Instead, of facing the reality of Trump’s failures, Republicans are turning to their resident crazy uncle, Rush Limbaugh, to blame everything that has gone wrong on an Obama conspiracy.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: You also use a phrase which I have to say that I only heard for the first time in the last couple of weeks, “the deep state”. And that’s the notion that there’s an Obama shadow government embedded in the bureaucracy that is working against this new president. I think that some folks are going to think that’s right on and some folks will think it’s awfully conspiratorial.
LIMBAUGH: Well, I would love to claim credit for that, but actually, I think a reporter by the name of Glenn Greenwald at “The Intercept” who has got a relationship with — what’s his name? Assange. I think he actually coined the term. And I think it works.
I don’t think — who is driving this business that the Russians hacked the election? It’s the Democrat Party. It’s Hillary. It’s Obama. It’s all those people who just can’t accept —
WALLACE: And you think they’re behind the leaks, too?
LIMBAUGH: Absolutely. Of course, they are. They’re trying — look, if they can’t win at the ballot box — you know they are down 1,200 seats since 2010. They’ve become a marginal party electorally. All they’ve got is their embeds in the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and they are pulling out all the stops. There’s no question.
The Obama is running a shadow government conspiracy is all over right-wing media. Rush Limbaugh’s role has become to serve as the megaphone that mainstreams these conspiracies to the broader conservative audience. There is no Obama shadow government. Every new president has to deal with bureaucracies that were staffed by former presidents. It’s not some great conspiracy to undermine Trump.
The reason why President Trump is failing is simple. He was elected to a position that he is unqualified to hold. Trump has no public sector experience. The upper levels of his administration have no government experience. Trump was reportedly shocked and frustrated that government can’t be run like a business.
Republicans want to blame some vast Obama conspiracy because that feels better than admitting that their president is incompetent.
Obama left office on January 20, 2017, so there are no more blame Obama excuses.
Not even the right-wing’s crazy Uncle Rush can spin away the stench of corruption, scandal, and failure that is hanging over the Trump White House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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