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
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  1. GI Joe

    No more than the repukes with "noun,verb, 9/11" for the past 10 years.

    EVERYONE immediately thought of $ara$ crosshairs map. EVEN REPUBLICANS. DEAL WITH IT YOU LITTLE BOY USER

    January 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Hangar 13

    Rush is absolutely right. An interesting article in the Washington Examiner compared the media's mantra of "let's not jump to conclusions" after the Fort Hood shootings with this weekend's rush to judgment and innuendoes (all completely without factual basis, incidentally) that various right-wing politicians or commentators were the cause of this senseless crime. But I ask you, the fair-minded reader: read the ten comments above this one and the ten below it, and then tell me if liberals know how to do anything but hate.

    January 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    What? Funny comments coming from the king of stirring up thing in the country (hate mostly) that don't merit.
    Palin and all her other tea party buddies are the only ones i've been hearing asking for "2nd amendement remedies if elections don't go our way" or putting cross hairs on congresswoman Gifford. I'm surprised that Sister Sarah hasn't told the shooter to not retreat but to reload yet.

    January 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. tania

    Easy for Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin to say it is not their fault. How would they feel if it was them or their families, or their colleagues that was in the position of the Giffords. Your words matter Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin. May God help you see this asap.

    January 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    Libtard and WH position on Ft Hood shooter – America, do not jump to any foregone conclusions that this was a terrorist related event. Do not consider that this man was a Muslim activist corresponding with the number two Al Qaeda operative. Do not think that our Homeland Security team was not moments away from catching him before this heinous act was committed.

    Libtard and WH position on Giffords tragedy – Sara Palin and the Right Wing Nazi Extremist White Americans (Tea Party) believing in our Constitution instigated this shooting through their political vitriol. Do not consider that the shooter was an insane left wing loon, it was Tea Party Mind Control....Do not consider that nearly every violent political act over the last few years has been attributed to the left. Anyone remember Janet Reno, Bill Clinton and a place called Waco?

    January 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. sammieb51

    Rush, most of us got your number a long time ago. Maybe now the rest of your "following" will start to see the light with you.

    January 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. hankers

    "[The media] is unnecessarily stirring up the country in ways that don't merit," Limbaugh said ... now ther's a kettle calling a pot black!

    January 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. David

    You have blood on your hands Limbaugh, you are one of the worst at stirring up hate and bigotry.

    January 10, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. anthony

    No Rush. Your spin on this is futile.

    You and your gang have played politics with the well being of the Nation.
    Now REAP what you and your evil bunch have SOWED for way to long.

    January 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Rick

    Did Rush just blame True Grit?

    January 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Bill55

    Rush, there is a HUGE difference between what happened Saturday and a Clint Eastwood movie. You and your TP/TP zombies have a lot to learn in life. Some of you will never learn and that IS the problem. Trying to solve the problems of America by promoting hate just brings the country back 300 years.
    You, Beck, Hannity, Palin and the rest are just fanning the flames. What's next? Lynching someone for an opposing viewpoint? You should all be ashamed of yourself. Karma is fickle, you know.
    I also noticed no remourse in your diatribe. Somehow that does NOT surprise me.

    January 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Tony Z

    Excuse me! Do you really believe your words have been hallow? If you believe it than change your tone. Have a balanced conversation about what is really going on in America. Stop angering your base against the President instead showing respect and support.

    January 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. S Yates

    How is Rush Limbaugh still even relevant? He wanted our President to fail! To fail! Aren't we all Americans? Do we really want a President to fail? Personally, I would vote for someones Grandmother if I thought they could run the country. I don't care what political affilliation they are, I want them to succeed. I never voted for Bush and there were a lot of things I hated about his policies, but I rooted for him. I wanted him to succeed. I wanted to be wrong about him. He was my President and I wanted him to do well. Why is that a bad thing?

    Limbaugh is an entertainer. He does not even have a college degree and just fell into this job. All he does is stir the pot and that never helps anyone.

    January 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Bill Graham in Jacksonville, FL

    Once upon a time, I was a diehard Rush Limbaugh fan. Then, I began to realize that I could think for myself. Before long, I began to realize that I didn't agree with most of what I heard from Mr. Limbaugh. Then, one day, I realized that I could do better by turning him off and listening to my own thoughts. Finally, I realized that the man simply made no sense at all, that he was delusional, and that listening to anything he says is no better than following someone else off a cliff. Folks, this man is part of our problem. He does not offer solutions. All he can do is sit back behind his golden EIB microphone and criticize people he doesn't know, things he can't appreciate or issues of which he has no understanding. He claims to be able to beat any liberal with half his brain tied behind his back. Really? I get the distinct impression that someone tied this man's brain into a Gordian knot. You can be conservative without listening to Limbaugh. You can be Republican without agreeing with everything this self-congratulating man says.

    January 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. harry S

    Rush...pop a pill and go to bed...your 15 minutes of fame has been over for a very long time...

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

    Now,we hear from Mr. Limprick the real leader of the "TP movement" and the real leader of the "christian" Con base of the Republican part. Next up, will be all the recent grads from Glenn Beck U.

    Not a word of course, when Palin posted Congresswoaman Giffords as target #4 or when Angle stated the tea baggers may need to use the "2nd Amendment" solution to change the outcome of the election it the tea baggers lost".

    Giffords barely beat her tea bagger supported opponent.

    Over the top rhetoric will always appeal to the unhinged and unstable in our society, and should have been dialed down BEFORE the Slaughter of the Innocents on Saturday but no, only then does Palin pull her "suggesstions" of "reload" and accompanying map from her site and feign how "appalled" she is that someone mistook "surveyor points" to be rifle "cross hairs".

    Still waiting for the damage control report on why Gabby Giffords was listed as the #4 "target" or her urging supporters not to "retreat, reload". NOW that will need to be very creativity, 'cuz I am not sure a lot of folks are buying the "surveyor point" excuse..

    If more pressure had been applied by Con leaders instead of joining her by laughing off the suggestion that her map and rhetoric(yes, there is video, complete with McCain chuckling and applauding these comments) could indeed possibly lead to this very outcome, 6 folks may be alive today. The problem with Palin and Bachmann and Angle and AM radio talk show hosts, is they all pander to this lunatic fringe element of our society
    So, if it helps all you Cons wash some of the blood stains off YOUR hands, by denying that such rhetoric as drawing maps with targeted Congresswomen which you obviously SUPPORT, had any culpablility in this tragedy, then so be it. Plus, NO Republican leader(only Elizabeth Hasselhoff) ever condemned such rhetoric by Palin or Angle, so by their silence, they condoned it and at least in one case, found the prospect of such an interpretation amusing and applauded it!

    If I were the Cons collective consciences, I too, would be looking to justify how none of this was remotely my fault.

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

    While I agree that both sides are guilty of excess, it’s important to acknowledge how we came to this sorry state of affairs. A quick check of the facts will show that it has been the Conservative Republicans who have dragged the political discourse of this country into the mud. They are the ones who introduced “red, pinko, fellow traveler, card carrier, tree hugger, peacenic, moon bat, bleeding heart, blame America firster, and God knows how many more words, to demean their opponents. It’s been the Conservative Republicans who accuse any and everyone who disagrees with them of treason. It’s the Conservative Republicans who denounce their opponents as people out to destroy the American way of life. It was the Conservative Republican who launched a witch hunt against the Clintons and now accuse the Obama’s of hating America. It’s the Conservative Republicans who use the O’Reilly’s, and the Beck’s and the Hannitt’s to broadcast this hate and intolerance for differing opinion. On Thursday, September 6th Seth Lipsky wrote a column for the New York Post explaining why the left hates the constitution! That’s a perfect example of the never ending invective that the Conservative Republicans use to demonize their opponents. And then they disassociate themselves from the maniacs who listen to them and take the actions that the right glibly hints at. Yes the left is guilty of the same thing but it isn’t as organized and they do it far less then the right does. The reason the left does this is self defense. How long do you think you can call someone a traitor before they attack you? It would be nice if for just once, the party of personal responsibility would take some personal responsibility for its actions.

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

    Predictable response from someone who never looks inward. He only spews hatred towards those who think differently.

    January 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. karen from Charlottesville

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

    Actually, Rush, you are PART of the media you're complaining about. Even this morning, your little clone BECK was inciting hatred toward the left by pointing fingers at FFP.

    January 10, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Michael Vacanti

    C'mon, Rush, you've been fanning the flames of hatred for two decades now. Take the money and run from the responsibilities of "free speech".

    January 10, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. sara

    You of all people, hate baiter. The Democrats and those with any kind of Decency has been Saying the Same thing about hate monger such as yourself for Years. We know that WORDS are powerful and with that Rush, STOP your Division, Hate, Racist Rants .....All money is NOT GOOD MONEY! Give it up, Rush. We know you have NOTHING else! Where is your "sense of shame"?

    January 10, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Indy

    When you have a radio show of are a commentater on Fox and you tell 90% lies you are bound to get some reactions. Rush in particular serves no purpose whatsoever other then to whip people into a frenzy wheter it is based on lies or not. If Rush was asked "what do you do for living" he could answer "I am a professional liar" then and only then would he be telling the truth. The only reason he feels that the criticism is not worth a response is because he deserves it and has no good answer. In case anyone is wondering Sarah Palin is a Professional Victim

    January 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Diane P

    disgusting pig!!!

    January 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. sn

    Malicious words: desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness: the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.

    January 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. felicia

    What a big fat funky HYPOCRITE. Limbaugh is the worst person in the world.

    January 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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