The fact that Rush Limbaugh remains on the air and is still a force within the Republican party proves the hypocrisy of many conservatives. It’s never made any sense to me how the party that claims it represents the “moral majority” can continue to perpetuate that ridiculous notion while supporting a womanizing, racist adulterer who’s working on his fourth marriage.
Those aren’t exactly characteristics of someone who screams “good, moral Christian virtues.”
But it’s not just who he is as a person that exposes the hypocrisy of the Republican party, it’s that he almost has no level to which he won’t stoop in order to bash the president, Democrats or liberals in general. Even if that means suggesting that President Obama encouraged Sunday’s shooting in Texas at a contest to draw cartoon images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Naturally, conservatives weren’t going to let a “Muslim commits an act of violence” story make the news without trying to insinuate that it was somehow President Obama’s fault.
What Limbaugh did was take a very small part of a speech the president gave in 2012 where he said “the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet,” and he twisted it to make it seem as if the president was saying no one should make fun of the Prophet. What he was really saying during that speech was that we shouldn’t let radicals of any group seize control and represent the future of that group. (Here’s a link to the full excerpt of his speech so you can see for yourself what he meant.)
“He said that at the UN and he said it at a number of places,” Limbaugh said. “Does that not sort of green light people in ISIS who want to take up arms and go after people who they believe are slandering the prophet?”
“Could the president say this: The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet by allowing same-sex marriage?” he continued. “Are we going to snap-to and respect that? What do you think? Obviously not. So, why one and not the other.”
Again, Limbaugh took what Obama said completely out of context to make his absurd point that he might be partially responsible for the attack. And it’s not as if he was slightly skewing the president’s point during that speech – he flat-out lied about what his message was.
And I’m not even getting into the part about same-sex marriage because those comments are beyond stupid.
But there’s absolutely no way anyone can read the transcript from President Obama’s 2012 speech when he said these remarks and come away thinking, “Yup, he was condemning anyone who would dare mock the Prophet Muhammad.”
The truth is that Limbaugh knows, as well as the rest of us do, that it’s not about being factual when it comes to conservative rhetoric, it’s just about telling them what they want to hear. So, on Sunday, when a Muslim acted out violently on American soil, Limbaugh knew immediately that he would have to find a way to link it to President Obama – because that’s exactly what conservatives were going to want to hear on Monday.
Listen to the audio below via Media Matters: