2016 will go down as the year of political acrimony.
An 11-year-old boy called into “The Rush Limbaugh Show” Friday afternoon with a familiar complaint: He was harassed for supporting Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
But not by his peers — it’s his teacher who’d targeted him.
The conversation went like this, according to the popular conservative talk radio host’s website:
RUSH: Matthew in Raleigh, North Carolina. We have an 11-year-old on the phone. Matthew, it’s great to have you with us. How are you this afternoon?
CALLER: Oh, hello, Mr. Rush, Mr. Limbaugh. I’m here to tell you… I’m 11 years old, and I go to an extremely liberal private school in Raleigh, North Carolina.
CALLER: No, I mean, like… No, it’s terrible. So I’m being targeted —
RUSH: No, no. No, Matthew. I’m just… You’re 11 years old and you’re talking about this the way adults do. I find it charming. I think it’s great.
CALLER: I’m a huge Trump supporter, and I’m very outward about it. I like how he’s going to close the borders. I like how he’s gonna obliterate ISIS. Well, a few days ago — people are still charging me — the teacher wrote on the board, “Beside Martin Luther King, who are some visionaries who are in the world?” People wrote down Abraham Lincoln. People wrote down Rosa Parks. People wrote down Pope Francis. And I wrote down Donald Trump. And the next day, the teacher pulled me over and said, “Erase that comment!” And I was like, “Why?”
And she’s like, “What good has he done for this world?”
I’m like, “Well, he’s created his businesses, and he’s built magnificent buildings in many countries in the world, and he’s actually running for president while he’s actually stating his ideas.” And I was… And she made me erase it. I’m thinking like, “Wait, why is…? I thought I had freedom of speech. I mean, an anchor baby gets citizenship. Why don’t I?” I kind of got mad after that. And people are targeting me, they’re saying, “Donald Trump’s sucks and you do too,” and I really don’t know what to do.
RUSH: (chuckles) Matthew, part of me is saying, “Join the club.” (laughing and clapping) Join the club.
Limbaugh then told Matthew that he also has plenty of detractors also.
Conservatives are used to being the target of scorn by liberals, but this year it seems to have gotten worse. Now even Republicans are squabbling among themselves for voicing support for their particular candidate of choice.
And 2016 has just begun.
Read more of the exchange between the two on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
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