Rush Limbaugh and his vile, sexist attacks on women has found a new target.
No, spending three days insulting Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke for her advocacy for access to female contraception was apparently not enough for Rush.
This time the target is Tracie McMillan, 35, author of the new book The American Way of Eating, which argues that good quality food isn’t available to poor, urban people.
McMillan researched the book by working undercover for months as a laborer on a California farm, two Walmarts in Michigan and an Applebee’s restaurant in New York.
Yesterday, Limbaugh referred to McMillan as a “babe” and an “authorette,” slamming her as another young single white woman posing a threat to freedom.
Limbaugh’s main point was that government shouldn’t be involved in the distribution of quality food to urban neighborhoods.
“I don’t want you to doubt me on this. There’s not a war on women,” Limbaugh said. ”There’s a war on freedom. And anything that the government does not have its hands in is the focus and the target for this regime – and now it’s food and the distribution of food.”
Sounds like a typical right-wing defense of allowing corporations to do anything they want, even at the expense of the general public and/or consumers.
But then Limbaugh just couldn’t resist his sexist impulses.
“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated – doesn’t mean intelligent,” he said. ”For example, Tracie McMillan, the author of this book, seems to be just out of college and already she has been showered with awards.
McMillan, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, said she spent most of yesterday afternoon responding to questions after Limbaugh’s rant.
“It’s fairly bizarre that someone would criticize my work simply because I’m female,” she told Detroit Free Press. She said she felt like Limbaugh had suggested “that a woman shouldn’t go to school.”
The silver lining? The publicity should do wonders for her book sales.