Renowned talk radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh declared on his show on Wednesday that the United States appeared to be headed towards “secession”, noting that growing political polarization suggests dim prospects of “peaceful coexistence” between liberals and conservatives.
Limbaugh began his monologue by noting that political bloggers had identified a growing division in America between leftist liberals and pro-Trump conservatives.
“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,” Limbaugh declared.
He then went on to note the vast distinction between conservatives’ and liberals’ respective visions for the country’s future.
“There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs,” he stated.
“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 also spoke about how this division was also geographical, drawing attention to the cultural disparity between the American heartland and coastal elites.
“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.
“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 stopped short of endorsing secession himself, however, noting that he had not “made up [his] mind” on the issue yet, and still believed there could be some prospect “that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win” going forward.