Talk show host Rush Limbaugh shared a rare personal moment with his listeners Friday when he offered an apology for part of his show that day.
“I want to apologize for my near loss of composure in the first hour of this program. In my memory there are two or three times in the first hour I was literally on the verge of screaming in here, which I never do,” he said.
Two things contributed to his rage, he said. One was the comment from first lady Michelle Obama that she had lost hope now that President-elect Donald Trump would be running the country. The other thing that irked Limbaugh was the hue and cry over Russian hackers’ involvement in the election.
During the hour for which he apologized, Limbaugh lit into Obama.
“What do you mean, ‘hope’? Don’t get me started. Folks, I am so on edge today, I’ve about had it with these people and everything else going on here. I’ve got to rein in what I actually want to say about this bunch,” he said.
Later in the show, he fended off claims that Trump’s win was tainted.
“Donald Trump won this election. It was a legitimate election. The Russians didn’t have a damn thing to do with it. The Democrats — here, see, here I’m going again,” said Limbaugh, who could not quite stay off the subject.
“The Democrats lost this election because they deserved to lose this election. They have presided over the last eight years of misery. Nobody in their right mind — here I go — would want any more of it,” he said, decrying “the idea that Hillary Clinton lost this because there was some sort of cheating, that Vladimir Putin wanted Trump in the White House because Trump is some kind of lackey.”
Limbaugh then warmed to his theme as he contrasted Trump with the Democratic regime.
“The lackey is [President] Obama,” he said. “The lackey is Hillary Clinton. The lackey is the Democrat Party, which thinks the United States is the problem in the world. They are the people that pose the great threat, not us and not Trump. People that want to make America great again, people that want to restore this nation to superpower status for the goodness of the world, for the benefit of everybody in the world. That’s exactly the proper order of things.”
“… the Democrat Party simply doesn’t believe that that’s the role for the United States because they think we are the reason for the problems starting with the destruction of the planet, and then wherever you go from there you’re just going further insane,” Limbaugh said.
The talk show host said the election was a form of justice.
“They deserve to lose. In a sane, reasonable world, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and every one of them deserved to lose. In fact, it was a great reinforcement that common sense still lives and exists in this country. I was near the boiling point when I listened to these crybabies whine and moan how it’s not possible for them to lose, there has to be some chicanery involved, there has to be some cheating involved. It had to be the Russians, and if not the Russians then this new guy in the Philippines. And if it wasn’t him, it’d be Castro from beyond the grave,” he said.
Limbaugh said the election was the equivalent of fresh air.
“This election was legitimate. It makes sense. It is entirely warranted by virtue of events. It is restorative. It restores confidence in the American people, my confidence in them. It restores confidence in a number of American institutions. And in my view, the country has been saved and so that’s every reason to be upbeat and excited,” he said.
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