Trump breaks media silence after Limbaugh’s death

Friends and mutual admirers Rush Limbaugh and President Donald Trump greet each other during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 21, 2019.


Former President Trump on Wednesday broke the media silence he’s held since leaving office to call into Fox News and reflect on his relationship with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died at the age of 70.

Trump called into Fox News’s “Outnumbered” within an hour of the news breaking of Limbaugh’s death. The former president had yet to do any media interviews since leaving the White House on Jan. 20, even as his second impeachment trial unfolded and Republican lawmakers argued over his role in the party’s future.

Those topics did not come up on Wednesday, and Trump instead spent the interview warmly describing Limbaugh and recalling how supportive he had been throughout his brief political career.

“He is a legend. He really is. There aren’t too many legends around. But he is a legend,” Trump said. “And those people who listen to him every day, it was like a religious experience for a lot of people.”

Trump said he had spoken to Limbaugh in recent days as the radio host’s condition worsened following a diagnosis of cancer. The former president praised Limbaugh as “street smart” and a “great gentleman.”

“He thought we were going to win,” Trump said of Limbaugh’s 2016 support. “I don’t think it was necessarily the reason he was so gracious so early. He just had an incredible instinct for politics and he had an incredible instinct for life.”

Limbaugh was one of Trump’s early supporters in the 2016 GOP primary, despite the two men not knowing each other particularly well at the time, according to Trump. The ex-president noted the radio host “liked my rather controversial speech” when he first announced his candidacy at Trump Tower.

Trump awarded Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union in 2020, honoring his contributions to media and the conservative movement.

Limbaugh remained a supporter through the 2020 campaign, hosting Trump on his show multiple times, including at one point for roughly two hours.

After Trump lost the 2020 election, Limbaugh was among those who pushed false claims of election fraud, sowing doubt about the legitimacy of President Biden‘s victory.

Trump nodded to those claims himself in Wednesday’s interview, signaling he still has not accepted his own defeat.

“I think it’s disgraceful, what happened,” he said. “We were like a third-world country on election night with the closing down of centers. … You don’t know how angry this country is, and people were furious.”

The Fox hosts made a point to avoid straying away from the topic of Limbaugh’s death, despite Trump a day earlier issuing an extraordinary statement attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which exposed a deep and likely lasting rift within the GOP.

“We probably have 100 questions for you, but so many of them are not appropriate for this venue so we’ll keep it on this topic,” host Bill Hemmer said.

Limbaugh, who was diagnosed with lung cancer roughly a year ago, was a giant in conservative media who reached millions of listeners each day. His career was often marked by incendiary comments about women and Democrats.

He pushed the “birther” conspiracy about former President Obama, something Trump also did, and levied sexist attacks against law student Sandra Fluke over birth control in 2012, an incident for which he ultimately apologized.


Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Was NOT Bludgeoned With A Fire Extinguisher On January 6. What Does That Tell You?

The exposure of this false narrative element offers a great (and rare) opportunity, which must be seized with both hands.

FOR WEEKS, EVERYONE HAS HEARD DRAMATIC STATEMENTS about a Capitol police officer being bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by “Trump-inspired (if not explicitly directed) insurrectionists” (or “rioters”, or “domestic terrorists”, or whatever). The story is a complete fiction.

Officer Brian Sicknick was never struck by anything on January 6th, and though he did die the next day, it was reportedly as a result of a stroke and plainly not a result of anything that had happened during the events at the Capitol. (See a snarky, hyperventilated, but nonetheless fact-filled report here, and a pretty good treatment by Tucker Carlson here.)

In the face of the inconvenient facts reported above, the absurd notion has been floated that Sicknick’s stroke was caused by “exposure to a chemical agent, possibly pepper spray or bear spray” (as stated on his Wikipedia page). This pretense is a effort to use Sicknick’s reassurance to his brother the evening of the 6th– in which Sicknick said that he was fine and had merely been subjected to a couple of pepper sprays during the tumult– to preserve the false narrative that Sicknick died as a consequence of the 6 January events.

Personally, I’m willing to go out on a limb and assume with confidence that neither pepper spray nor bear spray has ever been found liable for prompting a stroke… and especially not a day after exposure.

The plain fact is, Brian Sicknick was in no way a fatal victim of the protest at the Capitol on January 6th. This “pepper spray” pretense simply underscores the importance of the contrary fiction to the false “deadly riots” narrative and those behind it.

And the fiction that Sicknick was killed by election-fraud protestors (whatever they are called by the fake narrative managers) is HUGELY important to those flogging it through the public square. It is only on the basis of Sicknick’s pretended murder that the protestors can be accused of a “deadly” riot/insurrection/whatever and subjected to all the opprobrium which has been opportunistically directed against them and their views.

Four people actually died on January 6th at the Capitol. All victims were from among the protestors and you can’t effectively smear anyone over harms caused only to themselves. It has been solely on the basis of Brian Sicknick’s alleged death at the hands of the protestors that the violent/intolerable/must-be-rightly-suppressed agenda-item chorus has been made possible.

So, the first benefit of the truth coming out about Sicknick’s death is that every single one of the narrative threads of the Democrats and their allies mining the “deadly” theme can be denounced, hooted-down and snipped. There is no shortage of work to do on that front– despite the truth about Sicknick’s death being now nearly two weeks exposed, the abuse of the lie that exposure revealed has continued unabated, even being prominently on display in the Senate “impeachment” trial last week. But it can be done.

NOW, ON TO THE SECOND THING… for which let’s first be clear about the fact that Brian Sicknick’s untimely death– he was only 42, a remarkably young age at which to suffer a fatal stroke– is truly a tragedy. It’s a tragedy for his family, and also possibly for the rest of us as well.

Sicknick was an ardent Trump supporter. As a first-hand witness to events at the Capitol he might have been a very valuable contributor to a more complete and accurate picture of those events than the one we may be getting without him. (One is obliged to wonder if the same might not also be said about the other two first-hand witnesses from among the ranks of the police to have bizarrely died soon after January 6th, Howard Liebengood and Jeffrey Smith, both of whom apparently committed suicide, with no explanation offered as to what was suddenly weighing so heavily on their minds or consciences, or had depressed them to so profound an extent, as to cause them to take their own lives.)

But Brian Sicknick’s death is not a tragic symbol of “domestic terrorism” or “violent insurrection”. Whatever you care to call the collection of varyingly irate Americans at the Capitol on January 6th, they didn’t kill Brian Sicknick.

Furthermore, on the actual record of events, there’s no credible way in which Brian Sicknick could possibly have been mistaken for such a victim. Nonetheless, as noted above, Sicknick was portrayed as one– indeed, the only one, since all the handful of actual fatalities on January 6th were from among the ranks of the protestors.

Sicknick has been portrayed as that tragic victim of the protestors relentlessly and hyperbolically, by every mainstream media voice there is, for weeks and weeks. He has been the singular “bloody shirt” waved by partisan opportunists who have been using that pretext to incite violence against their political opponents and call for a massive trampling on civil liberties nationwide.

And it has all been a lie.

SO HERE’S THE BIG BENEFIT and the real point of this little recital: THIS time,  and in THIS lie, the generators of the false narrative have been caught, in real time.

What that means is NOT just that the “deadly insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” bs can be debunked (and more importantly, denounced as a “fake news”-supported fraudulent pretext for assaulting America’s core political and philosophical foundation of individual liberty and complete freedom of conscience).That’s fine, and important, but only the starting point by which this slip can be productively exploited by the good guys.

The BIG opportunity here is to use the exposure of the “Brian Sicknick murder” lie to robustly awaken Kool-Aid-besotted Americans to other lies by the same propaganda cabal.

Awaken the sleepers to the fact that the perpetrators of this proven lie (the MSM and government officials of a certain political bent) are the same folks who have been telling them for the last year that Covid-19– really only a particularly mild seasonal flu dressed-up with a scary name and to which deaths from any and all typical causes throughout the year have been falsely attributed— is an existential threat against which every unilaterally-dictated assault on our well-being and rule of law is justified and should be tolerated.

Point out that it having been proven that the heavily and indefensibly-flogged Brian Sicknick story was a deliberate lie, all other assertions by these same folks– especially those made in the same monolithic, no-dissent-acknowledged way– must be suspect at the least, if not taken as false by default.

Likewise, it having been proven that the MSM and those government officials of a certain political bent are liars in service to corrupt purposes, it can be readily and effectively argued that they have been lying about there being no evidence of election fraud– certainly insofar as to get the previously close-eyed to open up and actually look at the evidence (a good presentation of some of which can be found here— although one must wait through a lot of banter among the presenters to get to it all…).

And while we’re at it, let’s not forget the stories these same liars have spun about “Russiagate”; the “Navalny poisoning“; the “Skripal poisoning“; the Assad “chemical weapons attack”; the “imminent threat from Qasem Suleimani”; the nature and necessary solutions to the financial crisis of 2007-8; the events of 9/11; the income tax

Ok, put a pin in those things and we’ll circle back. One corruption-monster into a pine box at a time.

For now, hammer on the C19 and election frauds. And seriously– let’s put these frauds and false narratives into boxes and nail shut the lids.


“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

-Frederick Douglass


P.S. ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SUBJECT, Joe Biden and his handlers have been pushing the notion of “equity” (as a replacement for “equality under the law”). I want to make sure I have the definition down (or recommend one, as may be needed…).

Here’s my take on the word, and you correct me if I’m wrong: “Equity” means that if you are as productive as I am in satisfying needs for which our neighbors are willing to pay, then we both end up with the same amount of money. Right?

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