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40 Right-Wing Attacks and Conspiracy Theories Flung at Michelle Obama

Why does the right-wing hate machine despise Michelle Obama?

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Limbaugh Told Michelle Obama She "Had Better Look Like An Ethiopian" To Promote Healthy Eating.Limbaugh attacked Mrs. Obama for advocating fitness and healthy eating: "If you're gonna tell everybody to eat twigs and berries ... you had better look like an Ethiopian." [Premiere Radio Networks,  The Rush Limbaugh Show2/23/11]

National Review Columnist Suggested Michelle Obama Is Fat. In a column for  National Review, David Kahan wrote:

Still, Michelle would have a real shot of slipping into Queen Kapiolani's muumuu collection and making it her own, especially after a few more meals of short ribs in Vail, the calorie count of which is only slightly offset by her incessant finger-wagging at the rest of us. [ National Review3/15/11, via  Media Matters]

Limbaugh: President Obama's Limousine "Weighs Eight Tons Without Michelle In It." Discussing President Obama's limousine on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh stated that the limousine "weighs eight tons without Michelle in it." [Premiere Radio Networks,  The Rush Limbaugh Show9/15/11, via  Media Matters]

Limbaugh Somehow Turned Libya Discussion Into A Fat Joke About Michelle Obama. Rush Limbaugh accused Sen. John McCain of "butt-kissing" by giving credit to President Obama for the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, adding, "Whose butt is he kissing with that comment? Obama's? Obama doesn't have a butt. Compared to his wife, he really doesn't have a butt." [Premiere Radio Networks,  The Rush Limbaugh Show10/20/11, via  Media Matters]

Right-Wing Media Played Fashion Police For First Lady

Michael Savage Called Michelle Obama "The Worst Dressed First Lady In The History Of The Country."On his June 25, 2009, radio program, Michael Savage lashed out against the characterization of Michelle Obama as a fashion icon, declaring her "the worst dressed first lady in the history of the country," and asking, "Why every night a sleeveless dress? What's that all about?" [Talk Radio Network,  The Savage Nation,6/25/09, via  Media Matters]

Beck: Michelle Obama's Beach Outfit Was The "Most Marie Antoinette" Yet. During an appearance on  The O'Reilly Factor, Glenn Beck found Mrs. Obama's outfit during a visit to an oil-polluted Gulf beach unacceptable, calling it "the most Marie Antoinette I have seen of anything with Michelle Obama," and "an outrage." [Fox News,  The O'Reilly Factor7/16/10, via  Media Matters]

Right-Wing Media Claimed Michelle Obama's State Dinner Dress Honored Communist China. The right-wing media attacked Michelle Obama for wearing a red dress to a White House state dinner, suggesting she did so to honor "Commie Red China." [ Media Matters1/20/11]

Loesch Guest: "Why Doesn't She Wear Anything That Fits?" Appearing as a guest on CNN contributor Dana Loesch's radio show, commentator Tony Katz said if President Obama actually "liked women he'd buy Michelle Obama better clothes. Why doesn't she wear anything that fits?" [KFTK,  The Dana Show4/12/12, via Media Matters]

Right-Wing Media Launched Sexist Attacks On First Lady

Wash. Times Called Michelle Obama Campaign Event An "Estrogenfest" And "A Girlie Show." In a news article,  The Washington Times described a 2008 campaign event featuring Michelle Obama as "as much estrogenfest as it was campaign rally." The article continued: "Even Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm got in on the girlie show as they campaigned together." [ The Washington Times7/14/08]

Beck Asked Why Michelle Obama's "Breasts Are All Smushed Up." On his May 20, 2010, radio program, Beck cited the Drudge Report's sexist attack on Michelle Obama, saying: "She looks positively like she's trying to be some Greek statue. I don't think I've ever seen the First Lady with her -- excuse the expression, but with her breasts all smushed up, I mean what is that? Did you even see that picture, I mean, that's -- what is that?" [Drudge Report; Premiere Radio Networks,  The Glenn Beck Program5/20/10, via  Media Matters]

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