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Rush Limbaugh Has a Theory on How Donald Trump Is Actually 'Playing' the Media
In this Jan. 1, 2010 file photo, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference in Honolulu. (Photo: AP/Chris Carlson)

Rush Limbaugh Has a Theory on How Donald Trump Is Actually 'Playing' the Media

"Why can't the media touch the guy?"

Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh divulged Tuesday what he believes to be Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's strategy on how the real estate tycoon is "playing" the media.

"This latest Donald Trump episode is a glittering, glaring example of how he is playing the media like a Stradivarius," Limbaugh said.

Rush Limbaugh (AP/Chris Carlson ) Rush Limbaugh (AP/Chris Carlson)

"I tell you, folks, for all of you people who have complained and whined and moaned about the media over the years and how unfair they are to Republicans and how unfair that makes the whole process and 'What are we gonna do?' — you need to be studying Donald Trump," the radio host continued.

Limbaugh's comments come the day after the GOP front-runner called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the United States. And according to Limbaugh, comments like that from Trump are less about what he believes and more about driving the media "crazy."

"This latest 'outrage' from Trump is a perfect example of how he plays the media — how he knows exactly what to do and how to do it to own their attention and airtime," Limbaugh said. "He says things that he knows will drive them crazy."

Limbaugh did, however, claim that Americans agree "to a certain extent" with what he says and that he's the "only one" reaching that audience.

"Then he sits back and watches — no doubt with a huge smile — the media cover what he says over and over and over and over again," the radio host said.

According to Limbaugh, Trump has received more airtime than any other candidate currently in the 2016 race for the White House — including the Democratic field, which Limbaugh describes as the "chosen field of the media." Trump has even doubled Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's airtime, receiving 234 minutes and 113 minutes, respectively.

Limbaugh questioned, "Why can't the media touch the guy?"

"He says things over and over that he knows will drive [the media] insane, and then when they go insane, he doubles down on it and drives them even crazier," Limbaugh concluded. "He also knows that his audience is in on what he is doing."

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