Limbaugh Is Called Out for ‘Phony Soldiers’ Remark
Posted on Oct 2, 2007
He’s certainly not famous for his magnanimity, but this time Rush Limbaugh’s sharp tongue seems to have gotten him into a real pickle. The conservative radio talk show host is under fire from congressional Democrats for his recent statement that U.S. troops who oppose the war are “phony soldiers.” Limbaugh’s ill-conceived rant also caught this active-duty soldier’s attention, judging by his blog.
Thousands of active troops and veterans were subjected to Mr. Limbaugh’s unpatriotic and indefensible comments on your broadcast,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in his letter to Clear Channel Chief Executive Mark Mays. “We trust you will agree that not a single one of our sons, daughters, neighbors and friends serving overseas is a ‘phony soldier.’ We call on you to publicly repudiate these comments that call into question their service and sacrifice and to ask Mr. Limbaugh to apologize for his comments.”
On his show Monday, Limbaugh blasted Democrats for their criticism, saying it is part of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting him.
“If anybody in this country has been trying to demoralize the troops, it is you, sir, and your members of the Democrat Party,” Limbaugh said. “You have waved the white flag of defeat.”