Sometimes terrible things happen, and they’re so unbelievably heinous, all you can do is gasp in horror. That’s the general response most of us have had to the harrowing story of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — three women kidnapped, chained and held against their will in Cleveland, Ohio, for a decade. But oh, that’s not what Rush Limbaugh did. Instead, on his broadcast last night, Rush decided to wax philosophical on what it all means. You see, Rush Limbaugh watched an episode of “Hawaii 5-0″ last night. It was about kidnapped and murdered women who were used in a welfare plot. And in between contemplating his lonely, sad, dessicated existence, Rush conjured up a tacky ass conspiracy theory about the Ohio kidnapping victims.
It goes something like this: What if the Ohio “victims” were actually part of a huge welfare scam. And also, they all voted for Obama, so you know! Basically, this whole thing is just what happens when you elect Obama! And these chicks are just welfare queens waiting to happen! He also helpfully points out that the women get “double welfare benefits if one of the women has a baby,” after noting that one of the women, Amanda Berry, did, in fact, have a baby — a child she had after being raped, likely by Ariel Castro.
“I don’t know what happened in Cleveland,” Rush says offhandedly in the clip. Rush, that’s the smartest thing you’ve said ever. You don’t know. Because if you did, you sure as fuck wouldn’t be trying to claim that the horrible things that happened to Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were part of some welfare scheme.
Let’s get to the facts, shall we? Amanda, Michelle and Gina spent 10 years chained up inside Ariel Castro’s house. They endured forced starvations, multiple crude abortions, and a life of abject fear and torture. But Rush Limbaugh didn’t bother to learn anything about them, or what happened to them. Instead, he did what he always does — says something ignorant and incendiary and totally offensive, with the hope of getting attention for it. Well Rush, it worked. Because every time we think you’ll never top the last offensive, tone deaf, repulsive thing you said, you manage to find a way to outdo yourself.
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