Rush Limbaugh responded to Michelle Obama's recent speech on gun reform by accusing her of having “a chip on [her] shoulder” about the U.S. and of doing “a disservice to the country.”
On Wednesday, Obama delivered a speech in Chicago urging action to combat youth gun violence. In her remarks, Obama spoke of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student who was shot and killed in January, saying that Pendleton reminded her of herself at that age:
“As I visited with the Pendleton family at Hadiya's funeral, I couldn't get over how familiar they felt to me. Because what I realized was Hadiya's family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her,” Obama said.
“But I got to grow up, and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School, and have a career and a family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine,” she said. "... Hadiya's family did everything right, but she still didn't have a chance."
Limbaugh on Thursday seized on Obama's remarks, accusing the first lady of having “a chip on [her] shoulder about this country” and of doing “a disservice to the country” by drawing a comparison between herself and Pendleton:
Limbaugh has routinely attacked the first lady, including claiming that she is “is not proud of her country unless she's getting what she wants from it” and saying that she has exhibited “uppity-ism.”
UPDATE: On the April 11 edition of MSNBC's Martin Bashir, host Martin Bashir and guests Joy Reid and Dana Milbank discussed Limbaugh's attack on Obama over her tribute to Pendleton: