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Oops! Rush Limbaugh hammers Obama for inventing "imaginary bigots" after the president paraphrases Ted Cruz

And yet he has the audacity to call other people "low-information voters"


Scott Eric Kaufman
November 17, 2015 8:06PM (UTC)

On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh attacked Barack Obama for creating a conservative bogeyman after the president remarked at the G20 summit that some of the GOP hopefuls are proposing a "religious test" for Syrian refugees.

"When I hear folks say that well maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims," Obama said, "when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful."

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"Who is saying that?" Limbaugh asked, loudly. "Who's he talking about? I wish he would name names when he starts alleging there are all these bigots out there. I want to know who he's talking about, because I guarantee you this -- the low information crowd in the Democrat Party think he's talking about Republicans."

"He won't name names," Limbaugh continued, "he won't say who these imaginary bigots are out there."

The president was, in fact, "talking about Republicans" -- in particular, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who told reporters over the weekend that the United States should only accept Christian refugees from Syria.

"There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror," Cruz said. "If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation."

"We can’t roll the dice with the safety of Americans and bring in people for whom there is an unacceptable risk that they could be jihadists coming here to kill Americans."

At some point during his program, someone alerted Limbaugh to the fact that the "imaginary bigot" was Ted Cruz, but even then, he refused to let the president off the hook.

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"Cruz talks about it in the context of who we're letting in, refugee status-wise, and Obama blows a gasket," he explained, explaining nothing.

Listen to Limbaugh's rant below.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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