Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D), the first openly lesbian official in the state, hit back at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday by wishing him a Happy Valentine’s Day with a photo that shows Nessel kissing her wife.
“In honor of Valentines Day, here is an awkward picture of me making out with my super hot wife on election night,” Nessel tweeted. “[Pete Buttigieg] is not going back in the closet, and neither am I. Happy VD to you too, Rush Limbaugh.”
In honor of Valentines Day, here is an awkward picture of me making out with my super hot wife on election night. @PeteButtigieg is not going back in the closet, and neither am I. Happy VD to you too, Rush Limbaugh. #Loveislove https://t.co/O8I7MlvAMx
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) February 14, 2020
Her tweet comes after the right-wing radio host, who has a long history of spouting racist and homophobic rhetoric on the airwaves, questioned whether Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s relationship to his husband could be explained by parents to their children, reports Media Matters.
“So I saw a political ad, where Mayor Pete, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, going on and on and on and on and on, about how parents in America are struggling to explain President Trump to their children,” Limbaugh said.
“And then I happen to see this,” he said, holding up a photo of Buttigieg kissing his husband, claiming that Pete kisses Chasten “frequently.”
“You think — natural conclusion — so he says Trump causes problems for parents, what about that?” he asks.
Limbaugh, who was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer after years of denying that smoking causes cancer, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump’s State of the Union address last week.
Limbaugh has used his platform for decades to denigrate the lives of LGBTQ people and advance harmful anti-LGBTQ policies, as noted by LGBTQ Nation.
In 1989, the radio host said that the best way to stop AIDS was “do not ask another man to bend over and make love at the exit point. That’s what you don’t do.”
In 2010, he claimed marriage equality activists “seek to impose their perverted views, their depraved views on family and marriage. Marriage is a union of a man and a woman… This is about destroying an institution.”
In 2014 he told listeners that straight people were the real marginalized group: “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the two to five percent that are homosexual.”
He has also claimed that there was a “movement on to normalize pedophilia” that was related to the movement for marriage equality.
Limbaugh recently attacked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, suggesting people living with autism are “not well” and claiming Democrats “go out and they find disabled people.”
In July he described Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former President Barack Obama as not being truly black and has repeatedly peddled the racist Obama birther conspiracy.
Nessel has championed LGBTQ rights during her time as attorney general, working last year to ensure Michigan no longer funds adoption agencies that refuse gay parents.