Right-wing talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh is not the most recent conservative voice to denounce President Donald Trump. The final straw? Trump’s culture war with the NFL and NBA.
“There’s a part of this story that’s making me nervous,” Limbaugh told listeners. “And it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from.”
While Limbaugh says he believes Trump’s motives are “pure,” the president’s antagonistic tweets aren’t helping. “Trump is continually tweeting — I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure; don’t misunderstand. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must,” Limbaugh said. “We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires.”
While Limbaugh’s ratings aren’t as staggering as they once were, he still has a large audience of the very people who make up Trump’s base—far-right conservatives. This marks a drastic turning point for Limbaugh.
And Limbaugh’s not alone. Former Chief Adviser Steve Bannon gave Trump a 30% chance of finishing his term. Other White House advisers say that he is “unraveling.” And even the “Trump whisperer” thinks his friend is going off the rails.
But one of the biggest questions is, will the far right crowd turn on Trump as well?