Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of conservative pundits using the kidnapping of dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls by extremist group Boko Haram as an excuse to criticize Democrats on his radio show Monday, and managed to bring race into the mix.
“The jihad aspect of Boko Haram is almost completely ignored by the White House and the media, and I can tell you why. I just saw why,” he said, while talking about the new video released by the group Monday.
“The Boko Haram leader, or whoever Boko Haram has perform on video is a good-looking guy,” he continued. “This is why Mrs. Clinton wouldn’t call this group a terrorist group, because they’re black. Can’t afford to do that. This is how surface-conscience the left is.”
“We cannot call people what they are, in this case a jihadist, anti-Christian terror group aligned with al-Qaida,” he continued. “We can’t call them terrorist because they look like African Americans, and we just can’t go there.”
Boko Haram was not designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department until November 2013, months after Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state. A State Department spokesperson noted last week that Secretary Clinton designated three Boko Haram leaders in 2012 and said “I think an important reminder here is designations are just one tool we use to fight terrorism.
Limbaugh remains convinced that race was the sole factor in keeping the State Department from designating the group as a terrorist organization during Clinton’s time at the helm, “because the left doesn’t go any deeper than skin when identifying people.”
“Everything is racial politics, identity politics, whatever,” he said, adding later, “And so this group escapes any scrutiny. They don’t get the proper treatment from this country, foreign policy-wise, and in effect they’re allow to just behave without any stops.
First Lady Michelle Obama openly referred to the Boko Haram group as terrorists when she discussed the kidnappings in her first solo White House Weekly Address this week. “This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls,” she said.