I don’t think there’s really another way to characterize what he apparently said on his show today. According to Politico (I don’t have audio yet, but will work to get it as soon as I can), Limbaugh spent time today addressing the furor caused by his remarks yesterday about the Michelle Fields/Corey Lewandowski incident, some of which we covered here.
Apparently, in addition to saying that the whole thing was a political attack on Trump, Limbaugh went on to say that the fact that CNN was airing the video at all was evidence that CNN wants to “destroy Trump” (which is a ludicrous assertion for anyone who actually watches CNN, as I do almost all day every day), and basically complained that it was unfair for CNN to have a Cruz spox and a Kasich spox up against Katrina Pierson to discuss the issue yesterday.
As you might have predicted, people were not amused, and so Rush today basically threw in the towel:
By Wednesday, it was clear that Limbaugh had felt wrath from all comers.
“Because no matter what I say, I am convinced people cannot listen anymore, and no matter what I say, it is going to be misconstrued into one of two things: Either I am defending Lewandowski, or I am trying to destroy Trump in order to help Ted Cruz,” Limbaugh remarked. “And I have done neither, said neither.”
“Yesterday all I did on this program was to review for people who may not have been able to see the video because it was happening while the program was on the air, just telling people what had happened, and I commented on how much time CNN was spending on this,” the host said.
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Regardless, Limbaugh continued, “because tensions are so tight, everybody is wound up to such a feverish pitch here, that no matter what I say is misunderstood and is not helpful.”
“And so on this story going forward, I have no opinion. We have the latest in sound bites, we have the latest in the news on it,” Limbaugh declared. “I’m even reluctant to just tell you what the latest is because of how that’s gonna be misinterpreted.”
The Lewandowski-Fields incident “may not be the only subject about which I have to muzzle my own self here, and silence myself at least from the standpoint of opinions,” he contended.
“Because it’s apparently impossible to be correctly, properly, understood,” he concluded. “So, that’s that.”
Rush Limbaugh’s job is to be correctly and properly understood when it comes to conservative politics. He’s been doing it for about 3 decades now with no apparent problem in making himself understood. And I think he’s making himself perfectly well understood during this primary season as well. He just doesn’t like the fact that for the first time in his history, a significant portion of his audience is pushing back, and so he’s trying to walk the line and pretend that he doesn’t think what he clearly does think.
I think this is a pretty fairly accurate summary of what Rush Limbaugh is saying in this clip: