Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized First Lady Michelle Obama for joining the “pathetic” hashtag activism calling for the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram to return more than 200 girls taken hostage from their Nigerian school last month.
“What the hell message does that send?” Limbaugh asked, holding up an image of Michelle Obama with a #BringBackOurGirls sign.
“Apparently there’s a Twitter – what do you call it? Handle? Misses Obama looking sad,” he mocked.
“The sad thing here is that the low-information crowd that’s puddling [sic] around out there on Twitter is going to think we’re actually doing something," he said.
Jon Stewart contrasted Rush’s dismissal of the campaign to those who have joined it, including Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old women’s education advocate who survived being shot in the face by the Taliban in Pakistan simply for going to school.
“I express solidarity with these girls and their families,” she wrote in an op-ed for TIME last week. “I believe we all are like a family. The abducted schoolgirls are my sisters and I call on the international community and the government of Nigeria to realize their responsibilities, take action, and save my sisters.”
Stewart announced a new hashtag [email protected] on his show Monday calling Rush a “quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque superfund cleanup site that was his soul.”
The Rush hashtag took off this morning – even though hashtags can’t include special characters.
“Choose between Rush and Malala Yousafzai? No contest. #BringBackOurGirls [email protected],” wrote @thehackmom.
[email protected] just pretend that Boko Haram stole all the OxyContin in the world, imagine how much that would hurt...” tweeted @j5_alive.
“Silly me I'll take people willing to die for education over a guy who wants negativity by any means necessary. [email protected],” wrote @CDubLSUCFW.
The Nigerian government announced Tuesday that it will not meet the Boko Haram's demand to release Islamic militants from prison in exchange for the girls, BBC News reported.