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Even Steve Bannon is creeped out by Rudy Giuliani’s pervy Rush Limbaugh tribute

Bannon looks visibly disgusted.


Claire Goforth


When someone dies, it’s customary to share fond memories about them. Although reviled by huge swaths of the nation, bigoted shock jock Rush Limbaugh is no different to the many to whom he was beloved.

After Limbaugh’s death earlier this week, Steve Bannon brought Rudy Giuliani on his show to reminisce about the man who once wrote, “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”

Giuliani’s lecherous story about a celebrity golf tournament they played in together with golf prodigy Michelle Wie seemed to make Bannon’s skin crawl.

Giuliani said that during the tournament, Limbaugh complained about the paparazzi taking so many pictures of them.

“I know you’re famous, but damn, can’t you tell them to stay away,” Limbaugh reportedly said.

Giuliani claims the pair soon realized that they weren’t the photographers’ true focus. Wie was. Well, specifically, her underwear, or, as New York City’s former mayor described it while Bannon visibly recoiled, “her panties.”

“She has this strange putting stance,” Giuliani said, chuckling all the while. “Where she bends all the way over and her panties show. And the press was going crazy. They were following her all around because they were trying to take pictures of her panties.

“I said, ‘Roger, it’s not me, it’s not you. It’s her panties,’” Giuliani said, seemingly misstating Limbaugh’s first name.

“Is that okay to tell that joke, I’m not sure,” he added as an afterthought.

“We already told it, so, I don’t know,” Bannon said, then hustled him off the air.

Madeline Peltz of Media Matters for America tweeted a clip of the “absolutely disgusting” exchange. “I had to hear so you do too,” she wrote.

Like creepy old men the world over, Giuliani seems not to comprehend that the press may have been eager to photograph Wie because she’s one of the biggest female golf stars of all time, and not because of her undergarments. Nor does he seem aware that women’s athleticwear skirts typically have shorts attached underneath.

It’s unknown when the pervy incident occurred, but Limbaugh’s website references a 2014 charity golf tournament where he, Giuliani, and Wie played in in the same group. This was around the time Wie developed her distinct putting style, known as tabletop putting, in which she bends at the waist, though not, as Giuliani describes it, all the way over.

Wie was 24 at the time; Limbaugh and Giuliani were both in their sixties.

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