being denigrated, lied about, accused of doing things they don’t do, accused of thinking things they don’t think; accused of being racist, bigot, sexist, homophobes when they’re not. So. Like much of everything else, here’s a guy standing up to it and telling these people effectively to go to hell, to get the hell out of here. It’s not a mystery to me. It’s not a mystery to me why people supporting Trump applaud that.

And when he tells people in his audience, “Man, I wish I’d punched ’em in the face; I’ll even pay the legal fees! Take ’em out. I’ll pay the legal fees.” “That’s horrible. Trump shouldn’t say that. That’s horrible.” Well, he’s being condemned for it. It’s not like he’s being praised for that, other than by his own supporters. But, I mean, the Drive-Bys are all over him for it. And because of that they’re trying to make it out to be his fault. Because what they want to do at the end of the day is denigrate every Donald Trump supporter as a Neanderthal, kook, fringe idiot or what have you.

And like every one of these things in the past, this is bought and paid for — and brought to you by — the radical left and the Democrat Party. Do you know that Bill Ayers was even part of the rally in Chicago on Friday? Friend of Obama’s. Yeah. Big friend of Obama’s: Bill Ayers. Reverend Wright would have been there, but he couldn’t have caught a plane to get there on time. He would have been there. Certainly people like him would have been there. Where do you think this stuff comes from? Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, you name it. They’re all bought-and-paid-for organizations. MoveOn.org is paid for by George Soros.


RUSH: Here’s Jason in Brooklyn. Jason, glad you called. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. Big Apple dittos from New York City.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: Let me try and make the host look good and try to and answer the question: “Why now?” Right?

RUSH: I did ask that: “Why is the left going after Trump now?”

CALLER: Because they are scared. They are terrified of Hillary as the nominee, because they know they’re in trouble. They know Hillary may be indicted. They know —

RUSH: Jason, wait one minute. The conventional wisdom — I just ran into a bunch of it this morning doing show prep. It’s amazing. The conventional wisdom is that if Trump is the nominee, she wins by 30 points, that we can’t stop her. Trump would be the worst thing, I can’t tell you how many places I’ve read that today.

CALLER: Okay. Well, you know what, I don’t believe that’s true. Because what has Trump been saying? I’m getting Democrats, I’m getting independents, I’m getting the people who the Republican establishment want me to get, so why is it happening now? Because they’re scared. Come on, it’s obvious. It’s right there in in front of your face. Simple.

RUSH: So they’re afraid that Hillary might be indicted. They’re afraid that Trump is stealing Democrat votes. They’re afraid that Trump is getting all this good press. They look at a Hillary event and it’s lifeless and dull and they’re frightened?

CALLER: Yes. Absolutely.

RUSH: All right. It could be. Could be. There’s gotta be an answer for it. There’s gotta be an answer other than it’s what they do. That is part of the answer. It is what they do. Folks, I’m not kidding you. There are some people that protest as a standard of living. It is the way they earn their living. They’re bought and paid for. And they’re constantly going on, you just don’t hear about it every day. But they’re still rioting in places all over the country or protesting. They’re in Baltimore. They’re in Ferguson.

They’re still out there. And they’re doing their little dirty work here and there, and they’re waiting for the next public event to coalesce around. And you saw them, they’re in full gear in Chicago. And, by the way, did you hear: “This is our town, you stay out of our town. This is our town. You stay away from our mayor. You stay away. It’s our town, we’re destroying it because we don’t like it the way it is. He’s in our pocket, you leave us alone. You do not come to our town,” was part of their message to Trump. Quick time-out. Thanks very much for the call, Jason. Appreciate it.


RUSH: I’ll tell you another reason why radical leftists are going crazy out here. How about all of the mainstream media opinion pieces on how Trump is Hitler? The Washington Post has had a couple columnists write seriously how Trump is Hitler and Chris Christie is Joseph Goebbels. I’m not kidding. You’ve had the New York Times, you’ve had New Yorker or New York Magazine, I forget which, they’ve done pieces on how Trump is the modern day Hitler or Mussolini. This stuff doesn’t just get written and then fade away. Remember who reads this stuff. I mean, the people that read the New York Times, folks, you wouldn’t recognize them. It’s a collectivist bunch of radicals like you wouldn’t believe. And almost the same thing now with the Washington Post.

And then you put those pieces, excerpts of those pieces in Twitter and on Facebook and have that stuff circulating through the cesspool of human debris that lives in the sewers of Twitter, and it isn’t gonna be long before these radical anarchists get in gear and start trying to shut down and prevent the next Hitler. And it’s not Republicans out there saying that. It’s people that write for the Washington Post. There’s been a couple of them in the post. One of them was a woman, a professor, maybe at Harvard, I forget which, but she was dead serious that Trump is Hitler.

So when you want to start assigning blame, look, I know a lot of you think that Trump is partially culpable ’cause of what he’s advocating happen to these protesters when they show up at his events. All well and good, but his supporters are not leaving his events and going over to Crazy Bernie’s or Hillary’s and trying to wreak havoc. It isn’t happening. There aren’t any protesters at Bernie Sanders rallies, or at Hillary’s rallies. Speaking of Hillary. Get this. A NewsMax story. The headline: “World Leaders Asking to Endorse Me to Stop Trump.”

The story is that world leaders are calling Hillary Clinton privately to ask if they can endorse her in hopes of stopping Trump, and she’s the source of the story. “I am already receiving messages from leaders. I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump.” She said it last night in a CNN Democrat candidate forum. “And I’m like, no, this is up to Americans. Thank you very much.” What a crock this is. What an absolute crock.

Mrs. Clinton, let me tell you something. You better shut up about this or you’re gonna do yourself great harm. The last people American voters want to hear from is foreign leaders on your side. They are considered the problem. All these globalist internationalists that pay you all this money to do speeches, they are the problem. And you proudly say they’re calling asking to endorse you and you’re saying no, American voters decide what happens in America. I don’t believe it’s even true. It’s how out of touch she is, to think revealing a story like this is actually gonna gin up support for her.

(imitating Hillary) “Oh, yeah, all the international leaders are for me. The ones that have paid me $250,000 to speak to ’em. International leaders who really know how bad this country is, they are for me.” That’s like hammering a nail into the coffin as though she’s doing it herself.


RUSH: Greg in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Great to have you. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Rush, my hero. I do have something to say that’s gonna probably go against a little bit of what you talked about this morning.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: Mr. Trump scheduled an event in the heart of the Democrat radical downtown Chicago, where his people had to drive 45 minutes to come and see him. Who didn’t think that there was going to be a protest? The protestors simply walked outside of their apartments.

RUSH: Oh, so you think Trump was inviting this?

CALLER: I think it was a beautiful setup that got him $10 million worth of free publicity, including my hero Rush.

RUSH: Come on. Are you saying that I have fallen for a ruse?

CALLER: I hope not. I hope not. But I believe he is —

RUSH: Look, I will say this. Look, let me tell you, Greg. You have a point. Let’s say Trump’s got a rally scheduled for Chicago, let’s say there are gonna be 20,000 people there, okay, but it doesn’t happen because of what happened. Okay, Trump got a whole weekend’s worth of coverage out of it instead of just whatever hour and a half he does for 20,000 people at one of his rallies. But did he win this coverage or not?

CALLER: Well, he won it through his own genius.

RUSH: Well, but I mean you got people out there blaming him for it.

CALLER: Well, Gutierrez, our friend Luis spent the week rallying the folks down around the campus. I heard that. But he had to know. He has to know. And as I say, his supporters, if you saw the line of SUVs heading back to the suburbs, drove 30 to 45 minutes to come downtown to see him.

RUSH: Well —

CALLER: And when they’re on their way, they pass half a dozen larger places.

RUSH: Greg, I have to admit something. You are the first I have thought of this. You may be right. You may be right that Trump scheduled this thing for the express purpose of irritating these radical leftists to the point that they would show up and try to burn down the town.

CALLER: And how much more publicity could you possibly get?

RUSH: He’s not got a problem, though, getting publicity. He’s not challenged in that way. The reason I didn’t think that, Illinois is voting tomorrow, too. Chicago is Illinois, in many ways. And he’s trying to draw Democrats. I mean, he’s making an appeal to Democrats. He’s bragging at all of his appearances at how he’s expanding the Republican Party. So going into the University of Chicago, look, I’ve heard a bunch of people say, “What did he think was gonna happen? He’s going into a university in Chicago? I mean, it’s the last –” But I’ve not heard anybody speculate he did it on purpose for publicity’s sake. I mean, you may be right.

I didn’t go there because he doesn’t need the publicity. It’s not as though he’s getting the short shrift. We had some audio sound bites on this. Let’s get to them. I have been keeping them in reserve. We’ll start with the Today show. First off, this is F. Chuck Todd. This is yesterday on, I guess it would be Meet the Press. And F. Chuck says, “Do you plan on paying for the legal fees for this older gentleman in North Carolina who sucker punched the protester?”

TRUMP: Well, I’m not aware. I will say this, I do want to see what that young man was doing, because he was very taunting, he was very loud, very disruptive and from what I understand he was sticking a certain finger up in the air.

TODD: It’s possible you could help him with legal fees if this man needs it?

TRUMP: I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.

RUSH: Okay, now, this is the incident in North Carolina where an African-American protester is in the midst of a Trump rally and some guy turns around and cold cocks him, 78-year-old cowboy, and they go to the cowboy, the news media finds the guy (imitating cowboy), “Damn right I’m gonna clock the son of– And I will tell you what, next time he’s gonna die.” And everyone, “Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God, the Trump supporter said next time, oh my, oh my!” And the vapors and the panic all set in.

And so now Trump is (imitating Trump), “Yeah, hell, yes, but I understand that guy started it. He stuck a certain finger in the air, Chuck. My guy didn’t start it. I’m not aware. I want to see this, ’cause this guy was being taunted.” And he’s admitting he’s looking into paying the legal fees. So Chuck Todd next says, “I want to ask you about that moment in Dayton yesterday where the guy almost got up on the sage with you. It looked like a scary moment there. You praised the Secret Service but then you said the man had ties to ISIS, which turned out to be a hoax. Did you go over the top there on that? What did you get out of that?”

TRUMP: What we did was put out what he had on his Internet. He’s dragging the flag, the American flag, which I respect obviously more than you, he was dragging the American flag on the ground like it was a piece of garbage, okay? I don’t like that, and a lot of people don’t like that. And he also had chatter about ISIS, or with ISIS, and you take a look at it. I mean, people are looking at it very seriously now, but you have to check it before you ask the question.

TODD: Well, no, that’s what I — we have checked it. That’s my point, sir. There’s no ties to ISIS for this man, no law enforcement official. And this video that you linked to appears to be a hoax.

TRUMP: Okay, you just — look. Well, was it a hoax that he’s dragging the flag?

RUSH: No, it’s not a hoax who the guy was. The guy is a committed leftist. His two parents are leftists. His Facebook page says he hates America, he doesn’t like it, he wants to overthrow it and overturn it. He’s a perfect Obama voter. He’s a four-year drama major, acting major, whatever it is, at Wright University. He’s either 22 or 32, they can’t figure out which. In the Trump world, the guy’s a loser and he nearly got to the stage and now the media is trying to make a hero out of this. See, this is the way this works. We go to CNN Newsroom last night, correspondent Martin Savidge interviewed Tommy DiMassimo, and they’re talking about his effort to get on stage and disrupt the Trump event.

DIMASSIMO: The idea that they now feel like they’re under attack is ironic and laughable because they’ve been the ones who have been doing the actual attacking to other people. I in no way harmed anyone, intended to harm anyone. I’m not a member of ISIS. I have no known ties to ISIS. I’ve never been out of the country. I only speak English.

RUSH: Yeah, well, you’re a lot of others things. Martin Savidge then continued. He really wanted to get in the guy’s head, wanted to find something redeeming about this guy. So he says, “Well, what were you thinking, Tommy? What were you thinking?”

DIMASSIMO: Uhh, I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things. He’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that, and I can see that he’s truly just a coward.

RUSH: Okay, stop the tape ’cause I want to go to the next bite and I got a time problem. So Martin Savidge says, “You obviously purposely got yourself in that area.”

DIMASSIMO: I waited in line to make sure that I would be close to the front. When he finally got there, he came in with, uhh, 10, maybe Secret Service, 12. One was standing up directly in front of me, facing me the whole time. And the other was right behind him with his foot on the stair. To my left there was a six-foot tall guy right there. In between them, there was a small gap, and I said I was gonna have to time out the moment when these two — ’cause they look around. When these two were looking that way, the guy over here is looking that way and I’ll have a sliver of a chance to run between them.

RUSH: They’re trying to make a hero of this guy who wanted do get to get on stage and do whatever he says he wanted to do or not. He’s telling how he preplanned the attack, how he surveilled the Secret Service, how he had outsmarted ’em and so forth. They’re trying to make a hero — and this is why people are livid! Because this has been going on my whole life, making heroes out of leftist protesters and trying to find some redeeming quality or virtue in them.

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