Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh accused President Barack Obama of inflating U.S. rape statistics during his remarks on Sunday during the Grammy Awards, Media Matters reported.
“Did he mention ISIS or al Qaeda at all? He didn’t mention ISIS or al Qaeda in that PSA at the Grammys?” Limbaugh asked sarcastically. “Oh, just some domestic folks. He just confined himself to making up statistics about the number of women that are sexually assaulted in the U.S.”
Obama said on the show that more than 25 percent of U.S. women has experienced domestic violence, and that nearly 20 percent has either been raped or been the victim of a rape attempt. His short pre-recorded statement was followed by remarks from activist and domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell.
“It’s not okay. And it has to stop,” Obama said on Sunday. “Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes. And get us thinking and talking about what matters.”
Limbaugh did not mention that the statistics were drawn from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study using data collected in 2011.
“This would also mean that, if Obama is right and 25 percent of American women have experienced domestic violence, then 39.51 million women in the country — which is more than the population of California — are victims of such violence,” Limbaugh said.
He then connected the president’s statements to what he called the “war on women theory and meme,” which he claimed intensified in January 2012. Limbaugh did not mention that heavy public criticisms of his remarks against Sandra Fluke, then a law student at Georgetown University, forced him to apologize after advertisers started pulling away from his program that year.
Instead, he said “modern feminism” had fueled “the notion that men are predators and that all men are predators, that’s their natural state and women are at high risk every day of their lives in this country. And Obama is now throwing gasoline on that fire and using totally made up statistics.”
Listen to Limbaugh’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters on Tuesday, below.