Wednesday on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, anchor and race-baiting propagandist Joy Reid declared that “weaponizing white male grievance” is the legacy of late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier that day from complications of lung cancer.
“I would argue that he is among the three people in recent American history who had the most influence in building the modern Republican Party,” Reid said. “This is a party that was built by right-wing media, by Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh. They influenced the way Republicanism and conservatism sound and the way it attacks its opponents, and what generations of self-described conservatives think…
“Rush ultimately got his way,” she continued. “Rush Limbaugh reached millions of listeners via his golden microphone with his shows airing in small stations out in rural America that even Fox News couldn’t reach. Hardening rural white listeners and weaponizing white male grievance. It was the perfect inheritance for a president who would take Rush-style politics right to the White House and ultimately pin a Presidential Medal of Freedom on one of the GOP’s real architects.”
She added, “I would listen to him, and his show and what I heard was a guy who took white Americans out there in the hinterlands and fed them a narrative of, ‘You’re the victim, no, no, you’re the victim. Don’t feel like there’s any privileges coming to you. You’re the victim, the black people, the brown people, the women, the feminazi. They’re taking things from you.’ And it kept people so hyper and amped up. He was able to turn that into politics.”
First, this is the height of hypocrisy, coming from a woman whose career is based on weaponizing black grievance and keeping her listeners “amped up” with a narrative about being victimized by “whiteness,” “white privilege,” “white supremacy,” and so on. Second, she is lying about Rush manipulating “self-described conservatives”; Rush attracted millions of loyal fans because he told the truth about the left. Telling the truth about Progressives makes you a target of the kind of vile hatred in which propagandists like Joy Reid traffic daily.