Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s “sexist” riff on Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris’ past relationship with a powerful older politician has liberals outraged and conservatives rolling their eyes.
In his Friday broadcast, Limbaugh brought up the NBA’s dismissal of a freelance photographer who had posted a mock campaign ad of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden with Harris captioned ‘Joe and the Hoe’ on Facebook.
Noting the photographer was given the boot over a “sexist Facebook post referencing Kamala Harris,” he explained the ‘Joe and the Hoe’ quip was a reference to Harris’ sexual relationship with California Democrat Willie Brown, the married San Francisco mayor 31 years her senior who became her mentor at the beginning of her career.
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Limbaugh also cited a story published in the Spectator magazine arguing that Harris “slept her way up” into California political life. The writer argues that Harris’ past relationship with Brown should gall other women, since the stereotype of high-ranking women “sleeping their way to the top” persists even in the feminist 21st century.
Harris, the shock jock agreed, owed her career to being the “mattress” – not “mistress,” he was careful to say – of this high-powered political figure.
While Limbaugh also remarked on how it was odd that the pair of stories had generated so little reaction in the mainstream media, his own comments about them were discovered on Monday by liberal watchdog Media Matters, which accused the popular radio host of “pushing vile sexist smears against Kamala Harris.”
Twitter users descended on him in force, with some demanding he be stripped of the Presidential Medal of Honor President Donald Trump had recently bestowed on him.
Rush Limbaugh calling Kamala Harris a “Ho” is disgusting and repulsive! He’s a fucking lowlife, sexist, racist piece of shit! And that Motherfucker has the Presidential Medal of Freedom!!!!
— Amy Lynn🌊🌺🌈 (@AmyAThatcher) August 17, 2020
Donald Trump’s “Medal of Freedom” award recipient Rush Limbaugh just called Kamala Harris a “Ho.”
Will every Republican stand up and call for his medal to be taken away or will they continue to be cowards and racists?
Unfortunately we all know the answer.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 17, 2020
Many suggested Limbaugh – whose addiction to opioid pain pills became a major scandal when it was revealed in 2006, compounded by the hypocrisy of his on-air condemnation of drug users – lacked a moral leg to stand on.
Rush Limbaugh is the same moral leader who flunked out of college, has had four marriages, & was an opioid addict ?? pic.twitter.com/6cy5k4C2b6
— Elena 💙🌊💙 (@ElenaDreams6037) August 17, 2020
The racist misogynistic attacks from Rush Limbaugh to Kamala Harris are disgusting and nothing new from the vulgar convicted criminal. Not sure who else remembers him calling 12 year old Chelsea Clinton a dog, but I do. This filth was gifted the Medal of Freedom for being filth.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 17, 2020
Others wished – some explicitly – for his death from the cancer he was diagnosed with earlier this year.
Some people think it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead, so while he’s still alive, let’s all agree that Rush Limbaugh is shit wrapped in skin.
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) August 17, 2020
Rush Limbaugh, most undeserving recipient of the Medal of Freedom, decides to make vile misogyny against Kamala Harris one of his final acts before cancer cancels his cancerous ass.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 17, 2020
However, many conservatives pointed out that the same people clutching their pearls over Limbaugh’s words had themselves wished death on Trump just days earlier, when it was announced the president’s brother had passed away.
The same people angry at Rush Limbaugh’s “offensive” words and tone just spent the last 48 hours reacting to the tragic death of Trump’s brother by wishing it had been the president instead.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 17, 2020
Trump lost his brother and Joe Biden is tweeting condolences as Rush Limbaugh calls Kamala Harris a derogatory name.
— Political Poet (@mdnij34) August 17, 2020
The Rush Limbaugh backlash is solid proof that the Left can dish it out every second of every day, but when one of their leaders is called out, they recoil in anger and craziness. “Oh my goodness, he hurt our feelings with truth”. #DoubleStandardDems
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) August 17, 2020
Fact-checking website Snopes chimed in on the matter, saying it could not quite debunk the extramarital relationship between Harris and Brown, but rated it a “mixture,” arguing Brown was only “technically” married at the time. The site noted he had been separated from his wife for years and that his relationship with Harris was over by the time she won elected office.
For his part, in addition to admitting the two “dated,” Brown acknowledged he “may have influenced [Harris’] career by appointing her to two state commissions” when he was Assembly speaker, and conceded that he “certainly helped her with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco.”
However, he said he “also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians,” none of whom he (presumably) slept with.
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