Martin Bashir said he was left speechless on Thursday after hearing what he called "idiotic comments" made by Rush Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who was denied the right to speak at a controversial Republican hearing on contraception.
"So, Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis. Here's the deal. If we're going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch," Limbaugh said.
Bashir reread what he called Limbaugh's ludicrous thoughts and asked his panel to comment. Democratic strategist Krystal Ball called Limbaugh "despicable," "disgusting," and a "loathsome individual." She also defended Fluke and said Limbaugh was trying to shame her.
Bashir described Limbaugh as a "peculiar individual" and wondered, "what do you think he means by suggesting that he wants to watch videos of students at Georgetown University using the contraception pill?"
"I have no idea," MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart responded. Capehart called the comments deplorable and said he was not going to speculate on Limbaugh's motivations for saying such statements about a college student who was talking about women's health.
"I'm troubled and saddened about the coarsening of political discourse," Capehart said. "There's a way to talk about these things without being hateful...rude or derogatory about people...For him to go down this low road...it's low even for him."
"That's speaking some," Bashir said.