Talk show legend Rush Limbaugh has had mostly positive commentary regarding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Like many people, Rush has enjoyed Trump’s ability to be politically incorrect and get away with it, continually defying the predictions of the political consultant class.
However, on Monday’s Rush Limbaugh Show, El Rushbo was perplexed and surprised that Donald Trump would attack Ted Cruz for not getting along better with the political establishment in Washington, D.C.
Limbaugh said that Trump calling Cruz a “maniac” on FOX News Sunday yesterday was a “huge mistake” and really “raised a red flag for him.” Limbaugh went one step further saying a “genuine conservative, even in this Republican field, would not go after Cruz this way.”
“My questioning here about the way Trump has gone off Cruz here, calling him a maniac, refusing to work with people in the Senate, the reason I’m focusing on that, folks, ’cause that’s so unlike Trump. I mean, that’s a huge mistake. On paper it’s a huge mistake. Trump gets away with his mistakes. Such is the bond of loyalty that his support base has for him that he gets away with them. And I don’t think he’s made that many. Don’t misunderstand. But for any of you who are holding out hope that Trump is a genuine conservative. A genuine conservative, even in the Republican field, would not go after Cruz this way. So that just raised a red flag for me, made me somewhat curious.”
Rush Limbaugh continued to dissect Trump’s attacks against Cruz, surprised that the bombastic billionaire is attacking Cruz for having the temerity to be against ethanol subsidies (or any other subsidies for that matter) to Iowa corn farmers. Rush called out Trump’s being in favor of the subsidies “not a conservative position,” nor is it “anti-establishment.”
“Now, Trump’s not trying to portray himself as a conservative, either. So it’s not a violation of that. But he’s clearly making himself out to be anti-establishment, yet he joins them here. And then he dumped on Cruz for being opposed to ethanol? In other words, we as Republicans must support government subsidies to corn farmers in Iowa if we’re to have any chance of winning Iowa? We’ve gotta stand for subsidies? And that, again, is not a conservative position. To go after Cruz on that basis, is again the way the Democrats and the media would go after him…”
While the influential radio host does not endorse candidates in the primary season, he has long held to the principle of voting “for the most conservative Republican in the primary — period,” which he refers to as “The Limbaugh Rule.”
In October when a caller asked which of the crowded GOP presidential candidates was the “most anti-liberal,” the candidate “most opposed to liberalism,” Limbaugh did not hesitate.
“There’s one clear answer. Put your hand up if you know who it is,” the most powerful conservative voice in the country told his vast audience. “Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz is the answer to your question,” he stated.
“If you’re looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented towards stopping it, thwarting and defeating it, it’s Ted Cruz.”