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Rush Limbaugh Compares Filibuster Reform To Rape

Rush Limbaugh stirred controversy once more after comparing President Obama’s ongoing support of filibuster reform with rape on Friday.

“Forget the Senate for a minute,” the polemic radio host said on his talk show. “Let’s say, let’s take ten people in a room and they’re a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. Right? The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes of the 10 to change the rule.”

Limbaugh continued, “Every now and then some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and there was, you know, two guys.

“Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it. He was in the majority and he said, you know what, we’re going to change the rule. Now all we need is five. And the women said, ‘you can’t do that.’ ‘Yes we are, we’re the majority, we’re changing the rule.’ And then they vote. Can the women be raped?”

He concluded, “You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it’s going to happen.”

Limbaugh’s diatribe has brought an onslaught of media criticism through social media.  “Rush Limbaugh doesn’t understand rape or filibusters,” Alex Seitz-Wald tweeted.

Other comments were more directly critical of Limbaugh. Mo Elleithee, DNC communications director,  tweeted, “once again proving he is despicable.”

This latest rant is not the first time Limbaugh has been caught in the eye of a media storm for undermining women’s struggles. The radio host called law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” last year after she testified in favor of birth control. He apologized soon after.

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Gary Bryan is an industrial marketing manager by daytime and political and social issues writer by night. You can also find his editorials at Mic.com.