AOC Accuses Conservative Icon Rush Limbaugh a “Virulent Racist”
After she had boycotted Trump’s State of the Union Address, AOC lashed out against the Medal of Freedom awardee Rush Limbaugh and called him a “virulent racist.”
The so-called “socialist lawmaker,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her social media influence to name-call conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh to her more than 6.2 million strong followers. AOC claimed that it was an “extraordinarily sacred award.” “We’re talking about putting someone on the same level as Rosa Parks. You know for example in terms of their contributions to American progress,” Cortez announced.
Moreover, AOC lashed out against Limbaugh as she called him a “virulent racist.” “But even just on top of that, to do it in the middle of the State of the Union and not even dignify it with its own ceremony as it has—there’s all sorts of norms that are being violated not just for people’s humanity but also it truly just cheapens the value of it.”
She also claimed that Limbaugh did not deserve to receive the said award. It “was so disingenuous and to do that and to give it to Rush Limbaugh when there were plenty of people in that audience that have contributed positively to the fabric of American society much more, frankly, than he has,” she continued.
Finally, AOC downplayed the contributions that Limbaugh did to the conservative movement, “You know but it’s red meat to his base. Trump knows what he’s doing. And he wants to assert that Rush Limbaugh is somehow on the same level as Rosa Parks and it’s truly nauseating, and this is one of the many reasons that I did not go.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta also chimed in and said that Limbaugh had a history of making racist comments. “Yes, the president had some heartwarming moments during this speech, but he was also engaging in some deeply divisive rhetoric aimed at immigrants, aimed at Latinos. And while, yes, he was trying to make appeals to the African-American community, it can’t be forgotten he was awarding the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, who has a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans. And so I think, you know, overall it’s a wash,” the host said.
James Golden or popularly known as Bo Snerdly, Limbaugh’s producer friend, came into his defense. “I just saw the footage from CNN’s Jim Acosta saying Rush has a “history” of saying disparaging things about African Americans. I have been in the studio with Rush for 30 years. I would like to formally challenge CNN and @Acosta to provide the list,” Golden wrote.
I just saw the footage from CNN's Jim Acosta saying Rush has a "history" of saying disparaging things about African Americans. I have been in the studio with Rush for 30 years. I would like to formally challenge CNN and @Acosta to provide the list.— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 5, 2020
Limbaugh was awarded the Medal of Freedom during Trump’s SOTU. During the president’s speech, Trump wished the host’s speedy recovery from lung cancer. “Here tonight is a special man, beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet,” the president said.
Trump also recognized Limbaugh’s contribution to the country. “And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Trump said as the crowd cheered, and Melania stepped in to give Limbaugh’s award.