Talk show host Rush Limbaugh Thursday mocked the mainstream media’s eruption of outrage over a pair of presidential tweets slamming the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and noted that media hosts who dish out abuse often cannot seem to take it.
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Limbaugh chuckled while he discussed the condemnation has been receiving for his tweets, and noted that he too felt the MSNBC duo’s wrath after he met with them five years ago.
“They came by here and they were here for about an hour. Could not have been nicer,” he said. “And I ended up giving each of them an engraved EIB iPad. Do you remember? And they were thrilled, they were happy, and they walked out of here with them after about an hour. And Mika even used her EIB iPad on MSNBC. I have a picture of her using it, showing, flashing it.”
But things changed.
“It was about three weeks later that they started trashing me like I have never been trashed. I don’t even remember what about. And I didn’t hear it ’cause I don’t watch MSNBC. I was told about it. I had no clue … I didn’t do anything. I gave them an iPad. They came down here unannounced. I brought ’em in here for an hour, and they sat here and talked,” he said.
Limbaugh then recounted a snippet of a dinner conversation he had with Trump in March.
“He (Trump) said, ‘Those two are weird.’ And I just sat there. He said, ‘Yeah, New Year’s Eve, they call, they begged to come to Mar-a-Lago. They want to be around me. They come to Mar-a-Lago. I said, ‘I gotta let ’em in, I’m president-elect, they want to come.’ I didn’t want them there, but they wanted to come. And they hang out for all three days, and I kind of felt obligated to have ’em.’” Limbaugh said, adding that Trump had been “bugged by that ever since it happened.”
Limbaugh then contrasted how he generally ignores media attacks with Trump’s habit of fighting back.
” … they have been relentless in their smears and attacks. I just ignore it, Limbaugh said. “Now, Trump is not that way. Trump obviously cares. And Trump, when you hit Trump he is gonna come back at you times five harder. That’s just the way he does it.”
Limbaugh then noted that journalists have a “one-way street” in which they attack others but do not like to be attacked themselves.
“I often suggested that if you really have a problem with the media, go after them the way they go after everybody else. Well, we have somebody now that’s doing that, and his name is D. J. Trump. And this is what it looks like. If you’ve always wanted, if you have thought that it would be nice for journalists to get a taste of their own medicine, you’re watching it happening here,” he said.
Limbaugh also downplayed the tweet.
“Aside from the plastic surgery or face-lift comment, what Trump said about Scarborough-Brzezinski today is not new. He’s been saying things like this about them for quite a while,” he said.
“But these two have spent months trashing Trump after sucking up to him all during the summer of 2015. The summer and fall of 2015 they couldn’t get enough of him. He was on MSNBC. They were sucking up like you can’t believe. Now they’ve done a 180 for who knows whatever reasons, and if you do that to Trump, from what I gather, he’s gonna come back at you,” Limbaugh added.
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