One of Donald Trump’s strongest supporters, the controversial Limbaugh succumbs to lung cancer.
Rush Limbaugh, a leading voice on the American political right since the 1980s who was spurred on and honored by former President Donald Trump, has died at age 70 from lung cancer, his wife announced on Wednesday .
Limbaugh, a pioneer of the American media phenomenon of conservative radio-conversation and become an enthusiastic fighter in the American Culture Wars, announced in February 2020 that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Limbaugh’s appeal and the success of his top-notch radio show stemmed from his brash and colorful style, his fun attracting Liberals and Democrats, and his promotion of Conservative and Republican causes and politicians. His radio show became nationally unionized in 1988 and quickly attracted a large and engaged audience, making it rich in the process.
Trump, a former reality TV personality with showman instinct who pursued right-wing populism for four years in the White House, awarded Limbaugh the highest American civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – at the his speech on the State of the Union in 2020 to a spouse. Congress session.
First Lady Melania Trump placed the medal around her neck after her husband hailed Limbaugh as “a special man loved by millions of Americans” and “the greatest fighter and winner you will ever meet”. Illustrating Limbaugh’s split, some Democratic lawmakers were heard moaning ‘oh no’ as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – one of her favorite punching bags – sat in stony silence.
Trump honored Limbaugh a day after the radio star announced his cancer diagnosis. Limbaugh said at the time that he planned to continue with his program “as normally and as effectively” as he could while undergoing treatment.
Limbaugh had experienced a variety of medical issues over the years, including reverse hearing loss from a cochlear implant, as well as an addiction to prescription pain relievers that took him to rehab in 2003.
Limbaugh espoused a staunchly populist brand of conservatism on a daily show that airs on more than 600 radio stations across the United States. He denounced left-wing causes, from global warming to healthcare reform, while helping to shape the Republican Party’s agenda in the media and mobilize its grassroots supporters.
He ridiculed the mainstream media and relished the controversies often sparked by his on-air comments. Critics like former Liberal Senator Al Franken – a former comedian who wrote a book called Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations – criticized him as a divisive figure who misrepresented the facts.
Yet Limbaugh’s success helped spawn a new class of right-wing radio, television and internet pundits, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Alex Jones.
Limbaugh called his supporters “ditto chiefs.” He coined the term “femi-Nazis” to denigrate women’s rights activists. Limbaugh in 2012 called a law student who spoke at a Congressional birth control hearing “slut,” causing some sponsors to remove their commercials from his show.