Limbaugh conspiracy: Democrats allowed Charlottesville terrorism for political gain
"Somebody wanted it to happen, or somebody knew it was going to happen and didn't want it to stop because they wanted to try to capitalize on it."
Video ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
From the August 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Loading the player reg...
RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): I think the mayor of Charlottesville took a page out of the book from the mayor from Baltimore. What was her name? Forget her name. Remember she said -- what was her phrase? "Give them space. Give them room so that they can get it out of their system. Give them space." Look, the police were ordered to stand down in Charlottesville. Somebody wanted that to happen, folks. The police were told to stand down, the police are saying, "no, no, no, we were retreating to go get our riot gear." Well, why didn't you show up in riot gear? If you retreated to get the riot gear, why didn't you come back with the riot gear on if that's where you went? They were ordered to stand down.
I'll tell you something else, people -- I think all of this is organized, folks. I think Terry McAuliffe, in fact, was trying to use this whole episode to launch his presidential bid, and he botched it because he doesn't have that big ability to get noticed. This is a pretty big deal, this is what Democrats do. This is what Clinton, the Oklahoma City bombing, launched the rebirth of his presidency, which is exactly -- the Democrats see a crisis and find out how they can benefit from it, while making people think they're trying to fix it or solve it, and I think McAuliffe was doing the same thing. I think -- remember Rahm Emanuel, "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste." I think, not so much there are people that wanted this to happen, but knew it was going to, and so let's see if we can milk it. And in order to milk it, it had to happen, and in order for it to happen, the police have to stay out of it. As the NYPD said, "wouldn't have happened here, we wouldn't have let these two groups get within eyesight of each other. And we certainly wouldn't have let some renegade car enter this whole scene." Somebody wanted it to happen, or somebody knew it was going to happen and didn't want it to stop because they wanted to try to capitalize on it.