The 20 Most Racist Things Rush Limbaugh Has Ever Said
Rush Limbaugh, a rightwing radio talk show host pictured here in 2010, denounced Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as "a slut" on Wednesday alleging she was asking to be paid for having sex.
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While Rush Limbaugh is currently under fire for his unchecked misogyny and sexism, another running theme of Limbaugh's broadcast career has been hostility towards racial and ethnic minorities. This antagonism, often expressed obliquely via coded language and other dog whistles, became more explicit with the election of Barack Obama.
Here's a rundown of Rush Limbaugh's many years of discriminatory attacks on minorities in general and President Obama specifically.
Attacks On Minorities
On June 4, 2009, a few months after Obama's inauguration, Limbaugh said "angry" minorities are going to use their newfound "power" to enact retribution:
The days of them [minorities] not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution.
On November 11, 2010, Limbaugh proposed a new leadership position for Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC):
Clyburn's worried about not having a car? Clyburn's worried about not having the perk of a big office? A driver? So, forth. The way this could all be worked out, Clyburn's new position: Driving Miss Nancy. He gets to keep the car. He gets to go everywhere she goes.
On January 19, 2007, Rush denounced the "insidious, ridiculous, boorish, classless behavior" in the NFL by saying:
Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.
On December 8, 2004, Limbaugh used similar gang-centric language to describe the NBA:
You just gotta be who you are, and I think it's time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association, and stop calling them teams. Call 'em gangs.
On January 19, 2011, Limbaugh mocked the speech of Chinese president Hu Jintao:
Hu Jintao was just going, "Ching cha. Ching chang cho chow. Cha Chow. Ching Cho. Chi ba ba ba. Kwo kwa kwa kee. Cha ga ga. Ching chee chay. Ching zha bo ba. Chang cha. Chang cho chi che. Cha dee. Ooooh chee bada ba. Jee jee cho ba." Nobody was translating, but that's the closest I can get.
On March 9, 2010, Limbaugh postulated what would happen if David Paterson, New York's first African-American governor, were to pick a replacement for the recently resigned Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY):
Let's assume you're right [caller]. So, David Paterson will become the massa who gets to appoint whoever gets to take Massa's place. So, for the first time in his life, Paterson's gonna be a massa. Interesting, interesting.
On July 22, 2010, while defending Andrew Breitbart's discredited smear of Shirley Sherrod, Limbaugh said:
Seems that the NAALCP [sic], which is -- which equals racism. Forget calling them the NAACP. They are now the R-A-C-I-S-M. NAACP equals racism. And they're all applauding her [Sherrod] when she's talking about racism.
On November 15, 2011, Limbaugh defended Newt Gingrich for describing Spanish as "the language of living in a ghetto":
In my mind, there's nothing wrong with it. I don't instinctively know what's wrong with it. There is a language of the ghetto. There is a language of the barrio. And it's not good.
On September 25, 2009, Rush said of Native Americans:
"Holocaust?" Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos -- what's to complain about?
On May 30, 2006, Limbaugh said of an indigenous Brazilian tribe:
Have you seen, they've spotted -- they've spotted an isolated tribe in Brazil. An airplane flew over this hut, this thatch roof hut or something, and these savages are body painted in red and they're trying to shoot the airplane down with bows and arrows.