Last Wednesday morning saw the death of conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh at his Palm Beach estate. This came about after a year-long battle with lung cancer.
He is considered to be one of the most influential personalities in radio history, having been working in the industry since the early 1970s. He is also well known for having expressed numerous controversial viewpoints regarding race, feminism, and climate change, among other topics.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a disc jockey for several radio programs until he had a national radio show hosted by ABC and a television program from 1992 to 1996.
During this era, he co-wrote the books “The Way Things Ought to Be” and “See, I Told You So.” Up until his passing he had hosted his national radio program “The Rush Limbaugh Show” for 32 years. With an estimated 15.5 million listeners on average, Limbaugh was the most listened-to radio host in America.
Limbaugh was also known for his conservative bias and at times controversial claims. He openly mocked Democrats, environmentalists, liberals, and “feminazis,” a derogatory term for feminists which he helped to popularize while supporting former President Donald Trump, even considering him a friend.
He openly supported conspiracy theories such as Covid-19 being overblown and equating it to the common cold, widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, claims that former President Barack Obama wasn’t a US citizen and that the government had a “deep state.”
He also had a segment on his show called the “AIDS Update” in which he named and mocked gay people that died of AIDS.
The day following his initial diagnosis last February, Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor.