Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday attacked Pope Francis as a “Marxist” for urging governments to redistribute wealth to the poor.
“The pope, ladies and gentleman, is back, saying — demanding — a legitimate redistribution of wealth,” Limbaugh remarked. “Pope Francis called today for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the economy of exclusion that is taking hold today. The pope is describing charity, and that’s what the church is for, and the Vatican is a country. But the pope is demanding that the United Nations somehow use its influence to get member states to redistribute wealth.”
“That’s Marxism, that’s socialism. That’s not charity. The church is the thing where that kind of thing — charity — should come from, and he is in charge of that, and the Catholic church is how many — what, what, what, you think I’m getting in trouble here? What have I said that isn’t true? What have I said that is politically incorrect, besides all of it?”
This is not the first time that Limbaugh has accused Pope Francis of being a Marxist. After the pontiff published his Evangelii Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel, the conservative radio host attacked the document as “pure Marxism.”
“Somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him,” he said in 2013. “This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”
Listen to audio, via Media Matters, below.