Syndicated radio pig Rush Limbaugh has gone there again. This time, he’s criticizing our lovely First Lady for mentioning slavery in her speech at the Democratic National Convention.
MediaMatters.org provided the transcript for Limbaugh’s radio show from Tuesday, the day after Michelle Obama gave an inspirational speech at the DNC. In the speech, the First Lady talks about all the progress we have made in the United States and how she perceives her life in the White House as a Black American:
‘That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves…’
‘And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.’
Pretty inspirational stuff that anyone who has ever felt that life is unfair and has rooted for the underdog can relate to and be moved by.
Not Limbaugh. He thinks Michelle Obama should just “get over it.”
On his radio show on Tuesday, Limbaugh said:
‘They can’t stop talking about slavery, and largely in a context of, “Hey, you know what? It isn’t settled yet.”‘
‘I mean, that’s their starting point, and I think that’s a no-win situation for us because we’ve made great strides. This country has made phenomenal strides since then. Undeniable. And we’re one of the only countries on Earth that has. Great Britain being the other.’
Rush needs to brush up on his history. A number of countries abolished slavery long before the United States did, including Russia, France, Spain, Norway, Greece, and much of South America.
Limbaugh went on to claim that the U.S. has done more than any other country to help minorities and then compared the history of racial tensions that stemmed from slavery to a case of infidelity:
LIMBAUGH: We had a guy that called that wanted to know what was so bad about grievance politics, and I made an analogy for him. I said, sir, are you married? He said yeah. I said imagine that you — your wife — imagine that your wife has an affair, and it causes all kinds of acrimony, you almost lose your marriage. It’s really a rocky period of time. But you and your wife get together, and you decide that you’re going to forgive her, you’re going to look past it for the sake of the marriage and kids, and you move forward. He said okay. Now imagine, sir, every argument you have, you continue to remind her that she’s to blame for everything because she’s the one that had the affair. I said, your relationship hasn’t a prayer if you can’t let it go. If all you can do is continue to remind her what you’ve already forgiven her for then the days of your relationship are over.
Rush Limbaugh seems to think that we should all just drop the issue of slavery, despite the continuance of Jim Crow laws and institutionalized racism that still persist to this day.
LIMBAUGH: That’s how I hear the Obamas. They love to wax eloquent about the early days and how they were 3/5 of a person, even though they never have been 3/5 of a person. He doesn’t even have any slave blood. She does, but he doesn’t, but they will admit they’re never going to let it go.
Limbaugh has a history of making ludicrous statements about our First Lady and twisting her words to his own privileged perspective. It’s impossible to see what his problem with her is, since the First Lady is universally well-respected. But Limbaugh has to pander to the least common denominator: racists who are somehow offended by the concept of a strong, educated Black woman in a position of power.
That seems to be all that’s left of Limbaugh’s target market since the widespread movement to boycott his show. He’s had to reach further and further as sponsors and radio stations continue to drop his show, thankfully dropping his pernicious reach across our airwaves.
The video clip below contains the audio portion of Limbaugh’s radio show.
Limbaugh’s ridiculous responses to Michelle Obama’s public speeches include attempting to discredit her for her dislike of cat-calling and accusing her of “playing the race card” (at Tuskegee University, of all places).
Limbaugh isn’t the only right-wing agitator to jump on Michelle Obama’s moving convention speech. Bill O’Reilly also felt the need to point out that the slaves who built the White House were “well fed and housed.”
Transcript and video clip via MediaMatters.org
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