Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Pence: ‘I Don’t Believe Rush Limbaugh Has A Racist Bone In His Body’

Posted on  

"Pence: ‘I Don’t Believe Rush Limbaugh Has A Racist Bone In His Body’"

Share:

google plus icon

With hate radio host Rush Limbaugh coming under increasing scrutiny for saying that he hopes President Obama fails, his conservative groupies have been rushing out to defend him. Today, for example, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) went on his show and said on-air, “I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh.”

This afternoon on MSNBC, it was Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN) turn. Host Norah O’Donnell asked Pence whether he agrees with Limbaugh’s statement that the country is being forced to “bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever” because Obama’s “father was black, because this is the first black president.” Pence refused to condemn Limbaugh, chastising O’Donnell for implying that Limbaugh is “racist”:

O’DONNELL: On that specific thing, that we have to bend over because this is the first black president, why don’t you feel that you could denounce something like that? Are you so beholden to someone like Rush Limbaugh that you can’t say —

PENCE: Oh gosh, Norah —

O’DONNELL: — that’s not the type of rhetoric when America is trying to come together to do something for the unemployment rate — in your state of Indiana it’s 8.2 percent — is that the rhetoric we need?

PENCE: I don’t believe Rush Limbaugh has a racist bone in his body. If you’re suggesting that his statement had a racist element in it, I commend you to a greater understanding of the positions he’s taken. He’s a man about opportunity of all Americans, regardless of race, creed, or color. That’s why he’s so admired and appreciated across America.

Pence never explicitly said that he wants Obama to fail, although he did say that he “cherish[es]” Limbaugh’s “voice in the public debate.” Watch it:

Maybe Pence needs a refresher on some of Limbaugh’s positions, such as his statements that minorities can get away with anything, Hillary Clinton is a “B-I-itch” who has a “testicle lockbox,” and Obama is a “little black man-child.”

Transcript:

O’DONNELL: On another matter — I want to ask you about Rush Limbaugh. He said, “I hope he fails,” talking about President Obama. Rush Limbaugh also said this. He said, “We are being told that we have to hope Obama succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black because this was the first black president.” Do you agree with Rush Limbaugh?

PENCE: Let me speak specifically to what Rush Limbaugh said about America. I actually heard a little bit of him this afternoon. We all hope America succeeds. In that vein, we hope our President succeeds. I think Rush Limbaugh — who I admire, and like millions of Americans, I cherish his voice in the public debate — I think that’s what he was saying.

But, he was also saying is where Barack Obama is going to pursue the implementation of campaign promises, where he’s going to grow government, grow spending, depart from traditional values, or take positions with regard to the national defense that are antithetical to conservative values, we certainly hope there will be strong opposition from voices like Rush Limbaugh and from leaders here on Capitol Hill. We appreciate — I understand what he was saying Norah. We all hope our President succeeds, we all hope America succeeds. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to agree with what the best solutions are for the country.

O’DONNELL: No doubt you can agree with Rush Limbaugh that he’s calling the stimulus a sham and full of wasteful spending. On that specific thing, that we have to bend over because this is the first black president, why don’t you feel that you could denounce something like that? Are you so beholden to someone like Rush Limbaugh that you can’t say —

PENCE: Oh gosh, Norah —

O’DONNELL: — that’s not the type of rhetoric when America is trying to come together to do something for the unemployment rate — in your state of Indiana it’s 8.2 percent — is that the rhetoric we need?

PENCE: I don’t believe Rush Limbaugh has a racist bone in his body. If you’re suggesting that his statement had a racist element in it, I commend you to a greater understanding of the positions he’s taken. He’s a man about opportunity of all Americans, regardless of race, creed, or color. That’s why he’s so admired and appreciated across America.

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.