Rush Limbaugh said Sunday that "grievance politics" spurred the nationwide protests that occurred after grand juries decided not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.

"It's not based on real-world grievance," the conservative talk-show host said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's grievance that's being amplified and made up."

Limbaugh went on to criticize President Obama, saying he should do more to ease racial tensions in the wake of the grand jury decisions.

"If he wants to, he can inspire, and I think it's called for in this situation," Limbaugh said. "The president, if you ask me, could do a lot to stop this by telling people to respect the criminal justice system."

Limbaugh added that the “real outrage” in the choking death of Eric Garner was that someone was killed for selling loose cigarettes, a situation he blamed on big government.

"People talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state," he said. "Well, here it is. You've got to take all of it."