Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who broadcasts to legions of listeners ostensibly horrified by frivolous, cynical accusations of racism, has once again engaged in politically motivated race-baiting, reconfirming his stature as a hypocrite who denounces identity politics despite regularly engaging in it.
His latest remarks can be heard here.
As I wrote recently at The Daily Beast:
…even a cursory review of Limbaugh’s radio archives reveal the talk radio host to be a frequent race-baiter, one of the guys who obsessively trades on race.
In fact, based entirely on statements made by Mr. Limbaugh in 2009, one begins to wonder whether he’s been a bigger racial demagogue than even Al Sharpton during that period.
At the very least, he’s been bandying about the ‘r’ word rather frequently.
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates? “He’s a racist,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “He’s an angry racist.”
Sonja Sotomayor? “She’s a bigot. She’s a racist,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “How can a president nominate such a candidate? And how can a party get behind such a candidate? That’s what would be asked if somebody were foolish enough to nominate David Duke or pick somebody even less offensive.”
President Obama? He’s “the biggest reverse racist in history.” On another occasion: “Just as he is ACORN, just as he is Van Jones, he is racism.”On a third: “How do you get promoted in a Barack Obama administration? By hating white people.” So implicitly Mr. Limbaugh is labeling multiple figures within the administration as racists too.
Democrats generally? “The racism that everybody thinks exists on our side of the aisle has been on full display throughout their primary campaign.”
Liberals? “You know, racism in this country is the exclusive province of the left.”
It is early yet in 2010, but already I predict that Rush Limbaugh will once again accuse more people of racism in the calendar year than Al Sharpton does.