Rush Limbaugh ripped into the GOP establishment on his radio show Wednesday for being out of touch with the American people.
Limbaugh was attempting to address GOP befuddlement with Donald Trump’s popularity within the Republican Party and his winning streak in the primaries. After all, supporters and critics agree Trump doesn’t fit the Republican profile of a presidential candidate.
“In the case of the anger on the Republican side propelling this primary season…nobody is saying, ‘Hey, why are they mad? What did we do to make them so mad? Maybe we need a seminar or two over here in some lobbyist’s office to figure out why they’re so mad at us?,’” Limbaugh said. “Why don’t you people take a little time out, instead of mischaracterizing the anger, why don’t you follow your own guidelines and try to learn from it? Why don’t you try to ask yourself what have you done that made everybody so mad?”
Greta Van Susteren, on her Fox News program On the Record, played Limbaugh’s segment and took up the subject of Republican anger at the establishment, which has presumably fueled Trump’s popularity. Guest Nina Easton of Fortune magazine agreed with Limbaugh, “Our middle-class dropped below 50 percent for the very first time in decades in December,” Easton said. “We’ve been shedding manufacturing jobs. We’ve been having trouble keeping up with the manufacturing centers in China. This whole world economic trend…has really battered us.”
Easton said Trump talks about those issues and it has led to his popularity as a non-establishment candidate.
Annie Linskey, also a guest on Van Susteren’s show, accused Trump of demagoguery by “stoking anger in the population.” She suggests Trump doesn’t offer any real solutions to the problems. “You need leaders who are going to do more than just demagogue,” she said.