On his top-rated radio show Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh spent some time addressing the leaked encyclical from Pope Francis on man-made global warming.
"Look, folks, you know, I hate saying I told you so all the time," said Limbaugh. "But when it needs to be said, I do not shrink from it. ... This guy sounds like a Marxist."
If reports on the leaked papal letter prove to be true, Limbaugh said, it appears that Pope Francis has accepted the left's major premises on climate change.
"Every other word seems to be about how unfettered capitalism is destroying the world and how the rich countries have to give more money to the poor countries to make amends," Limbaugh said. "I mean, that's -- call it what you want -- Marxism, socialism, what have you. But if this thing is real, then it leaves no doubt here what the political leanings or inclinations of the of the of the pontiff are."
Here's an excerpt from Limbaugh's "I told you so" moment:
LIMBAUGH: Look, folks, you know, I hate saying I told you so all the time. But when it needs to be said, I do not shrink from it. Did not I tell you early on that Pope Francis...? Remember this? Early on he started attacking capitalism using Democrat Party language. "Unfettered capitalism." I said, "This guy sounds like a Marxist," and remember the ruckus that that caused?
The Vatican (without naming me, of course, 'cause I'm just a peon) started denying it left and right. "The Pope is not Marxist! This is an extreme characterization of the pontiff's remarks. There's no way." But I stood by it at the time. I caught a heck of a lot of grief from the Drive-By Media for pointing out early on that Il Papa sounded like a Marxist. Well, this global warming encyclical -- that may be Latin for "rant" -- seems to confirm it. (I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. I know that encyclical is not Latin for "rant." I just watched Trump.)
But he doesn't even disguise it folks in this encyclical. Doesn't even disguise it! Every other word seems to be about how unfettered capitalism is destroying the world and how the rich countries have to give more money to the poor countries to make amends. I mean, that's -- call it what you want -- Marxism, socialism, what have you. But if this thing is real, then it leaves no doubt here what the political leanings or inclinations of the of the of the pontiff are.
It's from the Washington Post. The Washington Post is giddy reporting this. "Pope Francis Blasts Global Warming Deniers in Leaked Draft of Encyclical -- A draft of a major environmental document by Pope Francis says 'the bulk of global warming' is caused by human activity and calls on people -- especially the world’s rich -- to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels."
Limbaugh later discussed the conspiracy theory alluded to by the Post that the leaked letter was intended to "take down a pope many see as left-leaning." Limbaugh said that there was a history of that kind of false report surrounding popes before, adding that what he found most out of step about the report was that the pope was focusing on global warming rather than more pressing concerns, like the war against Christians and Catholics by radical Islamists:
LIMBAUGH: Catholics and Christians are being targeted for mass murder all over the world, and here we get a papal encyclical on climate change and global warming? I don't know. The two don't go together. If we're gonna have a papal encyclical, you would think it be something opposing war or the real enemies of people. Is climate change an enemy of the Catholic Church? Is climate change an enemy of Catholics? Even if it is happening, as they say, is climate change a matter of faith? Is it something that the church believes is a weapon being used against the faithful? I don't know folks. It just doesn't wash here. And that's why when I first heard the pope start talking about economics, just like in this encyclical on global warming, just sounded like pure, not even diluted, Marxism.
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com.