Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week's decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber's filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans.
The so-called "nuclear option" will allow a bare majority of senators - as opposed to 60 -- to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber's 100 seats.
"Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule," Limbaugh told listeners.
"Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys."
Limbaugh continued: "Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that [said], 'You know what? We're going to change the rule. Now all we need is five."
"And well, 'You can't do that.' 'Yes we are. We're the majority. We're changing the rule.' And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room," Limbaugh said.
"You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it's going to happen. There's no rule. When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."
Friday's analogy isn't Limbaugh's first inflammatory comment about women. Last year, the radio host apologized for a comment he made on his show about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, calling her a "slut" after she testified about contraception on Capitol Hill.
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