In anti-Obama quest, Limbaugh supported Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army

Still reeling from the exodus of advertisers following his vulgar rant against a female college student, a mass-marketing campaign called #StopKony has put Rush Limbaugh and his brand of ignorant, anti-Obama talk radio on the defensive.

In an Oct. 14, 2011, broadcast, Limbaugh attacked President Barack Obama for sending U.S. military personnel to central Africa to assist in chasing down an armed militia group called the Lord’s Resistance Army. Limbaugh attempted to portray the president’s actions as a war on Christians.

The LRA has committed murder, rape, child kidnapping and other atrocities.

Its leader, Joseph Kony, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Kony is the subject of the social media-based human rights campaign, Kony 2012, by a charity group called Invisible Children.

In his radio broadcast titled  “Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians,” Limbaugh says, “Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.  And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.”

Limbaugh said most Americans have never heard the Lord’s Resistance Army and then proceeded to give false information about the militia while vilifying the president.

“Most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God.”

Limbaugh then went on to read the LRA’s self-proclaimed objectives. “Lord’s Resistance Army objectives.  I have them here. ‘To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.'”

The radio hate-monger sided with a group of known killers so he could continue to spew anti-Obama propaganda.

Even his right-wing colleague at, Erick Erickson, knew better than to go that far in an anti-Obama tirade.

After receiving numerous emails about Obama sending troops to fight Christians who are fighting “radical Islamists in the Sudan,” Erickson wrote the LRA “has notoriously gone through Uganda capturing children and turning them into soldiers and, when not successful, murdering them. The group engages in sex trafficking, slavery, murder, mutilation, and the list goes on and on.”

The question remains: Why does a talk show host who sides with murderers and kidnappers; calls a young woman a “slut” because she supports birth control and says numerous other racist and offensive lies continue to be employed, or more importantly, listened to?

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Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People’s World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW’s social media presence. Albano has been a staff writer for People’s World covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. She traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad, including India, Cuba, Angola, Italy, and to Paris to cover the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. An award-winning journalist, Albano has been honored for her writing by International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association.