Anti-establishment is in: Limbaugh and Levin back Cruz, Paglia warms to Trump

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Pundits of all stripes and political leanings are jumping on the anti-establishment bandwagon.

Conservative bulwark Rush Limbaugh called GOP candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz the “closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan.”

Trump-Cruz-TW“I think he has the ability to appeal to everybody,” said Limbaugh in a Fox News interview.

“That debate the other night that you guys did — I don’t mean this to be insulting to anybody, I’m just telling you what I saw — he was on a different league. He was in a different league, on a different planet. Everybody says ‘we need substance in these debates,’ you got it. You got it from Cruz. The other guys are doing what they were doing. At one point, [Donald] Trump even had to say, ‘Yeah, whatever Ted said, I agree with.’ He’s in a different league.”

Limbaugh continued, highlighting why the establishment opposes Cruz:

“Establishment doesn’t like him either. It’s not just Trump. And that’s because he is who he is. He is conservative. He does want to get government out of people’s lives, and that, we can’t have that if you’re the establishment.”

Conservative syndicated radio host Mark Levin said he chose to endorse Cruz after an emotional response in the days after the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

“I support Ted Cruz for the president of the United States because I believe he embraces, he understands and he has fought for throughout his life as well the Constitution, the Republic, individual sovereignty, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, family, faith, a secure border, our national security.”

Feminist icon Camille Paglia, meanwhile, wrote that Donald Trump “may still be a carnival barker, but he’s looking more and more like a president!

“Trump’s fearless candor and brash energy feel like a great gust of fresh air, sweeping the tedious clichés and constant guilt-tripping of political correctness out to sea. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose every word and policy statement on the campaign trail are spoon-fed to her by a giant paid staff and army of shadowy advisors, Trump is his own man, with a steely “damn the torpedoes” attitude.

“As for a debasement of the presidency by Trump’s slanging matches about penis size, that sorry process was initiated by a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who chatted about his underwear on TV, let Hollywood pals jump up and down on the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom, and played lewd cigar games with an intern in the White House offices.

“Primary voters nationwide are clearly responding to Trump’s brand of classic can-do American moxie. There has been a sense of weary paralysis in our increasingly Byzantine and monstrously wasteful government bureaucracies. Putting a bottom-line businessman with executive experience into the White House has probably been long overdue.”

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