March 1, 2016, - 4:52 pm

Despite Limbaugh Denials, Rush Actively Pimped Rubio AND Amnesty Bill – Schlussel FLASHBACK w Quotes, Dates

By Debbie Schlussel



Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story that everyone thought was a bombshell, but it was actually old news: that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other “conservatives” met with Marco Rubio and later pimped his immigration amnesty bill. Limbaugh is now claiming he never did, but news reports and transcripts of his show reveal otherwise. And he’s even inaccurately describing his Rubio-cheerleading from as recently as three weeks ago. I know because I reported a lot on this at the time and was largely dissed for not buying into the Rubio hype and BS. Below are the details and the quotes to prove it.

All of this is probably academic because, as I’ve been saying since at least August (and maybe, July) Donald Trump will be the GOP Prez Nominee. He will win big tonight as Super Tuesday results come in, but you never know; despite all of their fighting like a bad divorce, Trump could pick Marco Kinky Boots Rubio Boobio Schmoobio to be his Veep. He probably won’t, but stranger things have happened. Reagan and Bush hated each other and Reagan went with Bush for VP. So, the record must be set straight. It must also be set straight because Rush Limbaugh is engaging in a lot of revisionist history about what actually happened and what he actually said. He, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity all bought into Rubio’s Senate Gangbang of Eight amnesty bill pimpitude. Now, he claims he didn’t. Now, Limbaugh claims he never promoted the Gang of Eight immigration bill and was simply being polite to Rubio. Um, no. Not even close. And this is important because it shows how much Limbaugh thinks he can put one (or more than one) over on his listeners and get away with it.

Back in January 2013, I was very angry when I heard Limbaugh cheerleading Rubio. I wrote about it, and I quoted the Wall Street Journal quoting Limbaugh’s show:

It’s official: Marco Rubio and his staff told today’s Wall Street Journal that Rubio’s role–-as I told you all along–-is not to ensure that immigration amnesty also includes meaningless border security measures. It’s to pimp the right on amnesty. And his “working girls,” Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others, were played like violins, this week. And, again, while Rush tried to backpedal yesterday, on Tuesday he told listeners after the Rubio interview, “Maybe we should do this.” He can’t claim he never said that (though he’s tried). It’s on the recordings and in the transcripts on his site. . . .

[As I noted, the Wall Street Journal quoted Limbaugh from his show:]

After their 10-minute talk on his show, Mr. Limbaugh gushed to his listeners that he had gone from “adamantly against” the Senate proposal to thinking, “maybe we should do this.”

And it gets worse. As I noted on January 30th on this site, on his January 29th show–the one in which he pimped us on Rubio and his amnesty bill–Limbaugh engaged in what I called the “Snoop Dogg Defense” of Rubio and his amnesty bill, saying this to Rubio about it:

What you are doing is admirable and noteworthy. You are recognizing reality.

Translation: we’re never gonna stop illegal immigration or deport them all, so you are recognizing reality. They’re gonna do it anyway, so let’s give ’em a pathway to legalization (which equals a pathway to de facto citizenship).

But, wait, there’s even more. As I reported in June 2013, Limbaugh, on his June 12, 2013 show again promoted Rubio’s amnesty bill.

Over the weekend, Rubio gave an interview in Spanish to a Latino media outlet, in which he explicitly said he was for amnesty first and enforcement later. Then, on Tuesday, he went on FOX News, and said he didn’t say that, when it’s exactly what he said. Just like Yasser Arafat, who said one thing to the Western, English-speaking media, and the exact opposite to the Arab media. So did Rush Limbaugh get upset about this 180-ing lying sack? . . .

Nope. Yesterday, on his nationally syndicated radio show, Limbaugh defended Rubio yet again. He said he spoke with Rubio, and Rubio reminded him that Rubio said on the Limbaugh show that it was necessary to start the “pathway to citizenship” first so that the problem of illegal aliens doesn’t get any bigger. HUUUUUUH?????? Um, how on earth does the problem “not get any bigger,” if you’re NOT enforcing the borders and more illegal aliens come in? This is just BS. And, yet, Limbaugh continues to pimp us on Rubio’s pimping because Rubio is the GOP’s “great Hispanic hope.” No other reason. And it gets worse.

Today, ALL EIGHT of the Senate Gangbang of Eight–including Rubio–voted down an amendment from Senator Charles Grassley that would require border enforcement for six months first and then start the “pathway to citizenship” amnesty. Limbaugh mentioned that on his show today, but conspicuously didn’t call out Rubio on this. It’s nauseating and revealing.

Um, does any of that sound like, as Rush claimed on his nationally-syndicated show yesterday, he was just being polite and didn’t promote the amnesty bill?

He’s not telling you the truth. Either his memory is incredibly faulty, or he just thinks he can get away with feeding you manure. I vote the latter.

Also, yesterday, Limbaugh said that, while he lectured listeners that “Cruz is a conservative” earlier in February, he claimed that it was not in a discussion about immigration and “had nothing to do with that.” He claimed that he told listeners Rubio’s a conservative because Limbaugh was angry about Ted Cruz callers. He claimed this was on a February 10th or 11th show. But, in fact, that’s not true, either.

The day Limbaugh lectured listeners that Rubio was still a conservative was February 2nd. On that day, Limbaugh told listeners that he doesn’t want them to think Rubio isn’t a conservative, just because of the amnesty stuff. He instructed listeners that Rubio is still a genuine conservative, regardless of the immigration stuff.

Perhaps Rush needs to review his show transcripts more carefully . . . and be a little more intellectually honest with listeners about his constant stretching to support Rubio for no legitimate reason.

The transcripts don’t lie. He said what he said then . . . regardless of what he now claims he said then.

I hate it when people lie about what they did just to save face. And the fact is that Rush Limbaugh repeatedly pimped his audience on Marco Rubio and the Senate Gang of Eight Amnesty bill.

The fact that he won’t admit it should tell you something about the rest of what he says: you can’t believe it or him.

And he was willing to sell America’s security and national identity down the river forever. Just like Marco Rubio.

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Boobio is between 16% and 20% depending on what poll you believe.

The so-called conservative commentariat is pimping someone on us who stands NO chance of winning the GOP nomination.

Truth is Americans don’t want an Open Borders candidate, no matter how he is packaged. That’s why they rejected Jeb Bush.

And that’s why Boobio isn’t running for re-election to the Senate from FL and why he will get crushed in his own home state by Trump on March 15.

Sure, Trump’s a hypocrite and likely a fraud when it comes to secure borders but here’s a tip all the same for the GOP establishment and their friends: he says all the right things the American people want to hear.

That’s why he’ll win the nomination tonight and Boobio isn’t going anywhere.

NormanF on March 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Rush Limbaugh’s ignorance shows through every time I listen. I listen with an open conservative mind. But his lack of knowledge on many subjects is telling. He purports to be a tech genius on Apple products but even this is telling. As an example his brother has written a book ‘Emmaus code’ that is supposed to have never before described insight into Old Testament descriptions of the coming Jesus Christ. Any bible with a concordance could tell you the same thing. But Rush’s breathless description that this book had never before told secrets was embarrassing to say the least.

I like Rush but his is a bore intellectually. And has a telling lack of literary knowledge.

kaen Gerdes on March 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

It is this aspect of “Boobio” – his pimping open borders and amnesty, his being a part of the Senate “Gangbang of Eight” on that immigration bill – that “The Donald” should have gone after him on at the last debate, not such trivial fluff as his hair or ears. Especially since Trump’s been so gung-ho in his public statements about the wall around the border . . .

ConcernedPatriot on March 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm

The word ‘conservative’ has been so mangled during this campaign that I’m reluctant to use it, but anyway, the NYT article shows once again that liberals are smarter than conservatives.

The talk show hosts and hostettes are, with no exceptions that I can think of, faithful water-carriers of the Republican Establishment. They try to pretend that they are not; if they used half of their inventiveness here to try to help the American people we would all be better off.

The NYT saw an opportunity to embarrass a leading Republican candidate, Rubio, and, at the same time, to discredit a number of conservative talk-show hosts, which it hopes, probably correctly, will diminish their effectiveness in the campaign against Hillary. A good two-fer.

Incidentally, the part of the debate last week that sticks in my mind is the final moments when Rubio and Cruz were yammering together against Trump like a pair of twin chimpanzees. Something that none of the talk-show hosts or ‘conservative’ media mentioned, to my knowledge.

I think that spectacle helped Trump in the polls as much as anything else.

Little Al on March 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Rush Limbaugh’s program is past its prime. He had clout in the 90’s, but not so much now. Rush Limbaugh some time ago decided to play ball with the Republican Establishment, despite claims to the contrary. I suspect that he is looking for some post-radio career, and he is not going to let little things like ideology and consistency get in the way. Rush Limbaugh is banking on his “Ditto Heads” being doped up fools who will accept whatever he says and does. The problem with such a strategy is that people eventually catch on, and you are exposed as either a fake or hypocrite.

Worry on March 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Debbie, I clearly remember that article that you wrote back in 2013 of Senator Rubio’s so-called “gang of eight” immigration reform treatise bill, where I support Mr. Rubio, despite me having antithesis with him on immigration of a proponent of immigration reform for illegal-aliens in this country.

It just exemplifies that Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc., are nothing but Republican party hacks who from what I see, blindly oblige to any GOP candidate who’s running up against a Democrat, and that’s not saying that the Democrats are better, they’re not, the DNC is just as horrible, if not worst than the GOP.

Sean R. on March 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

A couple days ago a local talk show host lamented about how Ted Cruz was the closest thing out of the bunch to a Reagan conservative. Not perfect of course but then neither was Reagan. Anyhow, he asked why all the tea party people and other supposedly die-hard conservatives chose a liberal Donald Trump over Cruz.

I agree about Limbaugh. I can see why he doesn’t have guests on his show that much. He can rant all he wants on his own and he can make himself the conservative hero in situations when you weren’t there to hear it yourself, but put him up with just about anyone who disagrees with him and he caves. Probably why he shuts his callers off right after he lets them make their ten second statement.

I’ve come to believe both sides, L&R are playing us like violins. He has a smug attitude just like the liberals do. “We’d all be helpless sheep without him to lead us”.

theShadow on March 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Rush Limbaugh is way past his sell date. Believe it — syndicated affiliates, locked into multi-year contracts, are heading right for the exit door. This is true in small markets as well as in large markets. Anyone who knows the radio industry knows that his “20 million listeners” line is a crock. Rush has never had high Arbitron/Nielsen ratings. And rightfully so. He’s boorish, uninteresting, and as this piece underscores, dishonest.

Primetime on March 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    The man has become a bore. He reached his peek during the 90’s. Talk Radio has to some degree become a spent force. It no longer Shocks and Awes its opponents.

    Worry on March 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

How could anyone ever trust the pudgy, bitch-boot and skinny-jeans-wearin’ Rubio? He’s an a-hole.

DS_ROCKS! on March 2, 2016 at 2:59 am

    ^ LOL, bitch-boots. True statement – those really do look like women’s shoes.

    Joey on March 6, 2016 at 6:52 am

Personnel is policy; to support Marco Rubio is to support illegal immigration.

Debbie Schlussel remains indispensable reading.As much as I like to listen to Rush Limbaugh and find him him both insightful and informative, it is important to be alert to error and that is why I read DS whenever she posts.

I like Rush Limbaugh and listen regularly. Rush was wrong on this issue. My 99% friend is not my 1% enemy to paraphrase Ronald Reagan

bobguzzardi on March 2, 2016 at 7:47 am

Debbie Schlussel is no squish. reliable.

bobguzzardi on March 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

I was listening to Rush’s show the day Rubio was on – Rudh wasn’t pushing or advocating for the amnesty bill at all – he was extremely skeptical, so Rubio insisted that security was number one for him. Rush never supported the bill and he also gave Bush’s press secretary at the time a hard time when he was on. It was obvious that even the press secretary didn’t support it but had to deliver his talking points.We all knew Rubio was lying then. We know it’s a lie now. And it doesn’t matter what we do “first.” Rewarding illegal criminals in any way at any time will never be ok.

DK: Please check your hearing (and your reading comprehension skills, as you’ve clearly ignored the documented direct quotes from Rush that show and subsequent shows quoted below), not to mention the accuracy of your memory. You clearly weren’t listening closely at all. Rush repeatedly supported the bill. Read the quotes in this post again. The quotes don’t lie. Those are quotes you clearly chose to ignore and not hear. If those quotes are “extremely skeptical” to you, your definition of “skeptical” is the opposite of the real definition of the word. Please consult your dictionary to learn the proper definition of the word, which–FYI–is not its antonyms. DS

DinaK on March 2, 2016 at 8:59 am

Limbaugh is good at knowing how the “establishment” plays politics within the “establishment.” He knows not about street-fighting.
Therefore, I choose to listen to Glenn Miller, Kraftwerk, and top it off with Looney Tunes during the debates.
At least Lubio, I mean Robio, I mean Rinobio, I mean Amnestio won Minnesota. minnesota….Franken-Ventura-Humphriesville.
Larry Elder anyone?

Sick_Boy on March 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

Rush – & most other Conservatives – are in a time warp from the 80s. Communism died, and Islam took over, but nobody ever had the brains to recalibrate it. Ergo, Russia is still our enemy, but Qatar ain’t.

I was somewhat open to supporting Boobio if he became the nominee, but a few of his statements in the debates and Megyncologist’s town hall made me decide otherwise. In the debates, he keeps talking about bringing Sunni Arabs to our side. That’s been the problem w/ the Syrian adventure from day 1: in fact, Trump & Cruz have it right. In the town hall, someone who wanted to guilt the absent Trump about the marginalization of Muzzies, asked Boobio about a shooting range declaring itself Muslim free, and Boobio opposed it. Muzzies w/ guns? What could possibly go wrong?

Given the name-calling of Trump over the last few days – conman, spray tans, small hands, et al, I really doubt Trump will give that to Rubio. He may pick one of the senators who’ve endorsed him. Hopefully, he picks one smart enough, but also young enough to be a successor for 8 years.

Cruz has been abysmally one dimensional in his approach, and would probably be best suited for Scalia’s seat in the Supreme Court than the White House

Infidel on March 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

At this point in the game, if “Conservatives” can’t see that Marco Rubio is a double-talking sleazeball, it says more about them because it’s so patently obvious that Boobio is a charlatan. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. That just doesn’t apply to Mooooooooslims.

Even if you’re not 100% consumed in politics now (and I am not as I have seen this ride as futile for sometime now…) one can see so clearly that Rubio is a RINO establishment rump-swab. It’s so obvious! His really taking it to Trump shows how desperate the GOP is and how they are panicking behind the scenes due to Trump. It would be very funny if not for the fact that the StormTrumpers seem to not understand the very important psychological profile of Trump. Trump cares about Trump and will do what is best for Trump. You cannot substitute “America” in my last sentence where “Trump” is. He don’t roll like that. Even Helen Keller sees it. It’s sad how dumb Americans have become.

This will all be a pyrrhic victory “IF” Trump wins but I think if Trump wins the nomination that Cankles will be the next President. And that says ALL you need to know about the sad state of the American people. If a corrupt viper like Cankles can be the next Prez of USA this country has failed on so many levels and will get its just desserts. I certainly hope not but that is the road we all have been on for some time now. Thank the nearest retarded Yank next to you. Look at how mentally ill the Donks are…they have a loser, Commie no-hoper and a crime-ridden, angry, cankled-legged political Lezzer as their two potential nominees. Go to Planet Zog. Their candidates are pink and green but way better than what USA has to offer!

Skunky on March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

Debbie: Your advertisements that pop up and stay there for several seconds are irritating. Any way to avoid these? I just want to read your stuff, not be forced to listen to your paid advertisers. Barry

B: 1) There is a mechanism visible on the ad to press to immediately skip the ad. Use it. 2) I need a way to pay for this very costly site, which is expensive to host (a few thousand dollars) and run b/c of hackers and extra security I needed to keep the site up. Have you ever donated to the site, to defray the costs so I don’t have to do this? I don’t show you as a donor. Please contact me with a financial arrangement whereby you donate the amount it costs to host this site, and I’ll gladly remove those ads. Thanks. DS

Barry on March 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I guess no nation is forever. I truly think the U.S. is only a generation away from collapse and with either a President Trump or Hillary… sigh.

karen on March 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Hey Deb, what do you think of a Cruz/Rubio ticket? Better than Trump? Might get some of the undocumented vote away from the DEMs.

DaveC on March 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

DaveC, Cruz actually SPLITS the Trump vote. The bulk of Cruz’s support is for people who largely agree w/ Trump, but don’t like his personality, and want a true conservative there, as opposed to a recent (questionable) convert.

Cruz’s votes consist of the following:

1. Evangelicals
2. Tea Party activists
3. Conservative purists
4. Outsider fans

Of the above, Trump has already got more than half the Evangelical vote, which is why Cruz did much worse than he should have, yesterday. Tea Party activists have been split. Conservative Purists – the National Review crowd have been going for Cruz. The Outsider fans are people who could easily choose b/w Cruz & Trump, and for whatever reason, prefer Cruz.

If Cruz were to drop out of the race, more than half his support would go to Trump. People who hope that he drops out – particularly Rubio completely ignore that aspect.

Trump’s support, by contrast, is an interesting mix:

1. Outsiders opposed to PACs (their #2 choice is Bernie)
2. Evangelicals (Falwell, Jeffries, Sessions et al)
3. Tea Party Activists
4. Trump’s own fans

If Trump were to be forced out of the race, a good portion of his support would therefore either sit it out, or switch to Bernie. Yeah, Evangelicals & Tea Party activists might switch to a Cruz (but not Boobio), while categories 1 & 4 would probably sit out the election.

While Rubio might be liked to some extent by the Hispanics, Cruz ain’t. He speaks very little Spanish, he’s Southern Baptist, not Catholic and he opposes not just illegal immigration but a good amount of Legal immigration as well. So he’d hardly split the Hispanic votes w/ Clinton

Infidel on March 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Maybe Rush needs a Snickers. ROTFLMAO!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on March 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Ru, ru, Rubio…

Imagine that, Rush lying…

I can’t believe it…

That’s like saying the sun sets…

Oh wait…

Thatguy on March 3, 2016 at 1:17 am


Why can’t Rush just admit the facts as they are and say he’s reconsidered the matter?


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

TINSC: Because he is not intellectually honest and NEVER admits when he’s wrong. Ever. DS

There is NO Santa Claus on March 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

The Joker:
The Joker never spoke truer words-

“Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos…”

oh how beautifully this describes the Rebub establishment. Oh, you guys telling people and trying to force people on who they should vote for, is the capstone to the pyramid. Trump is like the Blob, remember that film, it just grows and grows and grows. You created this by not doing what you were suppose to do. Go Trump.

Romney and McCain are going to turn Trump into the Steph Curry of politics, opposing teams (fans) are going to cheer when he scores. Ha ha, what a joke. You two need to sit your butts down. Not interested!

MrBigBrain on March 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm

I missed the Rubio interview on Rush in 2013 and sadly your post at that time. I’m a frequent Rush listener, but I miss at least half of the programs.

I’ve never heard him pimp for amnesty. Yes, I read your source cuts here, and am glad you sounded the alarm back then. It had seemed to me he was slipping on Rubio and I was irate, but I’m not agreeing that Rush has ever wanted amnesty.

I was distressed overy his friendly treatment of Rubio in his monologs, until a few days ago. He now seems fully sobered up. For years he’s attacked McCain, and Grahamnesty and any sellout on this issue since GHW Bush days. So I could not square that with him giving any respect to Rubio.

Earlier this week, he shared a story of getting stroked by Lindsey Grahamnesty and Schumer at a big amnesty session dinner party–they supposedly begged him to lower the guns on them, so it could be sold to us all . He said he shut them down by saying, “only if the bill provides that illegals could not vote for 20 years” would he be open to it. That ended the discussion, he said.

For what it’s worth, Rush once mentioned a few years back that he reads your site regularly, and gave you credit for a great piece you wrote at that time. Pretty rare for him.

I’m glad you’re there to catch what we might have missed. Still, I believe Rush is one of the best things to ever happen to our country.

B: Rush has repeatedly stolen and used my work without credit. I caught him several times reading–word for word–pieces I wrote and sent him links to on my site, including my piece on the “Mitchell Report” on the use of steroids in Major League Baseball. Even my readers commented that Rush used my work word for word without credit. He gave me credit about one time in every 120 that he ripped my articles and posts off. And he also attacked me on the air and cut me off when I demanded credit for my work that he flat-out stole and plagiarized, treating me like his enslaved script writer.

You should ask yourself WHY he went to the meeting with Graham and Schumer when he knew it was a meeting to discuss immigration and be pimped on their plan, which he then pimped on us. He only talked about that meeting b/c the New York Times outed him as being at the meeting and pimping the immigration plan, which he repeatedly did. Like John Kerry, he was “for it before he was against it.”

He repeatedly pimped Rubio’s immigration plan as noted in the quotes I posted in this post and SEVERAL posts (not just one) in 2013. I don’t know how that is “one of the best things to ever happen to our country.” Not even close. Not even in the top 1 million best things. He’s a talk show host who has done some good and some bad. But not “one of the best things to ever happen to our country.” He pimped Bush, who gave us 16 years of failed Bush-Obama policies and the more than doubling of the Muslim population in America, beyond repair. He also pimped the Dubai ports deal and hailed Edward Snowden as a hero. Forgive me for not seeing DOAPES (Defenders Of Apple Products and Edward Snowden) as among “the best things to ever happen to our country. DS

BB on March 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

As someone once pointed out, Rush talks about the ‘elite’ like they were his sworn enemy but he sure ain’t hangin’ out with Joe the Plumber either. Look at the company he keeps. It ain’t with the little people. Even though he never says it outright I think he looks down on his listeners like the politicians look down on their voters. Most of what he claims to be a revelation to us I could simply figure out for myself given the right information.

theShadow on March 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Listen folks, Rube-io is best referred to by the name a friend of mine created… “Schumio” referring to his partner in crime Chuck. Anyone who collaborates with Schumer is not a person we can trust.
Limbaugh and others were dead wrong to try to sell him to us. Look what a pudgy little fool he is.
But, Limbaugh….and the rest of the so-called ‘conservative’ media are a mix of a blessing &a curse (Debbie excepted from the curse part, as always)
It gives good American people some hope and a sense of still belonging to this great country which is the good part but on the other hand, the people listening &watching can get a false sense of securiy. Just becuase you read, watched or listened doesnt mean you stopped any of the corruption, islamization, or destruction of our way of life. I think many people have come to this realization. And that explains much of Trump’s popularity. The jury is out on who Trump will be if elected, but the response to him speaks volumes.

Crazycatkid on March 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

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