Limbaugh's sexist trifecta: called Justice Souter "a girl" and Jack Carter "castrated"; returned to disavowed term "feminazis"

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Rush Limbaugh asserted that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl," and claimed that Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter, "has been castrated by the feminization of this culture." Additionally, Limbaugh referred again to "feminazis" -- a term he previously claimed he had stopped using.

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On the February 21 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, Rush Limbaugh asserted that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl," and claimed that Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter, "has been castrated by the feminization of this culture." Additionally, during his February 20 program, Limbaugh again referred to feminists as "feminazis" -- a term he previously claimed he had stopped using.

Limbaugh called Souter "a girl" while discussing a February 19 Associated Press article on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's status, following the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, as the only female Supreme Court justice. Limbaugh subsequently qualified his characterization of Souter as "a girl," stating, "I'm talking about attitudinally, here, folks."

From the February 21 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: OK, so there's that. Lemme put that aside. Next little story, and this -- this actually is from Sunday. It's an Associated Press story: "Ginsburg bears burden without O'Connor. It'll be a one-woman show in the Supreme Court starting Tuesday. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only female among the nine justices, and she's not so happy about it." So, resign. If you don't like it, resign. If you don't like being the only woman on the court, then go somewhere else. Besides, David Souter's a girl. Everybody knows that. What's the big deal? I'm talking about attitudinally, here, folks. You gotta -- you just -- Dawn [studio transcriber] agrees. She's nodding her head in agreement.

Limbaugh also called Jack Carter, the son of former President Jimmy Carter, a "[c]lassic example of the new castrati," claiming he "has been castrated by the feminization of this culture since he grew up." On February 6, Carter declared his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada.

From the February 21 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Speaking of Jimmy Carter, did you see what his son, Jack, said? "Jack Carter, 58 years old, the eldest son of former U.S. President Jimma [sic] Carter, has announced that he's going to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate to represent Nevada." At his launch -- launch party, whatever, Carter spoke with reporters revealing his schizophrenic stand on abortion. He was speaking with, with Kathleen Hennessy of the Associated Press, and he described his views on abortion, saying: "I'm a personal-freedoms person. I don't want the government to come in and tell my child or whoever it is that they can't have an abortion. I'm pro-choice as far as a woman choosing. But I'm against abortion."

"I am pro-choice as far as a woman choosing. But I am against abortion." Well, there is a totally worthless view. This is just his version of, "I support the troops, but I don't support the war." Or "I'm against slavery, but I oppose freeing the slaves. I'm for jobs, but I'm not for Wal-Mart. I'm for open government, except when a Democrat's in office, and I want to have the power to do what I want to do without anybody seeing me."

I mean these people are just -- they are so -- just total wimps. Come on, Jack, tell us what you really believe, and stand for something, and come out and lead on that basis, Jack. This is -- "No, I wanna make sure I don't offend the women." This -- this is -- here you go. Classic example of the castrati, the new castrati. Jack Carter is -- has been castrated by the feminization of this culture since he grew up. He's -- he's three years older than I am. He was subject to the same pressures I was, plus probably even more, what with his dad being in there in the White House and so forth.

Additionally, in referencing an interview he conducted with National Review Washington editor Kate O'Beirne, author of Women Who Make the World Worse : and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports (Sentinel HC, 2005), Limbaugh reiterated his previous characterization of feminists as "feminazis." This marks at least the fourth time Limbaugh has used that term since Media Matters for America noted his June 22, 2005, claim that "I haven't used that term on this program in years." Media Matters has documented three other occasions -- here, here, and here -- where he used the term since June 22, 2005. Moreover, Limbaugh's claim that "I haven't used that term on this program in years" was false when he made it. Media Matters has documented numerous occasions between March 2004 and July 2005, in which Limbaugh used the term.

From the February 20 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: No, I didn't invent the gender gap. I -- in fact, I don't really -- we talked to Kate O'Beirne for the interview in the next issue of the Limbaugh Letter, and she makes the point there isn't a gender gap. That the feminazis just created all of this as a political wedge issue. And she's got the statistics to back it up. But I'll save that for when we publish the interview.

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