Rush 'Riot' Comments Ignite Controversy In Denver
April 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM (PT)
RUSH LIMBAUGH's comments WEDNESDAY about the potential for riots at the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION in DENVER sparked controversy in the MILE-HIGH CITY, with some reports characterizing the PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host as calling for violence and others saying that the comments in context did not advocate violence. LIMBAUGH, responding to fellow talk show host Rev. AL SHARPTON's remark that there would be "trouble" at the convention if BARACK OBAMA were not to get the Democratic nomination, said that "riots in DENVER at the DEMOCRAT CONVENTION would see to it we don't elect Democrats -- and that's the best damn thing could happen for this country as far as anything I can think: Don't elect Democrats!"
LIMBAUGH said, "Now, I am not inspiring or inciting riots. I'm dreaming. (singing, to the tune of "WHITE CHRISTMAS") 'I'm dreaming of riots in Denver.' Remember 1968? And which party did that? .... (T)he fact is that the Democrat Party has members in it that have already said, 'There will be riots,' or something to that effect. AL SHARPTON. He was throwing down the gauntlet to the superdelegates: 'You take this election away from BARACK OBAMA, and there's gonna be trouble. There's going to be trouble in DENVER.'"
Read the transcript or hear the segment at RUSH's DENVER affiliate, CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KOA-A/DENVER, by clicking here.