Rush for Trump?
Is Rush Limbaugh endorsing Donald Trump? Not exactly. The conservative radio legend seems to be playing devil's advocate, vacillitating between admiration for the billionaire businessman and noncommittal hypothetical praise of Texas Senator for his principled conservatism.
But there's one candidate he doesn't support: John Kasich. With that in mind, Rush took a turn in Trump's direction this week, urging Ohio primary voters to stop him by voting for Trump. As Newsmax notes:
Rush Limbaugh on Monday urged his listeners in Ohio to vote for Donald Trump over Gov. John Kasich in the state's Tuesday primary.
"My preference is that Trump win Florida and Ohio," Limbaugh said.
"Have you heard what Kasich did today?" he continued.
"I'm gonna tell you what's happening here, folks. Kasich has come out full-throated, 100 percent for amnesty. He is talking like Jeb Bush talks about amnesty and the illegal immigrants as gifts from God or some such thing."
Rush said the only way to clear the field, and allow Cruz to emerge as the real conservative challenger to Trump, is for Rubio and Kasich to lose and quit the race.
"What's going on here, the establishment has one last great hope, and that's Kasich winning in Ohio," he said.
"But if [Kasich’s] elected president within the first hundred days we're gonna get comprehensive immigration reform, amnesty," Rush said.
Limbaugh noted that only Cruz can still beat Trump.
"Now, even if Kasich wins Ohio, he's mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination in the primaries," Limbaugh said. "He cannot get the 1,237 even if he wins Ohio. If he loses it, it's not even close."
It's a reasonable strategy, but it begs the question: is Rush secretly in the tank for Trump?