Rush Limbaugh

Conservative Radio Host

—Died February 17, 2021

Said “America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president,” of Pete Buttigieg.

Routinely uses the slur “tr*nny”: “There are a bunch of really crafty guys out there who probably, in the normal course of events, can’t get women to look at ‘em. And they’ve decided, you know what? I’m gonna go be tranny. So they claim to be transgender and then they join the wrestling team. And they’re winning. And it’s being permitted!”

Refers to being transgender as a “psychological disorder” that the Democratic Party has exploited for political gain: “The Democrat Party has embraced all of these various psychological disorders and abnormalities, and is in the process of trying to normalize them all by enshrining them as policy planks or issues in the Democrat Party platform.”

Once wrote of homosexuality: “Surely no one can argue that it is healthy to encourage such a lifestyle.”

Has said being transgender is a “fad” that people use to “tick off their parents”: “So it’s a way to call attention to yourself. It’s a way to tick off your parents. It’s built in. I just think a lot of it is just young people engaging in a fad or what have you.”

Wrote of marriage equality activists: “They seek to impose their perverted views, their depraved views on family and marriage.”

Insisted “feminism and transgender are incompatible.”

Claimed the LGBTQ community incorporated transgender rights because they like being angry victims: “I mean, these people make their living protesting. Their lives are defined by their anger and agitation at being victims. And so I think incorporating the transgender community into the militant gay political groups almost gave them a resupply of fuel to maintain anger, to maintain victim status, and to remain anti-majority United States.”

Said the idea that homosexuality is not a choice is “drivel” because some women enter lesbian relationships after being with men: “Wait a minute, though, I thought homosexuality was not a choice. Now, I’ve always known that that was drivel because of the women who, for whatever reason later in life, choose to become lesbians.”

Has positioned LGBTQ rights as against “traditional American values”: “Why would they want to do that? What’s wrong with traditional American values? Why is the political agenda that is attached to homosexuality in opposition to traditional American values?... Why do they want to do that? What’s wrong with traditional American values? Why would they want to blow those up?”

Once said of gay men: “When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.”


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