Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves last week to warn his listeners about a terrifying scourge headed toward unsuspecting American towns: lesbian farmers.
In an August 17 episode of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh asked listeners, "Have you heard the latest Democrat scam? Have you heard about the agriculture department's financial grants to lesbian farmers?" According to him, this "scam" involves "the left" plotting to "convince lesbians to become farmers."
Limbaugh cited Conservative outlet the Washington Free Beacon for this "information." The Beacon ran a story last week with the headline "Feds Holding Summits for Lesbian Farmers," but what they were actually referring to is the LGBT Rural Summit Series, put on by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the True Colors Fund.
The event series is, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture website, an "opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities."
That's right, the summit was serving the LGBTQ communities that already exist in rural towns across the U.S.
Rush Limbaugh clearly believes, as he explained on his show, that "Rural America happens to be largely conservative. Rural America is made up of self-reliant, rugged individualist types. They happen to be big believers in the Second Amendment." So, according to him, lesbian farmers are being sent by the government "to attack rural states," presumably with their liberal beliefs.
But what he doesn't understand is that lesbians already exist in rural communities — the LGBTQ community is everywhere. Sorry Rush, the call is coming from inside the house.