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RUSH: Here’s Wade in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Welcome, sir. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Rush, it’s a great, great pleasure to talk to you. I’ve been listening to you since 1989 when I was in the United States Navy.

RUSH: Well, that’s 29 years. That’s almost a lifer for you. I appreciate that.

CALLER: Absolutely, sir. When you were talking about John McCain’s funeral, it brought back a memory of something you stated to us many, many moons ago. The Paul Wellstone memorial and political rally.

RUSH: Now, the Wellstone memorial was a lot more raucous and irreligious than the McCain funeral. The Wellstone memorial was not actually a funeral. All of that had happened. Wellstone had been laid to rest. This was actually just a memorial some weeks afterwards as opposed to an actual funeral service in a church. But I get your point. There were many similarities in terms of the politicization, right?

CALLER: Oh, yes, sir. It was a funeral and a memorial service, and then it turned into, for lack of a better word, an anti-Trump rally and, you know, Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, and now he’s attacking this great American.

RUSH: This is where I differ from you. I don’t think it turned into anything. And I’m not being critical. Don’t misunderstand. Don’t misunderstand my words or my tone of voice. I don’t think it turned into anything. I think it was what it was planned to be. And, I think, I alluded to this in the first hour. John McCain was a twice loser, and yet he got a presidential funeral. Why? I don’t think that’s accidental. I don’t think it’s coincidental. A United States Senator. When’s the last time you saw a funeral like that for any United States senator, folks? You just don’t see it.

I’m just telling you what is. Senators do not get funerals like presidents do. They gave McCain a presidential funeral and McCain wanted it. That funeral — this is what blew me away about it. I’ve always thought of funerals as for the living, comfort the living, the family, salvation of the soul of the deceased. Eternal life, heaven, that’s the purpose of funerals is to enforce, to make confident, to appeal to God for the soul of the deceased, and they didn’t do any of that.

They took the occasion of a nationally televised event for three hours to bash Donald Trump. And, in a sense, it was close to the Wellstone memorial, but it was planned to be that. That’s what it was intended to be. It was the establishment taking the death of a senator and utilizing that death for another attack on Trump.

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