Every future news story about Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will include the word “indicted,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted on Monday.
Perry was indicted late last week on two felony charges for alleged abuse of power after he vetoed funding for the state’s public integrity unit last summer. Many have dismissed the indictment as extremely weak, including President Barack Obama’s former senior advisor David Axelrod, who called the indictment “pretty sketchy.”
Though he believes a judge will likely dismiss the charges against the Texas governor, Limbaugh said on his radio show Monday that the left and the media will continue to use the indictment to tarnish Perry’s reputation.
Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement at the capitol building in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 concerning the indictment on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity. Perry is the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Jenna VonHofe)
“I don’t care what happens here,” Limbaugh said. “The media will see to it that from now on — for the rest of his life — every news story featuring Rick Perry will have the word 'indicted' in it. In the first paragraph. Every story, for the rest of his life.”
He claimed that Perry will now be referred to as either an "indicted" or "formerly indicted" Republican, even if he's ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.
Limbaugh also noted that Perry is considered as a potential presidential candidate, but argued “low information voters” will never support an “indicted” Republican.
“It doesn’t matter the outcome here. You want to talk about smear? This is a smear. This is character assassination,” he added.
Limbaugh goes on to outline what he believes to be the origin of the current attack on Rick Perry.
Listen to the entire segment via the Daily Rushbo: