- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2016

Radio host Rush Limbaugh says he knows what will placate Democrats and allow them to move on from Russian hackers and Hillary Clinton’s Election Day loss — a participation trophy.

Democratic senators in recent weeks have pushed the Obama administration for  “information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election,” and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta suggested Vladimir Putin was “personally involved” in an effort to undermine his boss. Mr. Limbaugh told his millions of listeners on Thursday that he “couldn’t take it anymore” and needed to find a way to make the protestations end.

“Would somebody give Hillary Clinton a participation trophy already? Somebody please, so they would shut up about the Russians and about blaming everybody that they lost,” the conservative host quipped.

“There’s a story that’s saying one of Obama’s advisers wanted Obama to threaten the Russians with military action, that this was an act of war what the Russians did, hack the election. But Obama said no, I’m gonna handle it my way and called up Putin and said, ‘Cut it out.’ That’s a far cry from declaring war. ‘Hey, Vlad, cut it out.’ And that supposedly happened in September, and Obama’s out there saying the Russians stopped.”

Mr. Limbaugh then said it was laughable to think that any hacking of the Democratic National Committee would be enough to sway millions of Americans into Republican Donald Trump’s camp.

“Hillary Clinton had the entire mainstream media, not just here but around the world. She had the entire entertainment industry. She had all of corrupt academia,” the host said. “She, in fact, had the entire establishment culture, and she even had some people in the Republican Party on her side — and she still lost.”

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Mr. Limbaugh said that while Mrs. Clinton was raising money with famous faces in New York that Mr. Trump was “in every state in the center of the country, four and five speeches a day, to the people who make the country work. […] We’re dealing with some serious derangement here and dangerously deranged and unhinged behavior. Maybe if somebody would just give her a participation trophy and make her think she won something, this would all go away.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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