Rush Limbaugh blamed "unchecked liberalism" for the failure to "save" New Orleans residents who perished -- or otherwise suffered -- during Hurricane Katrina. Limbaugh stated that New Orleans is "a microcosm -- a model of exactly what unchecked liberalism does. It creates destitution. It creates hopelessness. It creates a mess!"
Rush Limbaugh denied any comparison between his own prescription drug problems and those of Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who says he was under the influence of painkillers when he crashed his car into a security barrier on Capitol Hill on May 4. In fact, Limbaugh admitted abusing painkillers and sought treatment only after reports of his problems surfaced based on allegations from his housekeeper.
Responding to news reports on his April 28 arrest on drug fraud charges, Rush Limbaugh declared that the case is "over" and that he has "won." In fact, as Limbaugh himself noted, he must comply with the agreement filed by the Palm Beach County state attorney's office that requires random drug tests for a period of 18 months before the charge of fraudulently concealing information to obtain prescription drugs is dismissed.
Rush Limbaugh remarked that a new videotape released by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the rumored leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, "is an excellent opportunity to remind all of you that it sounds just like the DNC [Democratic National Committee] is writing his scripts now." Limbaugh has previously accused the Democratic Party of sympathizing with Al Qaeda.
Supporters of Donald Rumsfeld have repeated Rumsfeld's assertion that retired U.S. generals criticizing Rumsfeld and calling for his resignation may be aiding U.S. enemies. Rumsfeld made this claim during an appearance on The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Donald Rumsfeld appeared on The Rush Limbaugh Show to discuss the growing number of retired U.S. military generals calling for his resignation, just a few weeks after Rush Limbaugh called the woman who alleged she was raped by members of Duke's lacrosse team a "ho." Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney have appeared on Limbaugh's show various times in recent years, despite the fact that Limbaugh has consistently used the program as a vehicle for spreading extreme, hateful speech and falsehoods.
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that after "the left-wing fringe threw a hissy fit" about The Washington Post's hiring of Ben Domenech to write for a conservative weblog on the newspaper's website, the Post "concocted some phony excuse that the guy that they had hired was a plagiarist" and "he was gone inside of two weeks." In fact, on the day of his resignation -- four days after his blog for the Post began -- Domenech admitted to using other writers' work "inappropriately and without attribution."
Accusing the Democratic Party of using the immigration debate as a "vehicle" to gain voters, Rush Limbaugh proclaimed: "[I]f you're Al Qaeda, come on in over the southern border! The Democrats will take your votes as well!"
On his national syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh referred to the alleged victim of a rape by members of the Duke University lacrosse team as a "ho."
Rush Limbaugh stated that Mexican immigrants who illegally enter the United States are "a renegade, potential[ly] criminal element" that is "unwilling to work."
Rush Limbaugh blasted three members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), who were kidnapped and held hostage in Iraq but rescued this week, stating that "these self-absorbed, self-inflated, self-important people have made this all about them." The three activists, along with a fourth colleague who was killed prior to the rescue, had been held hostage in Iraq since they were kidnapped in November 2005.
After playing an audio clip of Democratic senators arguing that oil company mergers have led to price hikes, Rush Limbaugh said: "This is Stalinist. This is Stalinist and Marxist."
Rush Limbaugh instructed his listeners to disregard Zogby International poll results -- showing that a large majority of U.S. troops in Iraq think the United States should withdraw from that country within a year -- because the poll was funded by the Le Moyne College Center for Peace and Global Studies. Limbaugh stated: "[A]nytime an organization has the word 'peace' in it, throw it out. It's just a bunch of long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, FM peace-types that have an agenda."
Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed that Rep. Dennis Kucinich's proposal for a cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence would "[g]et rid of the Department of Defense." In fact, Kucinich's proposed Department of Peace would operate in addition to the Department of Defense to "develop policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict."