Rush Limbaugh: 'You Know How to Stop Abortion? Require That Each One Occur With a Gun'

Further proof that the easiest way to discredit him is to quote him verbatim and in context

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It's only been a month since I decided that simply quoting Rush Limbaugh verbatim is the easiest way to discredit him, and the best way to force his apologists to confront the ugly reality of his indefensible program. I didn't think I'd revisit it so quickly, having been pretty busy detailing the Obama Administration's ongoing assault on states' rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law. It's unending work.

But then a reader tipped me off to this Limbaugh gem:

Well, it's a good point. You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.*

Then I couldn't help myself, and I looked at other recent show transcripts that he posted on his website.

Here he is on "the well-known rapper, Shawty Lo. He has 11 kids with 10 women."

I mean, Shawty, he's a former drug dealer. That's where he made his money. He's a rapper now, lives in a mansion. I don't know if he knows Jay-Z. I imagine he does.

On President Obama's gun-control agenda:

Why is Barack Obama literally trying to push people to snap? Why is he doing this? It's as though in some way he's attacking the very sanity of people in this country. Why is he doing this? Why is he deliberately making people so upset? What is driving him? Anybody got any ideas?

On background checks:

If we're going to have universal background checks on virtually everybody who buys a gun, you think maybe it's time to require a background check on anybody wanting to be president? I would submit to you that we still have not had a background check on Barack Obama.

And finally, here is the riff he chose to cover the controversy over the Washington Redskins and whether their name is offensive or not:

[D.C.'s NBA team] used to be the Washington Bullets, and the term "bullets" was deemed ... I don't know that it was offensive. I'm not aware that anybody in the Washington area said they were offended by it. Somebody said, "You know what? Bullets? We don't need kids wanting to be bullets. Kids emulate athletes. We don't want kids cheering bullets. We don't want bullets to become the ammo."

So they changed it to Wizards. Doesn't the Ku Klux Klan have wizards? I know they've got grand cyclopses and they have kleagles. Sheets Byrd, the late senator from West Virginia was a kleagle I think. Or maybe he was a grand cyclops. Maybe you have to be a kleagle before you were a cyclops or vice-versa, who knows? But I know that they got wizards and grand wizards at the KKK. I wonder if they thought of that when they changed the name from the Bullets to the Wizards.

What would conservatism do without these vital musings?

With this guy as the most popular conservative entertainer in America, I can't imagine why the movement is having trouble reaching out to young people, minorities and women. It's just a mystery.

Related: "The GOP Must Choose, Rush Limbaugh or Minority Voters"

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* A bit more for the curious:

CALLER: You can't spend 40 years telling people and telling children that if I make a mistake -- if something comes up and this child that I don't want is in the way of my future and the way of me graduating high school, is in the way of me going to college, is the way of me being happy, is in the way of whatever I want out of life -- then it's okay for me to kill the baby. But later on when I become a disgruntled employee, when I become an unhappy student at school because children are bullying me, then I want to eliminate them to get them out of the way? It's the same concept.

RUSH: Well, it's a good point. You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.


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