Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some sad news to report. This involves a conservative Radio personality Rush Limbaugh.
Rush Limbaugh, who was a conservative Radio personality died February 17 at 70. The cause was complications of lung cancer, his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh, said at the start of his radio show on Wednesday.
Limbaugh, a cigar lover who long defended tobacco use, told his audience that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last year. He deployed comic bombast and relentless bashing of liberals, feminists and environmentalists to become the nation’s most popular radio talk show host and lead the Republican Party into a politics of anger and obstruction.
Then-President Donald Trump broke with tradition and gave Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during the State of the Union address. “He is the greatest fighter that you will ever meet,” Trump said.
For more than two decades, starting in the late 1980s, Limbaugh dominated the airwaves, inspiring a generation of conservative talk show hosts and politicians. He parlayed his popularity on radio into stints as a TV commentator, football analyst on ESPN and best-selling author of incendiary political books. He saw himself as a teacher, polemicist, media critic and GOP strategist, but above all as an entertainer and salesman. Limbaugh mocked Democrats and liberals, touted a traditional Midwestern, moralistic patriotism and presented himself on the air as a biting but jovial “know it all” who pontificated “with half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair,” as he often said.
Limbaugh played a leading role in demonizing liberals and pushing conservative elected officials to hard stances on issues such as immigration, government spending and denial of global warming..After Trump lost the 2020 election, Limbaugh repeated trump’s baseless allegations of electoral fraud and suggested that pro Trump states consider seceding from the union. Trump, Limbaugh said on his show on Feb. 2, “represents an uprising of the people of this country against Washington, against the establishment, and it had been building for a long time … since Perot in 1992. … Trump was just the first guy to come along and actually weaponize it.”
Democrats and Republicans alike credited Limbaugh with political influence well beyond that of any radio host since Walter Winchell half a century earlier.