Donald Trump's employing "Alinskyite tactics": Fox News is really starting to eat its own now

David Limbaugh and Sean Hannity professed their best-friendship for five minutes before lighting into each other


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 21, 2016 5:13PM (UTC)

On Hannity last night, host Sean Hannity tried to explain away the temper tantrum he threw during his Tuesday interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

"Every time I have you on the air and I ask a legitimate question, you try to throw this in my face, [and] I’m getting sick of it," he told Cruz after the senator dodged a question about his path to the GOP nomination. "If I ask you, senator, a legitimate question to explain to the audience, why don’t you answer it?"

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"As I travel the country, nobody is asking me this, other than the Trumpsters and the people repeating it," Cruz replied, a sentiment that was echoed last night by his supporter David Limbaugh, author of "The Emmaus Code," the worst work of biblical exegesis this side of "Left Behind."

Limbaugh accused the Trump campaign of engaging in "Alinskyite tactics," a slur that's typically reserved for Democrats. Trump's appeal to "pure democracy" is dirty pool because "this system has been in place for 150 years or more, and in the states, we have a hybrid of pure democracy, caucuses, primaries -- there has been no stealing going on."

"This is an Alinskyite tactic to get Cruz off message," Limbaugh told his "best friend" and client -- Limbaugh is Hannity's lawyer, as the host noted -- "and since Iowa Trump has been talking about 'Lyin' Ted' and won't talk about the real issues. Cruz wants to get him in a debate where he can whip [Trump] fairly and square."

Watch the entire segment below via Mediate.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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