Limbaugh: Ann Romney’s ‘Husband Supporting Her And Not The Government’ Irritates Feminists


Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blamed the feminist movement and women’s liberation for Hilary Rosen’s controversial comments last week in which she attacked Ann Romney for giving her husband, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, economic advice despite having not “worked a day in her life.” Limbaugh said that it was the fact that “instead of having the government, stay-at-home moms have a husband to support them” which irritates women like Rosen the most.

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“You know what really irritates them,” asked Limbaugh. “In addition to stay-at-home moms being the flip-side of a welfare mom, a stay-at-home mom—look at me, talking to you now—instead of having the government, stay-at-home moms have a husband to support them. And you don’t think that irritates some of these leftist women?”

“Remember the early days of feminism. Women were to ignore, put aside relationships as one of the reasons for happiness in life,” Limbaugh continued. He went on to provide his recollections of the height of the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

I realize some of you are new to the program. Some of you are maybe too young to remember what was going on in the late 60s and 70s. I lived it. Don’t doubt me on this. The dawning era of this current age of feminism. Women were told all kinds of things; a relationship, a man. That was shackles. That was holding you back. It was denying you your full potential. Being a mother, staying at home – you’re letting the sisterhood down but you’re letting yourself down too. It was a full-court press to throw away as many traditions in in male/female relationships both at home and at work as possible. I kid you not on this. And it was not hidden. There was nothing subliminal about this message. It was dead-on, right between the eyes.

Limbaugh went on to describe what he feels is the crux of the women’s liberation movement, which was freedom from a cohabitating spousal relationship.

Having a life that depended on a man for any amount of your happiness was a sin. And if you don’t like it that way, depending on a relationship for any part of your happiness – you were missing the boat. You were falling prey to the old traps that were set by the patriarchal dominated society from the get-go. Because all it was was slave work. It was vacuuming and ironing and cleaning up the messes of the kids – this was the liberation of women’s lib.

Limbaugh went on to recall how he felt that the feminist movement at the time made women “angry.”

“Women like Hilary Rosen; these leftist, feminist – liberate women from all these traditional shackles – the fact that Ann Romney had a husband supporting her and not the government, that is as irritating a factor as anything else in all this,” said Limbaugh. “It’s the reason why Ann Romney, quote unquote, never had to work a day in her life.”

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.