Rush Limbaugh admits Republicans have been trolled: "Trump is an internet troll"

"This is the kind of stuff that people say everyday everywhere on the internet multiple times a day"


Sophia Tesfaye
May 10, 2016 11:46PM (UTC)

I'll skip the obvious joke about a kettle calling the pot black, but come on, Rush Limbaugh remarking on Donald Trump's trollish ways is certainly his most trollish statement of late.

"Trump is an internet troll," the right-wing talker said on his radio show Tuesday, explaining to his "Dittohead" listeners, as he so affectionately refers to them, that "American politics is determined by trolls on the internet today."

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"Maybe not determined," Limbaugh quickly pulled-back a bit, "but internet trolls have a lot of say about what people are thought of."

"Trump has brought the internet troll to the campaign," Limbaugh argued, pointing to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's notorious Twitter feed:

Now, there's a negative connotation to internet trolls, but at the same time, this is becoming mainstream. This kind of speech pattern, the way people speak, this is common on the internet, this is the kind of stuff that people say everyday everywhere on the internet multiple times a day, and nothing happens to them.

Of course, Limbaugh was a troll before internet trolling was even a thing. It's all very meta.

Listen and laugh while Limbaugh, an expert-level troll, explains to his talk radio listeners how Trump has brought forth the finest internet trolling techniques to the race for the White House, via Media Matters:


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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