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Rush Limbaugh: ‘I Wish Conservatism Was on the Ballot’ in November

"Conservatism lost in the primary."

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks at "An Evenining With Rush Limbaugh" event May 3, 2007 in Novi, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

On his radio show Thursday, Rush Limbaugh lamented that conservatism is not “on the ballot in this presidential election.”

Rush Limbaugh (Image source: YouTube)

While discussing the family leave policy Ivanka Trump crafted for her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the right-wing talker asked his audience, “Can somebody point to me the conservative on the ballot?”

The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Realville” said that politics and ideology don't always go hand in hand, and Trump isn’t a conservative.

"What do you mean, Rush? Are you admitting Trump's not a conservative?" Limbaugh asked, snorting. “Damn right I am!”

“Folks, when did I ever say that he was?” he continued. “Look, I don't know how to tell you this. Conservatism lost in the primary, if that's how you want to look at it. We had Cruz; we had Rubio.”

Limbaugh reiterated his argument that during elections, “the left, no matter how much they hate each other, they hate us more, and they unify.”

“They come together when it's time to win,” he said. “When it's time to beat us, they come together. We haven't figured that out, and I don’t know. A lot of people say, ‘Well, yeah, Rush, that's because we got a lot of highly principled people who are not gonna sell out the just for the sake of winning.’ OK. To each his own. But I don't know what— What do you want to do?”

Limbaugh concluded, “I wish conservatism was on the ballot.”

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