Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio host who skewered feminists, minorities, environmentalists and liberals, died today from lung cancer. He was 70.
The cigar-chomping former opioid addict told his audience last February that he suffered from advanced lung cancer.
Nationally syndicated in 1988, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” became the country’s most popular radio program.
Limbaugh was a leader in the “birtherism” movement that spread the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the US. Donald Trump jumped on that bandwagon and rode it to the White House.
During the 2020 State of the Union address, Trump stirred up controversy in awarding Limbaugh the presidential medal of freedom “in recognition for all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire.”
Joe Biden condemned Trump for giving the nation’s highest civilian award to Limbaugh, “who has done as much as Trump himself to divide our nation.”
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathyrn, announced her husband’s death at the start of the Feb. 17 radio program.