Rush Limbaugh, the man credited with popularizing the term “feminazi,” says he’s a fan of the women’s movement — “especially when walking behind it.”
Limbaugh made the comment to Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday, when Carlson asked him about his role as a judge in the 2010 Miss America contest, and noted that some critics say Limbaugh hasn’t “been a supporter of women in the past.”
“I’m a huge supporter of women,” the talk radio host replied. “What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. And feminism has led women astray. I love women … I love the women’s movement, especially when walking behind it. This idea that I don’t like women is absurd.”
Earlier in the interview, Limbaugh attempted to smash through preconceptions about the intellect of beauty pageant contestants and declared, “I’ve talked to women here who know more about various political issues than elected people I’ve talked to on the phone. I’m really impressed with all of them.”
Limbaugh’s history with the women’s movement has been colorful, to say the least. In 2008, during the presidential primaries, Limbaugh said women were attracted to Hillary Clinton as a candidate because “they’ve had two or three abortions.”
In 2005, he raised the ire of many women when he declared that feminism was created “so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 3, 2010.