Limbaugh has some thoughts on what killed Eric Garner, and it’s not the police. No, according to Limbaugh, Garner didn’t die because the police put him an illegal chokehold — he died because of high taxes and tobacco stigmatization.
Jabba the Rush told Fox host Chris Wallace that the protests following the decisions not to prosecute the officers who killed Garner and Brown were part of “grievance politics” that were “tearing the country apart.”
“Grief” is a good word here, since that’s exactly what these people were expressing. However, the way Limbaugh uses the term, you’d think he was talking about right-wing Christians.
According to Limbaugh, the demonstrators aren’t “full-fledged legitimate” and that President Obama has a responsibility to tell the protesters to go home. Presumably because Obama is black, and the protesters are majority black, and blacks speak some sort of special code that Limbaugh doesn’t. I love how Limbaugh is suddenly the arbiter of what is and isn’t a “legitimate protest,” but this is the man who attempted to redefine consent in the past. I put nothing past him.
He told Wallace that “it’s not based on real world grievance, it’s grievance that’s being amplified and made up.”
Limbaugh also insisted that the police didn’t put Garner in a chokehold, saying that “I’m listening to experts in police departments around the country that I know tell me it’s not a chokehold. It might have been carotid restriction, but it was not a chokehold.”
I googled “carotid restriction” out of curiosity. Guess what the first thing that popped up was?
Rush noted, however, that all the discussion about whether or not calling a chokehold a chokehold was necessary missed the point:
What was Eric Garner doing? He was selling cigarettes! Loose cigarettes! And the police in New York, because they’re so eager for tax collection, what is being done here with regard to taxes and the state’s desire to collect them no matter what — how many cops were descended on that situation for cigarettes? How many people smoking marijuana did the cops pass by and ignore on the way to Eric Garner?
I think the real outrage here is that an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes, this is just absurd! People talk about the left, people want a big state, people want a powerful state. Well, here it is.
Limbaugh added that Garner died because of “how we stigmatize tobacco to the point that it’s so despised and reviled that a guy loses his life selling single cigarettes in New York City. It’s absurd.”
I didn’t think Limbaugh could reach that far with his head crammed that deep in his colon. At this point, I should note that Limbaugh loves cigars. So please, let’s not focus on the police brutality question and talk about something that impacts Rush Limbaugh himself.
No, the cancer sticks don’t matter. The taxes don’t matter. What matters is that, in the words of Salon’s Joan Walsh, there “is a very real issue of police using excessive force against African-Americans.”
Callously turning an issue that affects an entire population into something that affects Limbaugh himself?
That’s grievance politics.
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