Transcript from the Rush Limbaugh show October 13, 2015:
“… it turns out that that woman who asked (Donald Trump) the question was a Jeb Bush plant. The Jeb Bush campaign planted a woman in the audience…
Her name is Lauren Batchelder and…. she’s a campaign activist for Jeb Bush, and she was sent in there to ask Trump a question about women…
This is how it started. This is that woman, Lauren Batchelder at the No Labels Problem Solver convention, and she’s the woman that stood up and asked this question. This is the Jeb Bush campaign worker.
BATCHELDER: Okay, okay, so maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think that you’re a friend to woman [sic]. How — what it — (cheers and applause)
RUSH: Right. And then here come the cheers. You know, that question had to be planted because there’s nobody on earth that would naturally ask that question. Not of Trump. Unless it’s a planted question. So here you have a Republican presidential campaign, the Jeb Bush campaign, trying to expose a fellow Republican using this stupid War on Women thing that the Democrats created. It’s juvenile in this day and age to think you’re going to get away with this, number one, that these people can’t be found out. It’s the age of the Internet, number one. So you’re going to find out who these people are. Number two, it’s just so weird. It’s obviously a planted question. Here is the way Trump dealt with it.
TRUMP: I knew I shouldn’t have picked her. I respect women incredibly. I have had women working for me in positions that they’d never work in terms of so many different jobs. I had a woman who was in charge of the building of Trump Tower many years ago, before anybody would have even thought of it, and did a fantastic job. I have given women more opportunity than I would say virtually anybody in the construction industry. I have a daughter named Ivanka and a wife named Melanie, who constantly want me to talk about women’s health issues because they know how I feel about it, and they know how I feel about women. I respect women. I love women. I cherish women.
RUSH: And the Jeb Bush plant, Lauren Batchelder, had a follow up.
BATCHELDER: I want to get paid the same as a man, and I think you understand that. So if you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?
TRUMP: You are gonna make the same if you do as good a job, and I happen to be pro-life, okay, I’m pro-life. Okay.
RUSH: That may come back to give him some problems down the road, but if you’re gonna send somebody in to taunt Trump, why do it on this? It’s a No Labels convention, right? Why not go in there and harangue Trump about what he said about Mexican immigrants? Why not send somebody to stand up and ask Trump about saying McCain’s not a hero, reignite those things. Maybe they didn’t do it because Trump’s already survived those. But the fact that they chose, the Bush campaign chose a woman to go in there and try to expose Trump on the War on Women, a Democrat lie? It’s just juvenile. It’s just juvenile and right out of the Republican establishment.
It was gonna get caught. It was going to be exposed. And maybe they said to themselves, “Well, of course, it’s gonna be exposed, but we’re still gonna get the event, we’re still gonna get the question asked and hopefully Trump will embarrass himself in the answer and so the fact that we staged it won’t matter.” But it’s backfired, as it was destined to backfire.