RUSH: The Daily Beast has a story. I’ll just read the headline here: “Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back — Donald Trump’s two closest aides are fighting ‘nonstop’ and often ‘face-to-face,’ officials say, and it’s even uglier in private.” The story here written by Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast.
“Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a ‘cuck’ and a ‘globalist’ during a time of high tension between the two top aides…” If you run to the dictionary looking up the word “cuck” you may have to go to some newfangled New Age dictionary to find the definition, because it isn’t there. They don’t know what this word means in the Ivy League. The way it is being used in Washington is to describe a poltroon conservative, a phony conservative, a RINO Republican.
Now, I don’t know. So far, Bannon has denied every news story about him. He denied that he thought of quitting. He denied that it was the Mercers that convinced him to stay. He’s saying that all this news about him being taken off the National Security Council, that it was totally misrepresented and nothing to see there. So I don’t know what’s gonna happen with this, but if this is true, how can Trump let this slide? I mean, Kushner… Not only is his son-in-law, Kushner is a chief… Kushner, some even describe him as a shadow secretary of state. He’s over in the Middle East right now.
“The fighting between Kushner and Bannon,” according to Daily Beast, “has been ‘nonstop’ in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It’s been an ‘open secret’ that Bannon and Kushner often clash ‘face-to-face’ … One official said Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to ‘shiv him and push him out the door’ and likened him to a fifth column in the White House. ‘[Bannon] recently vented to us about Jared being a ‘globalist’ and a ‘cuck’…He actually said ‘cuck,’ as in ‘cuckservative,” the administration official [unnamed] told The Daily Beast.”
It means phony, pretend, not reliable, not really a conservative. It’s an inside-the-Beltway term. It’s a… (sigh) It’s kind of a portmanteau of cuckservative and cuckold, cuckold and conservative, and it’s become a favorite slur on the right. It’s like a sexually, racially charged version of RINO, which is Republican-in-name-only. So, uh… If you went to dictionary and you entered “cuck” and it said “cuckold,” then you are halfway there, but… (chuckles) And it’s C-U-C-K. Don’t spell it a different way. So the fireworks continue to explode here.
Whatever is being done to calm this down and tamp this down is not working. (interruption) I haven’t heard that. Snerdley just said, “I’ve heard this is a management style Trump likes. He likes people going at each other’s throat and so forth.” I haven’t… I don’t know that. Could well be true. Not sure. But I don’t… One of them involved is your son-in-law, who is really ranking both in the family and the political structure here. But then I read something last night which, you know, I… You don’t know what to believe anymore.
The thing I read last night, and I don’t remember where, was that Bannon is one of the few people that Trump considers an equal, in terms of finance, economics, wealth, stature and standing in the world and so forth. Whatever. There’s a lot of intrigue, and whatever this is, it’s a distraction from some of the other stuff going on. The media can’t avoid this. They just eat this stuff up, folks. They’re swallowing this stuff like a 90-year-old virgin on Viagra. They cannot let go of it. So we’ll see what plays out next.
RUSH: The broadcast engineer as the break began, said, “You, of course, have the GQ article blaming you for the creation of the term ‘cuck’?” I said, “What? I’ve only seen it once, and I forgot the definition. Today I’m asking people if they know what it means.” “Well, the GQ article implies that you created it.” So the broadcast engineer sent it to me. (interruption) Miguel Snerdley is the broadcast engineer. (People are asking, “What’s his name?”) And, lo and behold, here’s a picture of me with my mouth open shouting at a very tiny Jeb Bush, and the word coming out of my mouth is “cuck.” (interruption)
What do you mean I can’t argue with…? (interruption) I don’t… To this day, I’m not dead certain what it is! You know, I don’t traffic in sublanguages like this. I’m an erudite, sophisticated, educated individual, and I don’t run around calling people “cucks.” The headline of this piece is “Why Angry White Men Love Calling People ‘Cucks.'” So it’s a photo of me with a communist red background and yellow letters spelling out “cuck,” and Jeb Bush is who I’m shouting at. This is from last August, August 1st of 2016, and nobody told me about this. (interruption)
No, I don’t do Google alerts on my cell phone. Folks, I don’t need to know that I’m in the news. I already know that. I don’t need to see every evidence of it. In fact, my friends no longer even send it. Every time I was in the news, people would send me the link, and they don’t anymore because they know they don’t care. This is why I say I’m too famous. I can’t even keep up with it all. It’s written by somebody named Dana Schwartz. “The problematic history of the alt-right’s favorite new insult.” Well, I’m not alt-right. Alt-right is this…
That’s another thing. The alt-right, I don’t even know it exists. It’s got like five or six admitted members. The Drive-Bys want you to think it is the conservative movement, a bunch of white supremacists, and they say that Bannon leads it. “If you’ve been on Twitter in the last few months, chances are you’ve come across ‘cuck,’ a word that you’d previously only seen while your browser was in Incognito Mode.” Apparently what it means… Well, it’s an insult… I’m looking at the story. I don’t have time to get into the full-fledged definition of this. I’m sorry. I’m not trying to string you along here.
RUSH: Just look: Forget the definition of “cuck.” The one thing about it is that it’s an insult to phony conservatives. That’s the thing that you have to understand about it. The Urban Dictionary definition of the word is just… It’s ridiculous, it’s obscene, it’s insulting, and it’s not based on any kind of reality. One of the definition is “someone who wins an argument against a conservative.” The other definition is “it’s a word used by white supremacists to solicit sex.”
It’s silly. Absurd. But the point is Jared Kushner’s not a Republican. He’s not even a conservative. Jared Kushner comes from a family of huge Democrats, huge Democrat donors and so forth. This is Ivanka’s husband and Trump’s son-in-law, who he values tremendously. But if “cuck” is some insult to a less-than-sincere or genuine conservative, it doesn’t even apply to Kushner. And given this GQ story? Associating me with this word is total, made-up BS.
You have to consider that associating Bannon with these so-called behind-the-back insults of Kushner is made up as well. It doesn’t make any sense. If it’s true, for example, Trump can’t let that slide by. No matter even if he does like his advisers going at each other. ‘Cause it’s his son-in-law there. Anyway, time will tell on all of this stuff. The problem with it is not so much the details. It’s the picture being painted of an administration that has no idea what it’s doing and that is in constant fights with each other, and that is the real purpose of these stories.