Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday claimed that the biggest mistake the Republican Party made in 2010 was not fully embracing the Tea Party.

“The Republican Party didn’t know what to do with them,” he said.

“The Republican Party was afraid of them. The biggest mistake the Republican Party made in 2010 was not embracing them,” he continued. “I look back on that today and I’m more and more puzzled and amazed. Well, I’m not puzzled. I know why. But I’m just still amazed that they didn’t embrace it. I mean, here you have a made-to-order, motivated, energized, activist, willing-to-donate millions of people that you could welcome into the fold.”

Limbaugh said the GOP could have built a “movement” around the Tea Party, but instead Republicans were “as uninterested in them as the Democrats were interested in destroying them.”

“I think that just fired up the Tea Party people even more,” he added. “Then as time has gone on, the Tea Party people have figured out what others in the Republican base have figured out, and that is the Republicans are really not that crazy about ‘em being in the party, because they embarrass them, or something.”

Listen to the radio segment via the Daily Rushbo:

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