Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday fired back at a House Democrat who has called on the National Football League (NFL) not to let him buy the St. Louis Rams.
On his radio show, Limbaugh said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was "spreading lies" when she delivered a speech on the House floor on Tuesday.
Jackson Lee said Limbaugh is "divisive" and should not be allowed to impugn the integrity of the NFL. She also highlighted Limbaugh's controversial comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2003.
Limbaugh, who has expressed interest in buying the Rams, said, "I wonder if Ms. Jackson Lee has any regard for the truth. Does she have any regard for hoping, desiring to sound intelligent and knowledgeable, or is she content to be happy and proud to go the floor of the House of Representatives and make a fool of herself?
"What makes [Jackson Lee] a sports expert?" Limbaugh asked.
Limbaugh asserted that the media and Democrats are spreading "lies and fabrications and misstatements" about him, suggesting that his comments on McNabb have been distorted.
He added, "She can say what she wants. These are the people who have power over us ... I don't have any power over Sheila Jackson Lee and I don't seek any power over Sheila Jackson Lee. She, on the other hand, is the opposite. She wants power over not just me, but of as many people she can get."
The Missouri native said Democrats are going after him: "The United States government has people who are now totally comfortable in targeting an individual," he said, citing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and now Jackson Lee.