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Rush On Fluke Flap: I Descended To The Left's Level, I Became Like Them

Rush Limbaugh explains his apology on his Monday, March 5, 2012 program.

LIMBAUGH: I want to explain why I apologized to Sandra Fluke in the statement that was released on Saturday. I have read all the theories, from all sides. I don't expect, and I know you don't either, morality, intellectual honesty from the Left. They've demonstrated over, and over, a willingness to say or anything to advance their agenda. It's something we fight against every day.

This is the mistake I made: In fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything that I know to be right and wrong, I descended to their level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. That was my error. I became like them.

And I feel very badly about that. I've always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate, they were uncalled for, they distracted from the point I was actually trying to make. And I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her.

I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think last week that she is either of those two words. The apology to her over the weekend was sincere. It was simply for using inappropriate words in a way I never do and in so doing, I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to their level. It's important not to be like them, particularly in fighting them. The old saw, you never descend to the level of your opponent, or they win. That was my error last week.

The apology was heartfelt, the apology was sincere, and as you will hear as I go on here, it was not about anything else. No ulterior motive, no speaking in code, no double entendre or intention. Pure, simple, heartfelt.

That's why I apologized to Sandra Fluke on Saturday. All the theories, all the experts are wrong. What's gone on since and what really is going on here is what we all know to be true.

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