Controversial conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is touting new low approval rating numbers for President Barack Obama as proof that he’s not “finished,” as many thought he was following his recent “slut” comment.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the president’s approval rating was at 41 percent, and Mr. Limbaugh also pointed to a Washington Post poll that shows low approval numbers for the president nationwide.
After he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for supporting the Obama administration’s federal contraception mandate, Mr. Limbaugh lost several prominent advertisers from his radio show including AOL, Quicken Loans and ProFlowers.
Critics of Mr. Limbaugh called his comments representative of a widespread Republican attack on women’s health rights.
Following the “slut” comment, Ms. Fluke received a call from President Barack Obama complimenting her for standing up for what she believes in.
The outcry over the “slut” comment was severe, but this week Mr. Limbaugh is claiming that it may have actually strengthened his political influence.
“Remember, one week ago, they thought it was over. One week ago, they thought for one day, there was a Santa Claus. Normally, they don’t believe in Santa Claus, but they did,” said Mr. Limbaugh Tuesday. “They thought I was finished. They thought you [the listeners] were vanquished, and Obama was elevated to heights that would make him unbeatable.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Limbaugh continued his reaction to the “slut” comment backlash, claiming that conservative women voters in Alabama and Tennessee voting for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday proves that they support his views on contraception and abortion.
Mr. Santorum is known for his strong socially conservative religious views regarding contraception and abortion, and recently many Democrats have stated that those views will sway women voters towards voting for President Obama in the fall.
“You sent them for a loop last night, the way you voted for Santorum. They couldn’t believe it,” said Mr. Limbaugh Wednesday on his show.
On Tuesday, a CBS/New York Times poll of voters showed that the president’s support among women had actually fallen as well.
Mr. Limbaugh also touted newly acquired sponsors on his show Wednesday, to prove that he’s not “finished,” following the “slut” comment.
“I just received four new commercials that I have voice by Friday. Just wanted you to know. Four new spots that I have to voice by Friday that start running next week,” said Mr. Limbaugh.