On Wednesday, conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh argued that the decision to move President Obama's convention speech to a smaller indoor venue is a "huge thing," and warned listeners not to "doubt" him.
"This is one of the most significant events involving Obama in the last 6 months," Limbaugh said. "This is a huge thing. Do not doubt me."
Limbaugh said he doesn't believe that it really was the weather that prompted the Democratic National Convention to move Obama's speech. That was just their cover, he said, quoting a local Charlotte weather man who also questioned the hasty move when there was only a 20 percent chance of rain.
"[I]t's a simple question.. if you had a #Panthers game, Concert or Soccer match with a 20% chance of storms would you cancel 24hrs prior?" meteorologist Brad Panovich posted on Twitter.
"Severe threat is almost zero Thursday night & chance of rain is 20%," Panovich wrote.
The radio host said the fact that Obama can't fill Bank of America Stadium, which holds roughly 75,000 people, shows that people are not as excited this time around to hear the president's message. Politico reports that Obama's speech has been moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, which holds 50,000 fewer people than the stadium.
"[When] you have the ego that Obama has....You are used to filling auditoriums and you can't fill them anymore. That's big," he added. "It is not new. He has been not filling arenas of 18,000 to 20,000 in Ohio and Iowa. This is just the latest."
Limbaugh talked about the "reality" of Obama's popularity versus the perception depicted in the media. He noted that Obama's approval was at just 43 percent in a recent Gallup poll and added that people have been relentlessly mocking the president using Clint Eastwood's "empty chair" reference from his speech at the Republican National Convention.
"I am telling you, when the crowds no longer show up… that's a sobering day. That is a tough reality." he said.
Listen to the Limbaugh segment via the Daily Rushbo here:
This story has been updated for clarity.