Rush Limbaugh: ‘I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it’
BY Neil Nagraj
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 1:07 PM
After a career spent battling the feminist movement, Rush Limbaugh took to the air today declaring, “I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.”
The conservative firebrand appearing on “Fox and Friends,” defended his participation as a judge in last week’s Miss America pageant.
“So for those who were critics of you in judging this pageant, and saying that you haven’t been a supporter of women in the past?” host Gretchen Carlson, the winner of 1989’s Miss America pageant, asked.
“Oh, I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not a supporter of is liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose, and feminism has led women astray. I love women. I don’t know where all this got started,” Limbaugh replied.
“I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it. This idea that I don’t like women is absurd. This is Miss America. And if there’s a Mr. America out there, it’s me.”
He also expressed his admiration for the contestants’ poise in the glare of competition.
“I’ve talked to women here who know more about various political issues than elected people I’ve talked to on the phone,” he told Carlson.
Limbaugh’s comments about women and his critiques of the feminist movement have set tongues wagging in the past.”
The talk radio icon has come under fire for suggesting women were drawn to Hillary Clinton because they’ve had “two or three abortions” and that women in the workplace aspire to be “eye candy,” and has attacked what he calls the women’s movement’s “feminization” of America.
Actually, I can’t even feign surprise. But I remain disgusted.