Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh and a caller got into a conversation about the Herman Cain campaign’s now infamous “I am America” ad. Limbaugh pointed out that the campaign had to know that there would be a huge outcry over the ad ending with Mark Block puffing on a cigarette. I have to imagine that, while discussing someone else engendering outrage, Limbaugh got jealous because he then went off on a multi-minute-long diatribe about how cool smoking is and how all smokers are true American heroes.
“[Block] says he’s a smoker. He likes smoking. Boehner likes smoking. Obama likes smoking. Every smoker likes it. Let’s face it, folks. It’s cool. It looks cool. Everything about it is cool except the health impact aspect of it.”
“Do you know how many healthcare programs are funded with the sales tax revenue from cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco-related products? I have long maintained that smokers deserve our gratitude. In fact, I think somebody should be chosen and a smoker should be given the highest medal that this country gives out. Whatever it is. The Medal of Honor? If not that, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Smokers are being told horrible things about themselves. They are being told they are rotten to the core, they are despicable. And yet they alone, practically, are funding children’s health care programs.”
He went on to theorize that the government actually doesn’t want people to quit smoking due to those taxes.
Hopefully there were no impressionable children listening. Of course, judging by the fact that the segment begins with Limbaugh’s caller explaining that she doesn’t really know what a “podcast” is, I think we’ll be fine.
Listen to the conversation below:
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