Limbaugh’s Inane Reaction to Sterling’s Racism

Rush Limbaugh reacted to the tape of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling saying incredibly racist things by claiming, with no evidence whatsoever, that the Democrats (which ones? He doesn’t say, of course) released the audio to punish him for not giving enough money to Obama.

“This is not news to anybody who has known of this guy,” Limbaugh announced on Monday. “This guy’s a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble right now is he did not give enough money to Obama.”

“All of this shock and outrage, it’s as phony as you can believe,” he continued. “It’s been known. They guy gave money to [former Democratic California Gov.] Grey Davis. The guy gave money to [former Democratic U.S. Sen.] Bill Bradley. He’s been donating to Democrat causes, doing what you do in Beverly Hills and LA to be in the A-list crowd.”

Actually, he’s registered as a Republican and has been since 1998. He gave some money to a handful of Democrats in the 90s, which is hardly a surprise or even minimally noteworthy — except to conservatives trying to use the situation for political ammunition. But uh, Rush…I don’t suppose you have any, you know, evidence for that accusation, do you? No? Of course not. Because if there’s one thing Rush knows for certain, it’s that his audience doesn’t care at all about such things as evidence or logic. If it makes Democrats look bad, that’s the only thing that could possibly matter.

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  • Chiroptera

    …that the Democrats…released the audio to punish him for not giving enough money to Obama.

    How is this even relevant? The issue is that he said it and that the context of the conversation doesn’t mitigate the awfullness of what he said. Amd that what he said clearly indicates what he believes and what he feels, and this has implications on how he will eventually act toward the people he works with.

    Who released it and why would only be relevant if it were used as evidence that he didn’t actually say it, or that it was taken out of context, or that it was a minor irrelevency being used to distract the public from another, more important important issue.

  • blf

    [W]hat he said clearly indicates what he believes and what he feels…

    Especially so since Sterling confirmed the voice on the tape is his, and, according to Silver, did not express any regret.

  • raven

    Industry Expert Says StopRush Has Destroyed Limbaugh’s …

    www .dailykos. com/…/2014/…/-Industry-Expert-Says-StopRush-Has-Dest…‎

    Apr 16, 2014 – Holland Cooke (@HollandCooke) April 14, 2014 … And it is stunning to say this when we think that Rush Limbaugh himself led this ….

    1. Rush Limbaugh has been losing market share for years. He is boring, repeating the same few talking points over and over. It’s all hate for anyone who isn’t an uneducated, angry, old white male.

    2. It’s probably a combination of factors. For one thing, there is a huge amount of competition, much of it even more cuckoo. Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Fox NoNews, the hordes of fundie xian ministers i.e. Hagee, Jeffress, Parsely, Fischer, Swanson, Dobson, etc..

    3. There is also a group that has been taking his gibberish and mailing it to his advertisers. And some of them have pulled out because of it.

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Rush is one of the original founders of the Republican Lie factory, proud manufacturers of deceit since…well, always.

  • Nemo

    It’s not like there have never been racists in the Democratic Party, but I doubt there’s ever been a Democrat who would say, as Sterling did, that it’s the owners who make the game, and not the players.

  • caseloweraz

    Raven: There is also a group that has been taking his gibberish and mailing it to his advertisers. And some of them have pulled out because of it.

    That would probably be StopRush. Their home page has a list of his sponsors and contact information, including telephone numbers and links for email, FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

  • iknklast

    It’s all hate for anyone who isn’t an uneducated, angry, old white male

    I would like to object to this. Assuming that all those who listen to Rush are uneducated is inaccurate. Many of them have degrees, including advanced degrees. Education is not an automatic antidote against prejudice, though it can help.

    In fact, my father, who listens to Rush, is angry, old, white, and male, but he is not uneducated. He has a masters degree and is extremely intelligent. But intelligence is not a guarantee against gullibility, especially when you’re raised in the midst of prejudice and hatred.

  • colnago80

    Amazingly enough, some folks listen to Limpdick for amusement only. Trouble is, Beck is even unintentionally funnier.

  • busterggi

    I would expect better from a man who practically marathon-played ‘Barak, the Magic Negro’.

  • bushrat

    Now I think we all know that a good honest white man can’t get a fair shake in American. I mean look at what the NBA’s doing to this poor hard working gentleman, and I think we all know that they are just another big government department like FedEx. Mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before Obama orders the Secretary of Basketball to arrest Sterling. I can practically hear those nike-booted thugs now.

  • It’s amusing to see conservatives insist that Sterling is a Democrat while simultaneously insisting that what he said wasn’t all that bad.

  • corporal klinger

    I have no clue to whom Sterling gave money or not, but maybe he didn’t give money to the Obama campaign due to Obamas pigmentation “problem”.

  • felidae

    Just more verbal flatulence from the Limbaugh outrage machine

  • lorn

    I wouldn’t give any credit for the NBA having a conscience. It was only after the player’s union threatened action did the NBA take action, and the reason offered internally was not so enthusiastically anti-racist as protective of their brand and the value of the individual franchises within the NBA. If the union wasn’t so strong, and didn’t have a near monopoly on talent, the NBA might have laughed off the whole thing to avoid upsetting the Jewish billionaire with a taste for biracial girlfriends.

    As it stands the ban and fine were, I’m quite sure, simply a business move to protect profits. Nothing personal mister Sterling. I’m sure the people who run the NBA are, as we speak, looking into systematically weakening the player’s union and establishing a better prepared non-unionized second string so that they can continue to profit from exploitation without risk of any further slave rebellions disrupting life on the plantations.