With Wednesday’s passing of conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, venom coursed through the left and their media pals as many openly celebrated his death. MSNBC’s The ReidOut was no exception with host Joy Reid, conservative-turned-ardent liberal Charlie Sykes, and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank rhetorically spitting on his grave as having made Americans dumber and taught white Americans to hate minorities.
They also insisted Limbaugh proved conservatives didn’t actually care about ethics, including the ideological turncoat and thrice-married Sykes, who said Limbaugh was “not a deep thinker” and made millions of proles (that he himself made a living off of) “crueler,” “dumber,” “more dishonest,” and open to using “ad hominem attacks.”
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Reid teased the 10 minutes of hate before a break by saying that Limbaugh created a Republican Party “that exists not to govern, but to lead insurrections, to lie, and to troll Democrats.” If that’s what Republicans are, then what would one say about what people like Reid’s MSNBC colleagues do?
The segment itself began with Reid’s insistence that Limbaugh, Roger Ailes, and Rupert Murdoch were the three individuals who created “the modern Republican Party” with nothing having been contributed by Ronald Reagan or a member of the Bush family.
After noting Operation Chaos, Reid said that effort “contributed to the polarization of American politics and….injecting chaos and sexism, manipulation, racism, and dirty tricks directly into the artery of the Republican Party, bloodying people up, rather than faking compassionate conservatism and trying to get crossover votes.”
In other words, Reid argued the entire right has always been evil, but it took Limbaugh to make it so blatant.
The anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist host then threw dirt on Limbaugh’s grave and the eyes of white people who, unlike her, live “out in rural America” and aren’t wealthy because Limbaugh supposedly taught them to hate people who look like her:
Rush ultimately got his way. Rush Limbaugh reached millions of listeners via his golden microphone with his shows airing in small stations out in rural America, that even Fox News couldn’t reach, hardening rural white listeners and weaponizing white male grievance. It was the perfect inheritance for a President who would take Rush-style politics right to the White House and ultimately pin a Presidential Medal of Freedom on one of the GOP’s real architects.
And what I heard was a guy who took white Americans, out there in the hinterlands and — and fed them a narrative of, you’re the victim. No, no, you’re the victim. Don’t feel like there’s any privileges coming to you. You’re the victim, the black people, the brown people, the women, the feminanazis, they’re taking it from you. They’re taking things from you. And it kept people so hyper and amped up that he then was able to turn that into politics
Despite the fact that he wouldn’t have been able to rake in the dough from MSNBC and The Bulwark if it weren’t for Rush popularizing talk radio, Sykes falsely insisted “it’s a little bit painful” to be so cruel “on the day that he dies,” before smearing Limbaugh as “an entertainer” who “was not a deep thinker” or “thought leader” that “played a very central role in the derangement of” the American right.
Sykes then upped the poison against those opposed to him:
So his legacy is a conservative movement that is, in fact, more dishonest, more open to dishonesty, crueler, dumber than it was before. And you can’t understand Donald Trump without understanding that Rush Limbaugh was, in many ways, not — not just the guy that — that laid the groundwork for him, but in many ways, a role model in the way that you could twist truth. The way that you could use insults and ad hominem attacks instead of actually dealing with ideas. Because, you know, the bottom line, dirty secret about Rush Limbaugh is he was utterly uninterested in ideas. He was much more — he was much more interested in the kind of smash mouth, own-the-liberals politics that Donald Trump was so good at.
He then ruled Limbaugh was such a heartless ghoul that, “even when he was confronted with his own mortality, he saved the worst for the last” with “indefensible” rhetoric about the 2020 election.
Reid continued this Olympiad of the demonic, again showing her racist side by arguing that Limbaugh “racialized…white Americans to hate the Affordable Care Act” and was enabled by “his black sidekick as a cover…to do that outright racist stuff.”
His name is Bo Snerdley (with his real name being James Golden), but go on, Joy.
For his part, Milbank engaged in a case of projection, lashing out at Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Limbaugh, and the modern right as enemies and “opponent[s] of democracy” while decrying them for telling followers to view leftists as “the enemy.”
The irony flew through the roof towards the end of the segment when Reid lamented to the morally-plagued Sykes that Limbaugh’s drug addiction and multiple marriages “broke the Republican Party from the whole moral majority idea” where “moral underpinning[s]” shouldn’t matter:
REID: You know, just like Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh was this rich, privileged guy, never missed a meal, never had a problem, you know, financially, but who also kind of broke the Republican Party from the whole moral majority idea. You know, multiple marriages, they set it aside. The drug addiction issues, they set it — every kind of moral underpinning that Republicans claimed, he said, nah, forget all of that stuff. All you want to do is own the libs. Own the libs every day. And he was mad at the Republican Party for a long time that they wouldn’t do it. And finally, they not only did it, but elected his doppelgänger to be President.
SYKES: Well, that’s an interesting point. Because, you know, really, you can understand why these two guys bonded with one another. Because they kind of reveled in the fact that they could say anything and do anything.
SYKES: That Rush Limbaugh can go on the air and refer to a coed as a slut or make fun of Chelsea Clinton, a 13-year-old young woman, make fun of the disabled, and yet you still survive. You never apologize and you can hear a lot of conservatives saying Rush Limbaugh was, you know, this funny entertainer and you know, he had some amusing parodies. But you look back on it and what he did was he normalized so much of this…But look, Rush Limbaugh had a moment, if you want to be a thought leader, he could have pushed back on some of this, but he didn’t. And again, here we’re at. And I’m sorry to be having this conversation on the day that he died but his legacy is so much with us now and you just cannot understand the modern conservative movement without understanding the way that he transformed it.
Want to know what a refusal to see the humanity in those with opposing views looks like? See those above and you’ll see three perfect examples.
This venomous spitting on Limbaugh’s grave was made possible thanks to the support of ReidOut advertisers such as Safelite, Sandals, TD Ameritrade, and Uber. Follow the links to the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back pages to see their contact information.
LifeNews Note: Curtis Houck writes for Newsbusters, where this column originally appeared.