Rush: Did the Secret Service Not Vet The Fake Sign Language Guy?

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 12, 2013 | 1:52 PM EST

In light of Thamsanqa Jantjie saying he hallucinated during the Nelson Mandela memorial and that he has a violent history, Rush Limbaugh posed the question to his listeners on Thursday, “Did the Secret Service not vet this guy?”

Jantjie was hired to sign for the Mandela memorial, but was called a fake by many experts in the sign language field. The owners of the company that hired Jantjie, SA Interpreters, have apparently “vanished.”

“You know I’m sorry, I can’t look at videotape of this fake sign language guy at the Mandela memorial without busting out laughing. Do you realize this guy crashed the Nelson Mandela memorial? He’s up there faking sign language for every one of these speakers, and nobody has any idea what he’s doing, and it turns out that he has been hired prior to this by the South African President, Mr. Zuma,” Limbaugh said.

“No matter where you look, it seems, no matter where you go in the world, everything is upside down and doesn’t make any sense. In addition to the security risk that this guy presented, if you take them out of it, and take a look at the videotape, it’s unbelievably hilarious. This guy crashes an event. He’s up there faking sign language. I’m looking at it now [laughter]. He’s standing two feet away from every speaker. Now it turns out the guy says he saw angels, or aliens, or whatever. He’s a schizophrenic. He’s an absolute lunatic. They hired him, and he’s been hired before. I think the interpreter said that he was only gonna get $85 for doing this.

“Now all kidding aside, according to the AP, they had a long interview with the guy. He says he’s a schizophrenic, that he has been recently hospitalized for more than a year for his schizophrenia, and that he has been violent a lot of times in the past, and this guy was allowed to stand within three feet of the president of the United States with a bunch of guns all around him. Did the Secret Service not vet this guy?  

“You know, you stop and think, so Mr. Mandela passes away, I would’ve thought there would’ve been a bunch of work for months behind the scenes in preparing for the crush of dignitaries from all over the world to come in. The logistics, finding places for all of these people who think they all should get the presidential suite at the hotel. Every damn one of them thinks they should get it, but only one person’s going to. So they have to iron that out. They have to iron out all the security. They have to iron out all the transportation to and from. The president of the United States has more people with him and more equipment with him than any other world leader. They have to handle this seemingly overnight, and apparently, this guy does not get vetted. The South African government is trusted with putting this guy up there on the podium.   

“And while this guy is faking the sign language, Obama is taking selfies with the blonde bimb-babe from Denmark and the British prime minister. Everything is falling apart. There is nothing anybody is taking seriously here.”