Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh told listeners Friday that the budget deal POTUS Donald Trump signed to keep the government open the rest of the fiscal year was not meant to deliver on border security but to discourage the president’s supporters and get them to abandon him.
Limbaugh ticked off a litany of provisions in the bill that are likely to enrage conservatives and backers of the president who signed the legislation before announcing he would declare a national emergency along the border.
At the same time, the host noted, there is precious little money in the bill that is earmarked specifically for new border wall and fencing, a presidential priority.
“The purpose of this budget deal â€” and I want you to consider this when you go back and forth deciding whether you think it was a good thing or a bad thing for him to sign it,” he said. “Iâ€™m not talking about the national emergency, but actually signing the deal as opposed to not signing it, which would have led to another shutdown. I believe â€” and I think Iâ€™m a thousand percent correct about this â€” the purpose of this budget deal” is to discourage Trump’s voters.
“There is a limit on a number of detainees. There is a limit on how much of border and fence can be built. Thereâ€™s a limit on what kind can be built. Thereâ€™s a limit on modernization. This bill is filled with congressional edicts telling the president of the United States what he cannot do,”Â said Limbaugh.
“Now, it authorizes $23 billion for Homeland Security, but it specifies $1.375 billion for fencing and bordering,” he added.
“But there are so many limits on this as to make this practically irrelevant â€” by design and on purpose because I firmly believe that what members of Congress (both parties) actually want with this bill is to send a message that nothing is ever gonna happen as long as Donald Trump is president.
“The attempt in this budget deal is to send a message to you Trump voters that itâ€™s worthless voting for him, that it is a waste of time supporting himÂ because they are demonstrating that he canâ€™t get anything done,” the conservative talk host continued.
“They are not gonna let him get anything done. Theyâ€™re gonna put obstacles in the way and theyâ€™re gonna make sure, as best they can, he canâ€™t get anything done. And you are supposed to conclude at some point, ‘You know what? Maybe we would be better off without Trump. Maybe we would have a better chance of getting something done without Trump, because they hate him so much that theyâ€™re never gonna allow anything decent and good for the country as long as heâ€™s there,'” Limbaugh added.
“Thatâ€™s what they want you saying.”
He compared what Democrats, the establishment media, and some Republicans are doing now on the border issue with what they did to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after she became the late GOP Sen. John McCain’s running mate in their unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008.
“This is Pelosi in the House and Schumer in the Senate getting together, because they know when it comes to illegal immigration, these parties are unified, folks. For the most part, the Republicans and Democrats are for open borders,” Limbaugh said.
“There are exceptions on the Republican side. But there are a lot of Republicans that donâ€™t want Trump to succeed even now. There are a lot of Republicans just after he was inaugurated who donâ€™t want him to succeed. So they come up with a piece of legislation here that is outrageous.
“It is outrageous in its denial of the existence of a genuine emergency at the border. They donâ€™t care. They will deal with whatever mess they create,” he went on. “They donâ€™t care how bad it gets because in their world, the only mess is Donald Trump â€” and since the Russian effort and the Mueller effort and everything else related to that has failed to get his approval numbers down (and that has been the objective from the get-go), this is the latest effort.”
That said, Limbaugh predicted that POTUS Trump will ultimately be successful in his bid to secure as much funding as he needs to complete the border wall and associated physical barriers.
During Friday’s press conference announcing he would sign the bill and declare a national emergency, POTUS Trump acknowledged that his administration will be sued and that he expects to lose in lower courts — most likely the liberal 9th Circuit.
But he predicted that those rulings will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and his emergency declaration upheld in time for the 2020 campaign season to kick into high gear and for images of his administration actually building the wall he promised to accompany his campaigns.
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