Rush Limbaugh: Tracie McMillan Is a Food Justice Slut

Something tells us Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to the Double Down, so it's no surprise that he doubled down in his attack on young, articulate females today by going after Tracie McMillan (left), author of the thoughtful exposé The American Way of Eating.

McMillan, who grew up in a working-class family, argues against the notion that good food is a luxury only Whole Foods shoppers can appreciate. For her book, she went undercover to work at Applebee's, in farm fields, and at Walmart, looking at the food system from the place where the vast majority of Americans view it.

In a segment of his radio broadcast aiming to beat the hide off the notion of food justice, Limbaugh seemed to conflate McMillan with Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student he called a "slut" last week for arguing that her health insurance from a Jesuit institution should help pay for birth control. (“What is it with all these young single white women?” he mused.)

This time, Limbaugh’s critique was about how "overeducated" liberals like McMillan raise the specter of food justice to demand that the government take over the nation's perfectly fine food system, an argument as absurd as the one that Fluke was demanding that taxpayers pony up for her Loestrin.

“It’s not enough that Walmart offers unprocessed food to low-income families,” Limbaugh growled. “It has to be the best, it has to be the most expensive, but it has to be practically given away, otherwise what? Walmart is racist.” Rushland imagines a sort of Stalinist U.S. government taking over the nation’s food production, just as it’s taken over the health industry with Obamacare. And as evidence of government’s ineptitude, if not of its secret plan to exterminate all citizens, Limbaugh trots out the infamous USDA-approved “pink slime,” the "Lean Beef Trimmings" treated with ammonia hydroxide and served to school kids in hamburgers, a story exposed last year by The Daily.

“This is what happens if you let the government get involved,” Limbaugh cried.

Ironically, pink slime is the bogey-extrusion of critics on the left, too, and for the same reason: This is what happens if you let the government get involved. Though in the case of food justice advocates, “government” means a regulatory body (that is, the USDA) essentially owned by multinational food corporations, whose lawyers and lobbyists write the regulatory rules.

After the initial body slam of McMillan, the transcript of Limbaugh’s attack reads like an ad for a certain megaretailer. A caller told the host his wife has lost weight by making salads and stir-fries from Walmart produce.

“Of course,” Limbaugh replied, “Walmart stuff is good quality. They wouldn’t be number one in their field if it wasn’t quality.”

You have to wonder: After reportedly losing more than 30 advertisers following his intemperate comments about Fluke, could Limbaugh be doing his own cold-calling to potential sponsors, live and on the air?

Image source: TracieMcMillan.com

John Birdsall is senior editor at CHOW. You can follow him on Twitter. Follow CHOW, too, and become a fan on Facebook.