RUSH: Here’s NBC News. Let’s get started. Stand by audio sound bite number four. Here’s the NBC News headline: “As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Administration Already Showing Lack of Transparency.” The subheadline is this:
“In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going. The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media. … Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks later told NBC News. ‘He is having dinner with his family.'” He decided to go out. She, by the way — must include this in the story.
Hope Hicks, who is one of Trump’s spokespeople, told the media he was in for the night, and it was after she told the media that he was in for the night that he left with the “familia” to go to the 21 Club for dinner. By the way, did you notice that they report Trump went to a steakhouse? Now, 21 is not known as a steakhouse. They’ve got great steaks there, but it’s not known as a steakhouse. I don’t think they’d be disturbed, but that’s not how they’re known.
So the idea that Trump went to a steakhouse, that alone is supposed to alarm people, that Trump eats beef, because eating beef, as you know, contributes to climate change because we have to feed the steers. We have to feed the steers, we have to do all of that, and all of that leads to further damage to the climate. Don’t think that it was just an incidental little add-on to include that Trump went to a steakhouse. It was an attempt at subtle criticism.
And, by the way: To, for example, my little tech bloggers, it would work like a charm. They would get mad that Trump screwed the media and then double mad that he’s eating beef. I’m not kidding you. You can sit here and laugh out there you think I’m making this up. I’m not making this stuff up. This is a trigger. Somebody going to a steakhouse like Trump is a trigger to these young, little snowflake Millennials who are having a conniption.
“Oh, my God! Oh, my God! He’s destroying the planet! I — I — I (stammering),” and having a reaction like that, and maybe a little anger thrown in. But you know what I find just ironic and delicious and funny as hell about this? Back to the top headline: “As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Administration Already Showing Lack of Transparency.” NBC, I think you have jumped the shark. The onion just got ripped off.
I mean, after all, Hillary Clinton had a secret, illegal email server to cover up massive corruption and pay-for-play at her and her husband’s foundation. She lied time and time again about the illegal server and what she was using if for and whether or not classified information was being trafficked on her private illegal server. She was in violation of the Espionage Act thousands of times.
The president lied about his knowledge of this and was emailing Hillary using a fake name because he knew that her server was illegal. Did we ever hear the media talking about Hillary Clinton’s lack of transparency? Did we? Did we ever hear about Hillary Clinton trying to keep the press away from what she was doing? No. Trump goes to dinner with the family and all hell breaks loose.
RUSH: The other thing that the media is complaining about — you ready for this? Here they are complaining that Trump ditched ’em, lack of transparency. Meanwhile, Hillary’s doing everything she can undercover, invisibly, nobody able to see anything, and they don’t care, and now they’re complaining that Trump hasn’t had a press conference yet. He hasn’t had a postelection press conference.
They’re jumping the shark out there at NBC. Really, they got nothing on Fonzie now. Hillary Clinton didn’t do a press conference for how many, 200 some odd days. Never did they once complain about it, never did they have a problem with it, never was Hillary in violation of any protocol. But looky here at Trump. Why, he’s violating everything. I’m gonna tell you what this is.
If you want to boil it down to the essential aspects of human nature, the Drive-Bys are feeling rejected. “This not supposed to happen.” They’re nothing but a bunch of college kids themselves in terms of maturity and mentality. They are the media. They are every bit as powerful as the president in their own mind, every bit as powerful as any elected official. You are supposed defer to them. They are your gateway to the people. If you don’t have a relationship with us, you will not be able to reach the American people.
They really believe this, even today they believe this about Trump. Secretly, they know Trump doesn’t need them, and that just irritates them even more. Trump, like Reagan, has the ability to go over their heads and reach the American people any time he wants to. It’s called Twitter. And he does it routinely still. And they can’t stop it. And they can’t beat him at it. And they can’t tell people not to trust Trump. They tried for six months. Seriously, what do they expect to happen here?
They have done everything in their arsenal, everything in their playbook to defeat Trump, and it didn’t work. Trump won, and Trump won big. Do they think that all of a sudden now they’re gonna be able to persuade people that Trump’s a bad guy, after having failed to do that for the last year-and-a-half? What must they be thinking? Maybe not a year-and-a-half, 14 months, whatever, they tried every day countless times. You know the October Surprises. They did everything in their arsenal to persuade people to abandon Trump, and it didn’t work and yet they’re continuing with the same lame approach.
And I think you can boil it down to one simple thing: They’re just being rejected. Everything they think they are is being thrown back at ’em in their face. They’re not as powerful as the president. They aren’t needed in order for Trump to reach the people. They aren’t necessary. They don’t rate as they would with a traditional Democrat or Republican president. And it just burns them up, it just frosts them. They right now are incapable of honesty toward Donald Trump. They are, and have been for a while. They are incapable of objectivity. And, by the way, they’ve admitted they’ve thrown that away.
The New York Times had that big apology letter: We’re sorry, we’re really sorry, we’re gonna go back to doing what you’ve always known we do. We’re gonna go back to covering the news.
They’re not changing at all. They’re still on their search-and-destroy mission. They’re gonna fail. The more they keep it up the tighter will be the relationship Trump has with voters. They are cementing the relationship that Trump has with people with all of this adversity, because it’s transparent.
It speaks for what it is. It’s just petulant, childlike, immature crybaby stuff. (imitating media) “He doesn’t listen. He doesn’t take us to the steakhouse. He didn’t take us to the motorcade. (crying) We didn’t get to be seen getting out of the car with Trump, we didn’t get to bask in the glow (crying).” And they don’t know how to deal with it. Do not doubt me.