Rush Limbaugh Says Conservative States Are 'Trending Toward Secession' From U.S.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has suggested that some American states could soon breakaway from the United States and declare independence.

Speaking on his program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, on Wednesday, Limbaugh claimed that "there cannot be a peaceful coexistence" between liberal and conservative America, which he said had increasingly different cultures.

Some states are "trending toward secession" as a result, he said, adding that there was "sizable and growing sentiment" for declaring independence from the U.S. in those which have a majority of conservative or right-wing voters.

The talk show presenter made the remarks in response to a question from his show's official program observer about whether Republicans could ever win major national elections "without taking back blue cities."

Limbaugh said that the party had already won many elections without doing so in the past, before discussing whether conservatives could "dominate...the culture."

"I actually think that we're trending toward secession," he said. "I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York?

"What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York? Especially if you're talking about votes."

He went on to suggest that liberal and conservative political cultures had become "much more separated" and that things "can't go on this way," although noting that he was undecided on whether entire states should break away.

"There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs," he added. "We can't be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way.

Responding to Limbaugh's comments, John Dean, who served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon, questioned how red, Republican, states would progress economically if they left the Union.

He wrote on Twitter: "If the red states seceded they would be a third world nation. It is the blue states that keep the red state's financially afloat. Generally, blue states pay more taxes than they receive in federal benefits!"

TV producer, Jay Svoboda, responded by quote tweeting Limbaugh's remarks and writing: "I mean, I know one person trending toward secession."

The radio host's comments came the day after Texas Rep. Kyle Biedermann, a Republican, announced his plans to introduce the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which he said would allow the state to "reassert its status as an independent nation."

"The federal government is out of control and doesn't represent the values of Texans," Biedermann said in a statement posted on Twitter. "That is why I am committing to file legislation that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation. #Texit #txlege"

In last month's U.S. presidential election, Republican incumbent Donald Trump's vote share in Texas fell by about one percent from the 2016 to 52.1%, according to the Associated Press, with 46.5 percent of voters in the state backing Democrat Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court against four states states—Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin—which voted for Biden, in a bid to prevent their electors casting their ballots, stopping the Democrat taking the 270 ballots needed to enter the White House.

Limbaugh made his feelings about the 2020 election clear last month when he said there was "no way Joe Biden was legitimately elected president."

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have officially certified their election results, paving the way for the Electoral College to cast their ballots on December 14. Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes to Trump's projected tally of 232.

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Talk show host Rush Limbaugh at a political rally attended by President Donald Trump in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on November 5, 2018. Limbaugh has suggested that there is growing support among Conservative majority states to breakaway from the United States of America. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty