Limbaugh calls Conrad Black out for a serious and sorta puzzling misfire.
There are all kinds of people suggesting that Trump needs to stop tweeting, that Trump needs to stop talking about everybody who talks about him, that he’s gotta learn just to ignore most of it. There are people that say that Donald Trump’s just gotta stay focused on policy. Screw all this other tweeting and going after the media and calling them fake news and calling them the enemy of the people, just gotta stop that. It’s horrible.
Now, the people saying this are obviously the Democrats in the media, as well as Democrats in politics. And there are the Never Trumpers who say this. There are moderate RINO Republicans who say this, and they say, by the way, that if Trump would stop this, they could maybe find their way back. If Trump would just stop tweeting, and if he would just stop criticizing everybody, and if he would just shut up now and then, maybe we could end up supporting him.
And there is a new addition to this group of people, and I have to tell you that I was surprised to see it. On this program over the course of several months now I have referenced positively and quoted extensively from someone I believe to be a brilliant man. That would be Conrad Black. Conrad Black, a former media mogul himself. He’s Canadian. He is a member of the British House of Lords. He’s known officially as Lord Black of Crossharbour.
He exudes confidence all the time that Trump’s opposition is gonna get theirs, the silent coup members are gonna be indicted. He believes that all of these wrongdoers, all of the people that have misused the system to try to get Trump are gonna get theirs and they’re gonna get payback, and it’s gonna be criminal and indictments and it’s gonna happen very near the 2020 election. He’s been resolute in this confidence that Trump is not gonna lose his base, that Trump is going to continue to triumph.
His confidence is rooted in the substance of Trump’s policies that are succeeding on economics and on trade and dealing with illegal immigration. So I was shocked, and I must say I was shocked, to see that over at National Review Conrad Black has written that Trump needs to tone it down, that Trump needs to become more presidential.
So let me just put it to you this way. If Trump were to all of a sudden become more “presidential” in the way these people define it — if Trump were to stop tweeting, to stop being critical of the media, to stop calling them fake news, to start conducting real press conferences again like it’s always been done — would that make you feel better? Would that make you feel more enthused? Would that make you say, “All right! All right! I knew Trump could do it. I knew he could do it. I feel better.”
Is that how you would react to it? I’m just putting the thought out there. In other words (impression), “Donald Trump needs to become more like everybody else in Washington. Politicians are politicians. Presidents are presidents. There’s a code. There’s a standard. There is a behavior that is accepted, and there hasn’t been any exception to it except for Trump, and it’s time that he conformed to it! It’s time that Trump became the emblematic Washington politician.” A lot of people getting nervous about this out there.
I can boil it down even further than that, to highlight just how nonsensical and ass-backwards Black’s idea is. In other words: “If Trump would only abandon the very qualities that got him elected—his outsider, non-professional-politican status, his brashness and combativeness—his chances for reelection would increase.” Or: “Trump should become more like the very people we sent him to do battle with on our behalf, so that Peggy Noonan and David French might consider supporting him.”
Absurd. As Rush himself has said: this is what fighting back looks like. It had become such a vanishingly rare thing to witness over the years that the DC Snob class, most especially the effete loser-“elite” of the GOPe and their lapdog punditry, was blinded by its sudden, unexpected reappearance. If they’re made uncomfortable by that, so much the better; I consider their discomfiture a feature, not a bug, and certainly not any kind of a problem that Trump needs to bother about. As Limbaugh concludes:
Most of them have no idea about Trump. They live and breathe all of these preconceived notions. They haven’t taken the time — like the Democrats and the Democrats in the media haven’t taken the time — to really understand Trump or the people that support him and voted for him.
They don’t want to understand them. They despise them, and still hold out hope that Trump and his Dirt People can be thwarted, by hook or by crook—their unwelcome presence removed, their concerns ignored, their voices quieted, their hopes dashed…and business as usual in the Old Order restored to its rightful primacy.