Limbaugh touted "Club G'itmo, the Muslim resort"June 17, 2005 5:18 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
As part of a new "advertising campaign" for the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested touting the facility as "Club G'itmo, the Muslim resort," a "tropical paradise down there where Muslim extremists and terrorist wannabes can get together for rest and relaxation." On his website, he is even selling "Club G'itmo" T-shirts that read "I Got My Free Koran and Prayer Rug at G'itmo," "Your Tropical Retreat from the Stress of Jihad," "My Mullah went to Club G'itmo and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt," and "What Happens in G'itmo Stays in G'itmo."
From the June 14 broadcast of the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: It's time to use a little absurdity here. Time to be absurd to illustrate some. "We need to shut down this Gitmo prison" -- well, don't shut it down, we just need to start an advertising campaign. We need to call it, Gitmo, the Muslim resort. Any resort that treated people like this would have ads all over The New York Times trying to get people to come down and visit for some R&R, for some rest and relaxation.
Any resort promotion would brag about its amenities that cater to the needs of its guests. Anything better than diet, Qurans, prayer rugs, I mean where else can Muslims go in the world to find everything they need? There's no better place than Gitmo. Club G'itmo, the Muslim resort. The infidels have Club Med, why don't the believers get their own Club G'itmo? It sounds like we've put one together for them. It's a one-of-a-kind resort on the west coast of Cuba overlooking the bay. Every visitor, every check-in at no charge gets a new Quran, a new prayer rug, Muslim chefs, Muslim dietary laws, five prayer sessions a day.
Club G'itmo has been endorsed by Amnesty International. It's a tropical paradise down there where Muslim extremists and terrorist wannabes can get together for rest and relaxation. I mean, that's the way to portray this, for crying out loud.
From the June 16 broadcast of the show:
LIMBAUGH: I'm sitting here thinking, folks, that if this treatment that we are continuing to mete out to detainees -- prisoners of war, terrorists-in-waiting at Gitmo -- if the word of how they're being treated keeps getting out, we're going to have Al Qaeda people surrendering all over the world trying to get in the place.
LIMBAUGH: Club G'itmo and our brochure at rushlimbaugh.com now features two T-shirts, ladies and gentlemen. We put them on sale yesterday, and they are going like hotcakes. They're a reddish-orange t-shirt and you can buy one or you can buy both. One of them says, "Club G'itmo" on the front and then on the back, "Your Tropical Retreat From the Stress of Jihad."
The other one says, "Club G'itmo" on the front, and on the back it says, "My Mullah Went to Club Gitmo and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt." They're both $19.95. They come in sizes small up to double-X, and we're also still checking on prices to come up with Club G'itmo bathrobes and soap on a rope or just soap. Club G'itmo, whichever, and we've also added the fact that kids might want to be sent down to Club G'itmo, except Americans, because American kids are not allowed to pray in school or anything else. It's a great place for young jihadists to go and take a break from their training.