Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fired back at President Barack Obama Monday after the president blamed him for partisanship in Washington.
During a recent interview on NBC News’ "Dateline," host Lester Holt asked Obama if a slow economic recovery led to the election of Donald Trump.
The president replied: “Well, what is true is that the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base — helped along with by folks like Rush Limbaugh, some commentators on Fox News — I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans for cooperating with me.”
“That hothouse of back-and-forth argument — and really sharp partisanship — I think has been harmful to the country,” Obama added.
On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh said that, although he has done it throughout his presidency, it is “kind of a crock” for Obama to blame him for partisanship in Washington.
“I’m never there,” Limbaugh said. “I’m a guy on the radio. Admittedly, a powerful, influential member of the media guy on the radio. But nevertheless I’m not there.”
Limbaugh added that it is “noteworthy” that Obama “exempts himself from any of the reasons for partisanship.”
“Poor Obama,” he said. “Most powerful man in the world, and he couldn’t overcome the guy on the radio.”