Rush Limbaugh Flees Florida After Calling Hurricane Irma a Conspiracy, Twitter Says ‘Shame’

“Maybe we could ask Rush Limbaugh to broadcast his next few shows from a sailboat off the southern coast of Florida to test his theory,” one observer suggests

Last Updated: September 8, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is getting trolled on Twitter for leaving South Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall after accusing the media of using the storm to push a “climate change agenda.”

Earlier this week, Limbaugh said on his show that those in “the official meteorological circles” are simply trying to push the idea “that climate change is creating more hurricanes and stronger hurricanes.”

He said that “bias is built in” to the hurricane coverage, and that media creates “fear and panic” in order to help retailers sell things like bottled water and supplies. “There is symbiotic relationship between retailers and local media, and it’s related to money,” he said on his Tuesday show.

“All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent, and bigger, and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced,” he said.

Now, however, Limbaugh is giving in to the “fear and panic.”

He announced Thursday that his nationally syndicated show, which tapes in South Florida, will not air on Friday. “I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow,” he said on Thursday. “We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown.”

After backlash throughout the week, Limbaugh did concede on Thursday that Hurricane Irma is “gonna affect Florida no matter where it goes. And the effects in Florida, depending on where, are gonna be damaging.”

Now that Limbaugh has decided to evacuate, many on Twitter are pointing out the hypocrisy and irony of him leaving after making such a big deal about the warnings being a money-making scheme.

“Rush Limbaugh spent show mocking fears raised by scientists @ #Irma. People listen to that, they believe him. Now HE is evacuating. #shame,” one Twitter user said.

“Maybe we could ask Rush Limbaugh to broadcast his next few shows from a sailboat off the southern coast of Florida to test his theory,” chimed in another.

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