May 6th, 2009
08:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh to Powell: 'Become a Democrat'

Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP.
Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rush Limbaugh fired back at Colin Powell for his critical comments earlier this week, saying Wednesday that the former secretary of state should join the Democratic Party.

"What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh also took aim at Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, repeating his earlier sentiment that Powell's move was "solely based on race."

"He's just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama," Limbaugh said. "It was purely and solely based on race."

During a speech on Monday, Powell said the "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and said the GOP would be better off without Limbaugh, according to a report by the National Journal.

"I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said.

Earlier: Powell: GOP 'polarization' backfired in election


Filed under: Colin Powell • Extra • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Norm

    If anyone disagrees with portions of the Rush Republican Party Platform (about the size of a 6AA shoe box), Rush suggests that they leave the party. Keep going Rush, as they're a leaving faster than your mouth flaps.

    May 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. georgie

    well, I must say I have to agree with rush. I don't think there is any better way to say it. And cnn I was surprised to see you ran footage of the plane over NY. Good for you! for once you showed the "other side" od the obama admin. I must say, no bull! It's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if you could just do that with all stories.

    May 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. crystalm

    Why in this world do we care what Rush say's, he is only trying to get ratings, thats it. He cares nothing about America, and anybody that follows this hate is crazy. I can not believe that the Republican party is this weak to allow a man like Ruch to have any say about what they do or don't do. The Republican party is here to serve the people and they need to start acting like that, not self serving and serve the people.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Bev - NYC

    Herr Rush you're sounding a little Third Reich-ish, who made you the decider on who belongs in the Party. I heard General's Powell's explanation regarding his endorsement of Candidate Obama at no time did he bring race into it. He did note McCain's poor judgement in choosing Ms. Palin, we know how you feel about McCain, so you must be defending Miss Sarah's honor hoping beyond hope that she notices you. As a die hard Democrat I say keep being you Rush, embrace the crazies, at least 20% are still listening.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Fenarkleman

    Colin Powell rocks! He and Meghan McCain may save the GOP yet. As long as they can toss blowhard far right wing extremists like Tub 'O Lard Limbaugh out of the party on his keester.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    What do you know, I finally agree with Rush on something. Has Hell frozen over?

    The fact that Rush is convinced that the ONLY reason Powell voted for Obama is because of race just shows how ignorant and foolish he is.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Cris

    John Cole at Balloonjuice said it best when he asked, "is the Republican Party now small enough that it could be drowned in a bathtub?" Maybe not yet, but it's gettin' there...

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Lex from New York City

    I'd love to ask any republican how a black man could endorse Obama without being accused of the decision being based solely on race by Rush.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Terry Sullivan

    I have the utmost respect for Colin Powell. When you add up the tab as to what individual has done the most for his country its no contest. Limbaugh has did nothing for this country. Limbaugh is a cancer, a bigot, a hypocrite and a coward. Limbaugh had a chance to serve his country and begged out of the military with boil on his ass. Limbaugh does nothing but tear things down. He has no idea how to build on things except for hate and intolerance. If Republicans want a man, a real man to follow and set the example they can look to Powell. If you look to LImbaugh you are looking into a cesspool of negatism. Not a way to build strength in a political party.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. BigD_95

    Rush is amazing. He tells one of the most thought and respected Republicans to leave the party.

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Larry from RI

    Thanks Rash!
    You are hastening the demise the GOP, something the Democrats could never, ever hope to do.

    You are good for something after all, (besides being a methane dispenser)!

    May 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Mike J.

    So Rush is quick to say Powell endorsed Obama based on race but won't entertain the notion that possibly anyone of the high up ups that endorsed McCain also did so based on race. Hypocrisy at its best.

    May 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    CNN- Why do you give this idiot any credibility by repeating his ramblings?
    By doing so you make it seem as though we are supposed to listen to what he says as if he has expertise on something. All he has is misguided opinions and like a certian body part- we all have one of those!

    May 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    I say this as a liberal.

    Are we liberals paying Limbaugh for this or something? I love that man, he's the best guy we have on my side.

    May 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Grace

    Rush should have a kingdom of his own. He needs to take his people to an island in desert somewhere............Go away.

    May 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Tino

    WHY do people continue to listen to what Rush Hypocrite has to say?!?!

    May 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Well! Well! here we go again. Rush didn't take his meds today. Why is when a Black Person like Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, Powell's move was "solely based on race." Everybody has a right to chose during the election. Powell said the "the Republican Party is in deep trouble not only did the former secretary of state other Republican said this.

    May 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. jwn in south carolina

    Rush Limbaugh is not fit to polish General Powell's shoes.

    May 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Dig

    Same old Bushian mode of operation: you're with the GOP-base or your against America and the entire GOP.

    News flash to Rush and the angry GOP-base: America is, and the GOP should be, much grander than you can imagine.

    May 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Larry

    I wish CNN would do the right thing and just ignore the imbicile Rush completely. I wish this stupid fat idiot Lumberjerk would shut up and go away already.

    May 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Jimbo

    Seems like Rush Limbaugh spends an awful lot of time talking about people's motives and race. Perhaps that's because Limbaugh is a closet racist?

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Tom

    Mr. Limbaugh, you sure would agree that President Reagan was a Republican. But would you believe that President Reagan would consider you a Republican ? I think he would consider you a neonazi. You are almost as far right from Reagan as you are from Obama.

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Paul Orlando FL

    Well maybe it isn't polite to say but I think we know why Powell supported Obama. According to polls, there was a 95% chance he would support Obama as opposed to McCain. I like those odds.

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Christine

    Rush is a scary, mean, hateful person, but he's out in the open where you can keep an eye on him....the really really scary people are the ones that agree with him, and follow his lead, and are not in the open ..kinda like the KKK

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. L-Train

    Limbaugh is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party. He raises more $$ and persuades more people to vote Democratic than any candidate could.

    May 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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