Rush Limbaugh: Risking catching coronavirus is ‘a hallmark of American identity’

On the Friday edition of his show, Rush Limbaugh cheered supporters of President Trump who were protesting stay-at-home orders, saying that their actions were all part of  “the hallmark of the American identity.”

And like those protesters, Limbaugh wants the “forced shutdown” and “ruination” of the nation’s economy to end.

“You see all over the country now, people are revolting against certain state governors who want to maintain lockdown,” he claimed. “It can’t go on. This forced shutdown — the forced ruination of the United States economy — must end.”

Further, he said it may be dangerous to send people back to work but it’s a risk that’s a necessary one.

“There may be great risk in reopening the country, in phases. There may be great risk in sending people back out to start working — even under the guidelines, they’re risks that have to be taken.”

Then he compared the risks Americans are taking now to World War II when the Japanese attacked.

“They are certainly no different than the risks the American people have taken throughout our history,” Limbaugh said. “We had to get involved in World War II, once we were attacked by the Japanese.” He then claimed the U.S. was reluctant to become involved in World War I, but had to “in order to defend and protect ourselves.”

He also claimed that the U.S. tried to forestall risks “for the longest time. But we had to get involved. We had to take risks after 9/11. We had to take a number — we’ve had to take risks our entire history as a nation.”

“Taking risks, entrepreneurism, fearlessness, it’s a hallmark of the American identity, and one of the American culture. And this shutdown, and hunkering down in total fear, is not a hallmark of American history, or of American culture.”


Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout the Southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. A lifelong atheist, these travels have informed her political views. She currently lives in a remote location with a large herd of cats and four dogs.