Ed Schultz tore into Rush Limbaugh for calling the protesters fighting the anti-union bill in Wisconsin "freeloaders," telling Limbaugh that he should wrap his "fat ass" in the American flag.
Schultz made his comments during a special Friday edition of "The Ed Show." He was reporting live from Wisconsin, with a raucous crowd of protesters cheering him on.
In a recent broadcast, Limbaugh called the union activists and protesters working against the bill--which seeks to strip public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights--"freeloaders." This incensed Schultz, who played a clip of Limbaugh before pointing to the crowd behind him.
"Did you know that all these Americans are freeloaders? Did you know that?" Schultz said. He then talked about what he called "the conservative right" in America:
"They told us on 9/11, we will never forget...that we're all Americans...they wrapped themselves in the flag...
If you want to follow the Limbaugh and the Becks of the world, and you want to turn your back on firefighters, turn your back on police officers, turn your back on nurses, turn your back on brothers and sisters who have stood in solidarity to fight for the middle class in America? Is that wrapping yourself in the flag? Hey Rush: why don't you wrap your fat ass in the flag on Monday?"