Here’s Rush Limbaugh making my point — I’ve bolded the key line to make sure readers don’t miss it:
Whoever the nominee of this party ends up being, I want them to win because that is far more preferable to me than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or anybody else that they might nominate if they decide they don’t like Hillary, if they decide she can’t win. If they try to do their own manipulations and end up putting Joe Biden in there, I don’t care who it is, I don’t want them to win. I want the opposition to the Democrat Party to triumph, and I want it to win. And when the opposition screws up, I want to try to limit the damage of the screw up and limit the damage of the mistake.
And [Trump’s answer on punishing women who have an abortion] was a disaster, what happened, because of the subject matter. It was designed to be a disaster. It was designed to destroy Trump. It was designed to take him out. It was designed to once again do much more than that. Matthews is a political hack, like Stephanopoulos is, like they all are in the Democrat media. And the objective for them — they never forget their objective — their objective is to beat us. They want to beat us more than they want to beat ISIS. They want to stop us more than they want to stop ISIS. They think Trump’s gonna be the nominee. They’ve got themselves convinced Trump’s gonna be the nominee. They are doing their best to destroy who they think our nominee is gonna be.
We’re not. We haven’t even gotten around to helping destroy Hillary Clinton because half of us are still trying to destroy who we think’s gonna be our nominee. So in that we’re on the same playing field with the Democrats. The Democrats, whoever our nominee is, they’re in the process of trying to already destroy that person. And I’m trying to stop that from happening. What little I can do by limiting whatever damage might happen when somebody says something unfortunate, stupid, inexperienced, naive, whatever it is.
The war has begun, and we haven’t entered it yet. We are still in the circle firing squad phase. And I don’t like being in that phase. So it wasn’t pandering, it wasn’t an excuse. It was an attempt to explain to people who want to support Trump why he might have screwed it up. It was an attempt to explain to people who don’t want to support Trump why it might not be what you think it is. There might have been a reason for this happening that is short of unacceptable.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s a lost cause. And maybe I should begin every program by saying, “The purpose here, the purpose of this program today is to once again explain why we must beat the Democrat Party. Everything I say today is designed to do everything we can to not damage ourselves and to end up defeating the Democrat Party.” In fact, I might even put that in a show open. I might have Donovan record, put it in the show open so there’s no mistake about what’s going on here.
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