Former President Donald Trump praised conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday, as a “legend.” With that and other interviews, Trump re-emerged also marveling that impeachment seemed to have boosted his approval ratings.
“He was with me right from the beginning. And he liked what I said and he agreed with what I said. And he was just a great gentleman. Great man,” Trump said in a phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“He was a very unique guy. And he had tremendous insight. He got it. He really got it,” Trump said. Later on the show dedicated to Limbaugh, talk show host Mark Levin recalled that the “self-educated” Limbaugh, who had no degree, read voraciously and was devoted to his massive audience as family.
In a phone interview with Newsmax TV host Greg Kelly, Trump said: “Rush Limbaugh thought we won the election. We did win the election. It was disgraceful what happened.”
“We were like a third-world country on election night with the closing down of centers. … You don’t know how angry this country is, and people were furious,” Trump said.
Asked by Kelly if he has any plans to run again in 2024, Trump said: “Well, we have tremendous support. I won’t say yet, but we have tremendous support.”
Trump pointed to recent polling showing his approval ratings are up again after Democrats failed to impeach him for the second time.
“I’m looking at poll numbers that are through the roof. … I’m the only guy that gets impeached and my numbers go up,” he continued. “Figure that one out. … Typically, your numbers would go down. They would go down like a lead balloon.”
Trump marveled at the crowd that gathered in Palm Beach to show support for him on Presidents’ Day shortly after the Senate acquitted him.
“It grew out of nothing, and it was thousands and thousands of people,” he said. “There’s tremendous love and tremendous spirit in this country.”
Trump said the Make America Great Again movement he started is still strong.
“The whole MAGA movement, call it MAGA, call it whatever you want, call it America First as opposed to America last,” he said.