November 12th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Limbaugh blasts 'racist Democrats'

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh injected racism into the Democratic leadership battle in the House.

On Thursday the conservative radio host blamed "racist Democrats" for trying to push Rep. James Clyburn to "the back of the bus."

Clyburn, an African American is running against Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer for the position of House minority whip.

"Steny Hoyer and Clyburn, Hoyer wanting Clyburn to go back to the back of the bus, leadership battle," Limbaugh said. "The white racist leadership of the Democrat Party is trying to ace out Clyburn."

Limbaugh continued down his metaphorical road.

"The way this can all be worked out, Clyburn's new position: Driving Miss Nancy," Limbaugh said. "He gets to keep the car. He gets to go everywhere she goes, parties and everything else. He's not in the back of the bus. He's in the driver's seat, and she's in the back of the car being chauffeured. Solved problem."

Currently, Hoyer is the majority leader and Clyburn is the majority whip, which is also the number three spot in the Democratic leadership. But with Republican gains in the House, Nancy Pelosi will lose her speaker post and now plans to run for the minority leader position. Therefore, Hoyer and Clyburn, who are currently number two and three respectively in leadership are left vying for the number two spot.

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Filed under: James Clyburn • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    CNN is this news ?
    Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity , Bill O’ Reilly , Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin just want to make noise every day that is nonsense not a news

    November 12, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. flahbahgastid

    Why would you post anything from this guy? Especially in the political section, maybe in the cartoons or circus section.

    November 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash

    Ok Pop in Fresh Dough Boy lets talk about how the GOP does not want WOMEN in any leadership positions! Give me a break!

    November 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Andy in Indy

    Slow day for Rush, I guess. Funny how he and his ilk are always the first to accuse their detractors of using the "race card."

    November 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. shannon

    Does anyone take this bloated, drug addicted, racist seriously. He sings Barack the magic negro on his radio show, and says a million other hate flilled lies daily, and now he's coming out with this garbage. Wasn't it Rush who was pushing the 200 million dollar a day myth for the President's trip just last week. This guy doesn't have an honest bone in his bigoted body. Mr Family values with his four wives, good grief.

    November 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Squigman

    It's hard to believe that the nation has sunk so low that a drug addict, with little or no education can have such influence on people and a radio show that apparently is influencing governance of said nation. Heaven help us.

    November 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Lynn

    How clever Limbaugh must think he is, to play the race card. 'I'll show those Democrats that voted in a black President, they really do hate the blacks.' Limbaugh is one sick puppy, he must be off his meds.

    November 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Michael

    Any American who actually listens to Rush Limbaugh deserves to be lobotomized along with that fat, over-hyped, and overpaid hypocritical bigot.

    November 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. PalmReader

    You've lost me here, CNN. I am not a fan, nor will I ever be a fan of Limbaugh. I do not listen to Limbaugh, nor will I ever be interested in Limbaugh's opinions. As disgusting as I think Limbaugh is ... CNN, by virtue of lending credence to Limbaugh's rants through it's Political Ticker, is going down a road I want no part of. I am tired of the divisiness being broadcast by a supposedly new *neutral* leaning CNN.

    November 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. kmp

    This coming from the horses mouth interesting. So why do you want him to get t he position mmmm me thinks it is so you can say see they elect the African American to afraid to elect the right person for the job. Rush I wish there was a way we could muzzle you.

    November 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. HtownCowboy

    Talk about someone trying to call another person racist who, himself, is a racist is beyond comprehension. Just because he had an African American officiate at his umpteenth wedding doesn't absolve this fool from his own racist behavior. This man called the president of the United States a "boy," so how can he expect anyone to take him seriously when he continues to say such things? If any one should do any driving, it's those of us with some sense who need to drive this drug addict out of our lives in a tar-baby suite cloaked in feathers.

    November 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Justin

    But apparently he is totally fine with racism within the Republican Party and Tea Party. Why does anyone listen to this hypocrite anymore? I stopped when it came out after years of railing against drug users he was an addict himself. I still don't know why I even listened to him before that.

    November 12, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Limbaugh has got to be the most disingenuous SOB in the country!

    That a racist like him would even begin to lecture to, or point attach the 'racist' lable on to anyone else is way beyond ridiculous!

    I’m sure REP Clyburn is completely appreciative of Limbaugh’s support!!!

    November 12, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Ronnie Rayz

    Rush take your NORCO & chill, the Tea Partiers have the racism thing down pat.......

    November 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Peter s

    Rush first sweep the trash in your own house! if the Democrats needs you they will call you!

    November 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Tony

    Why does this qualify as "news" CNN? Rush Limbaugh spouting hateful lies is the norm. You might as well publish stories like "Water still wet" and "Sun to rise tomorrow morning."

    November 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. thomas

    Rush Limbaughs pupils are the size of pins , must be on the Hydromorphone again !

    November 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. John

    Rush is a true piece of garbage.

    November 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Bruce

    Ain't that the pot calling the tea kettle black. He uses a racist metaphor as evidence to point out what he considers a racist act. He's a racist...this proves it. As if we didn't know it already.

    November 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Texas Doc

    Huh? Everyone knows that the GOP/Tea Party is the Party of Intolerance, Bigotry, and Hatred. Is he on drugs again?

    November 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Ken in Maryland

    Oh that's rich. Limbaugh calling the Dems racist? Hello pot, this is kettle. His description of what he thinks is going on ("back of the bus", the Miss Daisy metaphor) is far more racist than what's really going on with the Dems.

    November 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Jon in Rochester NY

    Although I think that Rush is an expert racist, I have to believe that his objection has more to do with Nancy Polosi being a strong leader than James Clayburn being an African American.

    November 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. bobby

    Racist conservatives playing the race card yet again.

    November 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. HJA

    Tell me again why Rush is relevant and I should give a rip what he says?

    November 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. catmom

    Well leave it to Rush Limbaugh to tell the country what racism is!!!

    November 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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