The Washington Times

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh bucked the GOP establishment Sunday and declared there is “a much bigger upside than downside” to Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

“I think with the case of Trump, there’s a much bigger upside than downside,” Mr. Limbaugh said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

The praise from the king of conservative talk radio came as the Republican establishment launched a massive offensive to derail the front-runner, including a scathing denouncement of Mr. Trump last week from 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Mr. Limbaugh said that despite the outrage GOP leaders have directed at Mr. Trump, the billionaire businessman and reality TV star had assembled the broad coalition of voters that the Republican establishment has long sought.

“There is something remarkable happening here,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “For the longest time the Republican Party has told us that they can’t win with just Republican votes. And that’s why they support amnesty, that’s why they support Democrats on many of th issues to go out and get Hispanics or other minorities. And guess who’s doing it? Donald Trump is doing it.”

“He has put together a coalition that is exactly what the Republican Party says it needs to win. And yet, look what they are doing, they are trying to get Trump out of the race because they are not in charge of it,” he said.