A day after Rush Limbaugh stirred up a roiling pot of controversy by saying on his show that he's "ashamed" of America, the conservative radio talk show host clarified his statements on Friday by asserting that he had only been referring to his disappointment with the liberal direction that the country is taking.
“I realize that many of you tuned in today wanting to hear more of this," Limbaugh said. "You wanted to hear what this is all about. You wanted to hear more about it, and I haven't really discussed it yet and you're probably angry, and I want to tell you why."
On Thursday, Limbaugh had drawn criticism from conservatives and liberals alike when he said that he was "ashamed of [his] country" for the "first time" in his life.
“To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it's being insulted? It just makes me ashamed," he said at the time.
People on both sides of the aisle demanded that Limbaugh clarify his comments and on Friday, the radio host complied -- explaining that his frustration had been directed at the country's liberal leanings.
"[T]he left has beaten us," Limbaugh said during his Friday show. "They have created far more low-information, unaware, uneducated people than we’ve been able to keep up with."
He added that liberals now have control of "pop culture, movies, TVs, books [and] music."
"We've just been outnumbered," he said.