Today, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gave a speech on the Senate floor condemning Rush Limbaugh for calling troops who support American withdrawal from Iraq “phony soldiers.” He urged his colleagues — both Democratic and Republican — to sign a letter of disapproval to the CEO of Clear Channel.
Instead, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) — who voted to criticize MoveOn.org — has decided to commend Limbaugh. Today at 3:16 PM, Kingston introduced a resolution “[c]ommending Rush Hudson Limbaugh III for his ongoing public support of American troops serving both here and abroad.”
From the resolution:
Whereas Mr. Limbaugh’s commitment to American troops serving both here and abroad remains as strong as ever: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes Rush Hudson Limbaugh III for his support of the Marine Corp Law Enforcement Foundation and for providing free subscriptions for active-duty servicemembers;
(2) recognizes Mr Limbaugh’s desire to see American troops achieve a successful outcome in Iraq, Afghanistan and wherever soldiers are stationed; and
(3) commends Mr. Limbaugh’s tireless public support for American troops and their families through radio broadcasts, fundraising and other public support.
Kingston appeared as a guest on Limbaugh’s show as recently as July 3.
Reid also called on Limbaugh to apologize to U.S. troops. On his radio show today, Limbaugh did apologize — not for his own actions but for those of Media Matters and Reid for allegedly disrespecting the soldiers:
I want to apologize to all of the members of the United States Military, both in uniform and out, active duty and retired, for Media Matters for America. They will not apologize to you, and they will not apologize to me. I want to apologize to you on behalf of them. […]
But since you will never get an apology from Jack Murtha for mischaracterizing you as murderers, since you’ll never get an apology from John Kerry, since you won’t get an apology from Media Matters for America or anybody that works there, to all of you in the US Military, I want to apologize to you for them for the, again, firestorm over something that did not happen regarding your valor and your commitment to freedom and democracy last week on this program.
Limbaugh also challenged Reid to “come on this program” and “tell me to my face that I said what I did not say.”
UPDATE: Jane Hamsher calls on Armed Forces Radio to take Rush off the air.
UPDATE II: Army of Dude, a blog by a soldier serving in Iraq, responds to Rush with pictures of a few of his fellow troops, so-called “phony soldiers.”
UPDATE III: The Corner’s Kathryn Jean Lopez approves of Kingston’s resolution.
UPDATE IV: A new poll of “right-of-center” bloggers finds that Limbaugh is their “favorite” person on the right.