Once again the Democratic National Committee is asking its backers to boycott radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and the conservative Daily Caller online news publication. The reason this time around is alleged outrage over Limbaugh’s comments on sexual harassment.
Many times in the past, Limbaugh has made comments about the various boycotts Democrats have attempted to stage against his radio show as “business as usual.” He views the threats with amusement and the knowledge that he must be doing “something right” to promote such hostility.
But according to Lily Adams, the DNC’s deputy communications director, "There’s a line between casual but unacceptable sexism and justifying sexual harassment. When someone as prominent as Rush Limbaugh crosses that line, everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, needs to stop the precedent from becoming habit," she told Politico.
Adams was referring to a remark Limbaugh made about men being criticized for staring at women’s breasts. He suggested men should tell women, "Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?"
Limbaugh was not Adams only target.
The DNC’s deputy communications director complained about The Daily Caller and an op-ed column by writer Patrick Howley. He complained that if liberals have their way "men will not be able to look at women's bodies because that is a terrible thing to do."
Adams was incensed. She said the Republican National Committee can reduce the influence of both Limbaugh and The Daily Caller by boycotting them.
As she put it, "We are going to be in a lot of big fights with Republicans during the election year that starts in just a few days. But surely we can come together in the meantime to put an end to disgusting rhetoric like Limbaugh’s that encourages sexual harassment,” Adams said in an email.
Both Limbaugh and Howley concurred Adams would in no way intimidate them.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
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