05/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Limbaugh: Somali Pirates Like American Liberals

The rescue of a ship captain from Somali pirates Sunday night was largely viewed as a foreign policy victory for President Obama. But Rush Limbaugh saw something different. The talk show has quickly capitalized on the hostage crisis as a new line of attack on domestic liberals.

Limbaugh described the pirates as having "entitlement mentality. I could have sworn they were originally Americans ... maybe they were illegal immigrants ... fled the scene because Republicans drove them out of the country."

"We've got -- we've got -- call them what they want to call themselves -- we've got the Somali pirates and the Beltway pirates," Limbaugh continued. "The Beltway pirates are led by Pelosi and Reid. The Beltway pirates, I tell you -- you think $2 million? That's chump change. The Beltway pirates are demanding a $10 trillion ransom not just from us, but from our kids and our grandkids and their grandkids."

And of an attack by Somali insurgents on a plane carrying Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) out of the country, Limbaugh said, "I don't know why community organizers in Somalia would fire on a fellow community organizer ... they could like the guy if they just had a sit-down with him."