Dozens of American cities in recent years have removed war memorials to Confederate leaders.
Statues are gone. Plaques have been taken down. Streets renamed. Plazas given new titles.
It’s because it’s no longer politically correct to allow public recognition of someone who would not fit in today’s society.
But talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday raised a question that’s going to be uncomfortable for many.
“Quick question, ladies and gentlemen, should all the statues of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King now come down? Should all of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King boulevards throughout America be renamed?” he asked.
“I ask this because of a story that you can’t find in the Drive-By Media. You cannot find it. It ran over the weekend, but you can’t find it. ‘Sealed FBI audiotapes allege the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had affairs with 40 women and watched while a friend raped a woman, according to a report.’ FBI documents from the sixties. … And we don’t doubt the FBI, do we?” he told his audience of millions.
He explained that biographer David Garrow claims he has seen documents describing secret FBI recordings of King engaging in orgies, soliciting prostitutes and laughing as a pastor he knew raped a woman.
“Not a word from the Drive-By Media on this story,” Limbaugh said.
“Imagine what they would say if these things were recorded about Reagan or Jefferson or Washington!”
“Extramarital affairs with 40 to 45 women. Let’s see, in whose league would that put him? Clinton? I’m trying to think … Wilt Chamberlain? We’re close. Who am I leaving out here? Oh, the Kennedys. Yeah, how could I forget? Yes.”
The news comes amid #MeToo claims of sexual harassment by women against politicians, Hollywood personalities, business executives and others.
Limbaugh pointed out that the person who apparently ordered the surveillance of King was then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
“Once again, the Democratic Party. Robert Kennedy was the attorney general; he ordered this surveillance of Martin Luther King. And everybody blames J. Edgar Hoover for this. But in this case it was actually Bobby Kennedy.”
He said, however, the Democrats are “never, ever gonna turn” on King, but that may not matter anymore.
“The left and the Democrats have already moved on from what Dr. King really believed in and who he really was long ago. Dr. Martin Luther was known for many things, but one of the most profound things he said in that great ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was that he looked forward to a day where his kids and everybody would be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
“Well, the Democrat Party has at no time embraced that. They’ve erased that. They have erased that from what Dr. King said. They have totally reconstructed what Dr. Martin Luther King believed in, starting with his devout Christianity, his devotion to Christ. They have totally remade the image of Dr. King. The Democrat Party has become exactly what he hoped to overcome. They have become wedded to and embedded in racial identity and sexual identity politics. The content of one’s character is of the least consequence.”