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Don Imus Calls Rush Limbaugh An 'Insincere Pig' For 'Vile, Personal Attack' On Sandra Fluke

Posted: 03/05/12 11:47 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/05/12 12:06 PM ET

Don Imus

Fox Business host Don Imus harshly criticized Rush Limbaugh on Monday for issuing what he called a "lame apology" after his "vile, personal attack" on Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke.

Fluke, who was denied the right to testify at a controversial Republican hearing on contraception earlier this month, was the subject of multiple incendiary statements made by Limbaugh. After first calling her a "slut" and "prostitute" on Wednesday of last week, Limbaugh repeatedly doubled down on his comments and issued more attacks on Fluke on Thursday and Friday.

Limbaugh's comments sparked outrage among many, including seven advertisers who have since pulled their content from his radio program.

President Barack Obama personally called Fluke after hearing Limbaugh attack the student for the third consecutive day, condemning the talk radio host's comments. Sunday talking heads and members of the Democratic and Republican parties have come out to defend Fluke and blast Limbaugh.

On Monday, conservative host Don Imus piled on. Speaking on his Fox Business show, Imus attacked Limbaugh, whom he referred to as an "insincere pig" and "pill-popping pinhead," for his "sustained, personal attack" on Fluke. Imus, who is no stranger to such controversy, also recalled his 2007 firing and urged Limbaugh to apologize to Fluke over lunch in Washington D.C. Read Imus' full comments below:

"Here's the problem with all this. It was a vile personal attack of this woman and it was sustained over—what it was—Wednesday, come back and double down on Thursday, come back and double down on Friday, and then, issue a lame apology on your website in which you say, 'I didn't mean to personally attack her,' when you did attack her.

If it were me, and I ran a radio station or whatever, I'd make him go down there and apologize to her face to face. He owns a Gulfstream IV. Get on it. Go to Washington. Take her to lunch and say, 'Look. I'm sorry I said this stuff and I'll never do it again.' Period. No. He's an insincere pig. Pill-popping pinhead...It's disgraceful.

He has no guts...Look what I did, and what I did was a lame attempt to be funny. And it was three words and I went and met with these people after I'd been fired. You know you got to look them in the eye, you've got to show guts...He's a punk...Enough of what he said. He's a coward. You can't attack somebody like that."

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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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |