Rush Limbaugh Laughs at Japanese Tsunami Victims for Being Environmentally Conscious


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There have been a number of instances over the years wherein Rush Limbaugh says something on his radio show that is so over-the-top egregious that it transcends his usual hate-filled ramblings and actually makes me wonder how the man could possibly be on the air. This is one of those times. If you listen to the clip below, you will hear a man so self-involved, so eager to sneer, that he thinks literally nothing of laughing at the misery of survivors of one of the worst natural disasters in history.

Here's the transcript of the pertinent part of the clip, via Media Matters:

LIMBAUGH: Did I really hear this? Did I really hear -- Diane Sawyer is in a refugee camp in Japan. Play this again. This is almost like a kindergarten teacher talking to the four year olds. That is how old you are in kindergarten, right? Five? Five? Four? Alright. This is -- some of these people here for days and look, look it's recycling, organized for recycling.


SAWYER: This is a shelter. Some of these people here for days and look it's recycling, organized for recycling.

GUEST: Plastic, combustible, burnable, canes.


RUSH: My god, she sounds like she saw her husband for the first time in six months there. Oh, it's recycling, look, organized for -- these people are in the midst of earthquake devastation and the credit they're getting is for recycling and our caller Chris with a great question. The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. He's right. They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question. They invented the Prius. In fact, where Gaia blew up is right where they make all these electric cars. That's where the tsunami hit. All those brand new electric cars sitting there on the lot. I like the way this guy was thinking. It's like -- it's like Gaia hit the Prius in [inaudible]. It's like they were in the crosshairs, if we can use that word, it does. What is Gaia trying to tell us here? What is the mother of environmentalism trying to say with this hit? Great observation out there, Chris.


Nice one, Rush. Very classy. I don't care if you're conservative or liberal -- that's one f@cked up worldview. It's cruel, and 100% incoherent.

By the way, let me make a point of saying that it's awesome that the Japanese are taking the time to recycle even in such circumstances. Keep it up guys; we wish you all the best in these trying times.

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