Rush Limbaugh says US is ‘trending towards secession’ as 18 states join Texas in election fight for Trump

Terminally-ill radio host clarified that he ‘would not advocate for secession’

Namita Singh
Friday 11 December 2020 09:59 GMT
Rush Limbaugh says US is ‘trending towards secession’
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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that the United States was “trending towards secession” as some states joined a legal bid to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, later clarifying that he “did not and would not advocate for secession."

His comments came as 18 red states joined Texas in the lawsuit before Supreme Court, urging it to nullify President Donald Trump’s electoral defeat in the key swing states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

"I thought you were asking me something else when you said, 'Can we win?' I thought you meant, 'Can we win the culture, can we dominate the culture.' I actually think — and I’ve referenced this, I’ve alluded to this a couple of times because I’ve seen others allude to this — I actually think that we’re trending toward secession," Limbaugh said in response to a question from a caller about whether Republicans could ever win a major national election “without taking back blue cities.”

“I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York? What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York? Especially if you’re talking about votes,” he continued.

He went on to say that there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, the government and of how we manage our affairs. “We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way."

He said, that he knows that “there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed, whether we want to or not,” adding that he still hasn’t made up his mind.  

“I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win,” he could be heard saying on the show.  

Later on Thursday, he clarified that he doesn’t want the country to split into red and blue factions, but that he was just repeating what he has heard.  

“I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that’s we’re headed to, whether we want to get there or not, secession,” he said on the show. “Now, I didn’t advocate for it. I never would advocate for secession. I’m simply repeating what I have heard.”

The only time states have seriously attempted to secede in American history was in the years 1860 and 1861 as 11 southern states, where slavery was legal, declared secession from the country and joined together to form the Confederate States of America. This movement collapsed in 1865 with the defeat of Confederate forces by Union armies in the American Civil War. The four-year-long conflict had left more than 600,000 people dead. 

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