Rush Limbaugh has warned that the US is ‘trending towards secession’ because ‘there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life’ in one nation.
The conservative radio host, 69, predicted that some states may soon break away from the rest of the US and declare independence, sparking the same set of circumstances that led to the American Civil War.
It marks the latest legal action in the wake of the presidential election which has left the nation divided, with Trump refusing to admit defeat and continuing to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Rush Limbaugh (pictured with Melania Trump in February) has warned that the US is ‘trending towards secession’ because ‘there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life’ in one nation
Limbaugh made the foreboding prediction during his radio show Wednesday when a caller asked whether he thought conservatism could ever win over some blue cities.
‘All right. Mr. Snerdley is asking if we’re ever going to be able to win. And he’s talking about elections. Votes. Are we ever gonna be able to win without taking back some of these cities?’ said Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump this year.
‘He’s talking about blue cities like New York, Philadelphia. I assume you mean Detroit? Do you include Milwaukee in this? Definitely, all right. What about Oakland, California? Too far gone. San Francisco?
‘You think we can get San Francisco? Look, we won election after election after election without winning these cities or the states they’re in.’
Limbaugh said he thought the big challenges was winning the culture rather than the votes.
‘I thought you were asking me something else when you said, ‘Can we win?’ I thought you meant ‘Can we win the culture, can we dominate the culture,” he said.
The controversial personality said he actually thinks the nation is on the verge of breaking up.
‘I actually think – and I’ve referenced this, I’ve alluded to this a couple of times because I’ve seen others allude to this – I actually think that we’re trending toward secession,’ he said.
The conservative radio host, 69, (pictured on one of his shows) predicted that some states may soon break away from the rest of the US and declare independence, sparking the same set of circumstances that led to the American Civil War
‘I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York? What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York? Especially if you’re talking about votes.’
Limbaugh said the culture across America is becoming increasingly polarized between conservatism and liberalism, and the two cannot have ‘a peaceful coexistence’.
‘I see a lot of bloggers – I can’t think of names right now – a lot of bloggers have written extensively about how distant and separated and how much more separated our culture is becoming politically and that it can’t go on this way,’ he said.
‘There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs.
‘We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way. And I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed, whether we want to or not – whether we want to go there or not.’
Limbaugh said he hasn’t ‘made up my mind’ about the issue and hasn’t ‘given up the idea that we [Republicans] are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win.’
The presidential election has left the nation divided, with Trump refusing to admit defeat and continuing to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud
He hit out at RINOs – people Trump describes as ‘Republicans in Name Only’.
‘Our problem is the fact that there are just so many RINOs, so many Republicans in the Washington establishment who will do anything to maintain their membership in the establishment because of the perks and the opportunities that are presented for their kids and so forth,’ Limbaugh said.
The radio host, who announced he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in February, is one of Trump’s biggest supporters and was controversially given the nation’s highest civilian honor by the president in February.
But he has grown impatient with Trump’s legal efforts, warning him ‘we’re running out of time’ to mount an effective legal challenge in his show last week.
Limbaugh’s latest comments of a possible break-up of the United States echoed those Mississippi Rep. Price Wallace in a tweet last month.
The Republican lawmaker wrote in a now-deleted Tweet that Mississippi needs ‘to succeed from the union and form our own country’ following Joe Biden’s win.
He later backtracked saying his comments were ‘inappropriate and in no way represents the will of my constituents or myself.’
Limbaugh’s comments come as 18 states have joined Texas in launching Supreme Court legal action to toss out millions of votes in four battleground states in support of Trump. The suit was filed by Texas AG Ken Paxton (above)
A total of 18 states have backed Texas in the suit which asks for millions of votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia to be thrown out
The only other time in American history that states have seceded was in the lead-up to the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
Between 1860 and 1861, 11 states in the south where slavery was legal cut ties with the Union.
What followed was four years of battle that to this date remains the deadliest military conflict in American history, with about 620,000 killed.
Fears of states seeking independence from the rest of the US comes as 19 states have broken rank following the election result, taking legal action to throw out ballots in four other states.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit with the US Supreme Court Monday against the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia – all of which Biden won.
The suit calls for millions of votes in the four states to be thrown out while claiming they made unconstitutional changes to their laws before the 2020 election by expanding mail-in voting amid the pandemic.
‘The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution. By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections,’ said Paxton.
‘Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.’
The states of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia all backed the Texas suit Wednesday, followed soon after by Arizona.
Trump on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to let him join the lawsuit, saying that ‘nearly half of the country believes the election was stolen.’
The defendant states responded Thursday hitting back at the ‘moot, meritless, and dangerous’ suit and calling it a ‘seditious’ abuse of the courts
His attempts to join it comes as he runs out of options to overturn the election after his various legal efforts have failed to get off the ground and the Electoral College will meet Monday.
And 106 House Republicans – more than half the GOP’s majority – then endorsed the suit in a friend of the court brief filed Thursday, that included Reps. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and Trump loyalists Jim Jordan of Ohio and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
The defendant states responded Thursday hitting back at the ‘moot, meritless, and dangerous’ suit and calling it a ‘seditious’ abuse of the courts.
They urged the Supreme Court to reject Texas’ efforts to overturn the election with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro telling the justices they should ‘not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.’
‘Let us be clear. Texas invites this Court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next President of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected,’ they asked the court.
‘Texas’s effort to get this Court to pick the next President has no basis in law or fact.’
The claims by Texas ‘are neither serious nor dignified,’ the filing reads.
The dispute ‘involves Pennsylvania’s interpretation of its own laws, and Texas’s disagreement with that interpretation.’
Trump continues to attempt to sow doubt in the credibility of the election
Texas ‘repeats the same false allegations of election fraud that have already been repeatedly rejected by other courts,’ according to the filing.
‘And its request for relief – to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters who reasonably relied upon the law – is uniquely unserious.’
They also argued Texas does not have a legal right to sue because it cannot show that it has been injured by the states’ actions.
Trump continues to attempt to sow doubt in the credibility of the election.
On Thursday he fired off several tweets claiming there was a ‘coup’ and that 2020 was the ‘most corrupt Election in history’.
However neither Trump nor his multiple legal challenges have unearthed any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
THE 106 HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO WANT SCOTUS TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION RESULT
Ralph Abraham Louisiana
Rick W. Allen Georgia
James R. Baird Indiana
Jim Banks Indiana
Jack Bergman Michigan
Andy Biggs Arizona
Gus Bilirakis Florida
Dan Bishop North Carolina
Mike Bost Illinois
Kevin Brady Texas
Mo Brooks Alabama
Ken Buck Colorado
Ted Budd North Carolina
Tim Burchett Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess Texas
Bradley Byrne Alabama
Ken Calvert California
Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter Georgia
Ben Cline Virginia
Michael Cloud Texas
Mike Conaway Texas
Rick Crawford Arkansas
Dan Crenshaw Texas
Mario Diaz-Balart Florida
Jeff Duncan South Carolina
Neal P. Dunn Florida
Tom Emmer Minnesota
Ron Estes Kansas
A. Drew Ferguson Georgia
Chuck Fleischmann Tennessee
Bill Flores Texas
Jeff Fortenberry Nebraska
Virginia Foxx North Carolina
Russ Fulcher Idaho
Matt Gaetz Florida
Greg Gianforte Montana
Bob Gibbs Ohio
Louie Gohmert Texas
Lance Gooden Texas
Sam Graves Missouri
Mark Green Tennessee
Michael Guest Mississippi
Andy Harris Maryland
Vicky Hartzler Missouri
Kevin Hern Oklahoma
Clay Higgins Louisiana
Trey Hollingsworth Indiana
Richard Hudson North Carolina
Bill Huizenga Michigan
Bill Johnson Ohio
Mike Johnson Louisiana
Jim Jordan Ohio
John Joyce Pennsylvania
Fred Keller Pennsylvania
Mike Kelly Pennsylvania
Trent Kelly Mississippi
Steve King Iowa
David Kustoff Tennessee
Darin LaHood Illinois
Doug LaMalfa California
Doug Lamborn Colorado
Robert E. Latta Ohio
Debbie Lesko Arizona
Blaine Leutkemeyer Missouri
Kenny Marchant Texas
Roger Marshall Kansas
Tom McClintock California
Cathy McMorris Rogers Washington
Dan Meuser Pennsylvania
Carol D. Miller West Virginia
John Moolenaar Michigan
Alex X. Mooney West Virginia
Markwayne Mullin Oklahoma
Gregory Murphy North Carolina
Dan Newhouse Washington
Ralph Norman South Carolina
Gary Palmer Alabama
Scott Perry Pennsylvania
Guy Reschenthaler Pennsylvania
Tom Rice South Carolina
John Rose Tennessee
David Rouzer North Carolina
John Rutherford Florida
Steve Scalise Louisiana Minority whip
Austin Scott Georgia
Mike Simpson Idaho
Adrian Smith Nebraska
Jason Smith Missouri
Ross Spano Florida
Elise Stefanik New York
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson Pennsylvania
Tom Tiffany Wisconsin
William Timmons South Carolina
Ann Wagner Missouri
Tim Walberg Michigan
Michael Waltz Florida
Randy Weber Texas
Daniel Webster Florida
Brad Wenstrup Ohio
Bruce Westerman Arkansas
Roger Williams Texas
Joe Wilson South Carolina
Rob Wittman Virginia
Ron Wright Texas
Ted S. Yoho Florida
Lee Zeldin New York