Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton sympathize with the terrorist organization that is holding hundreds of girls from a Nigerian school hostage.
Limbaugh has been an outspoken critic of the anti-Boko Haram hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls stating that it’s not aimed at getting more than 200 girls returned to their families, but at “destabilizing the Nigerian government.”
“The hashtag politics isn’t aimed at the terrorists, it’s aimed at helping them," he said. "The regime, Hillary, Michelle Obama, sympathize with Boko Haram. They’re blaming the Nigerian, the Christian Nigerian government, for creating Boko Haram.”
“Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are not championing BringBackOurGirls – that hashtag – because it’s a hashtag in support of the kidnapped girls. No, no, no,” he said. “Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are championing the #BringBackOurGirls because it undermines the Nigerian government.”
“They’re trying to bring down a government that hasn’t gone along with their agenda for appeasing Boko Haram and Nigerian Muslims,” he said.
However the Muslim population in Nigeria, including politicians, do not associate or support the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which wants to create a "pure" Islamic state in Nigeria under sharia law.
“Obama and Boko Haram want to bring down the Nigerian government and replace it with a leadership that is more amenable to appeasement. It’s the same thing that is happening in Israel and Egypt,” he said.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is in power in Egypt (or was) because of Obama. Now the theory is that Boko Haram, they’re not the bad guys. The Nigerian government is, and the purpose of the hashtag is aimed at destabilizing the Nigerian government because they’re not properly appeasement-oriented toward Boko Haram or all of militant Islam,” he said Tuesday.
“The going theory is, if we’re nice to them, if we don’t provoke them, we show them we mean them no harm, that they won’t do anything to us,” he added.
In an op-ed for the Kansas City Star, journalist Yael T. Abouhalkah accused the GOP of ineffectually playing politics with girls' lives.
“Americans of good conscious know what side they stand on: They are proud of the country for trying to correct an injustice in Nigeria,” Abouhalkah wrote. “These Americans know the limit of American firepower in a foreign land. But they also know that something must be done to help the Nigerian girls. Meanwhile, the conservative media forces wallow in the muck, not doing anything but playing politics.”