Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday tied Robin Williams’ death, which sheriffs believe was a suicide, to the “leftist worldview.”
A caller on Limbaugh’s radio show lamented how much coverage the media has given to Williams rather than to other news stories, and asked Limbaugh, “What do you think the political reason for their doing this is?”
The conservative radio host first discussed his concern that people commit suicide for the attention.
“The thing I worry about, I really do, they’re making such heroism out of this that I hope it doesn’t inspire a lot of copycats by people seeking the same kind of fame,” he said. “To kill yourself is one way to get the media to spend a lot of time talking about you, if you want to be talked about.”
He then said he didn’t think that the media’s coverage of Williams was driven by politics, but he said it was a factor.
“But I don’t think that the politics is driving it. I think there was, on the part of media and Hollywood, genuine affection for the guy that is driving it, but there is politics,” he said. “If you notice the coverage is focused on how much he had, but it wasn’t enough.”
“Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry,” Limbaugh continued. “They are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone, as we see each and every day.”
The story behind Williams death, fits with liberals’ outlook on the world, according to Limbaugh.
“He made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside. I mean, it fits a certain picture, or a certain image that the left has,” he said. “Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth.”
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