'I did not join in the panic': Limbaugh defends decision to evacuate ahead of Irma despite ‘liberal hoax’ claim
Rush Limbaugh speaks to Fox News on Sept. 15, 2014 [Fox News]

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lashed out at his critics who mocked him for calling Hurricane Irma "a liberal hoax" designed to increase panic and point the finger at President Donald Trump over climate change.

Along the way, the bombastic host claimed he didn't "panic" when he fled his Palm Beach home that sat in Irma's path after dismissing the hurricane.

“I explained how the world works. I explained how local media seeks to hype these storms ’cause it’s good for ratings, and it’s also good for grocery stores and advertisers that sell things you need during a hurricane,” Limbaugh blustered, calling media coverage of climate change "group-think."

"This is a series of lies and misstatements, and this is because I do not heel. I do not join everybody in the conventional wisdom, the consensus and the group-think. I did not join in the panic," he continued. "I did not join in helpless wailing and ‘Oh, woe is me!’ I did not join in any of the things––and I specifically didn’t join the idea that global warming or climate change was causing this."

"You’re not supposed to give people an alternative way of looking at something outside the group-think," he continued." If you do, they’re gonna come after you and try to destroy your credibility and smear you, because they have an agenda that they seek to advance using every public event they can.”

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