If you were waiting to evacuate Florida because you, like Rush Limbaugh, believe hurricanes are a liberal conspiracy, it might be time to reevaluate.
Limbaugh, who is quick to point out he is not a meteorologist, said on his radio show Tuesday that he distrusts forecasts because many meteorologists believe in climate change.
Thursday he announced he was evacuating.
“May as well… announce this. I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow,” Limbaugh told his audience. “We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown.”
A Friday show from South Florida, Limbaugh claimed, would be “legally impossible”.
Despite evacuating, personally, Limbaugh did not encourage his listeners to do so. In fact, he seemed to continue expressing the notion that the hurricane was a liberal hoax.
Limbaugh said to listeners that by his reading of the storm he as certain it would curve out into the Atlantic instead of making landfall over the weekend as expected, but cautioned skepticism of “official” meteorologists even if the storm followed his projected path.
“If it ends up not hitting where you are, hits somewhere else, you might temporarily breathe a sigh of relief, but you’re still gonna think, ‘Man, there might be something to this climate change,” he said. “Do not doubt me, with everything being politicized, of course it is an objective of some, not everybody, of course, but some of the people involved here.”
The conservative radio pundit’s audience is estimated at 15 million weekly listeners, many of whom believe his theories. As he evacuates many listeners may not, inspired to stay in evacuation zones despite the danger because Limbaugh said the storm would bend out to sea.
Meanwhile, Limbaugh will be safe and dry in “parts unknown”.
Katelyn Kivel is a journalist and political scientist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has specialized in law, policy and government reporting over the course of her career. Follow her on Twitter @katelynkivel.