During the Wednesday airing of Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated radio show, the conservative radio host defended President Donald Trump’s Tuesday warning to North Korea.
Trump, while addressing the American opioid crisis during a N.J. briefing, acknowledged reports, that North Korea has “miniaturized nuclear warheads” capable of striking the United States.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said Tuesday to reporters. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Many critics hit back over Trump’s rhetoric as a result. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called the president’s remarks “bombastic,” and added that his remarks were counterproductive to American progress, and even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) claimed that he takes “exception to the president’s comments” because “you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do.”
He continued, “I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says. It’s not terrible but it’s kind of the classic Trump in that he overstates things.”
Limbaugh, however, felt that the president’s comments were spot-on.
Slamming the media for their hyped-up rhetoric over Trump’s concise speech, Limbaugh said, “I’ll tell you, Rex Tillerson, you hear what Tillerson’s saying? Tillerson says, ‘Sleep easy. There’s nothing here. There’s nothing gonna happen here. Don’t worry about it.’ I understand exactly what he’s talking about. We’re dealing with media-created frames of mind, states of mind here”
“The North Koreans have been who they are for months,” he continued. “The North Koreans have been launching missiles for months. The North Koreans have been doing this and testing this. They’ve been failing at everything they’ve been trying for months.”
Slapping at the Washington Post, Limbaugh added, “Then all of a sudden we get a Washington Post story claiming they’ve miniaturized nuclear warheads, they got about 60 of ’em fit inside their missiles, and bammo [sic], everything changes. … And then you’ve got a brand-new theme, a brand-new narrative, and then from that you can go ‘Trump’s unqualified, Trump himself is a lunatic like this guy is. And the evidence for that is Trump’s talking big with this guy and it’s just further stoking this guy, he’s threatening this guy, he’s challenging this guy. Trump’s gonna be responsible if there’s any warfare that breaks out.’”
As for his take on what he believes Trump’s master plan entails, Limbaugh said, “I think Trump is employing the madman strategy. These are genuine madmen in North Korea. These people are literally off-the-charts insane, and it might be something as simple as inbreeding. Who the hell knows. These people are odd. You have to admit it, folks. So Trump may be thinking, ‘You know what? I’m gonna make them think I’m unpredictable. I’m gonna make them think that I am a madman. I’m gonna reverse the table on ’em, and I’m gonna make them think I’m the one that’s unpredictable.’”
Later referencing Harry S. Truman’s speech announcing that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Limbaugh compared Truman’s — very similar — verbiage to that of Trump, and excoriated the mainstream media for criticizing Trump’s speech.
“Well, well, well, and here’s old Trump talking about fire and fury and CNN’s girlie boys are going, ‘Oh, my God! Oh, my! Oh, we never, oh, oh! We never, oh, my God! This guy, oh, jeez!’” Limbaugh railed. “And here’s Harry Truman detailing the destruction that he seems confidently satisfied that we can project against those who started the war in the Pacific, in this case the Japanese.”
“True generational differences, no question that they’re generational differences here, but it wasn’t that long ago that they were writing songs about Harry Truman asking, ‘Harry, where are you? We need you back,’” Limbaugh added. “It’s more than generational too. Clearly there are generational differences here the way the office of the presidency is conducted and managed and represented, but the reaction to a strong-willed and forceful and confident American president, the reaction in liberal media, the blogosphere, with palpable fear and outrage. That’s kind of unprecedented too.”