Rush Limbaugh compared Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, to Trayvon Martin on Tuesday.
Martin was an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman last year. On Tuesday, Limbaugh drew parallels between Martin and Tsarnaev, who is suspected of conspiring with his brother and setting off two explosions that killed three people and injured more than a hundred others at the Boston Marathon.
"You notice also that the news media are doing to Dzhokhar what they did to Trayvon Martin," Limbaugh began. "They're regularly showing a photo of Dzhokhar that was taken when he was about 14."
He said that the photo portrayed Tsarnaev as "soft, angelic, nice little boy, harmless... cute big lovable eyes. Not at all what he looks like today, but the news media seem to be making him look like an innocent little angel." He ripped reporters for referring to the suspect as "a kid."
"This is how this stuff ends up getting bastardized," Limbaugh said. "This is how we end up... not thinking ill of bad people."
Tsarnaev was the subject of a massive manhunt that shut down the Boston area on Friday. His capture on Friday night led the streets of Watertown to erupt in cheers. He has been charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in a death.
Meanwhile, Martin's tragic death last February was mourned across the country. His killing — and the local police's botched handling of the case — sparked national outrage, and the slain teenager was widely seen as a victim of racial profiling and a hate crime.
At the time, Limbaugh criticized the response to Martin's death, claiming that it was "doing more harm to the black community than anything else out there right now." He alleged that people — including President Obama, who had spoken out about the tragedy — were using Martin's death as an "opportunity" to get ahead politically.