Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting
January 10th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting

Washington (CNN) - Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh offered a vigorous defense of himself and Sarah Palin Monday in response to claims from some media commentators and those on the left that their charged statements and colorful language may have inspired the Arizona shootings.

"[The media] is unnecessarily stirring up the country in ways that don't merit," Limbaugh said on his radio program Monday. "It's fatuous and silly to even verify and justify these accusations by defending them. The premise is insane, it's silly, it's beneath these people. Or is it? It is who they are."

Limbaugh's comments come in response to accusations that the charged political atmosphere of 2010 – of which Limbaugh, Palin, and others played a central role – may have incited the use of violence among troubled individuals like Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect that is accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with constituents Saturday.

"We are we constantly admonished not to rush to conclusions. Now…reporters are bending over backwards to link this shooting to me, to Sarah Palin, to an entire industry - talk radio," Limbaugh said. "Only in these instances is something said in the media said to influence public behavior. Go out and try to tell these same people that one of their top grossing movies has influenced has influenced abject perversion or radical behavior and they will attack you left and right.

"All of this has been pure politics, disguised as compassion and concern for a congresswoman," Limbaugh added.


Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    Limbaugh had no problem at all inciting violence. Now when he and Palin get called downed on it, it's everyone else who is being inciting. Hypocrite.

    January 10, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. tony

    Self-righteousness never feels accountability, admits guilt or sympathizes with or helps others in their time of need. It's unchristian in every way.

    January 10, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Of course it's the media and the liberals. No right wing idiot EVER takes personal responsibility. NEVER.
    Why is that? Is it because they are arrogant, or because they lie?
    Just as Hitler never personally gassed anyone, these talking heads don't pull the trigger. They just blame, incite, lie, and spin everything to breed fear and division. That is what they get paid for doing.
    This is EXACTLYT what I would expect from this POS.

    January 10, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Than

    So Rush, your response is in effect "I know you are, but what am I?" (You couldn't work in your "bend over and grab the ankles" staple?)

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Tim

    No, Rush is fat(uous).

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. James

    It's worth noting that no Democrat has actually done this at all. The only people right now who are criticising the right wing are the victims and law enforcement officials in Tuscon. Clearly they must all be politically motivated, right Rush?

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Moises R

    This tragedy is two-fold. The incident itself and the lack of law enforcement resources in preventing this from occuring. This alleged murderer was not a iilegal alien, yet Arizona law enforcement can profile innocent people and not spend the time and day to study these cases. We must find a way as Americans find a way to protect our borders while not forgetting the nut cases that exist from within..

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. gt

    you can count on bill mahar , micheal moore, schultz , orberman and maddow to blame this senless act on the gop...how sad.....

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Inmyopinion

    I read Laughner interacted with Giffords in 2007 and didn't like her answer to his question in 2007 and had already made threats to Giffords in the past so then why would Palin, Limbaugh, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, radio take the blame for this murder's actions?

    January 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. mike

    I am tired of hearing from this scum bag that likes to talk all this crap for ratings to keep these mined less idiots that listen to his radio station but this pawn would not be were he is at if someone wasn't giving him the money that he gets to continue his rant so who is really behind it all and when are we as americans are going to stop this I didn't find any republican getting attack when they said no to the 9-11 first responders bill but I heard a lot of crap against democrats on just about every bill that has been pass to help the american public and even tho the voters in most polls agree with these bills

    January 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. T

    He is part of the problem

    January 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. pepper

    Sarah is the issue, she spews hate just like Rush, they both could careless about what they say. so should i post a note with rush and palin in cross hairs, can someone please make a map with Glen, Rush , Palin, and any of the pother hate mongules. make sure Palin is # 1. or will we get in trouble for that , rember we are not millionars.

    January 10, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    "[The media] is unnecessarily stirring up the country in ways that don't merit,"

    And what does Limbaugh "unnecessarily" stir up????? Isn't he WHITE calling the kettle WHITE (I have a white kettle)!!

    "...reporters are bending over backwards to link this shooting to me, to Sarah Palin, to an entire industry, talk radio," Limbaugh said

    Isn't Limbaugh part of that MEDIA too? Isn’t Sarah part of the MEDIA? Why is he separating himself from the rhetoric that’s out there??

    Mostly EVERY assassination and/or assassination attempt in America happened during a time of chaos or around some period of time when JUSTICE was not for all!! It's WORSE now because it's being saturated in the 24/7 news cycle – the internet – Facebook – Twitter, etc. It’s worst now because we have an African American president and not everyone in America wants to settle with that – a known FACT!!

    Limbaugh does not even represent a “fraction” of America – Palin too – but yet they always have the stage to spread their stupidity!! So when you are out there like that – Everyone has the right to disagree and call you out the way they see it!!! STOP spreading LIES and HATE then maybe people will STOP connecting YOU and/or your sidekick PALIN to these types of disasters………….PERIOD!!!

    January 10, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. DIANA

    Leave it to Limbaugh to say something like this. Whip his crazies into a frenzy and then hide.

    January 10, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Johnson

    Another idiot trying to defend his part of the trash outside.

    January 10, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Breaker Six

    Is this what Obama meant by "we must punish our enimies" ??

    January 10, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Marie

    Does he listen to his show? It's hard imagine Limbaugh making a grocery list that doesn't raise his blood pressure and start him spitting.

    January 10, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Captain Awesome

    I find it utterly convenient that shortly after the shootings, the media quickly started pointing fingers at Sarah Palin and the TEA Party and trying to make a connection to conservatives while shaping their narrative that all of these 'angry white males' are to blame for this. Never mind that the alleged shooter was targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since back in '07, way before Paling came on the scene.Now that we know the shooter is a big liberal, the narrative has changed. Now the media is telling us all to tone down the heated rhetoric coming from both sides and how we shouldn't point fingers. How convenient! If heated rhetoric caused this dope smoking, liberal nut job to go over the edge, I want to know what blogs he was visiting as well as which liberal talk radio show he listened to. I think that's fair.

    January 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. politicalstance

    And Mr. Limbaugh is not playing politics with his statements.... Tell me another one.

    January 10, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Paul

    Yes, Rush Limbaugh is right. Movies have had a very negative impact on kids and people with low level of thinking. What he forgets to say is. His negative words have had great impact on people with twisted minds. Limbaugh's, Palin, Becks' and Hannity's words have been bad for this country. He doesn't have to apologize to anybodyt, but he truly needs to stop talking nonsense. He would do the nation a big favor. The seeds he and his crew planted are starting to grow. This is scary.

    January 10, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Realistic

    Rush and Palin are now toning down their hatred and animosity towards those who have a different view, now..Well too late to back track from your anger spewing garbage.

    January 10, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Angel

    Does this man know when to shut the he** up? Every time he opens his mouth his ignorance comes spilling out. I am so sick of people like him. Please Rush, just go away and stay away. You are absolutely ignorant.

    January 10, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Greg Smith

    Rush provides no facts or valid argument that his and others speech did not contribute. All he does is divert the discussion. Typical Rush, never any real logic.

    January 10, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Mark

    Look who's talking, hypocrite much? Twisting the truth and telling lies, the best of what Rush can do.

    January 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. gj

    Just threw up in my mouth a little

    January 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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