Stay classy, Rush

STAY CLASSY, RUSH…. Limbaugh just can’t help himself. (Note: the embedded audio should probably be considered not safe for work.)

For those of you who can’t listen to clips from your office computers, the right-wing radio host was apparently reflecting on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s appearance at a White House press conference today, and the fact that Fox News, at least temporarily, did not offer a simultaneous English translation.

“We’re not gonna gyp Fox,” Rush Limbaugh said. “I wanted to gyp it because the — well, the — Hu Jintao, he was speaking, and they weren’t translating. They normally — you have some translator every couple of words. But Hu Jintao was just going [mocking Chinese speech for 20 seconds]. Nobody was translating. But that’s the closest I can get.”

If you’re reading this, you might think it sounds offensive. You really have to hear the audio to appreciate how truly ridiculous it really is.

Remember, this racist shock-jock is what passes for the heart of the Republican Party in 2011, and GOP officials who dare bother Limbaugh invariably scramble to apologize.

Indeed, it’s worth emphasizing that displays like these — last week he said lunatics who try to assassinate Democratic lawmakers enjoy the support of the Democratic Party — will have absolutely no bearing on Republican leaders remaining desperate to be on his program.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.