After doubling down on his smear of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh did what only Rush Limbaugh can do: offer an apology that was only slightly less offensive than his original comments.
Here’s the statement in full.
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
It’s too absurd for dissection, really. Limbaugh went after Fluke personally and on purpose. And like all of the Republicans, by framing this as Fluke insisting “someone else” pay for her contraception they ignore the fact that women pay health insurance premiums too. We’re not asking that “someone else” pay for our health care benefits. We’re demanding our premium dollars go to cover health care necessary for us. And the only reason it’s an issue is because Republicans insist on making it an issue.
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