Right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh ripped into the Republican party, making his case that it wasn't just the Democrats that are road blocking Trump, but rather those in his own party. He made the comments on his radio show Tuesday.
"I don’t understand how people don’t get that it’s not just the Democrats in Washington that are roadblocking Trump," Limbaugh said.
"Mitch McConnell says he can’t see a way to getting 50 votes for the House Obamacare repeal bill?" he asked rhetorically. "Now, stop and think here, folks. Back when the only element that we had was the House of Representatives and Republican voters were constantly saying, 'Why aren’t you doing more to stop Obama? Why aren’t you trying to do something to stop Obamacare?' The answer was always, 'Well, all we’ve got is the House. W-w-we can’t get anything through the Senate because the Democrats own the Senate. Obama’s in the White House! He’ll veto anything if it did make it there.'"
"So voters gave Republicans the Senate," he continued, "and Mitch McConnell said, 'Well, the first thing you have to know is it takes 60 votes to do anything in the Senate, and we don’t have 60 votes. We only have 52.' And then he would add, 'Plus, as long as Obama’s still in the White House, all this is academic anyway. He’s gonna veto whatever we pass.' So we gave the Republicans the White House and elected Trump."
"It’s the Republicans standing up and saying, 'I just don’t see how we’re — there’s no room here. I don’t know how we’re gonna lower rates when you have this exemption over here and you have this exemption there,'" Limbaugh explained. "And I just read this stuff and I shake my head. They don’t want to cut taxes. Either they don’t want to cut taxes institutionally, they don’t want to cut taxes economically, or they just don’t want to do the heavy lifting. I don’t know what it is."
"My guess is they don’t want to help Trump," he concluded.
"Now, you would think Trump figures this out," Limbaugh continued, "but he doesn’t give any evidence of it. Like he tweeted something: 'U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes immediately and get health care and tax cuts approved fast and easy. Democrats would do it no doubt.' He’s talking about getting rid of the 60-vote requirement to shut off debate and just go to simple majority on every bill. Does he know that it’s the Republicans that are the roadblock here? He has to know, and certainly if he’s got people around him who know."
Rush was recently criticized by many for seemingly approving of the assault by a Montana Republican candidate on a reporter. The candidate, Greg Gianforte, apologized to the reporter after winning the election.