Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh accused the Democratic Party of being a factory for “terrorists” on Monday.
“Terrorists do not always just come from Uzbekistan,” he said on his radio show, a reference to the native country of the suspect who killed eight people in a truck attack in New York City last week.
“They don’t just come from Afghanistan. They don’t just come from al Qaeda. Sometimes, terrorists come straight from the Democrat Party, straight from the American left.”
“The vile, repulsive, just raw rage and anger that is on display daily on social media is infectious,” he added.
Limbaugh read a list of recent attacks, including the Texas church shooting on Sunday that left 26 dead, the New York truck attack (which Limbaugh called a shooting), reported threats against Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt and an alleged assault on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) by his neighbor.
“Now, folks, is it any wonder that Republicans might be a little skittish?” Limbaugh asked. He added: “It is more than obvious that the left is encouraging their followers to be vile, aggressive, abusive and dangerous. There’s no question about it. The left is encouraging this kind of activity. They are promoting it. And they celebrate it.”
Limbaugh also denounced the “drive-by media” for its coverage of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, which he referred to as “public riots.”
“Wherever you see a public riot, wherever you see any public riot with violence in response to Trump, all of this is applauded,” he said.
“And in the drive-by media, while it may not all be applauded, it is certainly treated with respect.”
“We’re told something along the variation of, we need to understand the rage. We need to understand why these people are doing what they’re doing.”