In mid-September the DCCC run by Long Island Congressman Steve Israel, accused Rush Limbaugh of condoning rape. Because of that false charge the talk radio superstar retained the services of lawyer Patty Glaser and demanded that the DCCC “preserve all records in anticipation of a lawsuit for defamation and interference” after the Democratic Party group led a campaign against Limbaugh based on out-of-context statements the host made about sexual assault. Limbaugh’s legal team delivered a letter to DCCC representatives Monday informing them of the legal threat. Limbaugh has also demanded a public retraction and apology.
According to the Report in the Daily Caller,
The Limbaugh team is currently proceeding from the standpoint of litigating and has not yet made a decision as to whether the DCCC could make any concessions at this point to prevent the lawsuit.
The DCCC “has intentionally disseminated demonstrably false statements concerning Rush Limbaugh in a concerted effort to harm Mr. Limbaugh, and with reckless disregard for the resulting impact to small businesses across America that choose to advertise on his radio program” according to the GlaserWeil law firm’s letter to the DCCC, which was obtained by TheDC. “Mr. Limbaugh clearly, unambiguously, and emphatically condemned the notion that ‘no’ means ‘yes.’”
In mid-September Israel’s DCCC sent out a fundraising pitch with the headline:
DROP RUSH LIMBAUGH
During a rant on sexual assault, Rush Limbaugh asserted yesterday that sometimes “No means yes”
100,000 Signatures Needed Today: Demand Companies Pull Rush Limbaugh Ads
Since Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting comments on sexual assault came out, your response has been swift and powerful:
64,000 of you and counting have already called on Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull their ads from his radio show.
But we need to hit 100,000 signatures to put real pressure on those companies to drop Rush once and for all.
A rape apologist does not deserve a national platform. Rush’s comments that sometimes “no means yes” are wrong and damaging to our national discourse.
Can you help us get Rush off the air by demanding his sponsors pull their ads??
But Rush’s words were taken totally out of context, this is what he actually said:
Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.'” 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 not tolerated. People aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men. Why do you think permission every step of the way, clearly spelling out “why”… are all of these not lawsuits just waiting to happen if even one of these steps is not taken?
Note to Rush. If you make Steve Israel a defendant you can’t take away his home. He sold to two years ago and actually got a sweetheart deal from the bank:
The New York Post is reporting that DCCC Chair and Congressman for NY’s 2nd Congressional district got a sweetheart deal from JPMorgan Chase when he unloaded his property in Dix Hills Long Island. Israel, who is in the middle of a divorce from wife and family court judge Marlene Budd, sold his home for $93K less than he owed. Lo and behold, the bank said…don’t worry Steverino it’s cool what’s 93 grand between friends.
Below is the full letter sent by Limbaugh’s attorneys.