Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was considerably perplexed during his Monday program, reacting to a news interview Bill Gates gave in which he said the free market could not create the technologies to curb greenhouse gasses.
"Did you see what Bill Gates did? Did you see what Bill Gates said? This is one of the craziest, nonsensical things I have ever in my life heard," Limbaugh said, according to a transcript available on his website. "I understand why he said it. But it is just over-the-top unbelievable. Bill Gates says that capitalism cannot save us from climate change. Bill Gates says that socialism is the only thing that can save us from climate change."
"This is just mind-boggling to me," Limbaugh added.
For several additional moments, the pundit continued to react in utter shock at Gates' comments.
"This is Twilight Zone territory for me. This is surreal. US-government has defined the State of art in almost every area? The private sector is in general inept?" he rhetorically asked.
Limbaugh went on to explain why he believes Gates holds his position.
"I don't care what it is, these super wealthy people have a fear, or did at one time, of losing it. Not losing it. Not losing it, but having it taken away, having it taken from them," he said. "And it is that belief of mine, that theory, which I have come up with to explain why people like Gates and Buffett and a number of these other super billionaires talk like Marxist liberals all the time. It is to keep people away from their money. It is to send the message, 'Hey, we don't threaten you, leave me alone. I'm spending all my money on philanthropy. I'm giving money to AIDS. I'm giving money to Africa. I'm giving money to global warming. I'm giving money to the arts. I'm giving money to support gay marriage and transgenders. Leave me alone.'"
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