He said the riots would ensure a Democrat is not elected as president,
and his listeners have a responsibility to make sure it happens.
"Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it
that we don't elect Democrats," Limbaugh said during Wednesday's radio
broadcast. He then went on to say that's the best thing that could
happen to the country.
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Limbaugh cited Al Sharpton, saying the Barack Obama supporter
threatened to superdelegates that "there's going to be trouble" if the
presidency is taken from Obama.
Several callers called in to the radio show to denounce
Limbaugh's comments, when he later stated, "I am not inspiring or
inciting riots, I am dreaming of riots in Denver."
Limbaugh said with massive riots in Denver, which he called
part of "Operation Chaos," the people on the far left would look bad.
"There won't be riots at our convention," Limbaugh said of
the Republican National Convention. "We don't riot. We don't burn our
cars. We don't burn down our houses. We don't kill our children. We
don't do half the things the American left does."
He believes electing Democrats will hurt America's security
and economy and appeared to call on his listeners to make sure that
"We do, hopefully, the right thing for the sake of this
country. We're the only one in charge of our affairs. We don't farm out
our defense if we elect Democrats ... and riots in Denver, at the
Democratic Convention will see to it we don't elect Democrats. And
that's the best damn thing that can happen to this country, as far as I
can think," Limbaugh said.
Later, Limbaugh downplayed his "dreaming of riots in Denver"
statement, and said that he wasn't calling for riots and was referring
to warnings of trouble if superdelegates decide the nomination at the
Democratic National Convention.
Limbaugh's comments prompted Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
to say, "Anyone who would call for riots in an American city has
clearly lost their bearings."
Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar also responded to Limbaugh's
comments Friday, asking Lee Larsen, senior vice president of Clear
Channel Radio Rocky Mountain Region to reprimand Limbaugh.
"As I read Mr. Limbaugh's comments about riots at the
Democratic National Convention in Denver, they appear to me to be a
clear exhortation that those riots are exactly what he wants to
happen," Salazar said in a letter to Larsen.
Denver will host the DNC on Aug. 25 to Aug. 28.
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