Rush Limbaugh, a legend on the radio for Conservatives, has sadly died at the age of 70 after losing his fight against lung cancer.
Limbaugh, who was awarded the highest honour a citizen of the United States can achieve; the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the disease in January 2020, days before he received an unprecedented amount of praise from the President.
Limbaugh, throughout his time on-air, used his influence and incredible spirit to help shape the modern-day Republican Party, with his show remaining on the air for over three decades after commencing in 1988.
The former President Trump held an interview yesterday, mourning the death of the Conservative icon, stating that ‘there aren’t too many legends around, but he is a legend’.
Who was Rush Limbaugh?
Rush Limbaugh was one of the most influential and beloved Conservative radio hosts ever to grace the industry, with his show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, maintaining a strong viewership whilst staying on the air for nearly 33 years.
The Rush Limbaugh show began in 1988, broadcasting to a mere 56 radio stations at the time, bringing in a small audience.
However, over time, the Conservative host grew more and more popular, allowing him to expand the show out to over 600 radio stations across the country, broadcasting to 27 million American every week from his home studio in Florida.
But where did he start his incredible career?
At the age of 16, Limbaugh discovered his early love for radio, working as ‘helper’ at a local radio station whilst studying at high school, eventually moving up to become a disk jockey.
Limbaugh stated to his listeners in a 2013 broadcast that his political beliefs were shaped when he travelled across Europe and Asia throughout his late 20s and early 30s, stating that he realised, despite the United States being much younger than many of the great European and Asian nations, the US was far superior.
He believed this not to be an issue of power but an issue of curiosity, as he asked listeners how it can be possible that the US has been around for a few hundred years but are already lightyears ahead of other civilizations that have been around for 1,000 years.
Limbaugh spent much of his early career working for local radio stations in Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Kansas City before the Federal Communications Commission repealed an act known as the Fairness Doctrine, which was established in 1949 to make sure that both sides of the political aisle had an equal amount of time on the air to broadcast their views.
The repeal of this act gave Limbaugh the freedom to launch The Rush Limbaugh Show, without the need to fear action from the government.
It can be argued, convincingly, that having this act repealed inadvertently allowed one of America’s greatest, unheard voices, to rise to prominence and share his views with the rest of the country.
Limbaugh supported Trump
In 2016, Limbaugh expressed his support for Donald Trump’s candidacy, making him one of the first high profile Conservative figures to publicly take his campaign seriously, whilst other Republicans attempted to distance themselves away from the former reality star.
Limbaugh’s expressed support for his run led to vast amounts of his listeners also becoming fans of the soon to be elected President.
Limbaugh continued his support for the President throughout his 4-year term, despite some occasional disagreements between the pair down the road.
Reaction to his death
The news of his death has resulted in an outpouring of love and affection towards the radio icon from Conservatives, with many current talk show and radio show Conservatives expressing their gratitude to Limbaugh for paving the way for their own careers in the industry.
Conservative commentators such as Steven Crowder and Ben Shapiro were quick to offer their condolences for the loss of Limbaugh, with senior Republicans also sharing their thoughts.
Senator Ted Cruz, alongside Minority Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell, mourned the loss of the Conservative icon, joining numerous other Republicans who were quick to express their sadness at the loss of the great man.
However, the left did what they love doing whenever a popular Conservative figure loses their life, they smear, they taunt and they act in utter disrespect.
Many high profile, left-wing figures were quick to attack the man before his body was even cold, with TYT host Cenk Uygur labelling him as a ‘terrible person’.
Bishop Talbert Swan, a President of the NAACP in Massachusetts, labelled Limbaugh as a ‘racist, vile, repugnant, white supremacist’ before going onto ‘praise God’ for his death.
Numerous other Twitter Blue Check left-wing activists were quick to celebrate the loss of a husband and of a father, mocking him in every way possible, whilst at the same time getting offended over mean tweets.
The left has shown themselves up again, celebrating the death of a man they disagree with, something which you rarely see Conservatives do when a popular left-wing figure passes on. The left hated Limbaugh because they feared his influence and his success, something which has become evident over the last few years.
Rest in Peace, Rush Limbaugh.