Rush Limbaugh Compares Obama Nominee Thomas Perez to Hugo Chavez and KKK Member

After a day since President Barack Obama announced his Cabinet nomination, he is already feeling the heat from conservatives about his pick. Dominican American Thomas Perez was offered the seat as the next Secretary of Labor to replace Hilda Solis since her resignation, but Rush Limbaugh recently went on a rant about the civil rights lawyer.

On his radio show Monday, he labeled Perez, 51, as a “radical liberal” and compared him to the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and called Perez “the guy in the Department of Justice in the civil rights division who made the call not to prosecute the New Black Panthers.”

On his show, Limbaugh compared the debacle to President George W. Bush dropping a case against the Ku Klux Klan:

“In a hypothetical, let's replace Obama with George W. Bush and the Black Panthers with the Ku Klux Klan…Now, I want you to try to imagine Bush's head of the Civil Rights Division not prosecuting Klanners when they engage in voter intimidation, and then — after not prosecuting Klanners for that — imagine what would happen if Bush turned around and nominated the Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan to a cabinet position where he would be deciding on discrimination lawsuits. That is exactly what's happened here. There would be unmitigated hell to pay if that had happened,” he declared.

Are statements like these hurtful to Republicans who are in the middle of rebranding their party? Listen to his statements below and let us know what you think.