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Why the Drive-Bys Went Batty Over What I Said About Mayor Pete
Rush ^ | February 17, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 02/17/2020 11:10:12 AM PST by Kaslin

RUSH: This Mayor Pete stuff. What do you think the main reason the Drive-Bys went batty over this?

I didn’t lecture Mayor Pete on anything. I didn’t say anything anti-gay. I didn’t even offer an opinion of my own. I was asking people to analyze — asking people to imagine how the Democrat power base was looking at their options after the Hawkeye Cauci and New the Hampshire primary. I’ll replay the bite for you. It takes about two minutes to go through, but at no point was there a lecture of Mayor Pete on family values or anything else. At no point was there a condemnation of Mayor Pete.

In fact, I’m the reason Mayor Pete’s on the map! I’m the guy, after a CNN town hall at South by Southwest in 2019… I’m the guy that came here… Snerdley has been mad at me from the get-go for this. I’m the guy that came in here and told you all, “Be on the lookout for Mayor Pete.” I saw him; I thought he performed well in the town hall. I thought he expressed his opinions well. He did a great job of hiding his liberal extremism, which is what leftists have to do in primaries in order to go out and get as broad a base as they can.

First on was Tulsi Gabbard, and it was two hours — and I was made to watch this. I had a guest in for a member-guest golf tournament. It was in March of whatever year this would have been. It has to be the last. The guest, a noted TV anchor, said, “I’ve gotta watch this.” I said, “Come on, man! It’s Saturday night! I don’t want to watch CNN and these schlubs.” “I’ve got to.” So we fired up the big 100-inch screen 4K TV and dialed in CNN.

I watched Mayor Pete, and I said, “You know, this guy is pretty smooth.” The next day, Monday, I came to the program and warned everybody, “Be on the lookout for Mayor Pete.” He’s on the map because of me! At no time have I lectured Mayor Pete. At no time have I opined on Mayor Pete as to what I think at all. Do you know what this really is about, folks? I’ll tell you what this is really about, the main reason.

Hell, the president even called me about this! The president checks in every now and then to see how I’m doing — he’s such a nice guy — and he called. It’s uncanny. I’m… (interruption) Do I respond to him? Yeah! (interruption) Well, I try to reply to all of them, Dawn. I’m not gonna be able to, but he called. And, yeah. I’m a powerful, influential member of the media, folks; I’ve got the White House private number in my phone. So when the White House calls, it says there on my phone.

So invariably — it’s uncanny — he calls when I am moments away from commencing a medical procedure, and I had to tell the doctors, “You’ve gotta give me a half hour. The president’s calling.” “Okay. We’ll wait a half hour.” Then I told the White House, “Look, I got a medical procedure in 10 minutes. Can you have the president call me back in 35?” And they did. So he called back, and he said, “Rush, I just gotta tell you something. Never apologize. Don’t ever apologize.”

I said, “For what?”

I had no idea this thing had even bubbled up. You know, I’m up doing the medical thing that I have to do here, and I wasn’t even aware of this. So here’s what I think’s going on. Then I became aware of it, and Kathryn said, “Oh, yeah, they’re all over you. It’s the usual thing. They’re saying you said things you didn’t say. All you had to do, Rush, was mention somebody is gay and here they come: You’re a homophobe,” and that’s exactly what this is.

I think what set the Drive-Bys in the media off and in Washington… I think they are mad about my remarks about Mayor Pete because I think they think that a lot of people didn’t know that he’s gay. I’m talking about the low-information voters, the great unwashed. I think they think that there’s a lot of people that don’t know he’s gay and that I sort of dropped the dime on it and let people who otherwise didn’t know that Mayor Pete is gay.

I think that’s what they’re really mad about, that I even mentioned it. You’re not supposed to mention it. Why aren’t you supposed to mention it? Well, you answer that yourself. I mean, the Drive-Bys — as I’ve read what they’ve said and as I’ve replayed it (I’ve got transcripts of audio sound bites, montages) — they even seem to be afraid that I might have revealed that news to a lot of low-information voters for the first time.

Now, I’m looking at people on the other side of the glass — Snerdley, Brian, and Dawn — and they’re look at me. “No. It can’t be that,” and you know why they think that? ‘Cause they know he’s gay; so they think everybody must believe he’s gay. But I’m telling you, there has to be a reason for this. (interruption) Well, no… (interruption) Well, I know they’re mad that I got the Medal of Freedom and they’ve been looking for a way to lash back, and so here they come along.

And all I happened to say was, “If you’re in the Democrat Party today and these are your three options based on the returns from Iowa and New Hampshire, how are you feeling about this?” I went through the whole thing from the perspective of Democrat powerbrokers. So I mentioned that Mayor Pete is gay, and, bam! That’s all it took, and here comes, “Limbaugh’s a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe! Decades and decades of negative comments, besmirching comments! Inhumane comments!”

It just flows out of their mouth and across their lips like water. It is knee-jerk. They didn’t even have to take the time to find out what I was really saying. What it was is just like I said last week talking about Biden. I told you from the get-go: I never thought the guy was gonna win. It’s not personal with Biden. I’m giving you straight political analysis here. It’s exactly what I was doing with this Mayor Pete situation. So Mayor Pete’s out there saying, “I’m not gonna be lectured to on family values!”

Well, I didn’t lecture him on family values. I didn’t lecture anybody on family values, and they all know this. So now they’re gonna take these comments and they’ll further distort these. You know, this is why I don’t like responding to this stuff. But I said, “What the hell.” This is something that those of you who were listening know the truth and know how it was distorted. Those of you who weren’t, who are now listening, deserve to have it known.

I’ll go through the comments that I made afterwards — and, by the way, if you keep listening, you will find out… Do you know what James Clyburn is, folks? James Clyburn is a former chairman of the House Congressional Black Caucasians. He’s from South Carolina (his daughter is named Mignon Clyburn), and he agreed with me. Not by name. He didn’t say (impression), “Rush Limbo is right.”

He said exactly what I said the Democrat hierarchy was going to say after the results in Iowa and New Hampshire. He proves my point. But the Drive-Bys and the leftists, there’s an activist gay community — I have it here if the stories in the Stack of Stuff. They’re mad at Mayor Pete because he’s trying to undersell it. They’re mad at Mayor Pete because he’s not flaunting who he is. So the point is, El Rushbo, anti-gay? (Snort!) I could care less. Nothing I can do about it anyway.

I didn’t lecture anybody on family values. I would not do so on this program. I simply was engaging in political analysis that is politically incorrect as far as the left is concerned. You simply are not — a conservative is not — permitted to identify a gay candidate as gay. These people need to be thanking me. Mayor Pete is on the map because of me — and himself, of course, obviously. But he’s on the map because of me.

I guarantee you, after that appearance on CNN at South by Southwest a year and a half ago or whenever it was and I came here the following Monday and said, “Folks, keep a sharp eye out for Mayor Pete,” I guarantee you that was a great day in Mayor Pete’s campaign. “Wow. Did you hear what Limbaugh said? Limbaugh said, ‘Keep a sharp eye on Mayor Pete.'”


RUSH: March 18th, 2019, Mayor Pete, CNN, South by Southwest, that couple days after that is when I put Mayor Pete on the map.


RUSH: Now, my friends, do not doubt me when I tell you that the primary reason the Drive-Bys — now, you can argue that I got the Medal of Freedom. Yeah, that’s gonna bug ’em for the rest of their lives. But there’s another reason why they’re ticked off at me and they’re trying to besmirch me on the Mayor Pete stuff, and it’s the fact that there’s a lot of primary voters out there that do not know he is gay. You may think, “Rush, that’s absolutely absurd.” I have (shuffling papers) here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. Put it up on the Dittocam.

Here’s a headline, NBC News. This goes back to the 5th of February: “Iowa Caucus-Goer Pulls Buttigieg Vote After Learning He’s Gay, Viral Video Shows,” and then there’s a picture of this voter. I’m not gonna put the picture of the voter on the Dittocam. “The Time magazine cover photo didn’t do it. Nor did the March appearance on ABC’s The View or a year’s worth of digital and television news stories.

“It was not until Monday night — after casting her caucus vote for [Mayor Pete] — that an Iowa Democratic caucus voter, known only as ‘Geert,’ first learned that the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is gay and married a man in 2018. ‘Are you saying he has a same-sex partner?’ the woman asked in a now viral video…” Then she goes and asks for her vote for Mayor Pete back. Now, don’t doubt me, my friends, when I tell you that one of the…

You know, aside from the Medal of Freedom business — which is gonna be a constant (chuckles) thorn in their side (chuckles) that’s never gonna go away — believe me, the reason that the Democrats in the media and in Washington are really mad about my remarks about him is because there’s a lot of Democrat primary voters who don’t know that Mayor Pete is gay. It wasn’t even my intention… It never occurred to me. Now that I think about the coverage over the last few weeks, it seems to me the media would like us to forget that Mayor Pete is gay — and that, in itself, is kind of puzzling.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; US: Indiana; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: buttigieg; hawaii; indiana; jamesclyburn; mignonclyburn; mikepence; petebuttigieg; rushlimbaugh; southbend; southcarolina; transcript; tulsigabbard
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1 posted on 02/17/2020 11:10:12 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Will Buttigieg release his medical records including his HIV status since he is a member of a high risk group and seeks the Presidency?

2 posted on 02/17/2020 11:13:05 AM PST by allendale (.)
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To: Kaslin
This is what I posted on another thread:

I don’t want Government in the bedroom. And I will let God pass judgement on man sleeping with man. What’s unseen [there] is best left unseen.

And that means I don’t want to see two dudes kissing on stage at rallies or holding hands at official functions, and I sure as heck don’t want a Dude and a First Dude in the White House!

3 posted on 02/17/2020 11:25:06 AM PST by CedarDave (Democrats are the Granola Party -full of fruits, nuts and flakes. And they lie, that's who they are.)
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To: Kaslin

The MSM knows that Blacks are the most homophobic people in the country. If Mayor Pete gets even five percent of the Black vote in South Carolina it would be a miracle. Slow Joe will revive his campaign for a few days with a big victory in South Carolina!

4 posted on 02/17/2020 11:26:03 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Kaslin

What Rush said:

‘“They’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look?‘” Limbaugh said Wednesday, imagining Democrats’ thinking. “Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.’”’

Buttgiggity saw an opportunity to pretend he was the target of an anti-gay statement ... truth and honesty be damned, there’s political hay to be made!

5 posted on 02/17/2020 11:26:48 AM PST by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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To: Kaslin

Rush made a brilliant point: he’s getting flack because he announced that Butt...was gay. Many of his potential voters still have no idea about that.

6 posted on 02/17/2020 11:27:25 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Prayers for Rush)
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To: allendale

Don’t hold your breath hoping that Mayor Pete will release ANY personal information that confirms he is a flat-out socialist to the left of Bernie Sanders, and that his sexual orientation was already known YEARS ago by those in close contact with him personally. Mayor Pete had strictly controlled the personal narrative, and Rush, inadvertently (but fortuitously) let the cat out of the bag.

But Mayor Pete’s name became a much more widely known factor in the Democrat race.

7 posted on 02/17/2020 11:32:54 AM PST by alloysteel (Freedom is not a matter of life and death. It is much more serious than that..)
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To: Kaslin

The left records every word of Rush’s broadcasts. Then it analyzes them to try to find something to get him on.

They pick out a string of words, discarding the before and after, and announce to the world that this is what Rush said. Their goal is to crucify Rush. Facts don’t matter.

Remember the Donovan McNabb insanity? He said nothing bad about him, but commented on how the media treat him differently because he’s Black. The media stripped everything from that except what they wanted to show us. Didn’t matter if it was true or not. Years later they are still claiming that Rush said racist things about McNabb.

8 posted on 02/17/2020 11:34:26 AM PST by I want the USA back (Journalists Take Bits of Reality and Slot them into the Existing Script. -Friedman.)
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To: dowcaet

There is a huge “operation chaos” going on in South Carolina.

The democrats open primaries are going to be invaded by thousands of republicans all voting for Bernie.

The ultimate goal is to get Columbia to close the primaries permanently.

We will see.

9 posted on 02/17/2020 11:34:36 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Remember what they did in Iowa!)
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To: John 3_19-21

Too funny. I heard the clip Rush played on this show this morning about it. The Democrats are an Operation Chaos all on their own!

10 posted on 02/17/2020 11:39:01 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Kaslin

They should put his spouse out front. After all the First ‘Whatever’ has duties, too.

11 posted on 02/17/2020 11:40:14 AM PST by griswold3 (Democratic Socialism is Slavery by Mob Rule)
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To: CedarDave
CedarDave, they won't comply to your demands and flaunt thier degeneracy in public, now what?

Sodomy laws were a firewall to keep that crap (Literally male faggots consume feces) inside the bedroom. Don't be a white-knight to perversion, think instead of believing you are pious concerning the disingenuous "two consenting adults canard keeping that in their bedroom.

You either enact laws or accept sodomy Pride parades in public, homosexual matrimony, or the potential of a President who performs fellatio then licks his partner's anus before sticking his penis up his rectum to stimulate the prostate of his "husband". See what happens when you relax those laws.

There is no middle-ground despite your temporal piety.
12 posted on 02/17/2020 11:44:45 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Kaslin
A few days ago on Washington Week the journalists were twisting themselves into pretzels trying to explain why BootEdgeEdge is so unpopular with blacks.

It was his lack of experience or not enough airplay in South Carolina or lack of name recognition or his relative youth, etc. etc.

No one had the BALLS to say that it's because blacks don't like the whole gay thing. Everyone knows that's the truth and they were all AFRAID to say it.

13 posted on 02/17/2020 11:46:21 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: miss marmelstein

Many of his potential voters still have no idea about that.

A lot of Freepers and I are of the opinion that the Iowa caucus-goer who said she didn't realize Mayor Pete was gay and asked for her ballot back was a false flag operation. Trust me, anybody with a functioning gaydar knows Mayor Pete is gay. The question is do they care?

14 posted on 02/17/2020 11:47:20 AM PST by FormerFRLurker (Keep calm and vote your conscience.)
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To: John 3_19-21

As a California resident that can vote in the Democrat primary, I’m wondering if I should do the same thing.

15 posted on 02/17/2020 11:50:35 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Kaslin

Pete being gay to the media is like Obama’s middle name being Hussein. It can’t be mentioned in polite society, at least until he’s elected (which he never will be).

16 posted on 02/17/2020 11:57:03 AM PST by Defiant (I hope the Russians trick me into voting for Trump again in 2020.)
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To: NobleFree

“‘“They’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look?‘” “

One of the most cringeworthy moments I recall was when Al Gore drop-kissed Tipper on stage. It looked fake, contrived and inappropriate. And, he’s male and she is female. The stage just isn’t the place for any more than a quick peck on the cheek.

The same scene, male on male, would make the world snicker it it’s sleeve.

17 posted on 02/17/2020 11:58:31 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather
Back then, rumors were swirling that the marriage was on the rocks. The cringe resulted from the staged kiss, not the heterosexual nature of the kiss.

Was that kiss, plus hundreds more like that in public, (Thousands more if you include other Presidents) inappropriate?
18 posted on 02/17/2020 12:03:51 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: allendale

Soros won’t require it. If Fudgepacker Pete wins the election, he is the buttboy and that will make him president and first lady with a set of balls and a beard. Wonder the muslims will react to that?????

19 posted on 02/17/2020 12:04:38 PM PST by chopperk
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To: rollo tomasi

“Was that kiss, plus hundreds more like that in public, (Thousands more if you include other Presidents) inappropriate? “

You know, you have a point. I liked Nancy and Ron and that looks appropriate. Perhaps the fact that Al already made me ill was why my stomach flopped when I saw that staged, wooden, non-spontaneous kiss. It’s as if the teleprompter said, (Now lean Tipper back and kiss her. Try to make it look genuine.)

20 posted on 02/17/2020 12:09:33 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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