Rush Limbaugh: Wolff’s reference to me is 100 percent false — Video

On Monday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh said the reference to him in Michael Wolff’s anti-Trump book, “Fire and Fury,” is completely false.

“I learned over the weekend that I’m mentioned in this thing,” he said. “It’s not a big mention, but it’s totally false.”

He reiterated: “I mean, it is so untrue, it’s not even close. There’s not even a single word in this reference that is anywhere near the truth.”

He later played the section of the audio book where he was mentioned:

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NARRATOR: “His funeral in Palm Beach on May 20th was quite a study in the currents of right-wing ambivalence and even mortification. Right-wing professionals remained passionate in their outward defense of Trump but were rattled, if not abashed, among one another. At the funeral, Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham struggled to parse support for Trumpism even as they distanced themselves from Trump himself.

“Now, this is at the Roger Ailes memorial, the funeral, what have you,” Limbaugh said. “And it was… I mean, the… Well, it was in May, May 20th. The date’s right and that’s all. At the funeral, nobody spoke other than members of the family. It was at the memorial that people took turns speaking. But, folks, I can tell you, Donald Trump never came up! The subject of Donald Trump was never discussed at the memorial, much less ‘Trumpism.’ I don’t even know what this means.”

He added:

“Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham struggled to parse support for Trumpism even as they distanced themselves from Trump hims…”? And Wolff was there! And Wolff came up to me as the memorial ended and said, “I think I…” Well, I introduced myself to him, and then he said, “I think I owe you an apology.” I said, “What for?” He said, “Well, I misquoted you or got something wrong in a story some years ago.” And I said, “Well, you know, get in line.” But this didn’t happen. I don’t even… I really don’t even understand what it means.

But at the memorial for Roger Ailes, there isn’t a single person that… Look, Trump’s name may have come up with people telling stories (I don’t even think that) but there was no discussion of the Trump presidency or of Ailes’ involvement in or Trumpism, and there certainly wasn’t anybody who tried to distance themselves from Trump or Trumpism at the Roger Ailes memorial. This is entirely… I mean, it is completely made up. I don’t even understand what the basis for that little reference is. ‘Cause it’s totally fake, a hundred percent.

Here’s video of Limbaugh’s statement (Starts at about the 1:07 mark):

It seems the number of errors and false claims in Wolff’s book are growing by the day.  On Monday, the Daily Caller documented eight such errors and falsehoods — which did not include the false account regarding Limbaugh.  For example:

1. The  most striking portrait of Wolff’s carelessness in checking basic facts occurs in the early chapters of the book where he misspells a CNN political analyst’s name, misidentifies the position commerce secretary Wilbur Ross was nominated for at the time, and places a reporter at a restaurant he says he has never been to.

2. Wolff parroted a claim that the president once skipped a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in order to get a haircut. Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker noted several journalists heard the claim, “but no one wrote it bc every source w first-hand knowledge said it simply wasn’t true.”

McConnell’s chief of staff Don Stewart followed up on Parker’s tweet, saying the incident absolutely had not happened.

3. Wolff printed an unsubstantiated claim that Trump had no idea who former House speaker John Boehner was after the election. Trump, however, has tweeted about the former House speaker seven times since July 28, 2011 referencing ongoing political events.

And there’s more…

Nevertheless, liberals and their media masters at outlets like CNN are praising this book and treating it like something handed down from God Almighty as absolute gospel.

Wolff, meanwhile, claims the book “will end” the Trump presidency.

“You know, I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect. That, the story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job. The emperor has no clothes. Suddenly everywhere people are going: ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this – that will end this presidency,” he told BBC Radio.


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