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To Rush Limbaugh people with autism are 'not well.' He's wrong -- and vile

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Thunberg has Asperger's syndrome, which means she's on the autism spectrum. Autism is not a disease. And Thunberg is clearly well.

Earlier this year, she tweeted: "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness,' or something negative."

Enter Rush Limbaugh, precisely proving the 16-year-old's point.

To suggest that a person with autism is "not well" is demeaning and dehumanizing to anyone on the autism spectrum. It is both factually incorrect and a fundamentally awful thing to say.

The response to that from Limbaugh and his followers will undoubtedly be something along the lines of, "I don't give a damn about political correctness!"

In fact, Limbaugh basically went there as he continued his Friday rant:

 

"This is a tactic that the Democrats use. They will go out and purposely find disabled people, they will make of them prominent political figures ... they've used Michael J. Fox this way. They had him out there cutting television commercials for Democrat Senate candidates. 'Can't respond, can't react, can't criticize, because he has Parkinson's, it's not fair, it's mean-spirited.' Sorry, it doesn't shut me up. I'm willing to pay the price for what they do. But it's a time-honored trick that they use."

Look, if the goal of people like me has long been to shut up people like Limbaugh, it has been a catastrophic failure, because he's still filth-babbling for hours each day.

And the suggestion that Democrats are out rounding up people with disabilities to act as ideological human shields is volcanically offensive to people with disabilities, not to mention transparently untrue.

The "THEY'RE TRYING TO SILENCE US!" hustle is as stale as the idea that political correctness is some great evil. Nobody's trying to silence anybody. All anyone is doing is asking that the Limbaughs of the world treat other people with a measure of respect.

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