Here’s Rush Limbaugh:
Everybody was not wrong. I did not think that Trump was gonna implode. I was one of the first people to tell you that this was gonna resonate, even on June 16th during that outrageous introductory speech, I warned everybody this was gonna resonate with people, back when everybody was laughing it off, this is a joke. Back then the establishment, “All right, all right, this is great. This is gonna make Jeb look even more presidential. This is gonna make Jeb look even better. ‘Cause Trump’s looking like a genuine insane lunatic.”
This is something Trump has been planning for years. And I’ll give you a little hint. I forget what it was that was the catalyst that made me realize that, but it forced me to remember some things, and it was probably a conversation about does Trump really want this, is he really gonna stay in this, do we trust Trump, what he’s saying. It was a conversation like that, and it might not have been even with a caller, but I made the point I think he’s been thinking about this a lot longer than anybody thinks. I don’t think this is a snap decision. The reason I said this, you know, don’t misunderstand me here, but I’ve played golf with Trump a number of times, and each time I’ve played politics, of course, is one of the primary subjects.
And I remember on two separate occasions he was really, really curious, wanted to know in detail why I moved to Florida from New York, what was it about New York taxes. And then he admitted, “You know, Rush, I have to tell you: I had a lot of people tell me the same thing. They’re thinking of leaving. They can’t handle it anymore. It’s just it’s…” This is just the last two or three years, and then many in-depth discussions about Obama. “He’s a bad guy, right, Rush? Is a bad guy. What kind of guy you think Obama is?” And it was a back-and-forth.
He was acutely interested. This was not just idle chatter during a round of golf. It was pretty focused and intense, although I didn’t attach this kind of meaning to it. There was… At no point did I ever think, “My God, this guy sounds like he’s thinking of running.” I just thought it was somebody that was deeply interested and talking about things that you don’t normally hear him talk about in public. But now looking back on everything that’s happened, I think two or three years ago he was planning this.
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