Because he’s got one of the largest audiences in all of media, radio or otherwise, conservative legend Rush Limbaugh very rarely finds it necessary to go on to other people’s shows. He’ll put in an appearance on Fox News every now an again, but that’s mostly just to let Chris Wallace and the rest of the hosts on the network know what they ought to be thinking and saying…even if they don’t know it yet. Other than that, Limbaugh doesn’t really bother with outside promotional guest spots because, frankly, he just doesn’t need them.
That’s what made Rush’s decision to speak to the liberal hosts of “The Breakfast Club” radio show so unusual and special. Not only was Limbaugh venturing outside the EIB Network, he was heading straight into hostile territory to debate hosts who are left-wing and oriented towards “social justice.”
So, how did it go?
Limbaugh’s conversation was primarily between himself and host Charlamagne Tha God, best known recently for being the guy on the other side of the microphone when Joe Biden made his infamous “you ain’t black” remarks a couple of weeks ago. The two discussed the recent riots and protests that have followed the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd and the results were…well, quite interesting.
“There shouldn’t be legalized murder… George Floyd, by everything I’ve been able to tell, was a good guy,” Limbaugh said at the outset. “I think that cop should be charged with first-degree murder.”
But while Limbaugh and Charlamagne undoubtedly agreed on that point, they did not agree on much else. Limbaugh found himself perplexed after he praised the host and the success of his radio show, pointing to him as an example of what a fine black role model could look like in America. Rather than accept the compliment, Charlamagne said that America “denies black people justice and just plain decency,” but it kept them under control by holding out the carrot of success.
“I was trying to be complimentary of you and I’m trying to illustrate that you are an example to others,” said a bemused Limbaugh.
Things grew tense at other points, such as when the conversation turned to the illusory concept of white privilege.
“RIP to George Floyd but that was not an isolated incident, this is a regular occurrence,” Charlamagne said. “How are you going to use your privilege as a white male to combat this prejudice?”
“I don’t buy into the notion of white privilege,” said Limbaugh. “I think that’s a liberal, political construct right along the lines of political correctness, it’s designed to intimidate and get people to shut up and admit they’re guilty of doing things they haven’t done. I don’t have any white privilege.”
“You’re being delusional,” Charlamagne replied.
To illustrate the concept, Charlamagne said that there was no way a white person would have been killed the way George Floyd was.
To which Rush replied: “If what happened to George Floyd had happened to a white man, we probably wouldn’t even have heard about it.”
It would be nice to imagine that regular “Breakfast Club” listeners heard something in Limbaugh’s arguments that knocked their liberal, racial-justice beliefs loose, but we’re not holding out too much hope. As a wise man once said, you can’t reason someone out of beliefs that they didn’t reason themselves into.