RUSH: I got an email during the break: "Rush, what did you actually say that the media thinks forced Trump to stop signing that continuing resolution?" You know, that's a good question. Here's what I was saying at the moment I got the message from someone close to the president. I went back to RushLimbaugh.com and got the transcript.
It was December the 19th, which happens to be my beautiful wife's birthday, and I was saying, this is textbook. It's a textbook example of what the Drive-By Media calls compromise. Trump gets nothing and the Democrats get everything, including control of the House in a few short weeks.
In fact, I just alluded to this. Trump's gonna get less than nothing because this compromise strips out the $1.8 billion for the wall that the Senate Appropriations Committee had already approved weeks ago. So that's gone in this deal too. Not only is there not gonna be five billion, there isn't gonna be $1.6 billion that was already allocated, so it's an even better compromise in the minds of the Drive-By Media and the denizens of the swamp.
That's what I was saying. I was reading that Trump is gonna sign the CR that didn't even have the $1.6 billion that the Senate had approved. And it was the line that the president's even going to get less, that he's gonna take less, he's gonna get less than nothing. That's the line the media first quoted. And so they took that, and it was during that little monologue there that I got a text message. It might have been in the break right after that that somebody said, "Rush, the president wants me to assure you that he's not signing this. He was never gonna sign this. It's not accurate what's being reported."
So after the break, I came back, and I announced that to everybody. That has now become Trump was on the verge of signing until I criticized him on the radio and somebody ran in the Oval Office in a panic, “Mr. President, Mr. President, Rush Limbaugh says no,” and Trump stopped and announced he wasn't. That's how this all got started. I was reacting to media stories, the media was calling it a Great Compromise. The media was celebrating what Trump was doing, a Great Compromise, and I was explaining what that means.
A typical Republican compromise with Democrats means Republicans lose everything. So that's what I said. We headlined it later that day at RushLimbaugh.com with this: “ A Great Day For The Swamp, Democrats Get Everything, Trump Gets Less Than Nothing. ” That was the headline link to the story which contained the monolog. So it was that that the media took and ran with and concocted a genuine story, something that was not true.