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Rush: Cruz Only Candidate Who Has ‘Demonstrated Opposition to the Establishment,’ Trump Talks About Deals


Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh argued that Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz is “the only one guy who has actively demonstrated opposition to the establishment” and “by contrast it’s Trump talking about the ability to get along with these people, which is a huge contrast. It’s in diametric opposition to what people think of Trump” on Monday.

Limbaugh said Cruz’s strategy, “was always to be who he is, the unquestioned, unquestionable, rock solid, anti-Washington establishment conservative. On whatever issue you’re talking you can never doubt, you can have no doubt that Ted Cruz is your guy. Trump’s candidacy starts blowing all that up because it took the ideology out of everything. … Ted Cruz is only guy that was taking on the Republican establishment of all the Republicans in the race.”

He added, “Ted Cruz was it. And he was the only guy who had been fighting the establishment and he had done it to their face. He goes to the floor of the Senate, he calls [Senate Majority Leader Senator] Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Rush: Cruz The ‘Only One Guy Who Has Actively Demonstrated Opposition to the Establishment’a liar on any number of issues, from the budget to amnesty, to Senate rules, and Cruz had made it plain he was the guy that was gonna take it to the establishment. He was such an outsider that even as a member of the Senate he was hated, despised, and that was always gonna be a resume enhancement point. Well, Trump coming in with the force of his personality upset all kinds of apple carts, including Ted Cruz’s. But through it all, everybody else in the race and Trump, there still is only one guy who has actively demonstrated opposition to the establishment, and that’s Cruz.”

He concluded, “Cruz has an excellent point here. And Trump has done this two or three times. In a way of disqualifying Cruz, Trump has said that he’s hated in the Senate, can’t get along with anybody there and therefore can’t make any deals there. I have to tell you, the people that support Ted Cruz don’t want him making deals with McConnell. They don’t want him making deals with any of those people. They want him going in there and blowing the place up, and by contrast it’s Trump talking about the ability to get along with these people, which is a huge contrast. It’s in diametric opposition to what people think of Trump. It’s Trump that’s out there talking about how he likes [Representative Nancy] Pelosi (D-CA) and [Senator Harry] Reid (D-NV), he could do deals with them if he had to. Now, his caveat is, I will win those deals for the Republicans as opposed to losing those deals like every other Republican has been doing. But Cruz has an excellent point here to keep making if he wants to, if he wants to try to regain the idea, the notion that he is the singular fighting opponent to the establishment, and he is, he’s the guy, he could point out that Trump’s the guy talking about working with them and making deals with ’em.”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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