Democrats criticize Medal of Freedom for Limbaugh as 'slap in the face'

Numerous congressional Democrats criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE Wednesday for awarding the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh during the State of the Union address the previous evening.

“There is no 'both sides' to this issue. Rush Limbaugh is a racist who uses his platform to inspire other racists,” Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushOcasio-Cortez suggests a Bloomberg presidency would pave the way for 'a worse Trump' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted. “Rewarding him with a #MedalOfFreedom is a slap in the face to every person who ACTUALLY deserved that honor.”

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“It’s disappointing President Trump presented Rush Limbaugh, someone who has dedicated their life to dividing this country, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and not Brigadier General and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee,” tweeted Rep. Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturFive things to watch in Trump's budget proposal Democrats criticize Medal of Freedom for Limbaugh as 'slap in the face' Appropriators face crucial weekend to reach deal MORE (D-Ohio), referencing a veteran of the African American fighter pilot unit who was also a guest at the address.

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Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuHouse Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller Abortion wars flare up in Congress MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted several incendiary quotes from Limbaugh, including his 2012 reference to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying in support of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate, as well as his false accusation that actor Michael J. Fox was “exaggerating the effects” of Parkinson’s disease for an ad in support of then-Senate candidate Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskill70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Democrats criticize Medal of Freedom for Limbaugh as 'slap in the face' Kansas City, Kan., responds to Trump tweet: We root for the Chiefs, too MORE (D-Mo.).

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Rep. James Himes (D-Conn.) tweeted a compilation of similar quotes paired with audio of Trump’s recognition of Limbaugh, adding that he had “deep sympathy for anyone facing a life-and-death health issue, and wish Mr. Limbaugh a speedy recovery” after the radio host’s announcement earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Congressional Republicans defended the decision to award Limbaugh the medal, with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSteyer calls for Senate term limits to pass gun control legislation Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions' This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-Texas) calling him "a fierce freedom fighter and defender of the Constitution. He serves as an inspiration for the conservative movement and for Americans across the country" and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' Bottom line Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing MORE (R-La.) claiming on Fox News that Limbaugh "inspired millions of people, still does, to this day" and criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.) for not standing to honor him.