Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday said be believes Hillary Clinton will, indeed, be the Democrat nominee for president, despite her email scandal and other setbacks that have bolstered the campaign of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and pressed nervous Democrats to consider alternatives such as Vice President Joe Biden.
“Folks, we’re talking about a crime family here. We’re talking about people who’ve accepted donations from thugs and nations all over the world and expect her to be president,” Limbaugh told his listeners.
Limbaugh noted that at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis Clinton is “telling everybody – Biden and whoever else – to shut up.”
“She’s already got the votes; she’s got more than she needs,” he said.
Bloomberg reported Clinton staffers were claiming that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the nomination.
Clinton currently has about 130 superdelegates publicly backing her, according to her campaign. But Bloomberg said a person familiar with recent conversations in Minneapolis said private commitments increase that number to more than 440, which is about 20 percent of the number of delegates needed.
“Everybody is sending me emails about Hillary Clinton,” Limbaugh said. “Do any of you really, really think she’s not going to be the nominee? Come on, let’s get serious! There isn’t anybody else that’s gonna be the Democrat nominee. All of this doesn’t mean anything. … For crying out loud, you see what happened with Ed Rendell, Fast Eddie?”
Limbaugh said Rendell had expressed alarm about the email scandal.
“The next morning he found a horse head in his bed or something ’cause he’s on the Hillary team,” Limbaugh said. “Doug Schoen, Fox News, says (paraphrased), ‘I don’t think that she can make it. She’s in real trouble. I think this is worse. This is bad. Democrats have never seen this!’
Then, the next day, Limbaugh said, Shoen is saying, “I don’t care about all that! Hillary’s still the nominee.”
“You’ve gotta realize who we’re dealing with here. I know it’s a fantasy to think that Hillary might not make it and it’s also … it’s a great fantasy. They’re asking Trump, ‘Will you take the third-party pledge?’ I’d like somebody to ask Hillary that. ‘Hillary, if you don’t get your party’s nomination, would you promise not to run as an independent?’ I’d like just one journalist to ask her that question.”
He said of Sanders: “It isn’t gonna be Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is not gonna get the nomination.”
And of Biden?
“Joe Biden has not demonstrated he can win anything at the top of a ticket. It’s wishful thinking. I’m part of the group wishing it’d be somebody else just for the fun of it.”