“Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot”: that is not only a factually correct statement but the title of a book written by Al Franken in 1996.
Australians may not be familiar with Limbaugh so just think of Alan Jones on steroids with a bad headache after overdosing on nastyness. You can listen to Limbaugh on his podcast but be sure you have plenty of soap and hot water available before listening.
In the 20 years since its publication, Rush limbaugh has been busy proving the aptness of the book’s title.
He made a complete ass of himself last Tueday while explaining that if evolution were real, Harambe, the gorilla that was shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into its enclosure, would have become “one of us.”
He said: “A lot of people think that all of us used to be apes. Don’t doubt me on this. A lot of people think that all of us used to be gorillas, and they’re looking for the missing link out there. The evolution crowd. They think we were originally apes… If we were the original apes, then how come Harambe is still an ape, and how come he didn’t become one of us?” Click here to hear him actually say this.
There is not an evolutionary biologist on the planet who thinks mankind is descended from apes. We do however share a common ancestry with chimpanzees from about six million years ago, we are not descended from chimpanzees, we are their cousins. Gorillas are more distantly related, gorillas share a common ancestry with us and with chimpanzees. We belong to the group often referred to a “African apes” comprising gorillas, humans, bonobos and chimpanzees. Click here for an actual evolutionary biologist.
So there you have it Mr Limbaugh: we are not descended from apes, we are apes you big fat idiot.