Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh just got busted for lying about Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech.
Biden, whom Limbaugh referred to disparigingly as “Plugs,” delivered a powerful live address on the final night of the Democratic National Convention last Thursday to a television audience of millions and a small in-house gathering of staff and press.
But Limbaugh wants his listeners to think otherwise.
Limbaugh, 69, mongered the spurrious claim on The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday.
“Back to the Plugs acceptance speech, and I have to tell you… Let me just review. There are a lot of people, I have come to find out, who want to know if Plugs’ speech was delivered live or was it prerecorded. Now, the assumption I think that everybody had going in was that it was live. Do you think it was live? (interruption) Did you think it was live, Mr. Snerdley? (interruption) ‘Cause we didn’t hear anything else. (interruption) The time came for the speech to happen, the lights went down or came up, whichever, and here comes Plugs and starts the speech,” Limbaugh said.
“Some people are of the opinion that it had to be taped and that it had to be taped in segments, and the segments had to be edited together because Plugs is not capable of 22 minutes even reading a prompter with no screw ups. This is the prevailing theory,” the commentator alleged. “I have heard from some professional video people who say that they have studied it, they’re trying to find out if it was tape or live, based on the premise that there isn’t any evidence that Joe Biden has the ability to go 22 minutes even on a prompter without making a mistake, without some kind of a flub.”
Limbaugh further insisted “that there are a lot of people who believe that Joe Biden is not even capable of doing what he did last night. And some have said to me, ‘Look, Rush. This isn’t complicated. If Biden was able to read that speech with all of that emotion and all of that empathy, if he was able to do that for 22 minutes, then why not go outside and do it on a stage in front of all the people in the cars?’ Which you have to admit is a legitimate question.”
On Monday, Politifact thoroughly debunked Limbaugh’s lies and awarded him their infamous “Pants on Fire” award.
“The claims are inaccurate. Biden’s speech was carried live by several cable and broadcast TV channels, streamed live by multiple news organizations, and attended live by dozens of people. Biden delivered the speech at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. Roughly three dozen reporters were at the venue, including some who tweeted photos from inside the room. Camera crews, campaign staffers and Secret Service agents were also present,” Politifact wrote.
“We rate Limbaugh’s claim Pants on Fire!”
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