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Sunday, October 23, 2016

It may not surprise you to learn that Rush Limbaugh lacks a nuanced understanding of the human rights crisis in central Africa, but one might expect him to avoid defending a mercenary army of mass rapists. But on his Friday radio show, Limbaugh suggested that sending troops to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army was part of President Obama’s broader war against Christianity.

“Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God…Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.”

“So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are?”

Limbaugh went on to defend the Lord’s Resistance Army by relaying the group’s self-styled objective, which is “to remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” The only problem? Nobody told Limbaugh that they plan to accomplish that goal through a campaign of horrific war crimes including the massacre of unarmed civilians, systematic rape and kidnappings, and the widespread use of child soldiers. Their leader Joseph Kony — who believes himself to be the messiah and has been noted for his attempted use of black magic — certainly isn’t a proponent of the Christian values that Limbaugh loves to accuse Obama of undermining.

Liberals and conservatives have generally been able to agree that the Lord’s Resistance Army is a truly evil and nihilistic group; as former Bush Administration senior policy adviser Michael Gerson put it, “Kony’s epic career of murder has few equals. As both a rebel and a cult leader in northern Uganda, he led an army of stolen children and sex slaves, sometimes forcing his captives to engage in cannibalism and the murder of neighbors to sever ties of community and humanity.” Yet Limbaugh chose to use his nationally syndicated radio program as a platform to defend arguably the worst known human rights violators in the world.

Even when he was eventually informed about what the Lord’s Resistance Army actually is, Limbaugh refused to completely back off of his comments.

Is that right? The Lord’s Resistance Army is being accused of really bad stuff? Child kidnapping, torture, murder, that kind of stuff? Well, we just found out about this today. We’re gonna do, of course, our due diligence research on it. But nevertheless we got a hundred troops being sent over there to fight these guys — and they claim to be Christians.

In a twisted way, Limbaugh’s defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army is somewhat impressive: He really will say anything to make the president look bad.

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  • Professor Curt

    Perhaps Mr. Limbaugh should go back to doing what he does best – spinning Top 40’s on an AM station in McKeesport PA

  • oldtack2

    Troops in Uganda – this myopic idiot would go to any length to cast aspersions on anyone with whom he disagrees. He is nothing more than a loudmouthed mud-slinger with an ego as big as his pus-gut.

  • AnnaSolomon

    This man spews pure poison. I can’t believe that he is still allowed on the air spewing toxic waste into the environment.

  • charlots

    He’s an idiot.

  • Jagdish Dave

    Another example of the garbage throwing behavior by Rush Limbaugh. I am wondering how many loyalists he has to listen to his garbage and believe in him?

  • Indy 60

    Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” shall enter into the gates of heaven. Rush should remember this, but I guess actually knowing the Bible, rather than spewing hatred and lies to justify that hatred, is beyond his grasp.

  • monbois

    What a dumbass.

  • swilliams

    When his days on earth come to an end … Limbaugh will have to answer to a Higher Power. I, for one, would love to hear him trying to explain his way into heaven!

  • jarhead gene

    Rush Limbaugh wouldn’t know a Real Christian if he stepped all over one….and he quite often does, to try to win the Christian Coalition over. What can you truly say about a guy on Day 1 of Pres. Obama’s election says…”I hope he fails”. HOW
    un-AMERICAN can you get….you hope the President of the United States Fails.

  • gayemccaslin

    I never cease to be astounded by the vile garbage this disgusting fat idiot spouts. What is truly scary to me is that so many Americans idolize him and have made him a multimillionaire. What does that say about a huge portion of our citizenry?

  • rumpunch

    To Rush Limbaugh, Kony probably is the messiah. What Kony does with guns, knives and machetes Limbaugh attempts to do with his vile rhetoric. I’m sure when Rush learns about the true nature of Joseph Kony he will only envy him more. Rush Limbaugh is a drug burned freak who’s dog and pony show has outstayed it’s welcome.

  • ezbuddy

    It’s the people who listen to him that amazes me. How does anyone with two ounces of wit possibly buy his garbage. He spouts hate so much I’m sure he hates himself.

    Greedy republicans need a mouth like him as a promoter of their hate & they’ve got to buy his tripe or risk exposeing themselves. He couldn’t possibly believe all the crap that comes out of his own mouth. It’s got to be just fanning the flames of their hatered & money he can reap for scratching their backs.

    He doesn’t earn my time to listen. I’d rather listen to the toilet flush as it means the same.