Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh reacted this week to the fallout both from the carnage in Charlottesville and to President Trump’s press conference tirade.
Pointing out that both sides of the extreme left and extreme right are hyper-charged for escalation, Rush predicted, “America is under attack from within…You might even get away with saying that we are on the cusp of a second civil war.”
The difference is that, whereas the first Civil War was regional, this budding war is factional.
Extremists on both sides are largely descending on urban areas and campuses around the country to fight out their respective versions of hate, and they’re dragging the entire country into it kicking and screaming.
The real question is whether there exist a national leader who can call for calm before things erupt beyond control.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
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.”