Rush Limbaugh Claims Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff Is the 'Squad's' 'Sugar Daddy': 'They Are His Minions!… He Owns Them'

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday bizarrely called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff the "sugar daddy" of "the Squad," and accused him of "using his parents' money" to fund a movement seeking to fill Congress with "uber-radical" lawmakers.

"He's a trust fund kid," Limbaugh said of Saikat Chakrabarti. "He's using his parents' money to fund her campaign and all of these operations. And he's the guy that's directing them."

"When you heard [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi say 'I don't talk to staff, I talk to —' it was him she was referring to because this guy's been tweeting massive disrespect about her in the attempt here to elevate the four whack jobs, as John Kennedy from Louisiana has described them," the host continued, referring to four progressive Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — who are the subject of President Trump's latest racist rhetoric.

"This gang of four," Limbaugh continued, "they got their money from AOC's sugar daddy, her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti — Chakrabarti is his name — he owns them. One of his front groups is called A Brand New Congress. His plan is to replace everybody in Congress who's not an uber-radical with an uber-radical that includes — starts with Pelosi, getting rid of her."

The host then reiterated his false beliefs that Chakrabarti "is the guy running" the four progressive congresswomen. "He's the sugar daddy. He's the money behind it," he said. "Trust fund kid in his 30s, and he is the energetic, inspirational leader behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and this other bunch of freshmen. He sets the policy for the squad. He's the one that created a Green New Deal."

"He writes their speeches, they are his minions, and he controls the money," Limbaugh added.

Chakrabarti has made headlines in recent weeks for tweeting harsh criticisms of Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers in Congress. Amid his remarks were suggestions that Pelosi was an ineffective legislator and that moderate Democrats who backed a Senate-passed border funding bill were modern day segregationists.

It is highly unusual for a Democratic aide to overtly attack sitting members of Congress. His comments have since placed Ocasio-Cortez under pressure from Democrats to denounce his actions or terminate his position.

"That's just a terrible statement to make. That's a terrible statement to make," Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said, after Chakrabarti's segregationist tweets. "Somebody's got to be held accountable. If my staff did something that was not right, then I have to handle my staff."

"The question is: Do you think it's appropriate for your staff to say something like that?" Meeks added.

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Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, one of the judges for the 2010 Miss America Pageant, speaks during a news conference for judges at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino January 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Limbaugh on Wednesday speculated without evidence that Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff is funding the "Squad" to replace Congress with "uber-radical" lawmakers. Ethan Miller/Getty