- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

President Trump’s speech on border security Tuesday evening was a hit with the man behind the “golden EIB microphone” — Rush Limbaugh.

The conservative radio host told millions of listeners Wednesday that Mr. Trump’s case for funding a border wall was so good that CBS deleted a “fact-check” on its website.

Similarly, Mr. Limbaugh said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer looked like dour “morticians.”

“These two look like morticians,” he said. “This is what you see when you walk into the funeral home to make arrangements to bury a dead family member. … Schumer looks grim. And I’ll tell you why Schumer looks grim. It’s because they wrote their response long before Trump wrote his speech. They didn’t even really challenge a single thing Trump said in his speech because they couldn’t!”

“Trump was superb last night,” he continued. “He was compassionate. He was on point. He was factually correct. And everything the Democrats and the media complex had set up to blow Trump out of the water bombed and blew up in their faces because there wasn’t a single thing Trump got wrong or made up or lied about that they could make hay about.”

Mr. Limbaugh then referenced a CBS “fact-check” that quibbled over the percentage of women who are sexually assaulted during treks to illegally sneak into the U.S.

“Trump said in his speech last night that one-third of women making the trek in these caravans ends up being raped,” the radio host said. “Are you ready for the CBS fact-check? The CBS fact-check said, ‘Oh, no. Trump’s wrong. It’s 60 to 80 percent of women who are raped!’ They made it look even worse than Trump did! And now CBS, you can’t find that fact-check on their website. They’ve pulled it!”

The California and New York Democrats countered Mr. Trump’s case by likening him to a temper-tantrum throwing hostage taker.

“We don’t govern by temper tantrum,” Mr. Schumer said. “No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down, hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage.”

“The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety, and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation — many of them veterans,” Ms. Pelosi asserted. “He promised to keep government shutdown for “months or years” — no matter whom it hurts. That’s just plain wrong.”

Mr. Limbaugh welcomed their televised response, which he called “stiff and robotic.”

“They looked nervous,” he said. “That is how they appeared in their response to President Trump’s national address on the wall. To me, they looked like a couple of undertakers. They looked like the kind of people you’d run into when you walk in the funeral home to pick out a casket.”

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

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