On his Monday broadcast, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her Saturday remark that they allowed space to protestors “who wished to destroy.”
In her comments Saturday, the Baltimore mayor said that she “instructed” police officers “to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.”
Limbaugh slammed the comments, railing over the airwaves that “free speech does not let you destroy things.”
“This is incredible. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Limbaugh started. “I do not recall, I’m sure other mayors have said things that are similar. But I don’t recall a mayor saying while we try to make sure they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
“What? That’s one of the most disqualifying statements ever made by a politician,” Limbaugh said. “There’s no rational explanation to give for that. I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s mind. I could make a pretty good guess, since she’s a lib. Such I know that she’s angry. As such, she’s probably a racist.”
“And so her view is, the last thing we want to do is get anyone hurt. Okay, these guys, they’re hellbent on destroying something, we just gotta let it happen because if we try to stop it, there’s going to be bloodshed. It’s going to be bad out there,” he said. “My cops are going to get hurt, innocent bystanders are going to get hurt. The protestors might get run over by cars so if they want to destroy something, we have to give them space to do it. That’s the peaceful way to resolve.”
“I’m just stunned,” Limbaugh said. “I can safely say at a time in this nations past, somebody who thought this way would never get elected to anything. But generations change. The country changes. Young people change and they are the product of their upbringing and education and now people being elected to office are not people who have shown maturity and growth from the things that animated their youth and childhood. They’ve gotten angrier and angrier and bolder, but now they’ve won elections and now they represent the underside of society. It’s just incredible.
“I swear, how do you get that. That’s conceding,” Limbaugh said of the comments.
“You go into Baltimore, is there a single person in a position of authority in Baltimore that is not a Democrat?” Limbaugh wondered.” And yet, same thing in practically everywhere else where problems like this exist, you pick the place and I guarantee you the place is run by Democrats and has been for a while. So they’ve got the positions of power.”
“Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a law degree. As such, she should know that destroying things is not free speech. That’s another thing that has been bastardized. ‘I have my rights!’ You don’t know what you’re rights are you couldn’t define rights if you had to,” Limbaugh said, mocking the thinking of the protesters. “‘I know what free speech gives me and I have my right to free speech.’ Free speech does not let you destroy things! ‘It does if I want to. I have an American, I have free speech.’ No, free speech does not entitle you to destroy things and other people’s property.”