Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday threatened to sue the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for using comments Limbaugh made about rape on college campuses in fundraising emails, according to the Washington Post.
In a Monday letter, Limbaugh’s lawyer charged that the DSCC “disseminated demonstrably false statements concerning Rush Limbaugh in a concerted effort to harm Mr. Limbaugh.”
Limbaugh’s lawyer, Patricia Glaser, demanded that the DSCC apologize for its “reprehensible defamation” of Limbaugh and retract the fundraising emails referencing Limbaugh’s comments.
The DSCC in multiple emails referenced Limbaugh’s comment that “‘no’ means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it,” and said that the radio host basically condoned rape.
According to Limbaugh, the committee took his comments out of context by not using Limbaugh’s full remarks on the issue.
“We love opinions, but this crossed a very bright line,” Limbaugh’s spokesman, Brian Glicklich, told the Washington Post. “They lied about his words. They quoted something specific and out of context, and it is a lie.”
In the segment quoted by the DSCC, Limbaugh asked listeners, “how many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it?”
“Let me tell you something in this modern world — that is simply, that’s not tolerated,” Limbaugh continued. “People aren’t going to try to understand that one. I mean it used to be a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See that’s got to change. We have got to change the way we raise men.”
In the letter, Glaser said that if the DSCC does not apologize for and retract the emails, Limbaugh will sue the committee.