Limbaugh: Obama Taking Revenge on 'Bitter Clingers'

January 17, 2013 - 5:39 AM

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama "is literally pushing people to snap, attacking the very sanity of the country. To what end?" Rush Limbaugh asked on Wednesday's radio program. "I mean, all of this is so in our face. Everything that people hold dear is under assault, deliberately making people upset. This is not what presidents do, deliberately making people upset."

Answering his own question, Limbaugh said it appears to be about revenge:

"You know, Obama used that word when he was on the campaign trail prior to the election. He told his supporters in Ohio to go vote and get their revenge. Revenge against who? Well, obviously, the people that disagree with Obama. But who are those people? He clearly knows who they are, and I think the root of this, I think the answer to my question can be found in the comment that Obama made when he thought he was off the record at a fundraiser in San Francisco, when he talked about the bitter clingers."

In April 2008, Obama told a gathering in San Francisco, "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

On Wednesday, Limbaugh said President Obama has found a way to "get back" at the bitter clingers "on every single point."

"That birth control mandate was revenge on the bitter clingers. People clinging to their religion when things are happening so fast around them they don't understand and they don't like, so they cling to their religion as though being religious is clinging to something.  When people move in that don't look like them and don't like them, they cling to their archaic sexist and racist views, and they grab their guns or what have you." 

Right now, said Limbaugh, Obama is "in their face on guns. He's in their face on religion. He's in their face on immigration. Amnesty by executive order was revenge on those who don't like immigrants, in his view and the view of a lot of leftists. You people in Kentucky, for example, you in the hills of Kentucky and West Virginia and in Georgia and the Carolinas, down there in Mississippi, Alabama, you people, you're the ones, you don't like all this change so you cling to all these old-fashioned standards.  And you're holding this country back from moving forward, being modern and so forth.

"Maybe that's it. But clearly he has animosity for these people that he calls the bitter clingers, and everything he's done has been in their face.  It really has.  And it continued today with this massive new effort now to stop gun violence, which is what they're now calling gun control."