Rush: No Purse Because 'Oprah's Fat'

The conservative radio talk-show host hit a new low when he said a clerk at a Swiss boutique refused to show her a handbag "because The Oprah's fat."

Oprah Winfrey (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images); Rush Limbaugh (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk-show host, hit a new low Friday. He said on his radio program that Oprah Winfrey's widely publicized encounter with racism at a Swiss boutique was perhaps because the clerk thought she was "fat," not because she was black, according to Salon.

Oprah has said in recent interviews that a clerk at Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich, Switzerland refused to show her a $38,000 handbag, intimating that the billionaire media mogul perhaps could not afford it.

On his program, The Rush hypothesized that because "we don't know that the sales person based her judgment on The Oprah's skin color," the store clerk could have denied Winfrey on other grounds: "Maybe it's because The Oprah's fat? Well that's another — how was The Oprah dressed? I mean she didn't look like The Oprah obviously. Was she wearing jump suit with tennis shoes? Maybe Air Jordans that weren't laced up?"

Read more at Salon.

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