Rush Limbaugh is baffled by evolution.
On his Tuesday show, the right-wing talker claimed that if evolution were real, Harambe, the gorilla that was shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into its enclosure, would have become “one of us.”
“Don’t doubt me on this. A lot of people think that all of us used to be gorillas, and they’re looking for the missing link out there. The evolution crowd. They think we were originally apes…; If we were the original apes, then how come Harambe is still an ape, and how come he didn’t become one of us?”
Although Limbaugh has never explicitly described himself as a creationist, he does bypass a few facts like the fossil record that supports evolution, and claims that both creationism and evolution are based on faith.
“All I know is I’ve never been a chimpanzee, I don’t believe this garbage I ever was because we were chimpanzee, why are the chimpanzees still here?” Limbaugh asked in 2004. “If we were baboons, you know, if we evolved from that, what happened to them? Why didn’t they evolve? How come they got stuck still being idiot gorillas and stuff and we got to be humans?”
Just to clarify, Evolution does not claim humans evolved directly from chimpanzees, but that primates, both man and chimpanzee, share similar genetic heritage. Current evidence suggests the family tree split between 5 million and 7 million years ago.
Here are some of the responses on Twitter:
it’s not everyday somebody shows their complete ignorance of basic science but dammit @rushlimbaugh you did it again.
— ComicThoughtsOnTap (@Comthoughtontap) June 1, 2016
Rush Limbaugh asking them most important ignorant question of the week…;”how come Harambe was still an ape?”
— M. Portland Ross (@RealMessiah29) June 1, 2016
— Kevin H. MacLean (@KHMacLean) June 1, 2016
Evolution took place over 60 million yrs, so I dunno @rushlimbaugh maybe that’s why the gorilla didn’t turn into a man during his 17 yr life
— Elizabeth Osterwisch (@IAmOsterwisch) June 1, 2016
Rush Limbaugh turning the Harambe gorilla controversy into a Genesis vs. evolution debate is the least surprising thing to happen today.
— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) June 1, 2016
Rush Limbaugh demonstrates the typical creationist reaction to evolution. Namely ignoring the “over a long period of time” part.
— Henroid (@HenroidT) June 1, 2016
@rushlimbaugh If we came from Europe why are there still Europeans? That’s how stupid you sound.
— Leath (@leatherladdy) June 1, 2016