Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted the Obama administration and other critics of the Arizona immigration law for being anti-police and ignoring the role that the rising tide of crime linked to illegals played in the formation of the law.
On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh pointed out that:
* The mainstream media has been notably silent on the violent protests against the law – unlike their coverage of the tea party movement – ignoring incidents of vandalism and other attacks on supporters of the law.
* President Obama and his administration has leaped to the conclusion that police would abuse the powers the law would give them while ignoring the fact that illegal immigrants are breaking the law.
* The sheer cost to taxpayers of illegals using local, state and federal welfare systems has been utterly ignored in the debate.
“I want to know where all the scrutiny from the media is on the anti-Arizona immigration law crowd,” Limbaugh said. “The tea parties were ridiculed and accused of things that they had not even done by President Clinton and President Obama.”
Limbaugh then talked about some of the violent scenes coming out of Arizona, pointing out that within the state the law has been enormously popular.
“I have a picture I'm holding in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers of a piñata with the face of Jan Brewer, the Arizona governor on it, who, by the way, has seen a huge poll bounce ever since she signed the law, more on that,” Limbaugh said. “You got some little kid beating the hell out of a piñata with the face of the governor on it. Where are all the stories of the violence? It's a little kid beating up on this piñata.”
Limbaugh, alluding to the famous “beer summit” involving Henry Louis Gates and a Cambridge police officer, said that Obama still seems to harbor some animosity against police. The automatic assumption is that police will abuse the law, not that they are defending the public.
“Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen, he's got something in for the cops, there's no question,” Limbaugh said. “You go back to Cambridge. This guy's got some problem with police officers. Here's Obama last night in Ottumwa, Iowa, Indian Hills Community College, he held a town meeting. During the Q&A the student, Julie Morales, says, "I was wondering what your plan was for our undocumented workers who helped establish our country.
“Do you hear that question? Julie Morales, a student at Indian Hills Community College asks the president, ‘I was wondering what your plan was for our undocumented workers who helped establish our country.’ What is this woman being taught? Undocumented workers helped establish the country? I didn't have that chapter in my history book in junior high or high school. What in the world has this poor student been taught? Undocumented workers built and established the United States? Of course it's the kind of question the regime loves.”
Playing a quote from Obama discussing that Hispanic-Americans might be subject to illegal searches just for taking their children to the ice cream parlor, Limbaugh said that the president had clearly not read the Arizona legislation.
“He obviously hasn't read the bill. So now people have more of a right to be there because they were there before Arizona was even a state,” Limbaugh said. “So that's his argument, to create a phony hypothetical where families getting ice cream are hassled by stupid, bigoted policemen. This is gonna require a massive tequila summit before this is all over. We had a beer summit up in Cambridge. So Obama's now not satisfied with just attacking a state. He has to attack their police as well. I'll tell you what's poorly conceived here, is Obama's views on the cops. He thinks all these cops are going to act stupidly. This is an outrageous answer, this is an outrageous thing.”
“So once again, this is a shot, make no mistake about it, ladies and gentlemen, at the cops.”
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