Rush Limbaugh responded Friday to several racially-charged statements made this week by Oprah Winfrey, asking her “if black people in this country are so mistreated and so disrespected, how in the name of Sam Hill did you happen?”
Oprah was asked during a BBC interview Friday if President Obama would be treated differently if he were white and she referenced the incident when U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said, “You lie!” while Obama was delivering a speech before Congress — mistakenly calling Wilson a senator.
“I think that there’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American,” Oprah said. “There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.”
On whether racism is solved, she said: “Of course, the problem is not solved… there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”
Leave it to El Rushbo to ask the obvious question.
“Then how the hell did you become who you are?” Limbaugh asked. “Why hasn’t anybody in your audience, Oprah, ever said, ‘You lie!’? Because you have. It wasn’t a senator, Oprah. It was a congressman by the name of Joe Wilson, and he was right. Obama was lying. My God, Oprah.”
Limbaugh said he needed “to be careful” because Oprah is “a goddess to a lot of people.”
“He just told the biggest presidential whopper in history and he’s trying to cover his rear end for it telling other lies,” Limbaugh continued. “But, Oprah, if black people in this country are so mistreated and so disrespected, how in the name of Sam Hill did you happen? Would somebody explain that to me?”
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