Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused House Democratic leaders of racism today, for attempting to squeeze Jim Clyburn (the highest ranking African-American congressman in history) out of party leadership… only to then suggest that Clyburn would be a good fit for a new position as Nancy Pelosi’s chauffeur.
“We’ve got the Democrats worried that Clyburn’s getting the shaft because he’s not going to have a car, he’s not going to have a driver, he’s not going to have security, he’s not going to have any of the stroke, or the perks,” Limbaugh said. “A white, racist leadership of the Democrat party trying to ace out Clyburn.” Limbaugh got his information on Clyburn’s driver from Martin Frost, who appeared on MSNBC.
If Clyburn loses his race to be Democratic whip, he’ll either have to drop out of party leadership, or move into a lower-ranking leadership position, with fewer perks. Limbaugh claimed that this supposed avarice is what’s animating Clyburn’s fight to stay in leadership… and then noted that Clyburn could keep his car if he was willing to drive around the party’s white leader.
“Clyburn’s new position: driving Ms. Nancy,” Limbaugh said. “He’s not in the back of the bus, he’s in the driver’s seat. And she’s in the back of the car being chauffeured.”
Classy. Listen below, if you must.
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