Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday blasted President Barack Obama for wanting to “send your women and children to combat” while recently expressing concern about head injuries in college and professional football.
“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” the president told The New Republic in an interview published on Sunday. “And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”
Obama also explained that he could get more done if “a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest.”
Limbaugh opened his show on Monday by insisting that he would not take the president’s bait and say something “extreme.”
“He’s probably just trying to goad me into saying something extreme, like that would ever happen,” the radio host quipped. “So that he can kick off a new boycott or secondary boycott.”
“My friends, Obama would never do anything to try and limit Fox or me and my right to express myself,” Limbaugh snarked. “He would never sick any of his minions on Fox or me, he would never try to gin up phony boycotts, that would never happen. Only dictators like Hugo Chavez do things like that.”
But it was the president’s comments about injuries in football that really outraged the conservative icon.
“This is not insignificant!” he exclaimed. “The president of the United States is now suggesting this game is too dangerous for America’s children, certainly for his son, Trayvon [Martin], if he had one.”
“And it’s the same line of attack that was used for global warming, to guilt you, your guilty conscience,” the rant continued. “You’re destroying the planet, that’s why you gotta support bigger government, higher taxes, buy small little battery-powered cars and all the rest of it.”
“You don’t know it but they’re going to start working on this, you watch a football game and you’re going to have a guilty conscience. You know why? Because you’re going to be sitting there watching football and you’re going to be loving it, but what are you loving? Maiming, injury, concussion, life-changing injuries to the point that the players you’re watching today might be committing suicide in a few short years. And it’s all being done for your bloodlust. It’s all being done for your blood thirstiness.”
Limbaugh continued by contrasting the president’s stance on “violence” in football to Pentagon’s recent decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat.
“I wonder how he would feel about his son serving in Afghanistan, what about his daughters, would he send his daughters to Afghanistan, would he send he daughters to Iraq?” he wondered. “He wants to send your women, children off to combat.”
“So while Obama doesn’t want his son, Trayvon, to play football as it’s currently played, he’ll be happy to send your daughters off to combat. No, this is not saying something extreme!”
More than 2,000 former professional football players filed a lawsuit last year that accused the NFL of concealing information about the link between concussions and long-term brain injuries. Last week, the family of former linebacker Junior Seau also sued the the league, alleging that his suicide was the result of repetitive blows to the head sustained while playing football.
Listen to the audio below from The Rush Limbaugh Show, broadcast Jan. 28, 2013.
(h/t: Daily Rushbo)