Limbaugh critics resurface incendiary comments after his death
Critics of longtime conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh used his death on Wednesday to recall his most bombastic comments and decry the rhetoric he often espoused over the airwaves.
Limbaugh, 70, died this week after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Over a 30-year career in broadcasting, he regularly attacked liberal Democrats, social progressives and the national media.
Activists, political pundits and observers of conservative media circulated clips on social media of Limbaugh’s more controversial comments during his decades in radio and television, about feminism, environmentalism and race issues.
Retweet to keep his memory alive https://t.co/V31JTaSz1u
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 17, 2021
Chelsea Clinton was 13 years-old when Rush Limbaugh aired this “joke” about her on his television program. Imagine being 13, with all the anxiety of that age, and this airs on national television. pic.twitter.com/Ha4XmsCUTl
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) February 17, 2021
i imagine many people did not find the bombast to be comical pic.twitter.com/CC9pNN4TFc
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) February 17, 2021
He may have “changed radio” and “changed talk shows” but he used his platform to spread hate and vitriol against innocent people.
Just because he died doesn’t mean we forget.
— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) February 17, 2021
A friend of former President Trump, Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Trump’s final State of the Union address.
“He is a legend. He really is. There aren’t too many legends around. But he is a legend,” Trump said after calling into Fox News after hearing of Limbaugh’s death, breaking his post-election loss silence. “And those people who listen to him every day, it was like a religious experience for a lot of people.”
Dozens of Republican officials and influential conservatives, including former president George W. Bush, rushed to eulogize Limbaugh after news of his death broke.
“While he was brash, at times controversial, and always opinionated, he spoke his mind as a voice for millions of Americans and approached each day with gusto,” Bush said.
Limbaugh’s death was announced on his show by his wife, Kathryn.
“One thing that I know that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me,” Limbaugh said last year in announcing his cancer diagnosis.
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