Dr. Ben Carson said Friday that he may step down as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins over anti-gay remarks, prompting conservative shock jock Rush Limbaugh to concede that the country is lost.
Carson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he is prepared to acquiesce students who are circulating a petition to replace the emerging right-wing star, who compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia and bestiality during an appearance on Fox News, as the medical school’s graduation speaker. After already waving the white flag on same-sex marriage, Limbaugh on Friday lamented the student-led movement against Carson.
“These are students where this guy works, and they don’t want him to be their commencement speaker because of his political beliefs as espoused on TV,” Limbaugh said, according to an official show transcript. “Medical students! Not social workers, medical students. To me that’s evidence that… I don’t know what it is. We’re losing the country or what have you.”
He picked up the rant later.
“I still can’t believe that the med students at Johns Hopkins said, “We don’t want Ben Carson here.” You…? (interrupting) It’s over same-sex marriage. Of course. I know he made a comment about same-sex marriage. Of course. I forgot to throw that in,” Limbaugh continued. “He spoke about same-sex marriage, and he offended them. They don’t want him there. They don’t want him there. Do you understand why I said this is inevitable now, folks?”
h/t Media Matters