Rush Limbaugh recently took a moment to address Oprah Winfrey’s comments about President Obama’s struggle with racism.
During an interview with the BBC, Winfrey said that the President of the United States is often disrespected simply because he’s black. To prove her point, she mentioned the time when Republican congressman Joe Wilson shouted “You’re a liar” during a 2009 speech.
“Yeah, I think that there’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American. There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it,” Winfrey said during the interview.
Rush Limbaugh decided to address these comments on Friday. According to the controversial radio host, Winfrey’s remarks are pretty far off the mark.
“Then how the hell did you become who you are? Why hasn’t anybody in your audience, Oprah, ever said, ‘You lie’? Because you have. It wasn’t a senator, Oprah. It was a congressman by the name of Joe Wilson, and he was right. Obama was lying,” Rush Limbaugh explained during his radio program.
“My God, Oprah. You know, I gotta be really careful ’cause I know Oprah is a goddess to a lot of people, but my goodness, folks. These people are not nearly as smart as they think they are, and they don’t know nearly what they think they know. They are embarrassingly ignorant. It wasn’t a senator. It was a congressman. And it’s not because he was black. It’s because he was lying, Oprah! He’s lying now!”
Oprah Winfrey hasn’t responded to Rush Limbaugh’s comments regarding her recent interview with the BBC as of this writing.
The former queen of daytime television also discussed the current state of racism in the United States. In her opinion, Oprah Winfrey feels there’s little hope for the generations of citizens raised to hate an entire race of people.
“There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,” she said.
On a more positive note, Oprah added:
“It would be foolish to not recognize that we have evolved and that we’re not still facing the same kind of terrorism against black people en masse as was displayed with the Scottsboro boys It’s gotten better. If I’d been born five years earlier, none, not any of the benefits that I’ve been blessed to be successful with would have occurred.”
Listen to an excerpt from Limbaugh’s show below.
What do you think about Rush Limbaugh’s thoughts on Oprah Winfrey’s recent interview?