Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting
January 10th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
4 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. Sylvia Fouty

    It is very easy to spew such foul commentary but it would take a real man to admit some responsibility for the end result. From here on out why can't we adopt the greed of the old television show Dragnet when it comes to politics: "Just the facts sir. Just the facts."

    January 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. ciscokid22

    That fat basterd has NOTHING to offer but HATE & DISTAIN for anyone who does not conform to his way of thinking!!!

    January 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. HCX

    Nobody with any real sense pays any attention to either Rush or Palin. All it takes is one nut case pushed over the edge and now they both spew IT WASN"T ME!!!!!! Yes it was. Live with it, if you can.

    January 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. MOUF

    Pot meet Keddle...

    January 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Hot Patata

    Anyone, ANYONE at all involved in shaping the national political discourse, should take exactly two steps in responding publicly to this tragedy: 1. Offer his or her prayers and condolences to the victims and their families, and then 2. Shut the h*** up. Anyone doing anything else, especially someone who has done nothing but profit from fanning the flames of ingorance and hatred, is a soulless parasite. End of story.

    January 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Niki D

    Sarah Palin crosshairs on map congresswoman's name "....relaoad" = a massacre in Arizona. There is no defending her, she incites hate under the banner of "America" and this unspeakable tragedy was an example of the crazies that buy into her garbage. She is no real American, she is a citizen of Palin world and that's the only place she will ever be president.

    January 10, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Jay

    Shut up, Rush Limbaugh.

    January 10, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. DICK Cheney

    Go away Rush! While I would never suggest that the rhetoric from the Right was directly responsible for the acts of a deranged individual, it certainly contributed and it needs to be toned WAY down. Too much incivility and irresponsibility in the rhetoric on both sides . . . however, the rhetoric on the Right clearly has more violent overtones than the incivil rhetoric from the Left. Own up to your own responsibility for contributing to the incivility!

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Limball Geaux f*ck yourself. You have prayed on the minds of mis informed people around this great nation polluting there minds with the thoughts of the Government which just so happends to be ran by a black man is out to get the white man . Like there is a great conspiracy by liberals and all other races to over throw white superiority . What an a$$ hole. People want to come here to be free to have a better life that's what the founding fathers wanted and intended that's why they wrote it the way they did in the constitution that you so love. People want a better life I'm sorry some are afraid of being the minority.

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Art Mills

    Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin have sacrificed there credibility in this discussion by previously offering up so much on the alter of extreme political rhetoric. It is too early to know if there is a direct connection (in the twisted mind of the shooter) between the website with the rifle sites and the violent act of attempted assasination. We may never know, unless the shooter reveals all, or unless the FBI can find documentary evidence. What we do know is that the rhetoric is over the top, and that the language and visuals of literally and figuratively targeting opponents is simply to extreme. They can be the things that tip an unbalanced personality over the edge. As such, they are irresponsible and have no place in American political rhetoric of any kind.

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Ted

    Stop being a child Rush. Of course your comments inflame the unbalanced, you intend for your comments to inflame people so now when a nut goes off you suddenly want to claim you don't try to set people off? Did this particular nut go off in part because of you? Who knows, but you do your best to set people off and that has consequences, even if not in this particular case.

    Man up you big crybaby!

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. hatebeingrightaboutthesepeople

    Proving he still doesn't get it. People have been screaming for months that the rhetoric in washington and on the radio is hyper charged and that someone was going to get hurt or possibly killed. People have also been saying that when something does happen, people like rush, palin and beck would offer the "don't be ridiculous, it wasn't us, this guy was insane" defense. And here it is.

    Radios work for everybody, not just the sane.

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Robn

    Read all the blogs Rush... it is not The Dems" or "The Media" playing politics. It seems that most of the citizens ot the good ole USA all agree – it IS the rehtoric and vitriol that is spewed by you, Sarah, and all of the other hate mongers that causes nutty people to act out like this. They are the only ones who really listen to your BS. So as hard as you try to distance yourself and your comrads, the truth always prevails.

    January 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. AEK

    Are you kidding me! This racist, right wing hypocrite saying anything about this incident is disgusting. As one of the prime purveyors of the type of hate speak that precipitates these types of violent acts, he needs to just STFU. Fatboy, Sister Sarah, and that idiot Beck are all culpable.

    January 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Bigge

    Now here comes this idiot......

    January 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. billy

    Rush is a disgrace to our society. There isn't a level of Hell deep enough for him.

    January 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. workin withu

    Don't Back down now.you been swinging all day every day. Now there's incident you call it politicizing? You the main cast.

    January 10, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. diridi

    Can't this fat idiot keep quiet...some one should lock his idiotic mouth...and keep it shut...SOB....

    January 10, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Ben Yaweh

    When teh mullas inflame their followers, we arrest them and throw them in jail. Theie is a blind sheikh in a US jail because of this. Teh same Limbaugh and Fox news also call them out for stirring the pot even though they stop short of calling for actual attacks, etc. So what's different now? NOTHING! Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, O'Reilly and Fox news are the ones who should be held accountable for their inciteful language.

    January 10, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. urbantexan

    Limbaugh, Palin, Beck & Gingrich all remind me of horse manure. There always crap all over the place after they have made a comment.

    January 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Dennis F

    This is from Rush…

    "[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."

    It amazing. Rush’s own quote describes exactly what he has been doing (for profit) for a couple of decades.

    January 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. emma

    Rush, you are being defensive right after avowing that it is "fatuous and silly" to do so. At the time of tragedy like this, are you capable of comforting, healing words?

    January 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. MikeCsi

    Rush is comparing Poltical statements and movies? You truly are a dipsh*t pal!

    Not condoning the actions of this kid at all but when you see the childish behavior displayed by your elected officials and the propaganda they spew back and forth it's enough to drive anyone crazy.

    If respect for humanity was priority 1 instead of select peoples bank accounts, I think a lot of the issues would start to fade away..

    January 10, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Crazy Harry

    Now isn't this the pot calling the kettle black.

    I think he may have once again taken too many pain killers.

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

    Many people on both sides of the political spectrum are rushing to categorize a cowardly killer as part of the "far left" or "far right", therefore missing the broader societal problem. The Bush and Clinton administrations and virtually every previous administration were accused by both fringes of excessive use of Government, but in the past two or three years, we have seen a concerning shift in rhetoric from influential members in the media and some elected officials. Sheriff Dupnik was absolutely correct in speaking about some of the conspiracy theories and feelings of paranoia toward government advanced by certain people in media. If there's one theme we can draw from the cowardly killer's rants, it's that he had a paranoid hatred of government. It is long overdue that we do our part in creating a more civil political discourse, regardless of the shooter's motives.

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