Rush Limbaugh: Schumer, Dems caved on shutdown because ‘Trump went on offense’

Radio host Rush Limbaugh says there is a simple reason why a short-lived government shutdown ended Monday: President Trump “went on offense.” The man behind “the golden EIB microphone” told listeners this week that Democrats were so caught off guard by “Schumer Shutdown” attacks that they did a political U-turn after three days. Mr. Limbaugh said the Republicans’ refusal to negotiate on Saturday, coupled with rhetorical broadsides against Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, constituted a political masterstroke. “When was the last time the GOP won a shutdown showdown?” the conservative asked. “When was the first time the GOP ever won a shutdown showdown? Yet Trump has won a shutdown showdown.” Mr. Limbaugh said that Democrats “wanted this [shutdown] to go on through the State of the Union,” but were forced to retreat after Mr. Trump proactively took control of the narrative. “It sounds to me like that Schumer and the Democrats expected the Republicans to cave, and Trump did not cave. And the Democrats know they’re on thin ice on this and so Trump wins,” the radio host said. They just didn’t count on the fact that — and this is beyond me why they didn’t — but they didn’t count on the fact of Trump returning fire. Not just returning fire, Trump went on offense.” The deal struck by lawmakers on Monday, which includes a promise for a Senate debate on immigration reform, will keep the government running through Feb. 8. “I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “As I have always said, once the Government is funded, my Administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country.”

Us usual, “El Rushbo” nails it!    🙂


  1. Sorry, in my world, no-one (at least no-one in their right mind), would boast of making their opponents cave in a few days before the next round. Negotiation 101 says that if you don’t treat your opponents with respect, and show that you have genuinely listened to their argument, their attitudes will harden in the next dispute.

    1. Thank you for your comments! Of course, on its face, what you just said is more than fair enough. Unfortunately, in the current political climate in D.C., respect and civility are in short supply on ALL sides. And, respect must go BOTH ways; not just one way. For example, the who so-called “sh__hole” controversy was the result of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) going to the media and complaining that Pres. Trump said such a word behind closed doors in a private discussion/negotiation, and then feigning offense as if other presidents have not used vulgar language in the White House, which of course is not true. It is still unconfirmed that the President actually said that word. But, regardless, Sen. Durbin decided to go to the media and grandstand to further some objective, instead of being man enough to address it privately with the President during that meeting. Trump probably felt disrespected by what Durbin did, and I don’t think the Senator anticipated that Trump would dig in and fight back. Historically, we’ve seen GOP Presidents and legislative leaders be quick to back down, and cave. Then, along came Trump; a rough and tumble business man from New York who doesn’t care who he offends. I don’t think he goes out of his way to offend others. It’s just that he’s all about results. Having seen video of him in White House ceremonies, and the way he conducted himself during the recent bi-partisan negotiations, it’s clear that he prefers to negotiate in good faith and is willing to compromise. After all, he is a life-long Democrat, who only in recent years became a Republican. He’s not a conservative ideologue. He’s a businessman.,..again, who is all about results. That said, if he feels like the other party is not negotiating in good faith, or that he is being attacked, he will fight back. And, as we’ve said here at The Daily Buzz on numerous occasions, politics is a contact sport. Thanks again for your comments! We respect all points of view here. Cheers! 🙂

  2. I guess if I am actually correct you will see the same Democrats who were accused by Trump of caving in now respond by blocking the next request to avoid the likely next shut-down. I can’t see that implying that Trump was justified in his abuse changes the likely outcome for my prediction.

    Similarly we might well think that Mr Trump should be entitled to continue his current techniques …but hard reality should at least force us to concede that what he is doing causes observers to distrust him and conclude the US is less great. Look at the recent polls. Look at the Pew polls and the recent Gallup poll on world wide attitudes to Trump and the US and you will see what I mean.

    Regardless of what you think about his decisions about Jerusalem, or climate change, or refugees, or nuclear weapons or his insistence to do nothing about high gun crime in the US – the fact is that his decisions and his attitudes to those who disagree seem to combine to produce eroding support.

    You say its clear that Mr Trump negotiates in good faith and is willing to compromise. Well I am sorry but a majority in virtually all the polls clearly disagree and don’t tick the “doing a good job” box .

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