Rush Limbaugh Slams Trump Legal Team

The EIB host and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is not impressed.

Another sign that we’re seeing the beginning of the end of the farce that is the Trump challenge to the election results: he’s lost El Rushbo.

Mediaite (“Rush Limbaugh Slams Trump Legal Team: ‘They Promised Blockbuster Stuff and Then Nothing Happened’“):

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is unimpressed by the efforts of President Donald Trump’s legal team to advance his baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged.

On Monday, Limbaugh opened his show by saying he didn’t know what to make of the Sidney Powell situation, now that the Trump team is distancing themselves from her after days of her unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. The Trump campaign claims Powell is “not a member of the Trump Legal Team” nor a personal lawyer to the president. But Limbaugh pointed out that it’s hard to deny her involvement after her appearance at the news conference led by Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis last Thursday.

“It’s a tough thing to deny she was ever a part of it because they introduced her as part of it,” Limbaugh said. “She was at that press conference last week.”

Shrewd observation, no?

Moving on to the presser itself, Limbaugh recalled that Team Trump seemed like they were about to release devastating evidence for their legal case, but the radio host was underwhelmed.

You call a gigantic press conference like that — one that lasts an hour — and you announce massive bombshells, then you better have some bombshells. There better be something at that press conference other than what we got…I talked to so many people who were blown away by it, by the very nature of the press conference. They promised blockbuster stuff and then nothing happened, and that’s just, it’s not good.

Limbaugh concluded his thoughts on this with “If you’re gonna do a press conference like that with the promise of blockbusters, then there has to be something more than what that press conference delivered.”

Indeed. Aside from an unprecedented assault on American democracy, it’s just bad television.

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  1. Jay L Gischer says:

    It kind of reminds me of the sort of thing people hate JJ Abrams for. He always seems to promise a big surprise in the box, but often doesn’t deliver on that promise.

  2. BugManDan says:

    Sounds like he is describing the Capone’s vault television special.

  3. Mister Bluster says:

    Mister “I’ll tell you what to think!”
    The biggest Lying Gasbag on the Radio Waves is disappointed in his boyfriend President Perfidious.
    Boo Hoo Hoo!
    Cry me a river.

  4. Mu Yixiao says:


    I watched that with my dad–who knew Capone (as a 12-year-old he was a driver for a couple of Capone’s lieutenants). He kept laughing. When then got to the “big reveal”, and Geraldo started going on about “What will be fin behind this wall?”

    Dad replied “Lake Michigan, you idiot”

    I loved my dad. 😀

  5. Mu Yixiao says:

    s/be fin/we find

    My kingdom for an edit button! (or more awareness of what I’m typing).

  6. Teve says:

    @Jay L Gischer: I came to the conclusion a while back that JJ Abrams just isn’t good. His Trek movies were not good. His Star Wars movies weren’t good. Fake Lens Flare is one of the rare things that is so stupid and counterproductive that it makes me very angry. If I were a studio head I would invite him over just so I could call the police and have him trespassed.

  7. CSK says:

    I wonder how Trump will react to having his team criticized by Limbaugh, his BFF?

    I also wonder how the Trumpkins will react to Limbaugh’s betrayal of their savior.

  8. Jay L Gischer says:

    @Teve: I would have to demur on a categorical judgement of Abrams as “not good”. I really liked the first Star Trek. “The Force Awakens” is something I really love, even though there’s maybe 10 minutes that’s just dumb.

    He makes beautiful, beautiful pictures on the screen, and that’s 70 percent of a film director’s job. (I use Eddie Izzards formula “it’s 70 percent how you look, 20 percent how you sound, and 10 percent what you say”). His miss rate isn’t that much worse than other directors, it’s just in a place that I find hits me really hard.

    And yet, when it was announced that they were bringing him back for The Rise of Skywalker, I feared I would be disappointed by how they wrapped it all up. And yeah, I was. EVEN THOUGH the whole sequence on the wrecked Death Star in the ocean was magnificent. I could watch it a hundred times, its so beautiful.

  9. Kathy says:


    I guess we’ll find which blowhard blows harder?

  10. Teve says:

    @Jay L Gischer: he’s given the opportunity to make a big budget feature film in the Star Trek reboot and the best he can come up with is to redo the Wrath of Khan? They dramatically introduced John Boyega and then basically ignore him for the rest of the series? He gets to do a Star Wars movie and the best he can come up with is let’s make a bigger Death Star? FAKE FUCKING LENS FLARE??? Personally I think the guy makes stupid decisions. I would’ve hired you to direct the movie before I would’ve hired him.

  11. Raoul says:

    Ok, the legal team is a mess, I do not need Limbaugh to tell me this and I don’t think there is any need to publicize his views. Can he just retire onwards to the sunset?

  12. CSK says:

    Indeed. I’m looking forward to the rationalizations.

  13. Gustopher says:

    @Teve: His Star Trek felt like Star Wars, but then his Star Wars just sucked, which surprised me. Everything wrong in his Star Trek would have worked in Star Wars, where there is always more action.

    I don’t mind the stupid lens flare, fake or not, it’s something you can get used to. Everything else though…

    The Force Awakens was better than The Rise Of Skywalker, but still not good — a rehash of a better movie, breaking the way hyperspace has been portrayed. He does a competent job at telling stories, but a lot of the stories he chooses to tell are crap.

  14. Jay L Gischer says:

    @Teve, @Gustopher: You know, everyone gets to have their own opinion, and I really don’t want to get in a food fight over whether movie X is “good” or “bad”. That’s a binary.

    What I’m saying about JJ is that on the level of individual scenes, mostly they look great and work well. There’s parts of each of these that are wonderful.

    And, I don’t think it was just JJ that kind of screwed the pooch with The Rise of Skywalker. There was enough fan pushback on The Last Jedi, that they chickened out and either soft-pedaled or walked stuff back. Also, they were severely damaged, probably more than we know, by Carrie Fisher’s untimely death. So lots of things went into making that miss.

    And yet, it has one of the most memorable scenes in all of SW – beautiful and emotional – this one.

    We each engage with art in different ways, and I’m ok with that.

  15. matt bernius says:

    Once again, I got one am happy the Limbaugh is alive to witness the outcome of all his hard work.

  16. HarvardLaw92 says:


    Little Miss Moffet over at the GSA signed off on ascertainment. The official transition can begin.

  17. CSK says:

    This is about as close to a concession as Trump will get.

  18. HarvardLaw92 says:


    Little Miss Moffet over at the GSA signed off on ascertainment. The official transition can begin. @CSK:

    Indeed. That “please don’t fire me” letter was cringeworthy though, tbh. This one really doesn’t get it.

  19. David S. says:

    Re: JJ Abrams,

    TROS was the first time he ever really had to finish something, and he basically couldn’t deliver. Admittedly, he’s not the only one who might be blamed, but he definitely didn’t demonstrate any kind of sudden genius-after-all. Patrick Willems on YouTube did a good dive into his entire body of work trying to figure out what actually makes him tick and it’s basically that he’s good at setting up puzzle boxes, but he has no idea what the solution is. Abrams goes into my list of directors who aren’t actually good at directing, but still quality craftsmen in other areas of filmmaking.

  20. EddieInCA says:

    @Jay L Gischer: @Teve:

    Teve says:
    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 17:28

    @Jay L Gischer: I came to the conclusion a while back that JJ Abrams just isn’t good.

    While I’m not a huge JJ fan, I will disagree that he is not good. Hollywood cares about one thing: Profit.

    By that metric, JJ Abrams is VERY, VERY good. The film box office for movies he has directed is over $2.185B. And, that without his success in television, which includes “Lost”, “Alias”, “Felicity”, “Fringe”, “Revolution” and”WestWorld”.

    But, I find him, like you, very pedantic in much of what he directs.

  21. Matt says:

    @Jay L Gischer: Holy shit the fight choreography is absolutely horrible. Just on a basic level I’m not even talking about how they butchered the light sabre fighting styles that are present in the universe. In the first 5 seconds of the “fight” Kylo could of easily stabbed her at least four times. Please tell me there’s a plot reason why she’s attacking in such a haphazard and clumsy way and Kylo isn’t wrecking her for it…

    Also why is the light side “Jedi” fighting like a sith and the “sith” fighting like a jedi? WTF is going on in that clip???

    My god every time I see a clip of the new star wars it just makes me glad I didn’t bother watching them. Although the background was pretty and the sound work was well done.

  22. wr says:

    @Jay L Gischer: “He makes beautiful, beautiful pictures on the screen, and that’s 70 percent of a film director’s job.”

    That’s actually the cinematographer’s job. 70% of the director’s job is to tell a coherent story, and Abrams can generally do that. Unfortunately his main technique is to appropriate scenes and storylines from other movies and then, failing to understand what made them work in the first place, strip them of all honest emotional content and replace that with snazzy mechanics.

    Abrams is much better as a producer than as a writer or director — he never seems to be afraid to hire others who are much more talented than he is, from Brad Bird to Rian Johnson and beyond.

  23. wr says:

    @EddieInCA: “While I’m not a huge JJ fan, I will disagree that he is not good. Hollywood cares about one thing: Profit. By that metric, JJ Abrams is VERY, VERY good.”

    Sure, but unless we are profit participants here — spoiler: I’m not — why should we apply that metric when judging his work?

    I think Abrams would be a really good studio head, because his talents in hiring others and letting them shine is much greater than those in actually doing the work. He should follow the lead of former television writers like Aaron Spelling and simply become a mogul.

  24. mattbernius says:


    That’s actually the cinematographer’s job. 70% of the director’s job is to tell a coherent story, and Abrams can generally do that.

    Which TBH still puts him ahead of Zack Snyder who is the prime example of a cinematographer who somehow convinced the world that he is a “visionary” director.

  25. Not the IT Dept. says:

    Grabbing the thread by the hair for a moment and dragging it back to the subject of the post, I wonder if this is how the post-Trump authoritarian leader will emerge: by watching the street brawl that is going to erupt amongst Trump supporters and then allying himself (it’s going to be a “him”, definitely) to the most viable factions and pulling them together again. Then motivating them with calls of revenge.

    Trump doesn’t matter anymore. It’s the future we’ve got to look out for.

  26. Kingdaddy says:

    @Gustopher: Abrams’ modus operandi is to update older, better movies and TV shows.

    Alias = Mission Impossible/The Avengers
    Cloverfield = Godzilla
    Fringe = The X-Files/The Invaders
    Star Trek = Star Trek
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens = Star Wars: A New Hope

    Probably his most original creation was Lost…Sorta. It was very much like the X-Files, in that the writers threw in weird, suggestive developments, just for the sake of the weirdness. Most of them went unresolved, or had rushed, unsatisfying explanations. In that sense, Lost had an original premise (plane crash, international characters), but not an original motif.

  27. Grewgills says:

    I usually like the 1st 1/3 to 1/2 of any Abram’s show of movie. They look great, there is generally a good set up (even if borrowed), then as the story moves through the climax to where most people would expect a resolution he adds more/bigger climaxes that make progressively less sense until all verisimilitude is torn apart by less and less sensical action sequences. After all that he tacks on a perfunctory resolution and calls it a day.

  28. Grewgills says:


    Probably his most original creation was Lost…Sorta.

    Lost was sort of a mashup of “The Prisoner” and “Gilligans’s Island”.