Between Donald Trump's own words and multiple sexual assault allegations, Trump supporters are desperately trying to defend the Republican candidate. Instead of holding Trump accountable for his words and actions, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has identified what the issue is: the Left cares too much about consent.
Yesterday, according to Media Matters for America, Limbaugh slammed "the left" for wanting to send "the rape police" any time there's sex with no consent. Again, to clarify, Rush Limbaugh attacked people for calling "the rape police"—also known as police—when they learn about nonconsensual sex—also known as sexual assault.
In the rant, he said consent "is the magic key to the left." Consent, which he also called "the magic word," is "the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today."
"You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it's perfectly fine. Whatever it is."
Having said that, Limbaugh explained, there's one thing the left won't tolerate: rape. "If the left ever senses and smells that there's no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police," he said.
This isn't the first time Limbaugh has struggled with consent. In 2014, according to the Huffington Post, Limbaugh pondered, "How many of you guys in your own experience with women have learned that 'no' means 'yes' if you know how to spot it?"
Limbaugh doesn't seem to understand that, according to the Department of Justice, "Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient." And while Limbaugh intended to mock the left—or anyone else who opposes sexual assault—he actually does a good job explaining the concept of consent. And, yes, Limbaugh is correct that "it's perfectly fine" to have kinky sex if it's consensual.
If you're unfamiliar with Limbaugh, he has a history of saying very problematic things. Back in 2003, he said quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because he's black. He also hates the idea of a black man playing James Bond. And this summer, he told the Obamas to get over slavery. But that's just a very small sample of what the controversial host has said over the years.
Here's the audio from Media Matters for America: