On his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake benefits President Obama because it makes him look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”
He added: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
Limbaugh’s comments about skin hue were, in part, a riff on Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) much publicized remark in a new book that Obama was able to win the election because he is “light-skinned” and lacks a “Negro dialect.” But regardless of the intended context, Limbaugh’s comments have been widely panned.
“They are deeply insensitive,” said conservative commentator Pat Buchanan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The president speaks for the country when he says we’re going to go in there. You want your whole nation, and it’s very positive. And I think Rush’s comments were cynical.”
Sitting next to Buchanan on set, Republican host Joe Scarborough called Limbaugh’s comments “deplorable. …The insensitivity is stunning.”
As previously reported, Robertson claimed that Haiti got hit by an earthquake because it is “cursed.”
A statement from Robertson’s spokesman Chris Roslan has since tried to downplay the “cursed” remark.
“Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath,” the statement read. “If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster.”