Rush Limbaugh crosses the line on Von Brunn

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that on Wednesday an 88-year-old white supremacist shot and killed a security guard in the D.C. Holocaust Museum. You can read more about the shooting, and the shooter, James von Brunn in the Times.

I don’t think there is all that much to say about this story to be perfectly honest. Obviously we should extend our condolences to the family of slain security guard Stephen T. Johns, and we should treat James von Brunn as the crazy murdering bastard that he is.

There isn’t any need to paint his man as a product of Republican or Democratic rhetoric or thinking. Von Brunn is so outside of the mainstream as to render any such labels useless.

But then there is Rush Limbaugh, imperator of the Republican party, ready and willing to cross the lines of logical thinking and good taste:

In this clip, Limbaugh proclaims that the “American left” and “the circle of people close to Obama” are fomenting the racial tension with “anti-Jew rhetoric” that led to this shooting.

That kind of talk is not only wrong  – we know for a fact that Von Brunn hated Obama, because he says that Obama was created by Jews – but it’s vile as well. 

I know I’ve only picked on Limbaugh here, but I want to extend this criticism to anyone on the right or left that wants to use this tragedy to score points for his or her political party.


  1. getreal

    It’s official, Rush Limbaugh is entirely responsible for global warming with all of that hot air he spews to receive his paycheck… Yeah, they pay you a lot of money to say crazy stuff but the bad news is that society’s lost, bitter souls cannot differentiate between theater and dangerous, hateful fire-starting. Has Limbaugh made any contribution to society? No, and he could not care less.

  2. Sellers

    Rush Limbaugh is a pill popping tool.

  3. Ian

    I like how he has a gold microphone. In theory, that shouldn’t be visible to anyone, since he is on radio. Kind of like the “watch on a dead guy” thing.

  4. Yeah, I don’t understand the gold microphone either. I much prefer my golden calf.