Rush Limbaugh reacted in real time to President Donald Trump's announcement that he OK'd the $1.3 trillion funding bill by twice interjecting —"and stabbing me in the back."
Limbaugh carried the president's announcement live while making comments over it.
Limbaugh's assertion that Trump's action was "stabbing" him in the back appeared to be a reference to his assertion Thursday that Trump would not sign any omnibus package that didn't include funding for the wall.
Limbaugh immediately started taking calls from listeners, and gave his first reaction to the spending bill.
"The Donald Trump agenda just got gutted," Limbaugh said. "The Donald Trump immigration agenda just got gutted. … I don't understand how Trump had to give up the rest of his agenda to get (defense spending)."
Earlier Friday, Limbaugh had reiterated that Trump wouldn't sign the spending bill.
"I do not know how the president can sign this budget. Wait 'til you hear — and you may have heard some of it. But wait 'til you hear what's in this budget. When you hear what's in this budget, it will become crystal clear what the purpose of this budget is. Think of this budget as a branch office of the Mueller investigation trying to throw Trump out of office," Limbaugh said prior to the president's announcement.
Later in his program, Limbaugh said: "I don't find that it was a game-changer. This seemed typical.
"It's much of the same of what we've become accustomed to in witnessing Washington conservatives."
He said that conservatives "keep losing" in Washington "because of this stupid-ass government shutdown fear.
"It becomes indicative of what Democrats want.
"So much of Donald Trump's agenda was stripped away," he said.
Limbaugh said that the cuts to the number of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement centers for detaining illegal immigrants was equal to endorsing the "catch-and-release" program of the Obama administration.
"The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the Republican-controlled Senate have just voted to continue 'catch and release' because we are reducing the space to detain illegal aliens.
"This is the equivalent of closing some jails," Limbaugh said. "This is equivalent of closing some prisons, because there is nowhere to hold them."
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