Skip to comments.My Instant Take on the VP Interview
Posted on 02/28/2020 3:11:19 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: Thank you again to the Vice President Mike Pence. We have known that the vice president was going to be a guest on the program for a few days, but we had to keep it quiet for security reasons. Were more than happy to do that. But hes just such a genuine person, nice guy. Very serious. I just was looking here. I wish I had a chance to run this by him, but hes already off to his meeting with Governor DeSantis. But apparently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was being questioned by a member of Congress, Ted Lieu.
Ted Lieu is a Democrat from California, he is one of the most radical, anti-Trump, hating Democrats in Congress. He said, Look, this is not even a gotcha question. Do you believe the coronavirus is a hoax? And Pompeo said, That is a gotcha movement. Its not useful. He refused to totally accept the premise. Now, nobody is saying its a hoax. They are accusing people of saying it is a hoax! The media, no question, has attempted to Look, when the media says
Im sorry to drumbeat this, but when the media says, This could an opening for the Democrats. What the hell are they talking? That is a political reference. When you then accuse the media of weaponing this thing, much as they weaponize Trump Russia collusion, then somebody comes along and says, Oh, so you think its a hoax! No, nobody said this is a hoax. So its an attempt What they were trying to get Pompeo do was ridicule the idea that it was a hoax so he could then name names on the Republican side who he was going to accuse of referring to this whole thing as a hoax.
Nobody thinks it is a hoax. But the people attempting to manipulate this to their political advantage are the Democrats. You know one of the reasons why the president and his team have no choice They have to deal with this. This is one of the things. You run for president, you run for governor, you get the emergencies. You get the crises. They have to deal with it, have to fix it. The party out of power looks at that as a disadvantage. Oh, my gosh, Trump is in office.
Hes got the power. Hes got the chance to deal with it. If he succeeds, its bad for us politically, is how they look at it. But they have to deal with it. The party out of power doesnt really have to deal with it unless they want to find a way to try to benefit from working with the administration. Now, to me that would be the smart thing to do. If youre the governor of California, Gavin Newsom I know all kinds of hatred for Trump everywhere you go in some of the Democrat states.
But the disease doesnt know Republicans from Democrats. This virus doesnt know liberal from conservative, man from woman, transgender from whatever. Its in everybodys best interest in government that this thing not become bad. If youre an elected official and the federal government has the authority, the power, the money to deal with this, it seems to me it makes much more sense to partner up with them.
Because at the end of the day, turning this back making sure it doesnt become what it has become in China is a win-win for everybody. But then youve got real partisans like Pelosi and Chuck-U Schumer who do not want to play second fiddle even on a successful what could be, what would hopefully be a successful solution. And not to mention its a presidential election year. So its ripe. Its ripe for discord.
You also heard the vice president, I think twice, maybe three times, acknowledge the early action by the president as far back as mid to late January, in banning flights from China and making sure that people coming into the country from infected places were tested; examined; in some cases, quarantined. He made a point of this at least twice. Now, some people might think that thats a little overboard. Its not. Vice President Pence is extremely loyal. He is a loyal person, he is a loyal soldier, and hes loyal to the team that hes on.
But in addition to that, I happen to know that he has a great deal of personal respect for President Trump. From even before he was selected as vice president, hes had it. And he stuck with him through all of the controversies of the campaign. So thats genuine. Hes a decent person. Hes just a genuine, nice, decent person, and I think everybody should feel confident that hes running the task force. I was glad to hear the story that theres no gag order on these people. How can they enforce that?
If there was a gag order, the people on the task force would be out there complaining about it. Youre not going to be able to gag people like Anthony Fauci, who has been at the National Institutes for Health and one of the most prominent doctors in the study of the HIV virus and the successes that have occurred. Youre not going to keep people like that quiet, even if you tried. Its got to be frustrating to deal with some of the stuff thats reported. But like I told him, you want them to succeed in this. But the thing is that there are, I guess, some who dont.
(interruption) No, we were able to clear the vice president. It just took him a couple of days to pass EIB security clearances. People want to know, Was he able to just walk in? No, no, no. We have our own security clearances. They have theirs and we have ours. Vice President Pence had to undergo an exhaustive security check. So did his 25-person Secret Service detail. We even have a security procedure for their canine, the bomb-sniffing dog that went through here. No, no, we were never at risk. No, no. (chuckles) Dont anybody think that. Not at all.
Now, you heard Vice President Pence three times reference the presidents travel ban from China in January. I have some headlines from back then that I want to share with you, because the media is even now doing stories on Trump allies attacking the media. I want you to listen to these headlines. These are some of the headlines from around the time the United States stopped flights to and from China because of the coronavirus.
Now, you heard Vice President Pence three times reference the president’s travel ban from China in January. I have some headlines from back then that I want to share with you, because the media is even now doing stories on Trump allies attacking the media. I want you to listen to these headlines. These are some of the headlines from around the time the United States stopped flights to and from China because of the coronavirus.
From the medical website Stat on January 31st, “Health Experts Warn China Travel Ban Will Hinder Coronavirus Response.” From Al-Jazeera on February 3rd: “Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban Sows Fear in Communities Across the U.S.” From the National Interest, February 3rd, “Why a Travel Ban Will Not Stop the Coronavirus.” From the UK Observer, February 3rd: “How Trump’s Panicky Coronavirus Travel Ban Cost Me $4,000 in Two Hours to Save My Job.”
From the UK Guardian, February 4th: “Coronavirus: Could the U.S. Government’s Quarantine and Travel Ban Backfire?” Boston Globe Editorial Board, February 17: “Trump’s Xenophobic Travel Ban Punishes Americans Above All.” From the Atlantic, February 18: “Trump’s Nationalistic Response to the Coronavirus.” And from today, via NBC News: “Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Travel Ban Expansion to Six African Countries.”
If Trump had not initiated the travel ban to and from the ChiComs at the first mention of coronavirus, can you imagine what the media would be doing to him today? But the moment he announced a travel ban, they all made fun of it. They all called Trump a racist. They all said Trump’s a xenophobe. They said it was going to backfire and wasn’t going to help anything.
Don’t tell me that I’m the one politicizing this. It’s like everything else. I get up. I’m minding my own business and I look at the media attacking people and things that I love and appreciate, and I come here and defend them. And the minute we start defending them, then they, who started it all, accuse us of politicizing stuff. These people are a bunch of sick puppies.
I heard the interview today. Pence is smooth. Gave answers to all the dim criticisms.
VP Pence is perfect for this position because what this position really is about is to reassure the citizens that the government is on top of things.
I remember Paul Ryan calling in to Rush in January of 2017. PR gave Rush a good, old-fashioned HJ with a HE. Rush loved it.
Seems like nothing changes with regard to Rush’s naiveté with RINOs.
Oh Blah, blah, blah Get over it. So what.
It is also even more importantly to deal with the "interagency" to ensure that agencies cooperate with each other. That doesn't happen unless the white house is bashing heads.
From the medical website Stat on January 31st, Health Experts Warn China Travel Ban Will Hinder Coronavirus Response.
From Al-Jazeera on February 3rd: Trumps Expanded Travel Ban Sows Fear in Communities Across the U.S.
From the National Interest, February 3rd, Why a Travel Ban Will Not Stop the Coronavirus.
From the UK Observer, February 3rd: How Trumps Panicky Coronavirus Travel Ban Cost Me $4,000 in Two Hours to Save My Job.
From the UK Guardian, February 4th: Coronavirus: Could the U.S. Governments Quarantine and Travel Ban Backfire?
Boston Globe Editorial Board, February 17: Trumps Xenophobic Travel Ban Punishes Americans Above All.
From the Atlantic, February 18: Trumps Nationalistic Response to the Coronavirus.
And from today, via NBC News: Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trumps Travel Ban Expansion to Six African Countries.
Can you say “BUSTED?” The hipocracy is astounding.
it was an excellent and informative interview.
Pence is really good at answering questions ... no weeble-wobble at all
I was very impressed/satisfied