Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday revealed what he thinks President Barack Obama and his allies should do to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials have essentially laughed at the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and other U.S. allies.
Limbaugh said sanctioning eleven individuals — seven Russians and four Ukrainians — is not going to accomplish anything.
“There is something that Obama and the European Union could do,” Limbaugh said. “It’s a very easy way to punish Putin in a way that would really matter. They could kick him out of the IMF and the G8, which would mean it would cost Russia more to do business with the rest of the world. They could do that.”
But Obama is “not going to do that,” he added.
Citing the “Limbaugh theorem,” the radio host argued Obama “doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism” and doesn’t mind if the U.S. is “brought down to size.”
He continued: “[Obama] doesn’t believe in any of the things about the United States being policeman of the world or being the outpost of liberty or freedom in the world. He’s never, never believed that. He doesn’t think we’ve ever been a legitimate superpower. He’s been of the belief that that’s been illegitimate and not warranted.”
Listen to the clip via the Daily Rushbo:
Acting in concert with Europe, the Obama administration on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, while similar sanctions were imposed on four Ukrainian officials for instigating Sunday's Crimean referendum.
Administration critics say Obama's actions were too little to convince Putin of anything.
On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted: "Comrade Obama, what should those who have neither accounts nor property abroad do? Have you not thought about it?"
He later added: "I think the decree of the President of the United States was written by some joker."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.