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RUSH: Have you guys been watching Biden in there? Because I just got back. Is he actually now trying to take off on this Atlantic story? (paraphrasing) “Trump has demonstrated he’s got no understanding of service, that the American military needs to understand that the commander-in-chief’s got their back.”

Is he really trying to piggyback on this? (interruption) Because if he is, that demonstrates the coordinated aspect of this.


RUSH: So some reporter just asked Joe Biden to comment on Donald Trump’s soul based on this story in The Atlantic. By the way, this Jeffrey Goldberg guy, the author of the story, is one of the biggest Obama suck-ups you will ever meet, one of the biggest sycophants. This guy Goldberg…

If Obama was still president, this guy was gonna die of anal poisoning someday, he’s such a suck-up. So the idea that these people would be working in tandem to do great damage to Trump makes total sense. And now Plugs is out there responding to this as if it’s true. We’ll get to that in a minute.


RUSH: Things keep happening that if I don’t share them with you, I’ll feel bad that I’m not keeping you on the cutting edge. Biden just finished. He had a speech that he took questions — and, folks, I have to tell you. I had a chance to watch some of the questions and that’s what this next sound bite is. I have to tell you, this was embarrassing for journalism.

This was nothing but a bunch of sycophants. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if their questions had been written for them by the Biden campaign and they dutifully read what was on the card. It was… You look. How many times have reporters had a chance to question Biden about anything? Practically zilch, zero, nada. This may be the second time.

It was embarrassing. It’s as embarrassing as this stupid story that Trump thinks that soldiers dead and buried in military cemeteries are losers and jokes. I mean, it was bad, and I have one example here. I don’t know who this reporter is. But it’s just a straight, sycophant question. It’s designed to go easy on Biden and to set him up. It’s a classic softball. Here you go…

REPORTER: When you hear these remarks — suckers, losers, recoiling from amputees — what does it tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?

BIDEN: Based on other things he said —

RUSH: Stop the tape a minute. Stop the tape. I will never forget, journalists were asking Obama, “How are you dealing with the stress of the job? How are you…? Are you getting enough sleep?” I’m not making it up. People were actually asking him that question in the first year of his first term, and now we’ve got this.

“When you hear these remarks that Trump made — suckers, losers, recoiling from amputees — what does it tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” What the hell kind of question is that — if it’s not a question that was prewritten and given to this reporter, who then dutifully and happily read it? Okay. So here we go from the top again. Here’s the answer…

REPORTER: When you hear these remarks — suckers, losers, recoiling from amputees — what does it tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?

BIDEN: Based on other things he said, I believe the article is true. I’d ask you all a rhetorical question. How do you feel? (dramatic pause) How would you feel (chokes up) if you had a kid in Afghanistan right now?

RUSH: Pretty good, actually.

BIDEN: How would you feel —

RUSH: They’re coming home.

BIDEN: — if you lost (pause) son, daughter, husband, wife? How would you feel, for real? (pause) I know that’s not your job to express that feeling. But you know. You know in your heart — you know in your gut — it’s deplorable.

RUSH: There’s that word.

BIDEN: I’ve just never been as disappointed (pause) in my whole career with a (pause) leader that I’ve worked with, president or otherwise (pause) that if the article is true — and it appears to be based on the things he said — it is absolutely damnable. (whispers) It is a disgrace.

RUSH: So Plugs believes it. Plugs has made the decision that he’s gonna believe the story in The Atlantic, and he relished the question to talk about Trump’s soul and Trump’s life and all of that — and Joe Biden cannot compare in any way to the life Donald Trump has led. Joe Biden hasn’t accomplished diddly-squat compared to what Donald Trump has.

Joe Biden couldn’t do 85 or 90% of what Donald Trump has done. Donald Trump has come and conquered Joe Biden’s business. Joe Biden would be lost attempting to operate in Donald Trump’s world. And yet we are treated to this 47-year veteran of the Washington swamp commenting on his opinion of the fitness of Donald Trump to live and his soul and to exist.

It makes me sick. Grab sound bite number 8 before we go back to the phones. Here’s Trump. Last night, Joint Base Andrews. He gets back from the big rally in Latrobe, and here’s a portion of what he said about The Atlantic article…

THE PRESIDENT: They made it up, and probably it’s a couple of people that have been failures in the administration that I got rid of and I couldn’t get rid of ’em fast enough, or it was just made up. But it’s unthinkable. It’s a disgrace that a magazine is able to write it. If they really exist, if people really exist that would have said that, they’re lowlifes and they’re liars. And I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. No animal… Nobody! What animal would say such a thing?

RUSH: So this is one of the most angry responses I’ve ever heard him engage in. The Russian collusion hoax didn’t make him this mad. I mean, I even talked to him about that on the golf course, and he was laughing about it. He was expressing some incredulity about it. But this is literally beyond the pale. “A couple of people who have been failures and I couldn’t get rid of ’em fast enough. … It’s unthinkable … a disgrace a magazine is able to write it…”


RUSH: And the farce continues. Guess what else, folks? We have a new model projection on the number of deaths from COVID-19. And you know what the new number is? 410,000 Americans will die by January, according to the latest projections. According to the latest models. So Donald Trump is out there calling military people who’ve lost their lives in service to the nation losers and jokers. And now we’ve got the prospect of 410,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. And of course we’ve got a farce for a press conference from Joe Biden out there.

JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny South Florida, it’s Open Line Friday!

RUSH: That’s right, my friends. One big, exciting, busy broadcast hour remains. Gonna be going to the phones a lot here. People have been waiting patiently. One thing that I noticed in this Biden presser, he took some questions. It’s only the second time that he’s taken questions. The questions were embarrassing. They were sycophantic.

Folks, I’m just gonna tell, it’s a bunch of ass-kissing that went on here between these journalists and Joe Biden. If I were Joe Biden, I’d be embarrassed. But he may not have the sense to be embarrassed. But if I were him I’d be embarrassed. I’d say, “Ask me some tough questions, you guys, come on.” But he didn’t and he doesn’t and he won’t. Every question he gets is about Trump. He’s running for the presidency. Didn’t get one question about Tara Reade, for example, the woman who accused him of harassing her.

He didn’t get a single question about his policy objectives. He didn’t get a single question about how he’s gonna deal with the virus. He didn’t get a single question about his economic plan. He didn’t get a single question about anything to do with him. Every question was about his opinion of the latest so-called outrage involving Donald Trump.

Joel Pollak, who is a writer and editor at Breitbart, agreed with me. He said this Joe Biden press conference is a farce. One planted question after another. Every one of the questions is a setup for a Biden attack on the president. The staff pick who gets to ask questions.

And it’s gonna be two months of this crap, folks. It’s going to be two solid months of this kind of softball sycophancy of the media treating Joe Biden with kid gloves while they are essentially Borking Donald Trump. This is exactly what this story in The Atlantic is today. This is no different than Ted Kennedy going out and Borking Robert Bork. (imitating Kennedy) “In Robert Bork’s America rogue police will be arresting women who seek to have abortions.” Whatever the garbage was that came out of his mouth.

It’s no different than how they tried to destroy Clarence Thomas. It is identical. It is right out of the Democrat Party playbook. Just make it up. But I want to reiterate something. Trump deals with a lot of this almost with an equanimity that might make you say, “How come you’re not angrier about this?” Because as the Trump campaign said, there was some outrageous allegation two weeks ago or last week. Oh, it was about his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, the former federal judge. And she supposedly had been secretly taped by this wacko niece, this Mary Trump.

And she had caught Maryanne Trump talking about how Trump doesn’t read and he’s an idiot and he cheated his way into college and all that. And they asked Trump about it, and he said, “You know, every day it’s something else, you guys. I mean, every day you got something here. I don’t pay any attention to it anymore.” I have been with the president on the golf course discussing the Mueller investigation after it was over. And there were serious aspects to it, don’t misunderstand. But he deals with these things with an equanimity and a sense of balance.

This today has really ticked him off. This allegation that he thinks dead American soldiers are losers and that he doesn’t want wounded soldiers in any parade that he’s in because they are an embarrassment, this has really ticked him off. Now, I think as I have so previously stated, I think they’re trying to goad him. I think they’re trying to provoke him into a reaction that would allow them to then do stories on how he’s unstable, can’t take the heat. When the truth is that there isn’t a single person in that town who could tolerate for one week what Trump puts up with in that same week. Biden sure as hell couldn’t.

Joe Biden wouldn’t know what to do if he didn’t have a bunch of ass-kissing journalists in his press corps. He wouldn’t know what to do. He wouldn’t be able to keep up if he had to deal with the press as Trump has to deal with them or any other Republican has to. And, by the way, pardon my French. But it’s exactly what these reporters are doing. And they are not asking Biden a single thing about him. They’re not asking him about his son. They’re not asking Biden about China or Ukraine.

They’re not asking, “Hey, Mr. Vice President, would you like to finally put to bed all these allegations about your son Hunter and taking money from the Ukrainians and getting the -” Not even getting that. Every question’s about Trump. “Would you like to comment on Donald Trump’s soul? Mr. Vice President, would you like to weigh in on the life that President Trump leads? Would you like to weigh in on the moral shortcomings of your opponent?”

So we have the Democrats returning to their playbook, recycling the lie that Trump dishonored the parents of a dead hero soldier. Remember Khizr Khan and his wife at the Democrat National Convention 2016? You know, Trump made the observation that Khizr Khan never even let his wife speak during their speech at the convention. So they came back and they accused Trump of being a sexist. Their son was a Gold Star. Well, they’re a Gold Star family.

They’re simply recycling. They’re trying again to recycle this business that Trump is anti-military, that Trump has no respect for the military. They’re just recycling this stuff.

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