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Rachel Maddow: Rush Limbaugh A 'Dummy' Who 'Doesn't Know What Birth Control Is' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/03/12 11:04 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/03/12 11:42 AM ET

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Rachel Maddow spent about half of her Friday show on the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's incendiary comments about Sandra Fluke and contraception, and while lamenting his words about the law student, she told her viewers that the important part about Limbaugh's attacks was that he appeared not to understand how birth control works.

Limbaugh's statements -- he has called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" and wondered why she is having "so much sex" since she wants her insurance policy to cover birth control, among other things -- have been major targets of cable outrage in recent days. Maddow joined in on that outrage, but said that Limbaugh was intentionally trying to rile people up. She opined that the more revealing thing was that a man who is having so much sway in a debate about contraception is seemingly woefully ignorant about what it actually is.

"Sometimes people are being mean because the fact that they don't understand something makes them angry," she said. "I think Rush Limbaugh doesn't know what birth control is. I think he doesn't understand what he's talking about."

She played clips of Limbaugh saying that Fluke and her friends were "going broke" because the amount of sex they were having was costing them so much in pills.

"I think that Rush Limbaugh thinks you take a birth control pill to avoid getting pregnant each time you have sex, so the more times you have sex the more birth control pills you need," Maddow said, going on to point out that this is decidedly not how birth control works.

"You just take one pill every day," she said. "It's a prescription deal ... you don't need more birth control to keep you not pregnant for more sex."

Maddow said this was the "real problem" in the debate. Addressing him directly, she said, "You're bad at this, Rush Limbaugh! You don't even understand how babies are made, let alone how people can have sex without making a baby, and you would like the government to take over decision making on these issues on your say so and you don't get it. You biologically don't get it."

She finished by calling Limbaugh a "dummy."

Rush Limbaugh's history of controversial statements.
  • Rush Limbaugh on Sandra Fluke

  • Rush Limbaugh mocks Hu Jintao

    Limbaugh mocked China's president Hu Jintao in nonsense, ersatz Chinese.

  • Rush Limbaugh's Michael J. Fox allegations

    Limbaugh claimed that Michael J. Fox was "exaggerating" the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in a political ad where he advocated stem cell research. Limbaugh said:

    He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting.

  • Rush Limbaugh "phony soldiers" statement

    In 2007, Limbaugh was criticized for referring to veterans who support the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq as "phony soldiers." He later claimed that he had been referring to people who claimed to be veterans but never actually served in the military.

  • Rush Limbaugh: "I hope Obama fails"

    On the eve of Obama's inauguration, Limbaugh said, "I hope he fails." He later doubled down on those comments at CPAC 2009, and on his radio show a few months later, and in 2011.

  • Rush Limbaugh: "Barack The Magic Negro"

    In 2007 and 2008, Limbaugh played a song by "Barack the Magic Negro" that was written and recorded for his show. In the song, political satirist Paul Shanklin impersonates Al Sharpton singing that white people will vote for Barack Obama "'cause he's not from the hood."

  • Limbaugh laughs about Japanese earthquake victims

    In the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami in March 2011, Limbaugh said:

    The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. He's right. They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question.

  • Rush Limbaugh dubs new Triple-Double Oreo the 'Obameo'

    In October 2011, Limbaugh described Kraft's new Triple Double Oreo as a "bi-racial cookie" and an "Or-Ba-Meo." This was not the first time Limbaugh has compared President Obama to an Oreo cookie. In a 2009 segment about food safety advocates, he said, "After that, they're gonna want the Oreos -- might have to put off until Obama's out of office."

  • Limbaugh: Media Can't Decide If Moochelle Obama Was Booed At NASCAR Race

    In November 2011, Limbaugh accused Michelle Obama -- whom he frequently refers to as Moochelle -- of "uppityism" after she and Jill Biden were booed by NASCAR fans.

  • Limbaugh: Democrats Behind Loughner

    Limbaugh said, "What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country. He's sitting there in jail. He knows what's going on, he knows that... the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he's just a victim."

  • Limbaugh: "Driving Miss Nancy" is Rep. Jim Clyburn's new position

    In November 2010, Limbaugh suggested that Rep. Jim Clyburn could chauffeur Nancy Pelosi if he failed to win the race for House minority whip. "He gets to keep the car. He gets to go everywhere she goes, parties and everything else," Limbaugh said. "He's not in the back of the bus. He's in the driver's seat, and she's in the back of the car being chauffeured. Solved problem."

  • Limbaugh attacks Michelle Obama over her weight

    Rush Limbaugh attacked Michelle Obama for her weight, calling her out for eating ribs on a trip with her daughters. "The problem is, and I dare say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said. "And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving and 141 grams of fat per serving." He continued, "I'm trying to say our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months, or what have you."

  • Rush Limbaugh: "You Had Better Look Like An Ethiopian"

    Rush Limbaugh was back with another hit out on Michelle Obama's weight, days after criticizing her eating ribs while on vacation. This time, his comment was even more incendiary. "The point is, if you'ree going to do this, if you are going to tell everyone to eat twigs and berries and gravel and all this other stuff, you had better look like an Ethiopian."

  • Rush Limbaugh: Herman Cain Could Be Our First Authentically Black President

    After Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, Limbaugh said that if elected president, "Herman Cain could be our first authentically black president." After explaining the comment to a caller, Limbaugh turned to his call screen "Bo Snerdley" (real name James Golden) for an Ebonics skit. RNC chair Michael Steele later called the skit "stupid."

  • Rush Limbaugh On Democrats Having Abortions

    In February 2012, Limbaugh reacted to the national debate about contraception with on a long rant about contraception, abortions and women. He alleged that Planned Parenthood is "a money-laundering operation for the Democrat party," and said, "The vast majority of people having abortions are Democrat voters."

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