Fox News’ moderators, not the candidates, apparently got the orders from “big-time Republican donors” to take out Donald Trump during Thursday night’s GOP debate, talk show host Rush Limbaugh claims.
“We all made a mistake,” Limbaugh said on his radio show on Friday. “We assumed that the orders went out to the candidates. But the candidates did not make one move toward taking Donald Trump out. The broadcast network did; the candidates didn’t.”
On the day of the debate, Limbaugh talked on his show about an article on the DC Whispers website that claimed donors had contacted the candidates and put out an order to make Trump look bad during the debate.
It was apparent that Fox News and its moderators got the order instead, Limbaugh said.
“I mean, let’s review,” said Limbaugh. “The first question from Megyn Kelly to Trump was, ‘You’ve called women fat slobs, pigs, whatever.’
The audience began laughing, and Kelly told Trump, “No, its more than that,” and then asked him if such statements belong in the White House, Limbaugh continued.
“Trump was clearly caught entirely off guard by it, and even today he said, ‘I’m not… I don’t know when I’ve ever said this stuff,'” said Limbaugh.
Limbaugh said it’s doubtful Trump writes all the tweets that turn up in his Twitter account, but he does know that the frontrunner does not use a cell phone or email.
“You know, this is the danger that when you start going in the social media stuff and tweeting stuff and maybe you hire somebody to do it for you,” said Limbaugh. “My first question is, ‘Does he write these tweets himself or does he have somebody on his staff doing it just because it’s hip and it’s hot and he wants a presence in it?'”
Limbaugh denied he is attacking Kelly for the question, but he said he knows “full well” nobody would dare ask a Democrat the same question or try to make Democrats justify their existence.
“The point is, if you’re going to enter this arena, you have to know that that’s what it’s going to be for you if you’re on the Republican side, and you can’t complain,” said Limbaugh, adding that Trump isn’t complaining.
He said he’s sure Trump regained his footing after that question, because he “shines when he’s in control.”
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