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Who owned her?

Who sold her?

Was it a good deal when he sold her, or did he just get rid of her?

She might have outlived her usefulness on the plantation.

Child-rearing years are over, so maybe her value had plummeted.

Does this sound like a couple of skinhead teenagers bullying a homeless African American woman?  You might be shocked to learn it's the richest radio host in the world and de facto head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, speaking about an African American elected official, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

On Wednesday Lee had given a speech in which she asked Congress to work together for the good of the American people.  Lee referred to our nation's proud history of enacting legislation which had a tremendous impact on people's lives:

"I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together. Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?"
Limbaugh was incensed by Lee's insinuating that if it weren't for the 13th Amendment she would be living as the property of another human being, and he spent Thursday and Friday's shows pretending as if she were a liar because she was claiming she had been born a slave and then set free.

As if Limbaugh's disgusting racist attacks weren't enough, as of Saturday morning I could find not ONE mention in the media of any Republican calling Limbaugh out for his insensitivity in joking about our nation's shameful history of slavery.  This from the party that is supposed to be pretending they care about minorities as a part of their "makeover"?

Lest you think that Limbaugh is simply a wacko fringe element, let me remind you that he is in the middle of a $400 million dollar contract, and just last month the GOP's new poster boy (and the one chosen to give the rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union Address this week) Marco Rubio came to kiss his ring.  

Until the GOP chooses to distance themselves from this bloated hateful douchebag they share complicity in his attacks on decent Americans.

Transcripts and audio of Limbaugh's racist rants after the break.

Friday:

LIMBAUGH: So Victor called her office. She said Wednesday that she was standing there on the floor of the House as a freed slave. And we were asking, who owned her? We played the sound bite on Wednesday and we wanted to know who her owner was, and we wanted to know how much he got for her. You know, was it a good deal when he sold her, or did he just get rid of her? She might have outlived her usefulness on the plantation. I mean, [you] never know, child-rearing years are over so maybe her value had plummeted. These are valid questions that we had. So Victor, loyal member of this large audience, called her office and said, "Who owned her? Who sold Congresswoman Lee?" And they [said] "What, are you insane?" and hung up on him. A very, very mean thing to do. He was just reacting to something that he had heard her say.

So they won't admit, when you call her office, who sold her. They won't admit who owned her. They won't admit any aspect of the deal that resulted in her freedom. But she did say she was free. She's not a slave anymore. She was, maybe that morning. But somebody sold her. I imagine Jamie Foxx brokered the deal somehow, probably rode in with a six-shooter [with] Quentin Tarantino and they took care of it. Maybe the owner doesn't want to be known and they're covering it all up.

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Thursday:

LIMBAUGH: We're not having much luck here, folks. We've been doing exhaustive research in the last four minutes. We're trying to find out who owned and who sold Sheila Jackson Lee and what they got for her. She just said on the floor of the House of Representatives mere moments ago this morning, and she was standing there as a freed slave because this Congress came together. I didn't think they were coming together at all, but she talked about the Congress during Lincoln. But anyway, she's a freed slave. Somebody had to own her, and I -- we don't know who.

Obviously, you know, with the makeup of culture today it didn't have to be Houston that -- the owner did not have to be where she lived, she could have been owned by anybody. What if a drug company owned her? You know, what if -- what if big oil owned her and she didn't know about it? Somebody freed her, though. We will keep looking to try to find out who owned her, who sold her, and what they got. I have to tell you, though, in all candor, I think she looks pretty good for her age. She's got to be over 110. You'd never know it.
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