Limbaugh says Dems playing politics with Giffords shooting
January 10th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
12 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. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is a very ugly man, inside and out!

    January 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    of course and the biggest mouth is that of Reid. One who should nottalk about anyone since he is the most vocal when it comes to dirogatory statements and aquzations. reid if you really wanted to act good then Just Shut Up.

    January 10, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. shadysider

    Hey Limbaugh, movies entertain. Your rhetoric incites.

    January 10, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. S.positive

    Idiot Rush, cant you put two and two together as you do everyday. You need the American Public to spell it out for you. You and your group are a DISGRACE to this country...

    January 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. a6102658

    "We are we constantly admonished not to rush to conclusions"
    So, why are you?...too much heat.
    This exactly what I expected him to say, he makes his money by using fear.

    January 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Truthmonitor

    Sorry, Rushbo. Your 'defense' of yourself is laughable. You are very much to blame, hate-monger.

    January 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    more democrat side mouth talk and more smoke to be blown, they will work to censor and take away our rights, here they come, the Dems with more rules, they may be as bad as the bad

    January 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Chumlee

    No drug addict Limbaugh, you and your pals at Fox Noise – failing Palin, et all are responsible for the terrorism you
    spew. You and yours are TERRORISTS, Fox Noise, including you, need to be shut down and taken off the air.

    You are a disgusting individual whose mouth needs to be shut. Where the sun does not shine Linbaugh. Crawl
    into a hole and stay there – and – bring all of your nut job friends, including the psycho from Alaska – you know,
    the quitter, failing Palin!

    January 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. sandy

    No, his comments never incite others! Hogwash!! This man's mouth is nothing but inflammatory remarks. Of course he, Palin,Beck etc are not going to own up to what their inflammatory rhetoric does, that would stop the money flow for alll of them, and it's about money for all of them. Many Americans have all along thought that some of the rhetoric out there was going to end disastrous, it was only a matter of time. Now, there are some who have the guts to tell the truth. I for one want this to end and if it means taking these pundits off the air, then so be it.

    January 10, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. "GlobalZero"

    I am done with the hate, lies and violence. How can parents raise children with all this hate? You wonder why our children get it fights and bully in schools.....look at us ADULTS!!

    I will vote for and support anyone that will bring our troops home, work for world peace, and not YELL every minute of every day. It is not politics....this is our lives we are talking about.

    January 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin’s call to arms, “Don’t Retreat, Reload” finally results in a tragic shooting of an Arizona Congresswoman.

    January 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. carlos

    as to the imbecile woman from alaska: you do not offer condolences to the family of a living person........such stupidity from this woman is beyond comprehension.......and, you bloated drugster: do not spin it because you are just a responsible as that woman because of your hatred for the President of the United States of America with your vile and evil mouth.

    January 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Rush Bimbo

    This guy drinks his own kool-aid

    January 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Me

    Sarah Palin’s call to arms, “Don’t Retreat, Reload” finally results in a tragic shooting of an Arizona Congresswoman.

    January 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Sophie

    Sarah Palin has been criticizing President Obama and others and saying "man up." Then she gets an opportunity to "man up," to her over the top metaphors like bullseye, reload, etc., and can't handle the heat. She's certainly not responsible for this deranged man's actions, but she and people like Rush Limbaugh love to stoke the fire with inflammatory remarks about anyone who disagrees with them refusing to give people the common courtesy, including the president, of respect. Two blowhearts.

    January 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. GT66

    One must wonder how Limbaugh can close his eyes at night with all the damage his rhetoric has done to public discourse in this country. It must be the drugs that help him sleep at night.

    January 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    You're a fat, loud-mouthed, loathsome and drug addicted slob. If it were the other way around, you'd be first in line with the blame game

    January 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Jreddog1

    "Me-thinks thou doth protest too much."

    And another sign that Rush is just as crazy as Loughner. When he should be saying "Whoa, maybe the hate fueled, anger filled, and outrageous statements made by me might have had an influence on this character", instead he is saying "Don't blame me, that is unfair and I had nothing to do with it." He continues to maintain his divisive nature. He is a lunatic.

    January 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Dave

    So what? Who cares what Limbaugh thinks? Considering that this fascist idiot wrote the book on "playing politics," his reactions are quite amusing when the shoe is on the other foot. He's the typical "do as I say, not as I do" conservative – all mouth and no brains.

    January 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Duck Fallas

    The danged "media"; always stirring us up, telling us what to think.

    January 10, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    In this instance Rush Limbaugh is exactly correct. The more information that comes out about Jared the twisted and confused mass murderer, the clearer it is that this crime was a result of mental illness rather than partisan politics, Sarah Palin, ObamaCare or anything else that actually exists in the real world. In fact, it was reported that Jared the twisted and confused mass murderer also hated the previous administration. He was neither pro-Republican or a Democrat. He was sick.

    But the far left liberals do not let a little thing like the truth get in the way of Sarah bashing. That's why their rants are so easy to tune out. They mean nothing.

    January 10, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. USA 1

    A little friendly advise Mr. Limbaugh – When you drop seeds in a fertile soil, you are responsible for what grows. When you cultivate the soil, water it, then fail to pull weeds, you are indeed at fault when weeds grow. You reap what you sow – words have consequences, actions have consequences. The words and actions from the right/Tea Party, that advocated violence (like 2nd Amendment options), have had a direct impact on this country, its political landscape, and our people. Now you claim you are not at fault? I’m sorry, but you are…you can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded theatre and then say it’s not your fault when some nut tramples a person to death trying get out of the building.

    January 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. If You Want To See The "Real Haters"

    Way to go Rush......these Liberal Nut Cases actually "believe" they are in the majority but the truth is that the majority of Americans believe in more of what Rush and Conservatives stand for than all Liberal Progressives! All Libs want is to control people through; big government, cradle to grave entitlements, and just "feel good" thoughts.
    All you on the Left who are rushing to judgement on the cause behind the AZ shootings are about to be forced to eat some very tough "Crow", when it is revealed that this nut case was in truth a Left wing liberal and his hatred to Gabby Giffords was steeled by her leaning to the right!

    January 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. kingsley

    Rush limbaugh is trying to defend himself, but the truth is always the truth whether he likes it or not, the type of accusations about taking our goverment, reload, the right has all these inciteful colorful words which stirs emotion, death panel etc... the truth is the truth. Rush you cannot deny these. If you have conscience and has emotions put yourself in the shoes of these families that died and make a change, it starts with the message which you give to your listeners. I will too be angry if someone that i trust is telling me that the government is taking away all my rights etc all these radio talk show personalities both on the left and the right beware and tone down the rhetoric .

    January 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Me

    Limbaugh is a sad excuse for a human being.

    January 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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