President Barack Obama and his administration are leading a “coup d’etat” to “take over” the United States, Rush Limbaugh claimed on his radio show Friday.

Reflecting on the administration’s recently-discovered massive domestic surveillance programs, Limbaugh argued there is a “coup” taking place to subvert what the kind of country the United States has always been.

“[It's] not a violent coup, and not a militaristic coup, but nevertheless a takeover of a government, and it’s being done by the Obama administration,” he said.

Limbaugh continued, citing American Thinker’s Herbert Meyer:

“[Meyer] referred to it as, I don’t know if he used the word ‘peaceful,’ but clearly there’s a coup d’etat going on. You know it and I know it. This is what animates us. This is why the Tea Party exists. This country was founded on certain concepts, principles, beliefs, and they’re under assault. Chief among them under assault, the right to privacy. And that’s what all this is about. So in the midst of this coup d’etat,  I happen to like that formulation.”

“There are people attempting to take over this country and make it something that it wasn’t founded as,” he added. “That is happening…it’s peaceful, non-violent, military isn’t involved but nevertheless it’s a coup.”

Listen to the segment via the Daily Rushbo below:

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