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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Rush Limbaugh Says Greta Thunberg Is "Not Well"

In The Politics of Autism, I write about the everyday struggles facing autistic people and their families -- including prejudiceRush Limbaugh recently followed Trump's example by disparaging Greta Thunberg.

Rex Huppke at The Chicago Tribune:
“The first thing to notice about Greta Thunberg is that she's 16 years old. She claims she has Ansperger's type — Ausperger's — or autism — Asperger's — some kind of problem in that area.

“And so she is made the Person of the Year by Time magazine, which is what? A political news magazine. Greta Thunberg has been introduced into the political arena by the worldwide left, including the Democrat Party. They have made her a political figure. They do this on purpose.

“So she’s out tweeting and politicizing, and she is free to lie and say whatever she wants to say about climate change and who’s responsible for it. And nobody is permitted to question her, you see, because she has — what did they call it? She is in the autism spectrum, so you can’t disagree, you can’t question, because she’s not well.”

She’s not well. That’s what set me off. While you can pick and choose the offensive aspects of those comments, the casual remark that Thunberg is “not well” highlights Limbaugh’s reckless disregard for anyone who isn’t just like him.