Talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday ridiculed claims that Democrat Jon Ossoff’s strong showing in the first phase of a special election to fill a Georgia seat in the House of Representatives was a Democrat victory.
Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote, just short of the majority needed for an outright win in a normally Republican-leaning district represented until recently by Tom Price, who vacated the seat to become Health and Human Services Secretary.
Ossoff now faces Republican Karen Handel, who with 19.8 percent was the top finisher of the 11 candidates splitting the GOP vote.
CNN focused on the fact that Ossoff had come close to a win, and said the “hotly contested race carried major implications as a gauge of the president’s popularity.”
Limbaugh instead interpreted the numbers as indicative of Democrat weakness.
“If they couldn’t get 50 percent of the vote with 11 or 12 Republicans and an $8 million advantage in spending and all of Hollywood’s influence, Samuel L. Jackson and, you know, whatever B-listers they brought in there, all the free local media that no doubt was in favor of the Democrats, and they still couldn’t pull this off,” Limbaugh mocked.
“I will continue to support the Democrats in victory after victory of this type for as long as they want,” Limbaugh said.
“In their world, he won. In the real world, they lost,” he said. “With a Republican vote split 11 ways, they still couldn’t win. This is reality, and this is the way you have to look at this. And if the Democrats don’t look at it this way, they’re gonna keep looking, because they’re gonna continue to lie to themselves like they’re doing today, telling themselves they had a moral win, and they got ever so close and they’re gonna win the runoff.”
Limbaugh noted that the CNN-style celebration reveals that the Georgia election is being used as part of a media propaganda campaign aimed at President Donald Trump.
“The media is actually leading the charge, again. As you see, it’s the media carrying that water. It’s not the Democrats. The Democrats are followers on this. The Democrats are taking their cues from the media. The media is desperate to portray this election last night as something that it was not,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh noted that Ossoff’s strong showing was due strictly to outside influence.
“Now, in his victory-for-the-ages speech last night, Ossoff blamed outside money and interests … for his loss. You know how much outside money opposed Ossoff last night? Something like that $2 million. You know how much outside money supported Ossoff last night? Close to $10 million,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh said the media make the election in Georgia appear to be something it is not.
“They had a bad candidate who was hyped and fueled beyond any realistic human experience and ability. He was aided and abetted by outside money from people who have no idea what that district is. Most of the people that gave money to this guy would need a visa (sic) to even find this district in Georgia,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh said that special elections are the Democrats’ hope.
“They were hoping this Pajama Boy kid would win last night down in Georgia Six, anything to give them evidence that Trump has worn out his welcome with the voters, which would then give them backup for continuing to oppose Trump. But it’s not going their way. Every time there is a verdict to be rendered, Trump-slash-Republicans are winning it.”
“Because right now the entire Washington establishment is doing everything it can to drive a wedge between Trump voters and Trump. They are hoping that they can make you Trump voters get tired of Trump, worn out, convinced that Trump can’t succeed,” he said, because they understand that other than the voters, Trump is a president without allies.
“They want you blaming Trump for tax reform not getting done. They want you blaming Trump for health care not getting done. They want you to see that it doesn’t matter, a president can’t do diddly-squat on his own, not even the all-powerful Trump. And that’s the real takeaway from this election last night, how official Washington is disappointed as the Democrats are, ’cause it’s not going their way in slowing down Trump,” he added.