Radio host Rush Limbaugh says President Obama and officials in his administration are intentionally stoking racial chaos in America in connection with the Trayvon Martin case.
"There's no question that the White House wants this kind of chaos and unrest in the culture," Limbaugh said this afternoon.
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His comments came moments before the Washington Post reported Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey planned to announce she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Martin.
Limbaugh said the situation is "a powder keg waiting to go off," and that "nobody that I see is doing anything to try to make sure that powder keg doesn't explode."
He added: "If in the White House they wanted to cool this down, which they should do, they could do it. All it would take ... would be Obama addressing the nation to calm this down, and then speaking about it in genuine American terms, not racial terms. If they wanted to do that, they could. Other presidents have. It's not happening here."
Limbaugh says the White House has determined "it is helpful for Obama's re-election because they believe that they can tie all of this to the existence of Republicans and conservatives, that the racial problems exist because of never-ending racism of the right, never-ending racism of Republicans. And that's why George Zimmerman in the New York Times is called a white Hispanic. There are people in the race industry who became excited that this event took place because it allowed them to carry forward with their template, that we still are a nation, essentially, with slaves. You couple that with what I think is a chip on Obama's shoulder about the founding of the country, the engrained discrimination, his anger over it, his opportunity now here to finally make it right."
Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense after getting his head bashed by Martin. Police in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, initially did not charge Zimmerman, based on the state's "stand your ground" law.