best we’ve ever had at foreign relations.” And he is exploiting it. He
understands that. You read The Art of the Deal, he knows how to
figure out strengths and weaknesses, and use the strengths and exploit the other’s weaknesses. I think that’s what we’re going to see
continue in foreign relations. It’s just in domestic matters he’s got to
figure out who is with him, and he has the heart of the Freedom
Caucus with him.
RUSH: You’ve made the case that Trump was ill-served by the Republican leadership on health care because he was blindsided by how
many Republicans opposed the bill.
RUSH: I’d be flipping livid. If I were Trump and I were misled I’d be
livid and I wouldn’t trust these clowns again. I’d want firsthand
knowledge rather than second.
GOHMERT: I’d heard that was the case. That’s when he invited a
bunch of groups over to the White House to talk to him face to
face. At one of the meetings Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan said,
“Mr. President, if we could sit down with you for three minutes, we
can get a deal worked out.” And you know Trump. He said, “Then
let’s sit down. Let’s get it done.” According to Jim and Mark, Priebus grabbed him and said, “Mr. President, you don’t have time for
this. We’ve got to go do something else right now.” Priebus wouldn’t
let the President sit down with them and get the thing worked out.
What we’re facing is something that Reagan faced with at least one
of his Chiefs of Staff trying to keep him away from the people who
got him elected.
RUSH: I wonder who you mean there, Louie.
RUSH: You wouldn’t be talking about James Baker, would you?
GOHMERT: Well, that is a name.
GOHMERT: Yes. But Rush, keep in mind, with this health care bill,
this is probably the first time in Donald Trump’s adult life he was relying on documents put together by people who didn’t support him.
GOHMERT: I mean, normally, he has documents put together by his
lawyers. Read his book; he doesn’t tolerate it if they don’t do a great
job. Especially if they’re not being truthful with him about what the
document does and what it contains. So this is a new thing for him,
having people around him, helping him, who aren’t doing what he
tells them to do. I think he will eventually get adjusted and will prevail, but I hope there are not too many corpses [laughs] in the path
before he figures it out.
RUSH: I read that the budget is going to be omnibus again. It’s going
to be catch-all. It’s not going to be a formal budget and there will not
be any money appropriated for the border wall, according to The Hill.
They claim Republican leaders are dropping funding for the border
wall. That’s a top Trump promise that they’re making clear, right now,
before they even get started, that it isn’t going to happen. Is it going to
happen or not?
GOHMERT: It will not be in there if our leaders get what they want.
Look at the GOP “autopsy” Reince Priebus did after the 2012 Romney
loss. It is the antithesis of supporting something like a wall. It’s really
the antithesis of Trump’s platform, his campaign. Priebus didn’t see
this as popular even four short years ago. When you’re wondering
where his heart is, look at what he said in the past, look at that “
autopsy.” These guys didn’t want a wall. They said during the election cycle
it wasn’t going to happen; the American people said, “Oh, yes, it will.”
That really was a propellant in getting Trump elected. So he’s not going
to give up on that.
RUSH: I hope he’ll succeed. Look, every question I have really comes
under one umbrella: Why are the Republicans afraid to act like they
won? I draw the analogy that a person who’s been overweight most of
his life and then loses a significant amount of weight just has the
toughest time thinking thin. He just doesn’t believe it. He’s got too
many years being fat, feeling fat, looking in the mirror and thinking
he’s fat. So when he looks in the mirror and sees he’s thin, he doesn’t
The Republicans were in the wilderness of the minority for 40
years, then they won the House in 1994. I just don’t think Republicans have ever learned how to walk around that town with an attitude of victory. I don’t see the glow of victory from this election on
anybody’s face. After election night, it just seemed to vanish.
Take, for instance, the idea of a government shutdown. If there’s
a government shutdown over this omnibus budget, it’s clearly going
to be the Democrats’ fault, but the Republicans are terrified of it.
They act like they’re going to get blamed for it, so they can’t let it
happen. So again, even though they won, they are conceding the
leverage of everything to the Democrats. You know as well as I do
how this frustrates people out there who vote.