Rush Limbaugh: The left will "politicize" Ebola, just like it did with AIDS

The right-wing radio king says the left used the spread of HIV/AIDS to "undermine" President Reagan

Published August 4, 2014 8:17PM (EDT)

Rush Limbaugh                                                               (Jeff Malet,
Rush Limbaugh (Jeff Malet,

Speaking on his radio show Monday, longtime right-wing talk radio star Rush Limbaugh argued that it was only a matter of time before "the left" decided to "politicize" the unfolding Ebola outbreak, pointing to criticism of President Reagan's indifferent response to the HIV/AIDS crisis as proof.

"Pretty much everything I'm talking about, I'm talking about because it is political," Limbaugh explained to those among his audience who might not understand what Ebola in Africa has to do with the issues currently animating the GOP base.

"You ever heard of AIDS?" Limbaugh asked, rhetorically. "You think that wasn't political? One of the most intense efforts to undermine support for Ronald Reagan was hatched through AIDS."

Attempting to provide an example of "projection" for psychology professors to use forever more in their introductory classes, Limbaugh next asserted that "the left politicizes everything."

"They look at everything within the realm [sic] of whether or not it can move their agenda forward," Limbaugh complained.

You can listen to Limbaugh imply that those who protested Reagan's decision to ignore the AIDS crisis were part of a leftist conspiracy to hurt Republicans below, via Media Matters:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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