Rush Limbaugh: President Obama Wants Ebola in U.S. as Revenge for Slavery

limbaugh-studioIt’s glaringly obvious that conservatives really want some kind of Ebola panic to break out here in the United States. While the conservative media is infamous for manufacturing fear out of essentially nothing, I’m not sure if their attempts to do so have ever been more blatant than they have been with this Ebola situation.


I’ve seen several medical experts appear on Fox News programming and calmly explain why Americans shouldn’t panic, only to have whomever it is that they’re speaking with on the network insist that people should still be terrified.

Which shouldn’t really be shocking. After all, when do conservatives ever put a whole lot of stock in believing in silly things like scientific facts?

Well, Rush Limbaugh took this fear-mongering to a place that only someone as absurd as he is could possibly take it when he suggested that the Obama administration is using Ebola as some kind of revenge against the United States for slavery.

Because, you see, President Obama is half black. Just in case you weren’t aware.

Limbaugh first blamed liberals for the Ebola outbreak (somehow linking that to the fact that Liberia was created by freed slaves), then continued to support his nonsense by saying, “And if it hadn’t been for that they probably wouldn’t have Ebola. So there are some people who think we kind of deserve a little bit of this.” 

“The danger we have now is that we elected people in positions of power and authority who think this or think like this in terms of this country being responsible, this country being to blame for things and it’s that kind of thinking that leads to opposition to shutting down airports from various countries,” Limbaugh continued.

He then concluded by saying, “It leads to opposition to keeping these people out of the country: ‘How dare we? We can’t turn our back on them! They exist because of us. We can’t turn them away!’”

There’s so much stupid in what he said that it’s hard to even know where to begin.


First, I’m not exactly sure what liberals have to do with a country that was established in the mid-1800’s. And what do the circumstances that led to the nation’s creation have to do with Ebola – a virus that wasn’t discovered until 1976? Literally none of that made any sense whatsoever.

Then, of course, he tried to tie in that bizarre rambling with the decision by “elected people in positions of power” (I think we all know who he means by that) to not seal off our borders from people who are flying in from West Africa. Saying that our decision not to block all people flying in from impacted areas of Africa is somehow linked to “guilt” we have over slavery.

That doesn’t at all sound completely moronic. Not. At. All.

While I’m definitely in favor of some kind of tighter restrictions being put into place to at least screen people more thoroughly who are coming from these impacted regions, Limbaugh’s assertion that there’s some kind of ulterior motive behind all of this is absurd.

But being that it’s coming from Rush Limbaugh, I’m sure nobody reading this is really all that shocked by his absolute ignorance.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

Comments

Facebook comments

  • Cemetery Girl

    I’m trying to figure out how anyone could buy his theory. Even someone already near panic, how do they buy this? I’m not following the train of thought as using Ebola to hunt down wrong doers. Maybe I’m not thinking big enough. CDC is probably the ones giving the virus it’s hit list. (Many years ago I thought how interesting it would be to write for the World Weekly News. Make up stories about batboy and the worlds fattest cat, and such. I think when it shut down their writers just found jobs with other “news”.)

    • Steve Brains

      The dots aren’t even all on the same page, let alone close enough to connect up. he’s the National Enquirer on Radio. Ever notice NO TV broadcaster has even ASKED him to do a show?

      • Fernando

        Asked, who?

      • Steve Brains

        Complete sentences please. A paragraph gives much more explanation.

  • mre2000

    Im not sure why you even feel it necessary to write about him. We all know what we get with him, and there really arent any surprises, are therre?

    • Steve Brains

      Seriously, a bucket of restaurant waste is a barrel of fryer fat and frill gunk.

  • Ghastly

    Cure “stupid” first then work on “ebola”.

  • TheEquilizer2U

    The first rule of a deadly virus outbreak is containment.

    If anyone is to be accused of wanting Ebola to spread, it would be the obumbo administration.

    They flew infected people right into this country.
    Breaking every rule of containment and common sense.

    • iowasteve

      You people amaze me more and more everyday – this is not a virus that is spread by being near someone that has it – it takes physical contact to get it. And there is no “outbreak” in the US either. I think Michael is right – when are you people going to stop listening to this idiot on the radio and get rid of him once and for all?

      • TheEquilizer2U

        What the hell do you mean, “you people”?
        You mean people who can think for themselves?

        We have a couple confirmed cases already.
        Or don’t you watch/listen to the news?

        This has nothing to do with him, and everything to do with common sense.
        Like I said, at the CDC, the FIRST rule of of an outbreak, is CONTAINMENT.
        This administration broke that rule when they flew people back here.
        Our airports broke that rule when they allowed that guy from Liberia to land here.

        Only a liberal tool would not be worried.
        You idiots have so much trust in the govt, it’s scary.

      • OY humid

        You are the fookin moron. Get a clue. Another obozo planned epidemic that really is a fraud.

      • TheEquilizer2U

        The only fraud is you being human.

      • Steve Brains

        Thanks for admitting that the obozo ebola epidemic is a fraud. your grammar sucks and so do you , but we hear ya man.

      • Fernando

        another insight from Brains{?}

      • Steve Brains

        I just read exactly what was written.

      • The Reader

        Your ignorance is showing.

      • OY humid

        Your nipples are popping

      • Steve Brains

        NOPE!!! You only have to HEAR Limbaugh to get infected.
        Oh, you meant Ebola. Haven’t Fox viewers been humiliated by the corrupt concepts they push ENOUGH?

      • Zit

        Yet, you’re pulled by this nonsense. Looks like you’ve been infected.

      • Steve Brains

        NOT really!

  • Michael Abracham

    I mean, there must be a point where he says something just so blatantly ridiculous that his listeners finally think “Fu#* it! The man is a blithering buffoon. ” and stop listening. Isn’t there? Please tell me that there is.

    • The Reader

      Sorry Michael. I’m afraid there is no cure for this unknown disease called Rush Limbaugh. I suppose it could be snuffed out, but as of now, anything that might work is probably illegal, and the idiots who listen to his dribble think he is god – that’s how idiotic they are. Sigh.

      • Steve Brains

        Bullets.

      • The Reader

        No bullets!

      • Steve Brains

        LOTS of bullets. 5 in SCOTUS, 10 in the Senate and 40 in the House.

        One drum magazine, used for a constructive purpose.

      • The Reader

        People who make responses like this are what’s wrong with the country.

      • Steve Brains

        THIS country is no longer America when the losing party that cheated has to impede Democracy in the voting booths of the nation.

  • Cooper

    Is there a single solitary soul no matter how conservative and uninformed who hears this nonsense and says, “Yeah, right on, man!” He needs to just go away, the miserable and pathetic bastard.

    • Steve Brains

      Boatfrigginloads!!! I have seen people get a hardon and wreck their car as if they had seen Marilyn monroe masturbating naked on the side of the road while listening to him.

  • BillyBob

    Sorry folks, Rush simply didn’t make that statement. His comme ts were once again taken out of context. Please read the transcripts and be open to the facts.

    • Steve Brains

      POST THEM.

    • P

      Oh stop !!! Billy Bob if I wasn’t so well mannered I would tell you to just
      shut the f___k up !!!

    • Daniel Hunt

      BillyBob: dont try using logic, Liberalism is a mental disorder that causes it’s sufferers to act on feelings and emotions rather than logic and reasoning. The fact that Limbaugh never said anything like that dosent matter….they WANT it to be true so badly, they believe it themselves.

    • Rocco

      That is what I thought. I also see below some people are angry that you pointed that out? What happened to being a real open minded person who takes others opinions into account?

    • Bob Shuttleworth

      Billy Bob, Rush NEVER says anything directly. He hints and suggests and implies, and does hypotheticals, all to cover his lilly white butt. However, he is also fully aware that the dimmest of those that actually listen to him anymore hear it as the truth and fact.

      These people then spread the “Lie” to their friends and those who think (or not) exactly like themselves. THAT is the danger of Limbaugh. Not what he actually says, but rather what he mnakes people believe that he said. Who still are those who are willing to act on it.

  • TheRick78

    Rush Limbaugh is moron.

    That being said,
    1. I am sure this was taken out of context.
    2. The Republican Party was responsible for the freedom of slaves.
    3. We should definitely not be letting anyone into the country from Africa right now.

    • The Reader

      You mean one Republican president worked night and day to free the slaves. Republicans were not all that cooperative, and Democrats, who owned the slaves, certainly weren’t. Lincoln died for his cause, but he was a president of all the people and thought all people should be free.

      • The American Patriot

        Hello….What the man said was correct. He was referencing the fact the the President who signed the legislation was Lincoln, who was a Republican.

      • Brad Rogers

        Who was nothing like the Republican Party as we know it. Republicans can no more take credit for that than Egyptians can take credit for the pyramids.

      • Steve Brains

        Actually, many Egyptians are from 300 generation families. Not most, but many had ancestors who worked for the pharoh.

      • Fernando

        Steve Brains[?] I’ll bet often say “some of my best friends are Jews”! I’ll also say, that I bet you go to a Christian church on sundays! Ain’t religion comforting!

      • Steve Brains

        I have had 3 Jewish friends, just never really was in their circle. I had more Muslim friends because of where I did business. Since I am an atheist, I could care LESS about whose imaginary friend and savior of whatever is where.

        5000, YEAR of religious war and for ZERO purpose other than hate. What I don’t get is why so many atheists with no religious practice are all denied Representation in Government. There has been one atheist in Congress. EVER.

        Jews get 6 times their population density in the Senate and 10% of the house and 33% on SCOTUS. All for 1.5% of Americans.

        I abhor Christians, think they make GREAT lion feed. particularly the political ones, who CLAIM Christ as their LORD, Master and Savior, but NEVER live a SINGLE Christian priniciple in their lives.

        Think Ted Cruz is an Actual Christian as CHRIST defined it?

      • Steve Brains

        And you are convincedthat the SAME yankees who live in BLUE states are STILL the Republican Party?

        Google ‘kenyan muslim’ or ‘Birther’ and see if you recognize your idols.

      • Fernando

        He was a republican by political definition,but FIRST, he was a President that believed in that phrase” All men are created equal….” and slavery was not a political issue, but one of a humanitarian concern!

      • The Reader

        That’s what I said Patriot. The entire congress was bunking him all the way, and he (singular) had to sell the legislation person by person. Republicans did not rally around the idea all that much so my point is we can thank one repub, Mr. Lincoln, for the freeing of the slaves.

      • Sarasotan

        You know the party is VASTLY different now from what it was then. LIncoln would probably be subjected to the same treatment as Obama from today’s party.

      • Rocco

        Very selective view on Lincoln. He actually had plans to export all black folks from the USA. Only after the civil war only 1 in 10 freed slaves wanted to return. This became problematic for various reasons and he had to change gears/views on what he would do with the newly freed Americans.

    • Sarasotan

      Why are you sure it was taken out of context? You have to know the Republican Party that was responsible for freeing the slaves bears no resemblance to today’s party.

  • Erin Weldon

    I am more and more convinced that Rush has some kind of mental illness that causes his brain to come up with his absurd comments. More concerning to me is that so many Americans listen to him and think he speaks the truth.

    • Steve Brains

      He just found a cash cow political circumstance and is milking the crap out of it. Just like Pat Robberson found a religious one (as well as 100 other charlatans).

  • The Reader

    Could it be that Rush is feeling left out since no one has used his name or accused him of anything offensive in the rush to dump on Fox antics? Oh wait, the outlandish latest Gumballs offering is typical Limbaugh.

  • emmayus

    Liberals really do not understand it.In their minds, Rush is ridiculous because THEY don’t have a clue what he’s saying. It’s funny because he says stuff like that just to get rise out of them— knowing full well an article like this will pop up and then we all just laugh and laugh.

    • Brad Rogers

      Hey if you’re admitting you don’t believe the idiocy and bile he spews, that’s good. But he does.

    • Steve Brains

      I think he’s a true racist and homophobe. I think he’s been using since his rehab a decade ago. I Do think you are right about getting a rise out of Lefties. he’s just riding his personality gravy train and making 20 mil a yea doing it.

    • Fernando

      Ebola patients, and their families, are not “just laughing and laughing!

    • Kojo

      Of course you NEED people like Limbaugh to make you laugh at childish statements like that because you have nothing real to laugh at in your sorry uptight button down lives. Republicans are not funny, have little or no sense of humour or whats truly right for that matter and love to go along with others who look down on less fortunate because it makes them feel big, like they’re going somewhere. But you’re not. Laugh that off. And you’re right. Liberal will NEVER understand why you would think saying the stupid things that turd on the mike would say is funny. He’s a funny as he is clever. That’s to say he not. Not at a all.

    • Bob Shuttleworth

      emmayus –
      The real difficulty is that we DO have a clue, and understand exactly what he says and how he says it, and why he says it. Our problem (and by the way I am NOT what you call a liberal, and even if I were, it’s a hell of a lot better than your alternative) – Our problem is that he is unfortunately serious about his ranting. Going just far enough not to be able to be sued, and far further in order to scare as many as possible.

  • pinballsdoll

    I really find it hard to believe this guy has any corporate sponsors

    • Steve Brains

      I boycott EVERY one of them.

  • The American Patriot

    I’d be willing to be not a single one of you folks have ever even listened to a single program of Rush Limbaugh’s show. Did ANY of you stop to notice that there isn’t a single video clip of him actually SAYING what the writer alleges he said? If I posted a picture of any of you and claimed you made a statement that supports child rape, I could easily post it on a blog for all to read with all kinds of accusations about you. However, that does not mean that YOU actually said what I claimed you said. Before you convict anyone, make sure you have FACTS to back it up. It doesnt matter if it’s Rush Limbaugh or Barrack Obama. Nobody deserves to be lied about.

    • Steve Brains

      I used to like him, when we had a WHITE President.

    • Steve Brains

      You may be American by accident, but you are certainly NOT a patriot.

    • Fernando

      You must not be watching the other non-rightwing media! I suppose he did not call the young lady a “slut” and the APOLOGIZED for doing so! He never said anything about the President< Mr. Obama, being a non-American,Is that right, Mr. American Patriot?

    • Sarasotan

      Maybe there are no video clips because he’s on the radio. But I have heard MANY hateful comments from Rush here.

    • Larry Graham

      demoncrats will believe anything

    • Angie Guy

      Well said TheAmericanPatriot.

  • Fernando

    Despicable, is one word that should lead the assault on Rash Limpbough! He is so desperate to become a voice, that he stoops to out-right lies to advance his self importance! If we, did not have free speech [I am GLAD that we do], this guy should be eligible for a firing squad! Hate permeates his being anywhere! Republicans, who listen to this kind of hate speech, and say nothing, are as despicable! Goebbels, would have looked up to him!

  • Sarasotan

    Just when you think they can’t get any dumber or hateful, they prove you wrong.

  • Justice Ferall

    If he actually said that Obama was bringing in Ebola as part of a revenge plot, he should be taken to the cleaners for slander. See how many corporate sponsors he has when their money will be used paying off a lawsuit for things he says.

    Civil lawsuits against Rush and other lying pundits is the only way to get them to stop telling blatant lies. You see, they don’t care about being right. Only rich. And slapping them with a million dollar lawsuit a few times will make them sit up and pay attention.

  • lvdice

    And yet people are still asking for reparations because of slavery.

  • Well, here is something that is not stupid. President Obama brought ebolee sufferers to America – 3 of them (or more). If ebolee breaks out in America, history will write it happened under Obama’s watch and with his tacit or explicit approval. That is an undeniable fact.

    • The Reader

      I was going to comment on Mr. Lincoln since I’m getting information from commenters of which I was unaware and wonder their source, but blaming Obama for Ebola is not a fact. The people brought back from Africa have not died. Just because you don’t like Obama is no reason to spread such accusations when the people who have contacted Ebola in the US are from the Texas hospital that treated or mistreated the patient who did die.

  • Susan Wood

    What’s scary is that some people believe what they hear from Limbaugh. I’ve heard people say that “I like to listen to Rush but it upsets me too much to think that these things really are going on.” Of course, 90% of what Rush claims is “going on” is the product of his own drug-induced paranoia, which he has made worse over the years by constantly trying to one-up himself with outrageous accusations, and then repeating them so often that he believes them himself and can convince himself of the next round of crazy as well. Imitators like Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck are sliding down the same chute into total psychosis, but unfortunately they’re taking a lot of naive people along for the ride.

  • Gene Stansbury

    Rush should die, naturally or otherwise!!!

    • Daniel Hunt

      ^ Peaceful liberal tolerance on display ^

      • Gene Stansbury

        that’s true, Dunce, and your time is drawing nigh.

      • Daniel Hunt

        So the peacefiul, loving liberal wants 2 people dead and had a hit list???? Typical liberal mental disorder of display!

  • Mary

    The nutty thing about that comment Rush made is that ebola is killing more blacks than whites at least for now. So his argument makes no sense at all or maybe he is one of those idiots that think “to make a good omelet, you may have to break a few eggs.”

    • Daniel Hunt

      Good thing Rush never made that comment! Made up out of whole cloth by the author.

  • Fernando

    When the A.I.D.S. holocoust struck our Nation, the immediate response was from the fascistic religious[?] right pounced on it and declared that it as “Gods punishment against gays”! Saint Jerry Falwell [foulmouth], saint Pat Robertson, other lessor know preachers, and finally saint Ron Reagan, who would not even say a.i.d.s., in effect prevented immediate response to the crisis! It was not until the gay community, and some in the health service began a campaign to educate, did anything begin to happen. The FACT that the disease has been around since the 18 hundreds, did not deter the hate groups who thought that the plague would rid the world of homosexuals. Even today, these hate groups, using religion as a shield, are still at it. It was American evangelical politicians who helped the Ugandan government in formulating murderous, draconian laws to continue in the genocidal behavior towards gays!

  • TD

    Know your sources, please! Garbage in, garbage out.

  • Rocco

    I am certainly not a fan of Rush, but for the author to say Conservative want to sensationalize and cause panic over Ebola, is completely one sided. The progressives do an amazing job out of trying to create a stir about guns, violence and how dangerous the US is becoming (despite statistical facts to the contrary) this is just the first example that pops into my head. Anyhow, most people not blinded by political dogma can clearly see that BOTH sides Conservatives and Liberals are absolutely guilty of creating mountains out of mole hills.

    Also I would have to listen to Rush (which I would hate to do) but if the author is quoting him correctly, I think the headline is completely misleading. Liberia was set up by the USA and supported by us for some time. It’s completely reasonable to think that because of that, some folks might feel we are somewhat closer to them than other nations in that region and as such through even familial ties with the USA, we should help them.

  • Kim Serrahn

    six degrees of separation, from his brain.