Fluke, who was denied the right to testify at a controversial Republican hearing on contraception earlier this month, was the subject of multiple incendiary statements made by Limbaugh. After first calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” on Wednesday of last week, Limbaugh repeatedly doubled down on his comments and issued more attacks on Fluke on Thursday and Friday.
Limbaugh’s comments sparked outrage among many, including seven advertisers who have since pulled their content from his radio program.
President Barack Obama personally called Fluke after hearing Limbaugh attack the student for the third consecutive day, condemning the talk radio host’s comments. Sunday talking heads and members of the Democratic and Republican parties have come out to defend Fluke and blast Limbaugh.
On Monday, conservative host Don Imus piled on. Speaking on his Fox Business show, Imus attacked Limbaugh, whom he referred to as an “insincere pig” and “pill-popping pinhead,” for his “sustained, personal attack” on Fluke. Imus, who is no stranger to such controversy, also recalled his 2007 firing and urged Limbaugh to apologize to Fluke over lunch in Washington D.C. Read Imus’ full comments below:
“Here’s the problem with all this. It was a vile personal attack of this woman and it was sustained over-what it was-Wednesday, come back and double down on Thursday, come back and double down on Friday, and then, issue a lame apology on your website in which you say, ‘I didn’t mean to personally attack her,’ when you did attack her.
If it were me, and I ran a radio station or whatever, I’d make him go down there and apologize to her face to face. He owns a Gulfstream IV. Get on it. Go to Washington. Take her to lunch and say, ‘Look. I’m sorry I said this stuff and I’ll never do it again.’ Period. No. He’s an insincere pig. Pill-popping pinhead…It’s disgraceful.
He has no guts…Look what I did, and what I did was a lame attempt to be funny. And it was three words and I went and met with these people after I’d been fired. You know you got to look them in the eye, you’ve got to show guts…He’s a punk…Enough of what he said. He’s a coward. You can’t attack somebody like that.”