On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh blamed the mass killings in Santa Barbara over the weekend on the class warfare and war on women rhetoric used by President Obama and the Democratic Party.
LIMBAUGH: Yeah, CNN has the news on the Elliot Rodger manifesto. He called his mother “selfish” for not marrying into wealth. He wrote about how seeing rich families enjoy life made him resent that his, quote, “damnable mother had not married into wealth instead of being selfish.” Now, again, you know, every time one of these things happens, the first thing the Drive-Bys do is see if they can link it to the Tea Party.
Then they try to link it to conservative talk radio. Then they try to link it to some Republican politician someplace. So we always eschew that. We don’t play that game because it’s cheap. But it’s fun to kind of reverse roles now and then. As far as these people are concerned, these perpetrators cannot be responsible. There has to be some external force like the Tea Party poisoning their minds.
Conservative talk radio must be filling them with hatred, bigotry, and whatever the cliches are. Republican politicians are planting in their heads elitism and all that, whatever it is. It can never be that a perp is simply a bad guy and is responsible for what he does. There has to be some external force. The gun. The NRA. Okay. The more we learn about this guy, the more obviously we see he was conditioned by liberalism.
He hated, he resented the rich to the point of calling his mother damnable and selfish for not marrying a wealthy guy. He hated women. Who is it that’s out there talking about the War on Women all the time? It’s the Democrat Party. Now, you know me, and you know yourselves: When this kind of thing happens, we do not make a mad dash to try to blame this and politicize everything that happens.
But when they do, when the Democrats do, when the left does, then we respond. We react to it, and we point out how they are wrong. Here are more quotes from this guy, Elliot Rodger, about the rich. “I couldn’t help but feel a bitter form of envy at all the rich kids at the concert. They grew up in lavish mansions, indulged in excessive opulence, will never have to worry about anything in their pleasurable, hedonistic lives.
This is exactly the kind of mind-set that the Democrats create with this class welfare rhetoric. They create the resentment. They want people to resent the rich — and then when the rich get theirs, “Oh, tax increase!” and lose everything, then people like Elliot Rodger are happy. His life hasn’t changed any, but he’s happy that others are suffering.
Only Rush Limbaugh could blame the actions of a deranged killer who writes several times in his manifesto that he hates women on Democrats. The mass murderer didn’t hate rich people. He wanted to be a rich person because in his warped view, being rich would get him the sex that he thought he deserved.
Anyone who has read the manifesto that came from the deranged mind that was warped by hatred for women knows that Limbaugh is cherry picking quotes in order to make a horrific event a partisan cause to exploit. The killer saw women as objects that were supposed to give him the sexual satisfaction that he was entitled to.
It isn’t a surprised that a woman hater like Limbaugh would ignore the misogyny in the manifesto. Political partisanship had nothing to do with what happened in Santa Barbara. Anyone who claims that it did is a disgrace. Rush Limbaugh has once again demonstrated why the advertiser boycotters must keep fighting. Rush Limbaugh can say whatever he wants, but he has no entitlement to financial gain from such deranged and hateful language.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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