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Rush Limbaugh Attacks Greta Thunberg, Suggests People With Autism Are ‘Not Well’


Rush Limbaugh Attacks Greta Thunberg, Suggests People With Autism Are ‘Not Well’

Right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg last week, suggesting people living with autism are “not well” and claiming Democrats “go out and they find disabled people.”

Limbaugh responded to critics of President Donald Trump on his Friday show who were appalled that the president mocked Thunberg on Twitter after she was named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year.’

“The first thing to notice about Greta Thunberg is that she’s 16 years old. She claims she has Ansperger’s type — Ausperger’s — or autism — Asperger’s — some kind of problem in that area,” Limbaugh told his audience. “And so she is made the Person of the Year by Time magazine, which is what? A political news magazine. Greta Thunberg has been introduced into the political arena by the worldwide left, including the Democrat Party. They have made her a political figure. They do this on purpose.”

“So she’s out tweeting and politicizing, and she is free to lie and say whatever she wants to say about climate change and who’s responsible for it. And nobody is permitted to question her, you see, because she has — what did they call it? She is in the autism spectrum, so you can’t disagree, you can’t question, because she’s not well,” he continued.

“This is a tactic that the Democrats use,” he claimed. “They will go out and purposely find disabled people, they will make of them prominent political figures, and when they do that, I’m sorry, if they’re going to put disabled people or any other kind of person in the political arena, they are converting them into a political figure.”

“They have put speech codes, they have enforced speech codes and behavioral codes on all of us. They have been slowly but surely taking away as much freedom as they can from the way we speak, from the way we behave, and even from the way we think. And they have gotten away with it because a lot of people are afraid to object to any of it,” he added. “So they go out and they find disabled people — they’ve used Michael J. Fox this way. They had him out there cutting television commercials for Democrat Senate candidates. ‘Can’t respond, can’t react, can’t criticize, because he has Parkinson’s, it’s not fair, it’s mean-spirited.’ Sorry, it doesn’t shut me up. I’m willing to pay the price for what they do. But it’s a time-honored trick that they use.”

“She’s not well. That’s what set me off. While you can pick and choose the offensive aspects of those comments, the casual remark that Thunberg is ‘not well’ highlights Limbaugh’s reckless disregard for anyone who isn’t just like him,” the Chicago Tribune wrote on Monday. “Thunberg has Asperger’s syndrome, which means she’s on the autism spectrum. Autism is not a disease. And Thunberg is clearly well.”

“To suggest that a person with autism is ‘not well’ is demeaning and dehumanizing to anyone on the autism spectrum,” the paper added. “It is both factually incorrect and a fundamentally awful thing to say.”

Earlier this year, Thunberg tweeted: “I’m not public about my diagnosis to ‘hide’ behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an ‘illness,’ or something negative.”


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