Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change
November 22nd, 2013
05:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

(CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans.

The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats.

"Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule," Limbaugh told listeners.

"Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.”

Limbaugh continued: “Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that (said), 'You know what? We're going to change the rule. Now all we need is five."

“And well, 'You can't do that.' 'Yes we are. We're the majority. We're changing the rule.' And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room,” Limbaugh said.

“You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it's going to happen. There's no rule. When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."

Friday’s analogy isn’t Limbaugh’s first inflammatory comment about women. Last year, the radio host apologized for a comment he made on his show about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, calling her a "slut" after she testified about contraception on Capitol Hill.

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soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Jane

    Congrats cons-you own him. Deal with it.

    November 23, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. MarneJones

    So, then Limbaugh is ALSO saying - using his own analogy - that Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker (& his GOP legislators) raped Wisconsin taxpayers. Right. Got it. In THAT respect, Limbaugh is correct because that is what actually happened to Wisconsin taxpayers.

    November 23, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Rob

    Regardless of what the big mouth says,
    This ruling by the democrats will bite the in the a$$.
    Sure it looks good now because they are well aware they are in some serious trouble come mid terms, so change the rules to get their liberal judges etc.. In.
    However there will come a time the democrats oppose the majority led congress and this maneuver, slick as it is, will bith them hard.

    November 23, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. mike

    why wont this fat, drug addict just do us all a favor and overdose???

    November 23, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I would like to see Rush offer a castration analogy involving a group of 4 cheated-on wives, 2 non-jaded wives and 4 men. =====

    Why not 1 lesbian , 3 strait women , 1 hermaphrodite , 1 gay guy , 3 strait men and Joe the Plumber ?

    What ever happened to Joe ?

    November 23, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. John

    If one guy was eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War, except for a hemorrhoid, how many people would vote that he should have to go into the army, just like his classmates for this minor malady.....9 out of 10 people would agree that he should go into the army..............the result he didn't go................who knows whether he lied his way out, his father's influence, or pure cowardice was the cause.......solid ratios of probability don't always work out, even for a coward like you Rush......

    November 23, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. ClydeTheSlyde

    Boy, Republicans sure love rape!

    November 23, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Grahame Rhodes

    The GOP secret weapon

    November 23, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. MKKMS

    I agree with Rush.

    November 23, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Getoverit

    Where's the continuing coverage of Martin Bashir's punishment? Oh, there was none. LOL CNN!

    November 24, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  11. waitaminute

    It was a great analogy of what Harry Reid has done. MOB RULE . 200+ years of tradition destroyed by progressives. I hope you all rot in whatever ........... you believe in. The knives are out.

    November 24, 2013 03:37 am at 3:37 am |

    Rush couldn't make as a top 100 DJ so he became a right winger. It was a easy way to make money. He doesn't hate democrats actually he voted for Obama. He knows right winger are easy money and will buy his crap. It's a easy sell . Their idiots and he's says dumb things to keep them happy

    November 24, 2013 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  13. r.w

    This is such a misrepresentation of the tone and point of what he said!!!! It is an analogy anybody with half a brain could make that incredibly plain observation.....duh

    November 24, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  14. r.w

    The idiocy of these postings is mind blowing! There must be a screener filtering out all intelligent thought. I am amazed..

    November 24, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |

    Keep taking those pills and talkin Rush. Things are looking fine for the Guns Over People tea potty domestic terrorists.

    November 24, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Look up the companies that advertise on this thing's show, call and email them then boycott their products.
    They'll listen and one by one they will drop him. Let's face it it's all bout the money.

    November 24, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  17. BDR

    Limbaugh raping the truth again

    November 24, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Looking deep in the comments and replies it can tell that must think very short. The parallelism is to show how a m crazy mayority will do high damage. This is not against woman, I think your political correctiness is having you blind.

    November 24, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Lizzie

    John, you forgot that VP Biden ask for 5 deferments and got them, does that make him a coward also.

    November 24, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Name

    Nice try at changing the subject, blame rush. What bush wasn't available?

    November 24, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Oliver

    Wow...the Dimocrats change time-honored rules so they can get what they want, and Rush is a problem...ANYTHING to deflect the spotlight from a atrocities of a Democratic majority, huh???

    November 24, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Thomas

    At least Hermann Goering had a better fashion sense when it came to wardrobe and opiates .

    November 24, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Forrest

    I'm not a Rush fan, but I think this is being taken the wrong way. To say that this was an inflammatory remark about women is misleading, CNN. His use of women in the analogy was to show that something so wrong could be passed after the change. I think the point is about mob rules being able to pass bad legislation.

    November 24, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. polischticks

    well I was on the fence about this issue, but since Rush is against it, it's got to be good

    November 24, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. tv

    It's his job to stir the pot. ratings, dollars and a delusional flock of sheep......bahaa....bahaa.. bahaa...

    November 24, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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