When discussing the media’s coverage of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, Limbaugh stated, “You know, I think… I’m gonna go out on a little bit of a limb here. You know why Donald Trump got elected. What issue, what issue’s at the top of the list of people that voted for Trump? Immigration. What about it? Illegal immigration.”
Rush Limbaugh further said that Republicans and Democrats alike are both advocating for amnesty and Trump was elected because he was the one guy who said “Stop It”:
“The Republican and Democrat Party both advocating for amnesty and continuing to let any number of people in. Donald Trump’s elected because he’s the one guy in the campaign with a position that said, “Stop it!”
Rush Limbaugh’s remarks came after referencing a Reuters/Ipsos poll that claimed Trump administration announced in May it’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on illegal immigrants. Rush pointed out that Uh, actually, the zero-tolerance policy was announced April 7th of 2018 and Sessions was acting after a Department of Homeland Security report found that illegal border crossing increased 203% from March 2017 to March 2018.
A transcript of Limbaugh’s comments can be read below:
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“You know, I think… I’m gonna go out on a little bit of a limb here. You know why Donald Trump got elected. What issue, what issue’s at the top of the list of people that voted for Trump? Immigration. What about it? Illegal immigration.
“People openly getting into this country with no effort to stop them. The Republican and Democrat Party both advocating for amnesty and continuing to let any number of people in. Donald Trump’s elected because he’s the one guy in the campaign with a position that said, “Stop it!” So Donald Trump gets elected on that basis, and there were other things, too, but that, I’m convinced, was at the top of the list. It might have been tight. The top five might have been close together, but it was at the top.
“Part of that is to try to create the illusion — and that’s what it is — that the people that voted for Trump on the basis of immigration are softening on it and are not nearly as hard on it as they were when they elected him. They want you to believe that momentum and public opinion is shifting and is now trending toward being in favor of illegal immigration. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Immigration today remains the No. 1 issue in the Reuters poll and any other because people are fed up that nothing is seriously being done to stop it and that Trump is not being offered any assistance in doing so. Well, in the midst of this comes this story about chirp being separated from their parents, and the same technique is used. Every time the story is reported, it’s along the lines of “The whole country is shocked. Donald Trump has gone too far now! Donald Trump has a really stepped in it now.
“I don’t care what the American people think about abortion,” said the media, “the American people do not think that children should be separated from their families.” Slam dunk! Everybody in America thought that that was happening and that Trump was responsible for it. That was the image presented by the media, and I’ll bet you that’s not even close. I’ll bet you the number of people that were genuinely upset about that is far fewer than what the media would lead you to believe.”