On Monday, Rush Limbaugh responded to Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) recent criticisms of American nationalism associated with President Donald Trump.

McCain’s regularly frames the “America First” platform pushed by Trump and his supporters as amounting to an American retreat from global leadership; casting the post-WWII international order as worthy of preservation and further expansion. “America First,” suggests McCain, is rooted in irrational fears of globalization and bigotry toward foreigners.

Limbaugh described the “America First” ethos as rooted in a desire to reassert American global leadership after decades of its diminution by “the establishment”; a group which he describes McCain as a “proud member” of.

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It was Barack Obama who started this process of taking America out of the leadership role, and you couldn’t say enough good things about him, Senator McCain. It was Barack Obama and his two terms — and everybody he hired to work with him — who set about to make Iran a nuclear power? How in the world would a United States-led world permit that to happen, for the good of humanity? Senator McCain, with all due respect, you’ve got this totally backwards.

Your club or members in your club were actively presiding over the decline of the United States as a leader in the world, as a beacon of freedom.

Your definition of open and leading the world is to open our borders and let the disadvantaged race in! Sorry. That’s not what leadership of the world means. But too many people think leadership of the world meant we need to act on our guilt. We have guilt that we are so wealthier, so richer, so more advanced than most nations on earth, it isn’t fair, and so we must let the downtrodden in because we’ve made them downtrodden.

That’s what your club has started turning this country into, and that’s why people are standing up against it. ...

Your club or members in your club were actively presiding over the decline of the United States as a leader in the world, as a beacon of freedom.

Your definition of open and leading the world is to open our borders and let the disadvantaged race in! Sorry. That’s not what leadership of the world means. But too many people think leadership of the world meant we need to act on our guilt. We have guilt that we are so wealthier, so richer, so more advanced than most nations on earth, it isn’t fair, and so we must let the downtrodden in because we’ve made them downtrodden.





Rush Limbaugh Explains 'America First' Nationalism To John McCain
Says McCain and "the establishment" have overseen decades of American decline.