A long and ugly history

Mike Burns at Media Matters on Limbaugh being loathsome way back in 2011:

Rush Limbaugh has a long and ugly history of race baiting. Yesterday was no exception. Limbaugh said that First Lady Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR event because she has exhibited “uppity-ism.” Today, however, Limbaugh acted as if nothing controversial had happened.

Mm, yeah, what could possibly be controversial about that.

What Limbaugh said:

NASCAR people, as are most people in this country, are mature, tolerant people who fully understand when they’re being insulted and condescended to. And they remember being called bitter clingers. They know that in their hearts the Obamas don’t like them. We’ve taken notice of this as has, by the way, Chris Matthews and a lot of congressional Democrats are also fully aware that the Obamas just don’t like a lot of people and they don’t like hanging around a lot of people.

What utter bullshit. He should read Becoming to underline what bullshit it is. How much time has Limbaugh spent with school kids gardening? How many public schools has he given encouraging speeches in?

I’ll tell you something else: We don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s vacations. The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why when the husband and the wife are going to the same place the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747.

I’m sure he’s been very hard on Trump’s travel habits. Right? Hasn’t he?

NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism. First ladies have not been known to hop their own 757s four hours ahead of their husband when they’re both going to the same place.

That is absolutely a racist dogwhistle. He knows it, Michelle Obama knows it, he knows Michelle Obama knows it. The man is a turd.

Limbaugh’s comments were highlighted by ABC NewsThe New York TimesThe Daily Callerthe Huffington Post, and Mediaite, which described them as “obvious race-baiting.” ABC’s Jake Tapper noted that “uppity” means “presumptuous but is loaded with racist connotations” and is “[o]ften used to describe African-Americans who don’t know their place, in the view of white society.”

Tapper also pointed out that when Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas denounced the investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee into allegations that he had sexually harassed Anita Hill he called it “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks.”

Today Limbaugh again discussed Michelle Obama’s appearance at the NASCAR race, referred to her as Mooch-elle (as is his custom), and called the booing “totally understandable.” But he didn’t even bother to discuss the controversy, much less apologize for his racially charged remark.

Give that man a medal.

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