Rush Limbaugh, controversial Metal of Freedom Recipient, has died according to his wife Kathryn. After a year long battle with lung cancer. He ran a radio show that lasted 3 hours every weekday for several decades.
Limbaugh often riffed on the news, and instead of having guests, he read and responded to news articles with opinions and voices. He promoted conservative ideals such as deregulation, lower taxes for the wealthy, and a large military industrial complex. He also doubted the existence of things like global warming while peddling conspiracy theories.
Limbaugh staked his claim for a vision of the United States that resembled a more traditional, conservative, and whiter past. He often traded on decades-old stereotypes to offend women, Blacks, Latinos, gays and liberals.
“The fewest number of words you can use to convey a point, the more power a point has,” Limbaugh said in the NPR interview. “Now, I understand people are going to be offended. But I’ve had a policy all my life not to worry about offending people, because it’s going to happen. It’s a daily part of life.”
As the years went by, more and more of Rush’s personal like came out. There was his loss of hearing that led to cochlear implants. He also acknowledged his addiction to opioids after it had been widely publicized. And after claiming cigars didn’t cause cancer, the smoking enthusiast announced he had lung cancer on February 4th 2020 where he also received the Medal of Freedom from President Trump.
This past fall Limbaugh announced that his cancer was terminal. “It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think that I’m under a death sentence are over,” he told his listeners.