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RUSH: So the Hollywood left is all atwitter now with The Oprah. They want The Oprah to run for president based on her speech last night. I didn’t watch it. I didn’t tune in to watch the Golden Globes so all I know is what I have been able to inform myself via reading and so forth after the fact. I made it a point not to watch it. I couldn’t have cared less.

But the fact that they’re glomming on to Oprah — (interruption) No, no, no. I have plenty of thoughts about it. I know plenty enough to have thoughts about it, and I have plenty enough thoughts that will not be echoed anywhere else until I say them. I will get to it in due course. They think Trump is a lunatic and insane, and I’m telling you, it is they who are insane and out of control and unhinged. It’s amazing to watch this.

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RUSH: Yeah. So The Oprah, the key to The Oprah success is tears and crying, evidenced by last night’s telecast. I pointed this out many, many moons ago on this very program. Audio sound bites coming up. But the details here. The Oprah gave such a stirring speech. And even the prepub on the speech was that it was gonna be political. And it was.

And now all the usual suspects are saying that Oprah, The Oprah should run for president in 2020. And the guy who hangs around her, Stedman (paraphrasing), “Yeah, she’s thinking about it. She might do it, she could do it.” Now, do any of you remember how Donald Trump was thoroughly mocked, lampooned, and ridiculed by these very people for daring to suggest that Oprah might make a good running mate for him? Do you remember this? You don’t, do you?

Donald Trump said that within a couple of days of announcing he was running back in 2015. He threw Oprah’s name out as a potential running mate, and these very same people had a cow, along with the media and all the elites. They said Trump choosing Oprah was proof that he wasn’t serious. Go back and check it, folks. Of course, you don’t have to, because I’m telling you. I did go back and check it.

Trump said on ABC that he thought Oprah would make a great running mate on the same day he announced. So what’s that, June 16 of 2015, comes down the escalator at Trump Tower, says what we all remember him saying about immigration and Mexicans and criminals and so forth. And everybody was up in arms, and he also had made the point later that Oprah would be a great running mate. And the same people last night that can’t wait for her to run were mocking and ridiculing Trump as being unserious and that his mentioning of Oprah as a potential VP was evidence of it.

Now, two-plus years away from that, two and a half years away, these people cannot wait for Oprah to throw her hat in the ring. How do you think traditional Democrats are reacting to this? Joe Biden. You know he wants it. Forget whether or not that’s practical. You know Biden wants it. And there are a lot of other Democrats, elected Democrats that are gonna throw their hats in the ring. And Hollywood is one of the biggest bank rollers of the Democrat Party.

Hollywood bankrolls the Democrat Party in all of its ridiculous causes. And here’s the Hollywood left — and we’ll get to later what that thing that they did last night means for women. I think that was a disaster last night, making every one of those women wear black and look the same and sound the same and talk the same. But what do you think your real Democrat officials, Democrat National Committee, elected Democrats, pick one, Andrew Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, wants to be president, thinking about running. The things that he is doing are oriented to attract the attention of the radical left. And here comes Oprah with a speech at an awards show and the entire Hollywood left can barely contain themselves.

These people, after deriding and ridiculing Trump for being nothing more than a TV personality and an unserious guy with no electoral or political experience running for president, it’s an insult, it’s absurd, never mind the Republican Never Trumpers. And now, what’s the Democrat Party thinking of doing? And don’t think they’re divorced from this.

Here’s The Oprah, who may be the biggest celebrity they think they have, so now they think, as the copycats that they are, they think that the route to the White House is coming up with a more popular celebrity than Donald Trump is. And now they want to test that with The Oprah. And I’m gonna tell you this. The Oprah is not a nationwide vote-getter like these people think she is.

And nobody in Hollywood is. Tom Hanks, take your pick of any of them. Throw ’em up there, make ’em candidates, put ’em on the stump and I will guarantee you not one of them gets close to what Donald Trump pulled off. No different than the Democrat Party. They sit there and tell themselves that what they think and what they believe is what the vast majority of Americans think and believe.

Hollywood, same thing, they go out and make these movies that nobody’s going to see anymore and yet they tell themselves that they are reflecting and mirroring the majority of Americans. They are as out of touch as the inside-the-Beltway crowd is. What are you smirking at? I don’t think Oprah Winfrey could get anywhere near the total number of millions of votes that the Trumpster got. No way.

By the way, once The Oprah starts talking about the issues that she believes in, it’s gonna be even tougher. All it would be would be a return to Obamaism with widely bigger government, wildly bigger intrusions, slow down economy, a big case could be made. (interruption) What’s your question? What’s your question? Do I think The Oprah would do better than the Hillary? Depends on how hard The Oprah worked. Remember Hillary didn’t work.

Hillary probably couldn’t because her physical circumstances were such that she couldn’t work. She couldn’t stand up half the time, and plus she had this arrogant conceit that she didn’t have to work. Trump didn’t have a prayer. Remember? Back then Trump was unfit. Back then he was insane, back then he was crazy and a lunatic, nobody’s gonna vote for Trump, and all he’s done is vanquish everything and everybody that’s been put in front of him.

So could The Oprah do better than the Hillary? Well, too many variables to state yes or no. We’d have to know how serious Oprah is. How smart is The Oprah? Folks, I’m telling you we’re gonna have to redefine smart. I started on this last Friday, last Thursday and Friday, and there’s a piece in the Stack of Stuff today that somebody sent me that is essentially a restatement of what I had said last week under a different theme about who’s really smart and who’s dumb and who’s outrunning and outfoxing and outsmarting who. And Trump is obviously outfoxing and outsmarting everybody.

How about this. Here we are. We have arrived in media world, folks. This is awards season. This is what the entertainment world lives for. Nighttime NFL games are finished. The holidays are over. A return to normalcy has set in. And so it’s awards season. So we’ve got the Golden Globes. Then we’re gonna have the Grammys or whatever, and then we’re gonna have the foreign press business, and then we’re gonna have the Epidemic Awards, never ending. There will be some Country Music Awards thrown in here.

The next three months are laden with awards ceremonies. What’s Donald Trump done? He’s crashing it. Donald Trump is crashing awards season. His timing is perfect. His idea, if you ask me, is genius. Donald Trump has a world stage to bring attention to whatever he wants to bring attention to. And he’s decided, in the midst of awards season, to have the Fake News Awards.

They were originally supposed to be given out this afternoon at 5 o’clock, but Trump says the winners will be announced on Wednesday, rather than today, because the interest and the importance of these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated. So Trump has the world to bring attention to what he’s going to bring attention to, and that is faux journalism. That is lying out of context, whatever you want to call it, fake news.

Fighting the media endeared this president to millions of Americans who are appalled by journalism’s descent into blatant propaganda. Millions of Americans have tuned out and turned off because they no longer trust it and, worse, they get angered by it. It is obviously unfair. It’s obviously rigged. It’s not even news anymore. The media doesn’t do news. The media has one objective, and it is to advance the fortunes of the Democrat Party and the American left however they can do it.

If the American left and the Democrat Party don’t have anything worth talking about, then the mission is to destroy the opposition: the Republican Party, conservatives, and of course Donald Trump. So Trump is gonna tap into this existing outrage, part of which put him in the White House. And in the midst of the left’s awards season, he’s gonna stick it to a smug pack of faux journalists, and he’s gonna do it with facts, and it’s gonna be hilarious. It’s gonna combine the serious presentation of news with irreverent humor.

Trump is no dummy. Trump understands TV. He understands promotion. He understands buildup. He totally gets social media. He understands and has defined the entertainment industry. He gets the news industry, understands comedy. He has comedic timing. He understands business better than any of his oppenents and critics ever will because they’ve never been in it. And he gets politics.

And he’s taken all these elements of the American landscape and created a presidency like no one’s ever seen before. And that he can do it with a dose of mischief. (laughing) So the Fake News Awards, going to the most corrupt and biased of the mainstream media, presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, right in the midst of Hollywood’s own awards season.

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RUSH: Welcome back, my friends. Rush Limbaugh. Half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair. We start on the phones today with Judy in Houston. Judy, welcome. It’s great to have you.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, it’s an honor. I talked to you a couple years ago and it’s such an honor to speak to you again.

RUSH: I appreciate that. Thank you very much.

CALLER: My birthday is on Friday and this has just made my week. But, anyway, my point is my husband and I watched a little bit of the Globes yesterday, and I just really don’t know what they proved. I mean, they still had their boobs pushed up and their slits all up on their thighs and showing legs —

RUSH: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. What are you saying here? Are you saying that they were trying to tempt men, that they were attempting to arouse men by virtue of their appearance?

CALLER: I would hope not. I mean —

RUSH: Why didn’t they come out dressed like the Handmaid’s Tale babes, you know, wearing the farm based bonnets and so forth. You’re right. You know, I had not noticed that, they did come out there, and they were all wearing black, these cocktail dresses, and I did see some of the boobs pushed up. As a man, you notice those things.

CALLER: My husband noticed.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I noticed. I mean, I think they were just happy that they didn’t have to compete on colors and, “Oh, good, we can all wear black, yay, easy decision.”

RUSH: That’s not why they wore black.

CALLER: Oh. Oh. I see.

RUSH: They wore black because they were in mourning.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Because of Weinstein. Mourning the circumstances in Hollywood.

CALLER: I’m waiting for somebody to edit together all the clips of all the awards where every woman thanked Harvey Weinstein and what he did and how he got —

RUSH: Let me tell you something. Those are legion. Judy, that’s a good point. Thanks for the call. There are pictures circulating — (interruption) What? It is a great point. They show up there, their boobs are pushed up, the thigh slits, you know, on the dresses up there. Why? Why do women do that? Look, I don’t want to sound like an idiot. I know why they do it. The point is how hypocritical? You know, they’re up there supposedly defenseless — you know, the New York Times had a story on this stuff, and it was written by a woman, and she’s right. There’s gonna be a backlash to this.

This woman writing this story said, look, I’m trying to trying to diminish sexual harassment in the workplace, but when did women become so damn helpless, particularly in the midst of feminism? Men have flirted forever. Men have asked women out or for a drink or for their phone number forever. “No. Leave me alone. If you touch me again I’m calling the cops or whatever.” Hollywood’s different. The guy’s asking determine whether you have a future or not. But she has a good point. When did they become such victims?

But my point, there are pictures. Here they’re touting Oprah, right? There are pictures all over the place today of Oprah Winfrey hugging Harvey Weinstein, pecking Harvey Weinstein on the cheek, holding Harvey Weinstein by the arm as he escorts her. They’re all over the place. There are countless pictures of The Oprah with the Harv. What explains that? “I didn’t know. We didn’t know.” Come on! You know, folks, I’m sorry, but I just refuse to have my intelligence insulted.

Do you know why everyone in and out of Hollywood for the past 100 years, you know that they’ve known what a casting couch is, right? Everybody in Hollywood knows what a casting couch is. In fact, everybody not in Hollywood knows what a casting couch is. Because it was never a secret, that the casting couch was part of doing business in one of the sleaziest industries you’ll ever find. The casting couch was, for many women, a requirement.

Hollywood created and maintained a sexist, misogynist culture. And it was not a secret, by virtue of the knowledge of the casting couch alone. It is so omnivorous that the casting couch has become a running joke. But it the point is everyone knew, particularly about the Harv, everyone knew. And these people trying to score points by saying they didn’t know, everybody now pretending they didn’t know? And not just about the Harv.

You know, there are other miscreants in Hollywood, sleazebags, dirt balls. The only way they can get women is to have this kind of power over them. It’s acting. That’s what happens out there. And all of this, “I didn’t know, I didn’t know,” it’s a bunch of acting. Because everybody has known about the casting couch for 100 years, and now they try to tell us they didn’t know. It doesn’t wash.

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RUSH: This is Page Six of the New York Times. “Actress: Weinstein Used Oprah and Naomi to Seduce Me — An aspiring actress says Harvey Weinstein used Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell to dupe her into thinking he would help her with her career — only to use her for sex. British actress Kadian Noble –” It might be Kadian, I have no idea, but it’s K-a-d-i-a-n. “Kadian Noble said that she was head-over-heels impressed when she first met Weinstein at an event in London because he was hanging out with model Campbell and had megastar Oprah ‘swinging off his arm.’” And she’s thinking, oh man, this guy really must have it if The Oprah and Naomi Campbell are hanging around him.

“‘I thought, obviously, this man has something amazing in store for me,’ she said during a teary-eyed press conference in Manhattan to discuss the sex trafficking lawsuit she filed a day earlier against Weinstein in Manhattan federal court.”

This story also from last November, November 28th. “Instead, Weinstein used promises of career advancement to lure the actress to his hotel room in Cannes, France, where he forced himself on her, she said.” I don’t think the hotel’s actually in Cannes. Didn’t Weinstein hang out at the Hotel du Cap? Yes, it’s six of one, half dozen.

Anyway, she says, “I felt completely played.” No, no, no, no. She’s not saying that The Oprah and Naomi Campbell tricked her. She’s saying simply because she saw them hanging around and slobbering all over Harvey that he had to be okay. I mean, if The Oprah is running around with Harvey Weinstein arm in arm and they’re pecking each other on the cheek and if Naomi Campbell’s doing it, my God, this guy must be hot. She said it was that familiarity she saw between them that made her think Weinstein was something that he obviously wasn’t.

Then NBC. Somebody last night tweeted a picture of Oprah under the NBC Twitter feed, “Nothing but respect for OUR future president.” NBC says, “No, no, no, no, no, we didn’t do that. We didn’t do that,” just like we didn’t edit the 911 call there involving Trayvon Martin, George Zimmer. No, no, no, we didn’t. Except that they did do that. NBC did do this last night on Twitter.

So now NBC: The tweet was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.

Really? “Nothing but respect for OUR future president” on the NBC Twitter feed. (imitating NBC) “Oh, we didn’t mean that. That was a joke, it was in reference to something in the monologue that opened the program. That was a third party. Somebody got in there on our feed and started screwing around. It really wasn’t us.”

So NBC’s now saying it doesn’t have control over its Twitter accounts. A third party does all their Twitter tweets? I like that. Twitter tweets. Now, they say Trump is unhinged. But now NBC is claiming, “We didn’t do it” when they tweeted out “nothing but respect for OUR future president.” Somebody at NBC did it.

The bottom line is, how do you ever trust NBC? Even before this, when they edited that 911 call, George Zimmerman trying to make him out to be a racist pig. Well, if you don’t remember that, I gotta take a break. And I want to get some of the audio sound bites involving The Oprah and the Golden Globes, plus your phone calls are still lurking out there behind the yellow blinking lights, all coming up.

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RUSH: This is Walt in East Smithfield, Pennsylvania. Hey, Walt. How you doin’? Staying warm?

CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. We’re staying warm here. Actually, it’s up to a balmy 27 degrees today.

RUSH: Well, congratulations. I’m glad it’s getting livable.

CALLER: Yes, Rush. Proud and pleased to be on the phone with you, to have your ear. Since the beginning of this #MeToo thing started, I had thought, like, “Who benefits from this? What benefit is there?” And at the time, way back in last quarter, I thought, “Well, Oprah might benefit from it. She’s a big powerbroker in Hollywood. Lots of money to, you know, make projects go and what not.” And since the rest of these — you know, the rest of these powerbrokers in the media have, you know, bitten the dust, do you feel that she’s gained…? Let’s say “gained in eminence”? Not become preeminent, but gained in eminence.

RUSH: As what?

CALLER: Oh, as a powerbroker, as a… Well, a political force now, evidently, since her speech last night.

RUSH: Wait a minute. You’re asking in relationship to the #MeToo movement which is —

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: — women finally courageously coming forward and naming sexual harassers and abusers?

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: And so in the process, a bunch of men have been fired, dismissed, humiliated, shamed out of positions of power.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: And Oprah has moved in? You’re saying is Oprah now primed to fill that vacuum?

CALLER: Yes. Yes. Sort of a last man standing, you know, rhetorically.

RUSH: Oprah as the last man standing in Hollywood? Hmm. Well. Do you know whether or not she puts her pants on one leg at a time like all the other guys do?

CALLER: Well, I guess if, you know, she wears pants. The thing about is since the beginning of this all over the media we’ve seen these power brokers be one at a time knocked down.

RUSH: Right. I see where this is going. The Oprah is behind this. I see where you’re going with it.

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