Conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh suggested Friday that the U.S. may be “on the cusp of a second civil war” as the country contends with new racial tensions following the violence in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.
“America is under attack from within,” Limbaugh told his listeners, according to a transcript. He warned that now, more than ever in his life, is “our culture, our history, our founding” under assault.
“And I’m sure it’s the same with you,” he said. “We haven’t seen anything like this. You might even get away with saying that we are on the cusp of a second civil war. Some of you might say that we are already into it, that it has already begun. However you characterize it, though, we are under attack from within. And it’s being bought and paid for by people from outside America, in addition to inside.
Limbaugh’s comments come after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., where counter-protesters made an appearance and clashed with white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. A car plowed into a group of counter-protesters leaving one dead and more than a dozen more injured.
President Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his remarks regarding the violence in Charlottesville, as he initially failed to rebuke white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis. On Monday, he did condemn these groups by name, going further than his first statement Saturday, but on Tuesday he doubled back to say there is “blame on both sides.”
Limbaugh blamed left-wing hedge fund billionaire George Soros and other “international financiers” who are working towards the “objective” of taking the U.S. “out and down as a superpower, to literally erase the United States as a powerful or super powerful nation.”
As political leaders across the country have called for the removal of Confederate monuments in the wake of Charlottesville, Limbaugh called on Americans to defend its historical symbols.
“Now, folks, in order to defend America, which I believe is incumbent upon all of us, in order to defend America, you have to begin knowing our history,” Limbaugh said. “If you’re gonna defend the United States of America, you have to know our history. You have to know the purpose of the United States of America. You have to know unequivocally and proudly the United States’ place in history. And that is why erasing and distorting our history is crucial for the left to succeed.”
Limbaugh accused the left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, as well as “Antifa” activists demonstrating in other flash-point events in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., with an agenda to “distort, erase, and impugn our history.”