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Rush Limbaugh, Charlamagne Tha God clash in race talks: People of all colors are mistreated, ‘it’s called life and it happens’

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Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh and New York City-based talker Charlamagne Tha God had a spirited discussion Monday over alleged ‘white privilege’ in the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death last week.

Charlamagne, who hosts “The Breakfast Club” with co-hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy, have recently interrogated Democratic presidential contenders Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, the latter uttering his now-infamous “you ain’t black” diatribe against African-Americans who don’t cast a ballot for him in November.

The conversation between Limbaugh and Charlamagne, promoted as the “biggest — and most polarized” voices, began with universal agreement that what happened to Floyd was a tragedy and wrong.

“There shouldn’t be legalized murder… George Floyd, by everything I’ve been able to tell, was a good guy,” Limbaugh said. “I think that cop should be charged with first-degree murder.”

After Limbaugh commented on the success of The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne said America “denies black people justice and just plain decency” but blacks are nonetheless expected to behave like they’re “happy to be here” when some, like him, have achieved great success.

“When did I say that?” Limbaugh responded, leading The Breakfast Club show hosts to point to the conservative talker’s praise of Charlamagne.

As Charlamagne tried to finish his point, Limbaugh interjected.

“Charlamagne, you’re adding things to my mouth that I did not say,” Limbaugh said. “I was trying to be complimentary of you and I’m trying to illustrate that you are an example to others.”

Later, the group had a respectful disagreement over former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and some discussion of how to deal with police brutality, then Charlamagne posed a question to Limbaugh.

“RIP to George Floyd but that was not an isolated incident, this is a regular occurrence,” Charlamagne said. “How are you going to use your privilege as a white male to combat this prejudice?”

The talk radio behemoth refused to accept Charlamagne’s premise that just because he’s white he managed to become successful.

“I don’t buy into the notion of white privilege. I think that’s a liberal, political construct right along the lines of political correctness, it’s designed to intimidate and get people to shut up and admit they’re guilty of doing things they haven’t done,” Limbaugh responded. “I don’t have any white privilege.”

“You’re being delusional,” Charlamagne said.

Limbaugh refused to accept that, however, and went on to explain that his climb to the top wasn’t easy and that he, too, was “mistreated” and devalued by mostly white bosses at every step along the way.

“I can imagine what you’re gonna say if I sit here and say you have no idea how I have been mistreated by various elements, various groups, various companies, various individuals my whole life,” Limbaugh said.

“It’s called life and it happens,” he continued. “I’ve been fired nine times in my career.”

The Breakfast Club hosts claimed that one example of white privilege is that a white person would never have been killed while in police custody.

“If what happened to George Floyd had happened to a white man, we probably wouldn’t even have heard about it,” Limbaugh countered, a reference to the widespread protests and rioting.

Jon Dougherty

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