Rush Limbaugh ties coronavirus warnings to the “deep state” trying to undermine Trump and the 2016 election

Limbaugh on Drs. Fauci and Birx: “I know they're data slaves, they live and breathe and die by it.”

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Citation From the March 30, 2020, edition of Premiere Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show

CALLER: Quick comment, and then question for you. The essence of numbers and math, it's not to make simple things complicated, but it's more to make complicated things simple. And all these numbers and statistics that we keep seeing and thrown at us, without a perspective or context, they're useless. And so my question to you would be, how come Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx aren't using these numbers and statistics they have, and putting them more in context or perspective on each day for the American people to better understand?

RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Well, you know, I — heh, heh, heh — I don't — I would have to speculate on Drs. Fauci and Birx. I know they're data slaves, they live and breathe and die by it. And I know that they are into their models and all that. And I know that by trade, they have to be doomsayers. At the end of the day, they have to be doomsayers, they have to warn of the worst. Whether they enjoy that or not, I — I don't know.

Then there's — here, look, I'm dancing around something here. I alluded to this last Friday, in the all-too brief phone call I made to the program, to let you all know I was still alive. I have a building, an ongoing problem with — we called it the “deep state,” but whatever it is. This layer of experts in everything, be it intelligence, foreign policy, health, whatever. We didn't elect any of these people, and we're told they're experts and that we must abide, and we have no choice. And I've just seen too much in the past three years of this large group of people trying to undermine Donald Trump and the 2016 election.

I'm sorry, I cannot put it out of my mind. I'm not accusing anybody of anything here. I'm just saying it would be silly to not factor this in. You can't deny — intelligence guided by experience. We have seen how this deep state operates.

What are you — what are you grimacing at in there? You think I'm overstepping on this Snerdley? I'm just sharing my honest — a guy asked me a question here. And I have seen — by the same token, Donald Trump, President Trump seems to have profound respect for both these people, so that's fine. I just can't, I can't erase what I've seen from the so-called deep state and the attempt to undermine the entire election of 2016. And I know that we elected Donald Trump to fix stuff like this, we didn't elect these people that we don't know, who were not on a ballot, who have not campaigned to us, and about whom we don't know much, other than their stated and proclaimed level of expertise in their field of expertise, in this case, infectious diseases, and overall American health.

So, this is a danger of hosting a show when being honest. A guy calls you, asks you what you think about something, and bammo.

I just — he says, where do these numbers come from? These numbers don't — they have no, we have no perspective, no context to these numbers. And I know what he means. We have a press conference yesterday, and we're told 100,000, maybe 200,000 could die. Oh, no! No, 2.2. million people could die — if we don't mitigate. But we did mitigate. Why did they put that number out there yesterday? The president did, too. Why'd they do it? It's unnecessary. The number's not relevant anymore. Nobody is saying 2.2. million. But it's out there now, as a highwater mark. So it's going to be used to show how successful the efforts have been.