RUSH: An act of utter irresponsibility occurred on CNN last night on Wolf Blitzer’s show — an act of total derangement, irresponsibility, and danger. To me, what CNN did last night disqualifies them from discussions of journalism, from giving them serious consideration and credibility. They did a report that… Well, let me let you hear it. Brian Todd reporting on Wolf Blitzer’s show, the Situation Room, last night on CNN…
TODD: A cabinet secretary called “the designated presidential successor” will not attend the inauguration, ready to step in if something happens. But it won’t be a Trump cabinet secretary since none of them have been confirmed yet. It will be an Obama appointee. By noon Friday, all of Obama’s cabinet secretaries are expected to resign. John Kerry, the current secretary of state, will be the first cabinet secretary in the line of succession, but he’s out of office by noon. Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, may not be confirmed for another week or two. So who would be secretary of state on Friday afternoon? According to State Department sources, the job would fall to the highest-ranking nonpolitical official in the department: The undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon.
RUSH: What this report is about, is CNN explaining to their audience what would happen — who would become president — if somebody assassinated Donald Trump before the inauguration ceremony tomorrow. We prepare for what Reagan called “a miracle.” The peaceful transition of power that occurs in the United States every four or eight years (depending) is, in the real world, a miracle. That it happens peacefully, that it happens at all. It’s not normal that people with power willingly give it up. It is one of the many miracles of this country.
The Democrat Party cannot, has not, and will not come to grips with what has happened. They cannot accept, they haven’t been able to accept, and they don’t want to accept what happened last November. I think of all of the stories in the past where there have been shootings, say, on school campuses, school grounds or in movie theaters. Each and every time without exception CNN, ABC, the Drive-By Media did everything they could to make viewers believe that the shooting, the mass murder, was a result of conservative media, primarily talk radio, primarily me, and then Fox News.
In one instance in Colorado, after a movie theater shooting in Colorado, Brian Ross of ABC News had the name of the shooter. The first thing Brian Ross did was get hold of a roster of members of the Tea Party to see if he could find the name. And, lo and behold, he found somebody on the membership rolls of the Tea Party in Colorado with the same name as the shooter! And really, before knowing anything, went on the air, on ABC — it might have been Good Morning America, I forget what particular show — and actually said, “While we haven’t been able to confirm it, it is possible that the shooter is a member of the Tea Party!”
It was their instinct, knee-jerk reaction. They believe any violence that happens in this country is caused by conservatism — caused by people who love and believe in the Second Amendment — and have done everything they can to impugn, besmirch, discredit, and destroy anybody who has leanings toward conservatism and the Second Amendment, gun rights, and so forth and so on. And yet here now is CNN with a story last night. You know how many deranged people are out there?
RUSH: There is a post from somebody. I have forgotten who, and I don’t want to start looking at The Stack right now. It would just distract me. But somebody made the point somewhere last night that Donald Trump studied thousands of hours of Rush Limbaugh before deciding to make the run. He studied thousands of hours of me to learn the lingo, the mechanism by which to connect to voters. I don’t know if it’s true. I think it’s fascinating there’s somebody out there that thinks this.
And if there’s any grain of truth to it, I can’t confirm it. I don’t know.