Living in a devotedly Blue State, I have the luxury of forgetting that talk radio host/bile duct Rush Limbaugh exists, most of the time. But sometimes he says something so bonkers and weirdly bigoted that even those of us in the liberal hub of New York city hear it.
New Now Next reports Limbaugh went on a rant about “lesbian farmers” and how they’re a threat to “real” America or something. Here’s Limbaugh:
“Have you heard the latest Democrat scam? Have you heard about the Agriculture Department’s financial grants to lesbian farmers? You think I’m making this up? See, this is how they do it … What the point of this is, folks, it’s not about lesbian farmers. What they’re trying to do is convince lesbians to become farmers … Here comes the Obama regime with a bunch of federal money and they’re waving it around, and all you gotta do to get it is be a lesbian and want to be a farmer and they’ll set you up … I’m like you; I never before in my life knew that lesbians wanted to be farmers. I never knew that lesbians wanted to get behind the horse and the plow and start burrowing. I never knew it. But apparently enough money can make it happen, and the objective here is to attack — they’re already attacking suburbs, and that has been made perfectly clear by what happened in Milwaukee. And they’re going after every geographic region that is known to be largely conservative. They never stop, folks. They are constantly on the march.”
Now to be clear, Limbaugh is not talking about these lesbian farmers physically attacking anyone, as if they’re a part of some sloppy exploitation thriller. He’s going bellowy and red-faced over a a USDA program called Rural Pride, which last week held its 15th annual Nationwide LGBT Rural Summit at Drake University in Iowa with the support of President Obama. The program aims to improve the lives of LGBTQA people who live in rural areas, by showing them they have a community. Or as the USDA website explains:
Each series will offer a unique opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities.
But to Republicans in a panic, Rural Pride means:
And from there it’s all ranting about how “lesbians and transgender hillbillies” — an actual thing the newspaper The Washington Free Beacon wrote—are out to invade rural America, which folks like Rush see as “the last conservative bastion.”
How do you respond to such a ludicrous reaction? Let’s go to Twitter:
Rush Limbaugh warns that lesbian farmers will soon be invading our towns. How in the hell do you grow lesbians?— Clay Jones (@claytoonz) August 24, 2016
Be the lesbian farmer invasion you want to see in the world.— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) August 25, 2016
The Lesbian Farmer Conspiracy is going to go down in the annals of all-time great Obama conspiracy theories.— Dara Lind (@DLind) August 25, 2016
Comedian Kathryn Lounsbery thought a ridiculous musical was apropos: