Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio persona, conservative political commentator, creator and former tv present host. He’s greatest often called the host of his radio present The Rush Limbaugh Present, which has been in nationwide syndication on AM and FM radio stations since 1988.
Limbaugh hosted a nationwide tv present from 1992 to 1996. He has written seven books; his first two, The Manner Issues Must Be (1992) and See, I Advised You So (1993), made The New York Occasions Finest Vendor checklist. Limbaugh is among the many highest-paid radio figures. In 2018, Forbes listed his earnings at $84.5 million. In December 2019, Talkers Journal estimated that Limbaugh’s present attracted a cumulative weekly viewers of 15.5 million listeners to change into the most-listened-to radio present in america.
Limbaugh has been one of many premiere voices of the conservative motion in america because the 1990s. He has been inducted into the Nationwide Radio Corridor of Fame and the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters Corridor of Fame. In the course of the 2020 State of the Union Deal with, President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Limbaugh has expressed controversial viewpoints on race, LGBT issues, feminism, and sexual consent. Limbaugh denies local weather change and has supported U.S. navy interventions within the Center East.
Rush Limbaugh Formative years
Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to folks Rush Hudson Limbaugh II and Mildred Carolyn (née Armstrong) Limbaugh. He and his youthful brother David had been born into the Limbaugh household; his father was a lawyer and a U.S. fighter pilot who served within the China Burma India Theater of World Struggle II. His mom was from Searcy, Arkansas. The identify “Rush” was initially chosen for his grandfather to honor the maiden identify of a member of the family, Edna Rush.
Limbaugh is partly of German ancestry. The household consists of many attorneys, together with his grandfather, father and brother; his uncle, Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr., was a federal choose in america District Courtroom for the Jap District of Missouri. His cousin, Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., is a choose in the identical courtroom, appointed by George W. Bush. Limbaugh’s grandfather, Rush Limbaugh Sr., was a Missouri prosecutor, choose, particular commissioner, member of the Missouri Home of Representatives within the 1930s and longtime president of the Missouri Historic Society.
In 1969, Limbaugh graduated from Cape Girardeau Central Excessive College. He performed soccer. Throughout this time, at age 16 he labored his first radio job at KGMO, a neighborhood radio station in Cape Girardeau. He used the airname Rusty Sharpe having discovered “Sharpe” in a phone guide. Limbaugh later cited Chicago DJ Larry Lujack as a serious affect on him, “the one particular person I ever copied.” Due to his dad and mom’ want to see him attend school, he enrolled at Southeast Missouri State College however dropped out after two semesters. In response to his mom, “he flunked all the things […] he simply did not appear concerned about something besides radio.” Biographer Zev Chafets believes that a big a part of Limbaugh’s life has been devoted to gaining his father’s respect and approval.
Rush Limbaugh Profession
1971–1988: Early radio profession
In February 1971, after dropping out of college, the 20-year-old Limbaugh accepted a suggestion to DJ at WIXZ, a Prime 40 station in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He adopted the airname “Bachelor Jeff” Christie and labored afternoons earlier than shifting to morning drive. The station’s basic supervisor in contrast Limbaugh’s type right now to “early Imus”. In 1973, after eighteen months at WIXZ, Limbaugh was fired from the station as a consequence of “persona battle” with this system director. He then began a nighttime place at KQV in Pittsburgh, succeeding Jim Quinn. In late 1974, Limbaugh was dismissed after new administration put strain on this system director to fireside him. Limbaugh recalled the final supervisor telling him that he would by no means land success as an air persona and advised a profession in radio gross sales. After rejecting his solely supply on the time, a place in Neenah, Wisconsin, Limbaugh returned to residing together with his dad and mom in Cape Girardeau. Throughout this time, he turned a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 1975, Limbaugh started a day present on the Prime 40 station KUDL in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. He quickly turned the host of a public affairs speak program that aired on weekend mornings which allowed him to develop his type and current extra controversial concepts. In 1977, he was let go from the station however remained in Kansas Metropolis to start out a night present at KFIX. The stint was short-lived, nonetheless, and disagreements with administration led to his dismissal weeks after. By this time, Limbaugh had change into disillusioned with radio and felt strain to pursue a unique profession. He seemed again on himself as “a reasonable failure […] as a deejay”. In 1979, he accepted a part-time position in group gross sales for the Kansas Metropolis Royals baseball workforce which developed right into a full-time place as director of group gross sales and particular occasions. He labored from the Royals Stadium. There he developed an in depth friendship with then-Royals star third baseman and future Corridor of Famer George Brett; the 2 stay shut mates. Limbaugh claimed that enterprise journeys to Europe and Asia throughout this time developed his conservative views as he thought of these nations having decrease requirements of residing than the US.
In November 1983, Limbaugh returned to radio with a yr’s stint at KMBZ (AM) in Kansas Metropolis. He determined to drop his on-air moniker and broadcast beneath his actual identify. He was fired from the station, however weeks later he landed a spot on KFBK in Sacramento, California, changing Morton Downey Jr. The present launched on October 14, 1984. The repeal of the Equity Doctrine—which had required that stations present free air time for responses to any controversial opinions that had been broadcast—by the FCC on August 5, 1987 meant stations may broadcast editorial commentary with out having to current opposing views. Daniel Henninger wrote, in a Wall Road Journal editorial, “Ronald Reagan tore down this wall (the Equity Doctrine) in 1987 … and Rush Limbaugh was the primary man to proclaim himself liberated from the East Germany of liberal media domination.”
1988–1990s: WABC New York Metropolis and syndication
In July 1988, after his success in Sacramento caught the eye of former ABC Radio President Edward McLaughlin, Limbaugh began a brand new present at WABC (AM) in New York Metropolis. He debuted simply weeks after the Democratic Nationwide Conference, and simply weeks earlier than the Republican Nationwide Conference. Limbaugh’s radio dwelling in New York Metropolis was the talk-formatted WABC (AM), and this remained his flagship station for a few years, even after Limbaugh moved to West Palm Seashore, Fla., from the place he continues to broadcast his present. Limbaugh’s present moved on January 1, 2014 to WABC’s cross-town rival WOR (AM), its present New York outlet.
By 1990, Limbaugh had been on his Rush to Excellence Tour, a collection of private appearances in cities nationwide, for 2 years. For the 45 reveals he accomplished that yr alone, he was estimated to make round $360,000.
In December 1990, journalist Lewis Grossberger wrote in The New York Occasions that Limbaugh had “extra listeners than some other speak present host” and described Limbaugh’s type as “bouncing between earnest lecturer and political vaudevillian”. Limbaugh’s rising profile coincided with the Gulf Struggle, and his help for the warfare effort and his relentless ridicule of peace activists. This system was moved to stations with bigger audiences, finally being broadcast on over 650 radio stations nationwide.
In 1992, Democrat Invoice Clinton was elected president of america. Limbaugh satirized the insurance policies of Clinton and First Woman Hillary Clinton, in addition to these of the Democratic Celebration. Within the Republican Revolution when the occasion regained management of Congress within the 1994 midterm elections after a number of many years, the freshman Republican class awarded Limbaugh an honorary membership of their caucus believing he had a job of their success.
Limbaugh had publicized private difficulties within the 2000s. In late 2001, he acknowledged that he had change into nearly fully deaf, though he continued his present. He was capable of regain a lot of his listening to with the assistance of a cochlear implant in 2001.
In 2003, Limbaugh had a quick stint as knowledgeable soccer commentator with ESPN. He resigned just a few weeks into the 2003 NFL season after making feedback concerning the press protection for quarterback Donovan McNabb that prompted controversy and accusations of racism on the a part of Limbaugh. His remark about McNabb was:
I do not assume he is been that good from the get-go. I believe what we have had here’s a little social concern within the NFL. I believe the media has been very desirous black quarterback do properly. They’re concerned about black coaches and black quarterbacks doing properly. I believe there’s just a little hope invested in McNabb and he obtained quite a lot of credit score for the efficiency of his workforce that he actually did not deserve. The protection carried this workforce.
The sportwriter Peter King construed the remark as “boneheaded”. The sports activities analyst Allen Barra wrote Limbaugh’s viewpoint was shared by “many soccer followers and analysts” and “it’s … absurd to say that the sports activities media have not overrated Donovan McNabb as a result of he is black”.
In 2003, Limbaugh acknowledged that he was hooked on ache treatment, and sought therapy. In April 2006, Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities, on a warrant issued by the Palm Seashore County state legal professional’s workplace, and was arrested “on a single cost of prescription fraud”. His file was later expunged.
In 2013, information stories indicated that Cumulus Media, a few of whose stations carried Limbaugh’s program in sure main markets, together with New York, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Detroit, was contemplating dropping his present when its contract with Limbaugh expired on the finish of that yr, reportedly as a result of the corporate believed that its promoting revenues had been harm by listener response to controversial Limbaugh feedback. Limbaugh himself stated that the stories had been overblown and that it was a matter of routine dollars-and-cents negotiations between Cumulus and his community syndication companion, Premiere Networks, a unit of Clear Channel Communications. Finally, the events reached settlement on a brand new contract, with Limbaugh’s present shifting from its long-time flagship outlet in New York, the Cumulus-owned WABC, to the latter’s cross-town rival, the Clear Channel-owned WOR, beginning January 1, 2014, however remaining on the Cumulus-owned stations it was being carried on in different markets.
The Rush Limbaugh Present
Limbaugh’s radio present airs for 3 hours every weekday starting at midday Jap Time on each AM and FM radio. This system can also be broadcast worldwide on the Armed Forces Radio Community.
Radio broadcasting shifted from AM to FM within the 1970s due to the chance to broadcast music in stereo with higher constancy. Limbaugh’s present was first nationally syndicated in August 1988, on the AM radio band. Limbaugh’s recognition paved the best way for different conservative speak radio programming to change into commonplace on AM radio. The present elevated its viewers within the 1990s to the extent that even some FM stations picked it up. AM’s poor sound high quality and lack of stereo make a chat present format like Limbaugh’s preferable for AM radio. As of January 2019 about half of Limbaugh’s affiliate stations are on the FM dial.
In March 2006, WBAL in Baltimore turned the primary main market radio station within the nation to drop Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated radio program. In 2007, TALKERS Journal once more named him No. 1 in its “Heavy Hundred” most necessary speak present hosts.
Limbaugh continuously mentions the EIB (Excellence In Broadcasting) Community, trademarked in 1990. At first, his present was co-owned and first syndicated by Edward F. McLaughlin, former president of ABC, who based EFM Media in 1988, with Limbaugh’s present as his first product. In 1997, McLaughlin bought EFM to Jacor Communications, which was in the end purchased up by Clear Channel Communications. Immediately, Limbaugh owns a majority of the present, which is syndicated by the Premiere Radio Networks.
In response to a 2001 article in U.S. Information & World Report, Limbaugh had an eight-year contract, on the price of $31.25 million a yr. In 2007, Limbaugh earned $33 million. A November 2008 ballot by Zogby Worldwide discovered that Rush Limbaugh was probably the most trusted information persona within the nation, garnering 12.5 p.c of ballot responses.
Limbaugh signed a $400 million, eight-year contract in 2008 with what was then Clear Channel Communications, making him the highest-paid broadcaster on terrestrial radio. On August 2, 2016, Limbaugh signed a four-year extension of the 2008 contract. On the announcement of the extension, Premiere Radio Networks and iHeartMedia introduced that his present skilled viewers development with 18% development in adults 25–54, 27% development with 25–54 ladies, and advert income development of 20% yr over yr.
In 2018, Limbaugh was the world’s second (behind Howard Stern) highest-paid radio host, reportedly incomes $84.5 million. On January 5, 2020, Limbaugh renewed his contract once more. Although media stories stated it was “a long-term” renewal, (with no size specified), in line with Donald Trump it was a four-year deal.
Common visitor host Ken Matthews was additionally chosen a TALKERS Journal “Heavy Hundred”.
Limbaugh had a syndicated half-hour tv present from 1992 by way of 1996, produced by Roger Ailes. The present mentioned most of the matters on his radio present, and was taped in entrance of an viewers. Rush Limbaugh says he loves doing his radio present, however not a TV present.
Different media appearances
Limbaugh’s first tv internet hosting expertise got here March 30, 1990, as a visitor host on Pat Sajak’s CBS late-night speak present, The Pat Sajak Present. ACT UP activists within the viewers heckled Limbaugh repeatedly; in the end the complete studio viewers was cleared. In 2001, Sajak stated the incident was “legendary round CBS”.
On December 17, 1993, Limbaugh appeared on the Late Present with David Letterman. Limbaugh additionally guest-starred (as himself) on a 1994 episode of Hearts Afire. He appeared within the 1995 Billy Crystal movie Overlook Paris, and in 1998 on an episode of The Drew Carey Present.
In 2007, Limbaugh made cameo appearances on Fox Information Channel’s short-lived The half Hour Information Hour in a collection of parodies portraying him as the longer term President of america. Within the parodies, his vice chairman was fellow conservative pundit Ann Coulter. That yr, he additionally made a cameo within the Household Man episode “Blue Harvest”, a parody of Star Wars by which Limbaugh might be heard on the radio claiming that the “liberal galactic media” had been mendacity about local weather change on the planet Hoth, and that Lando Calrissian’s administrative place on Cloud Metropolis was a results of affirmative motion. More moderen Household Man appearances have occurred within the 2010 episode “Excellence in Broadcasting”, and 2011’s “Episode VI: It is a Lure!”, a parody of Return of the Jedi.
In his first New York Occasions greatest vendor, Limbaugh describes himself as conservative, and is important of broadcasters in lots of media retailers for claiming to be goal. He requires the adoption of core conservative philosophies with the intention to make sure the survival of the Republican Celebration. Limbaugh, a proponent of American exceptionalism, typically criticizes politicians he believes reject this notion seeing them as unpatriotic or anti-American.
Limbaugh is thought for making controversial race-related statements with regard to African-People. He as soon as opined that each one newspaper composite footage of needed criminals resembled Jesse Jackson, and one other time that “the NFL all too typically appears like a sport between the Bloods and the Crips with none weapons.” Whereas employed as what he describes as an “insult-radio” DJ, he used a derogatory racial stereotype to characterize a black caller he couldn’t perceive, telling the caller to “take that bone out of your nostril and name me again”, though he expressed guilt over this when recounting it. In March 2010, Limbaugh used the similarity of not too long ago resigned Rep. Eric Massa’s surname to the slavery-era African-American pronunciation of “grasp” to make a pun on the likelihood that Gov. David Paterson, New York’s first African-American governor, would decide Massa’s substitute: “Let’s assume you are proper [caller]. So, David Paterson will change into the massa who will get to nominate whoever will get to take Massa’s place. So, for the primary time in his life, Paterson’s gonna be a massa. Attention-grabbing, fascinating.”
Limbaugh has asserted that African-People, in distinction with different minority teams, are “left behind” socially as a result of they’ve been systematically skilled from a younger age to hate america due to the welfare state.
Limbaugh has argued that liberal politicians have inspired immigration from Latin America however have discouraged their assimilation to intentionally create racial inequality to control as a voter base, and that their continued admission will trigger a collapse of consultant democracy and rule of regulation in america. He has criticized the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 because of this.
Limbaugh, who has expressed anti-LGBT rhetoric up to now and views gay sexual practices as unhygienic, made serophobic statements about HIV/AIDS victims within the 1990s, and known as the virus “Rock Hudson’s illness” and “the one federally-protected virus”. Limbaugh claimed in 2007 whereas defending President Reagan’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the 1980s that it didn’t “unfold to the heterosexual group.” Limbaugh, who nonetheless opposes homosexuality, has since known as his statements “the only most regretful factor I’ve ever carried out.” In 2013, Limbaugh commented on same-sex marriage by saying, “This problem is misplaced. I do not care what the Supreme Courtroom does. That is inevitable. And it is inevitable as a result of we misplaced the language on this. So far as I am involved, as soon as we began speaking about homosexual marriage, conventional marriage, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, hetero marriage, we misplaced. It was over.” In February 2020, Limbaugh predicted that Pete Buttigieg wouldn’t have the ability to win the 2020 presidential election due to his homosexuality.
Limbaugh dismisses the idea of consent in sexual relations. He views consent as “the magic key to the left”. In 2014, Limbaugh criticized a coverage at Ohio State College encouraging college students to acquire verbal consent, saying “What number of of you guys … have realized that ‘no’ means ‘sure’ if you understand how to identify it?” The Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee used these statements to advocate a boycott of Limbaugh’s present and advertisers, asserting that the statements had been tantamount to an endorsement of sexual assault. Limbaugh denied this, and his spokesman Brian Glicklick and lawyer Patricia Glaser threatened a defamation lawsuit in opposition to the DCCC. In response to spokesperson Emily Bittner, the DCCC didn’t obtain any correspondence from Limbaugh or his legal professional.
Limbaugh has been an outspoken critic of what he sees as leniency in direction of prison drug use in america. On his tv present on October 5, 1995, Limbaugh acknowledged, “too many whites are getting away with drug use” and unlawful drug trafficking. Limbaugh proposed that the racial disparity in drug enforcement may very well be mounted if authorities elevated detection efforts, conviction charges, and jail time for whites concerned in unlawful medicine. He defended mandatory-minimum sentencing as an efficient software in opposition to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. Limbaugh has accused advocates of legalization of non-medical hashish in america of hypocrisy as a consequence of their advocacy of tobacco management and backlash in opposition to digital cigarettes, and in contrast the advocates for its legalization in Colorado to Huge Tobacco. Limbaugh’s previous feedback on drug customers had been highlighted by quite a few media retailers after his personal stint in a drug rehabilitation facility in 2003.
Limbaugh is important of environmentalism and local weather science. He rejects the scientific consensus on local weather change, and the connection between CFCs and depletion of the ozone layer, saying the scientific proof doesn’t help them. Limbaugh has argued in opposition to the scientific consensus on local weather change saying it’s “only a bunch of scientists organized round a political proposition.” He has additionally argued that projections of local weather change are the product of ideologically-motivated pc simulations with out the correct help of empirical knowledge, a declare which has been extensively debunked. Limbaugh has used the time period “environmentalist wacko” when referring to left-leaning environmental advocates. As a rhetorical system, he has additionally used the time period to consult with extra mainstream local weather scientists and different environmental scientists and advocates with whom he disagrees. Limbaugh opposed air pollution credit, together with a carbon cap-and-trade system, as a method to disproportionately profit main American funding banks, notably Goldman Sachs, and claimed that it could destroy the American nationwide economic system.
Limbaugh has written that “there are extra acres of forestland in America in the present day than when Columbus found the continent [sic] in 1492”, a declare that’s disputed by america Forest Service and the American Forestry Affiliation, which state that the precolonial forests have been diminished by about 24 p.c or practically 300 million acres.
Limbaugh strongly opposed the proposed Inexperienced New Deal and its sponsor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Limbaugh is important of feminism, which he views as advancing solely liberals and never ladies generally. In a Time journal interview through the 1992 presidential election he acknowledged that it “was established in order to permit unattractive ladies simpler entry to the mainstream of society.” He has criticized Democratic congressmen calling for extra ladies in Congress as hypocritical as a consequence of their opposition to feminine Republican candidates. He has additionally usually used the time period “feminazi”, described by The New York Occasions in 1994 as certainly one of his “favourite epithets for supporters of girls’s rights”. In response to Limbaugh in 1992, for sure feminists, the “most necessary factor in life is making certain that as many abortions as potential happen.” He additionally used the time period referring to the half-million giant 2017 Ladies’s March because the “Deranged Feminazi March”. He credited his pal Tom Hazlett, a professor of regulation and economics at George Mason College, with coining the time period.
Limbaugh was supportive of the Iraq Struggle, and first advised bombing Ba’athist Iraq in 2002 in revenge for the September 11 assaults. Even after no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been discovered, he supported theories that that they had existed. On the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal, Limbaugh stated, “That is no totally different than what occurs on the Cranium and Bones initiation … And we’ll smash individuals’s lives over it and we’ll hamper our navy effort, after which we’re going to actually hammer them as a result of they had fun.” Talking on the 2009 Conservative Political Motion Convention, Limbaugh accused Democratic congressional leaders equivalent to Harry Reid of intentionally undermining the warfare effort.
In 2018, Limbaugh speculated that proof of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been fabricated by the U.S. intelligence group to embarrass President Bush.
In the course of the 2019–20 Persian Gulf disaster, Limbaugh praised the 2020 Baghdad Worldwide Airport drone strike that resulted within the demise of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s commander Main Common Qasem Soleimani, and accused opponents of the strike of supporting Iran over america. On January 6, 2020, he held an interview with President Donald Trump on his present commending him for the strike.
In 1993, Limbaugh supported the North American Free Commerce Settlement (NAFTA), joking in response to claims that it could result in a switch of unskilled labor to Mexico that this is able to solely go away america with higher jobs. Throughout a 1993 televised debate in opposition to H. Ross Perot over NAFTA, Vice President Al Gore complimented Limbaugh as one of many “distinguished People” who pushed NAFTA ahead despite the extraordinary animosity between Limbaugh and the administration of President Invoice Clinton. He later turned extra important of NAFTA and commerce agreements generally, claiming that that they had diminished nationwide sovereignty by “subordinating” America to “world tribunals, just like the World Commerce Group and the Worldwide Legal Courtroom and this type of factor.” He additionally claimed that guarantees to stem mass migration by invigorating the Latin American economic system had failed. He supported a renegotiation of NAFTA and the eventual United States–Mexico–Canada Settlement.
Limbaugh defended the Trump tariffs and the China–United States commerce warfare as a respectable response to predatory Chinese language commerce practices and its Communist command economic system.
Rush Limbaugh strongly opposed Barack Obama through the 2008 presidential election, and unfold false claims that Obama was a non-citizen not born in america. Limbaugh predicted that Obama could be unable to win the election. On January 16, 2009, Limbaugh commented on the then-upcoming Obama presidency, “I hope he fails.” Limbaugh later stated that he desires to see Obama’s insurance policies fail, not the person himself. Talking of Obama, Limbaugh stated, “He is my president, he is a human being, and his concepts and insurance policies are what rely for me.” Limbaugh later discouraged efforts to question Barack Obama as politically unrealistic.
Limbaugh accused Obama of utilizing his race to forestall criticism of his insurance policies, and stated he was profitable in his first yr in workplace solely as a result of conservative members of the 111th Congress feared accusations of racism. Limbaugh featured a recurring skit by which his colleague James Golden, who described himself as an “African-American-in-good-standing-and-certified-black-enough-to-criticize-Obama man”, appeared in a cameo because the “Official EIB Obama Criticizer”.
Limbaugh blamed Obama’s overseas coverage, together with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, for permitting the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Limbaugh additionally claimed that the 2012 Benghazi assault occurred as a consequence of a secret arms trafficking operation to the Syrian opposition approved by Obama and coordinated by Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, speculating that the 2016 Democratic Nationwide Committee e mail leak would reveal proof of it. Limbaugh additionally criticized the Russian reset, seeing Vladimir Putin’s rule within the Russian Federation as a thinly-veiled continuation of the Soviet Union and Marxism–Leninism. He was additionally important of the Joint Complete Plan of Motion, together with of Obama’s choice to ratify it as an govt settlement, and claims that it was used as a pretext for surveillance in opposition to Obama’s political opponents. Limbaugh argued that aspect agreements of the JCPOA restricted transparency and would obligate america to militarily defend Iran in opposition to an Israeli offensive, together with a preemptive strike to forestall nuclear weapons improvement.
In the course of the West African Ebola virus epidemic, Limbaugh blamed Obama for permitting the unfold of the illness to america in 2014, claiming that he ought to have stopped air journey to West Africa. He claimed that each the media and the federal government, together with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, intentionally downplayed its signs, expressing skepticism over the scientific consensus that the illness may very well be unfold solely by way of contact with bodily fluids and was not aerosol transmissible. When David Quammen criticized the thought of ending air journey to West Africa by mentioning that Liberia was based as a consequence of slavery in america on Anderson Cooper 360°, Limbaugh advised in response that the Obama administration was intentionally permitting Ebola to be transmitted to america as a consequence of its guilt over slavery, stating “Folks on the highest ranges of our authorities say ‘Why, why should not we get it? Why ought to solely these three nations in Africa get it? We’re no higher than they’re.’ And so they have this angle, ‘Nicely, if they’ve it in Africa, by God, we should get it, as a result of they’re in Africa due to us and due to slavery.'”
Limbaugh has claimed that the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull had been God’s response to the Inexpensive Care Act being handed.
Limbaugh has been constantly supportive of the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump, though he endorsed Ted Cruz through the 2016 Republican Celebration presidential primaries and took problem with Trump’s therapy of Cruz. Limbaugh later criticized Cruz’s hesitance to endorse Trump after his nomination on the 2016 Republican Nationwide Conference, evaluating it to Ted Kennedy’s lukewarm help of Jimmy Carter on the 1980 Democratic Nationwide Conference. After the election he turned supportive of deep-state conspiracy theories, claiming that america has entered a “Chilly Civil Struggle” by which the Democratic Celebration is making an attempt to illegitimately overturn the election outcomes and that it’s a part of a pattern of Democrats contesting elections starting with the 2000 Florida election recount supposed to finally eradicate free elections in america.
In December 2018, Limbaugh criticized Trump for making ready to just accept a unbroken decision that may fund the federal government by way of February eight, 2019, however included no funding for a border wall on the Mexico–United States border, a marketing campaign promise repeatedly emphasised by Trump. Trump would subsequently make a shock phone name to Limbaugh asserting his intent to veto the invoice, a call that may result in the 2018–19 United States federal authorities shutdown. Limbaugh would go on to help the shutdown, stating “We’ve a president protecting guarantees left and proper. And is not it fascinating to see how trivial Washington thinks that’s?” After Trump declared the Nationwide Emergency Regarding the Southern Border of america and the 116th Congress failed in its try and override it, Limbaugh known as on him to fully shut the border with Mexico.
Limbaugh has been dismissive of controversies over hyperlinks between Trump associates and Russian officers. He claims that the FBI investigations of Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort in addition to the next Particular Counsel investigation directed by Robert Mueller had been orchestrated by Barack Obama and the Democratic Celebration to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency and constituted an unlawful coup d’état. Limbaugh claimed that George Papadopoulos was entrapped by the FBI, which he claims Joseph Mifsud was an informant for, by way of Stefan Halper as a part of an “insurance coverage coverage” in opposition to Trump’s election by the 5 Eyes intelligence alliance. Limbaugh has advocated a full presidential pardon for all suspects indicted or convicted by the investigation. After the discharge of the Mueller Report, he disputed its conclusion that WikiLeaks obtained the Democratic Nationwide Committee’s emails from the Russian authorities and its depiction of Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower assembly. He claimed that allegations of obstruction of justice had been leveled at Trump as a result of Report’s conclusion that Trump didn’t immediately collude with Russian officers and that Trump’s intent to fireside Mueller and Lawyer Common Jeff Periods was respectable.
Limbaugh supported the Presidential Advisory Fee on Election Integrity in addition to Trump’s claims that he misplaced the favored vote as a consequence of voter impersonation by unlawful immigrants.
After the Home of Representatives commenced a proper impeachment inquiry in opposition to President Trump as a result of scandal over a 2019 phone name to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky pressuring his authorities to prosecute 2020 Democratic major candidate Joe Biden shortly after a freeze of navy assist, Limbaugh argued that the 2 occasions had been unrelated since Trump had decided to withhold navy funds a month upfront. He moreover claimed that Trump’s want for the Ukrainian authorities to prosecute Biden was legally justified by a 1999 mutual authorized help treaty with Ukraine and “was following the regulation to the letter in relation to unearthing the long-standing corruption that has swirled in Ukraine and allegedly entails highly effective Democrats like Joe Biden.”
Alleging false flag assaults
In 2010, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico, Limbaugh speculated on his present that eco-terrorists intentionally destroyed the oil properly to justify President Obama’s deepwater drilling moratorium. Limbaugh additionally claimed that the media was exaggerating the environmental results of the catastrophe.
After the Unite the Proper rally and vehicle-ramming assault in Charlottesville, Virginia, Limbaugh defended Trump’s controversial response to the rally and claimed that the violence had been provoked by Black Lives Matter activists, Antifa, and Robert Creamer. He additionally claimed with out proof that the police response had been intentionally restrained by Terry McAuliffe as a botched try to start out a presidential bid within the 2020 Democratic Celebration presidential primaries, and that it was a part of a marketing campaign by “worldwide financiers” equivalent to George Soros to start out a Second American Civil Struggle to take away its standing as a world superpower. After consideration on Trump’s feedback renewed when Joe Biden criticized them within the announcement of his 2020 presidential marketing campaign, Limbaugh once more defended them by repeating claims that among the protesters weren’t white supremacists and had been protesting the removing of the statue of Robert E. Lee.
Limbaugh claimed that the October 2018 United States mail bombing makes an attempt had been perpetuated as a false flag operation to attract public consideration away from Central American migrant caravans. He reiterated these claims two weeks after the arrest of the first suspect Cesar Sayoc, a registered Republican.
On his present, Limbaugh has stated that the Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019 could have been a false-flag operation. Limbaugh described “an ongoing idea” that the shooter was really “a leftist” attempting to smear the correct. Regardless of offering no supply or proof, Limbaugh continued: “you’ll be able to’t instantly low cost this. The left is that this insane, they’re this loopy.”
Controversies and inaccuracies
The July–August 1994 problem of Additional!, a publication of Equity and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), alleges 50 totally different inaccuracies and distortions in Limbaugh’s commentary. Comic Al Franken, who later turned a Senator, wrote a satirical guide (Rush Limbaugh Is a Huge Fats Fool and Different Observations) by which he accused Limbaugh of distorting info to serve his personal political biases.
Of Limbaugh’s controversial statements and allegations they’ve investigated, Politifact has rated 84% as starting from “Principally False” to “Pants-On-Hearth” (signifying extraordinarily false), with 5% of Limbaugh’s contested statements rising to the extent of “Principally True” and zero% rated “True”. These debunked allegations by Limbaugh embrace ideas that the existence of gorillas disproves the speculation of evolution, that Ted Kennedy despatched a letter to Soviet Common Secretary Yuri Andropov looking for to undercut President Reagan, latest lack of hurricanes disproves local weather change, and that President Obama needed to mandate circumcision.
Limbaugh has been criticized for inaccuracies by the Environmental Protection Fund. A protection fund report authored by Princeton College endowed geoscience professor Michael Oppenheimer and professor of biology David Wilcove lists 14 vital scientific info that, the authors allege, Limbaugh misrepresented in his guide The Manner Issues Must Be. The authors conclude that “Rush Limbaugh … permits his political bias to distort the reality about an entire vary of necessary scientific points.”
On October 14, 2011, Limbaugh questioned the U.S. navy initiative in opposition to Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Military (LRA), based mostly on the belief that they had been Christians. “They’re combating the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has despatched troops, United States troops to take away them from the battlefield, which suggests kill them.” Upon studying concerning the accusations leveled in opposition to Kony, which included kidnapping entire colleges of younger youngsters to be used as youngster troopers, Limbaugh acknowledged that he would analysis the group. The present’s written transcript on his web site was not modified.
Michael J. Fox
In October 2006, Limbaugh stated Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s illness, had exaggerated the results of his affliction in a political TV commercial advocating for funding of stem cell analysis. Limbaugh stated that Fox within the advert had been “shameless” in “shifting throughout and shaking”, and that Fox had not taken “his treatment or he is performing, one of many two”. Fox stated “the irony of it’s I used to be too medicated”, including that there was no method to predict how his signs would manifest. Limbaugh stated he would apologize to Fox “bigly, massively … if I’m flawed in characterizing his habits on this business as an act.” In 2012, Fox stated Limbaugh in 2006 had acted on “bullying instincts” when “he stated I faked it. I did not pretend it.”, and stated Limbaugh’s aim was to have him marginalized and shut down for his stem cell stance.
In 2007, Media Issues’ reported that Limbaugh had categorized Iraq Struggle veterans against the warfare as “the phony troopers”. Limbaugh later stated that he was talking of Jesse MacBeth, a soldier who falsely claimed to have been adorned for valor however, actually, had by no means seen fight. Limbaugh stated Media Issues was attempting to smear him with out-of-context and selectively edited feedback. After Limbaugh revealed what he claimed was the complete transcript of phony troopers dialogue, Media Issues stated that over a minute and 30 seconds of the transcript was omitted with out “notation or ellipsis to point that there’s, actually, a break within the transcript.” Limbaugh stated through the minute and a half hole Media Issues had identified, he was ready for related ABC information copy on the subject, and the transcript and audio edits had been “for area and relevance causes, to not disguise something.” Senator Harry Reid and 41 Democrats, together with Hillary Clinton, signed a letter asking the CEO of Clear Channel to denounce Limbaugh. As an alternative, he gave the letter to Limbaugh to public sale. It raised over $2 million for the Marine Corps-Regulation Enforcement Basis.
On February 29, 2012, Limbaugh, whereas speaking about contraceptive mandates, included remarks about regulation pupil Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and “prostitute”. Limbaugh was commenting on Fluke’s speech the earlier week to Home Democrats in help of mandating insurance coverage protection for contraceptives. Limbaugh made quite a few comparable statements over the subsequent two days, resulting in the lack of 45 to “greater than 100” native and nationwide sponsors and Limbaugh’s apology on his present for a few of his feedback. Susan McMillan Emry co-organized a public relations marketing campaign known as Rock the Slut Vote as a response to Limbaugh’s remarks.
In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Limbaugh asserted that the virus was the widespread chilly. Limbaugh stated on his radio present on February 24, 2020, “I am useless proper on this. The coronavirus is the widespread chilly, people,” alleging it was being “weaponized” to carry down Trump. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention state that “The virus inflicting coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19), shouldn’t be the identical because the coronaviruses that generally flow into amongst people and trigger gentle sickness, just like the widespread chilly.” Limbaugh’s assertion has been known as “wildly irresponsible”.
Limbaugh holds an annual fundraising telethon known as the “EIB Treatment-a-Thon” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2006, the EIB Treatment-a-Thon performed its 16th annual telethon, elevating $1.7 million, totaling over $15 million because the first cure-a-thon. In response to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society annual stories, Limbaugh personally contributed between $100,000 and $499,999 from 2000 to 2005 and in 2007, and Limbaugh stated that he contributed round $250,000 in 2003, 2004 and 2005. NewsMax reported Limbaugh donated $250,000 in 2006, and the Society’s 2006 annual report positioned him within the $500,000 to $999,999 class. Limbaugh donated $320,000 through the 2007 Treatment-a-Thon, which the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reported had raised $three.1 million. On his radio program April 18, 2008, Limbaugh pledged $400,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after being challenged by two listeners to extend his preliminary pledge of $300,000.
Marine Corps–Regulation Enforcement Basis
Limbaugh conducts an annual drive to assist the Marine Corps–Regulation Enforcement Basis gather contributions to offer scholarships for kids of Marines and regulation enforcement officers and brokers who’ve died within the line of obligation. The muse was the beneficiary of a file $2.1 million eBay public sale in October 2007 after Limbaugh listed on the market a letter important of him signed by 41 Democratic senators and pledged to match the promoting worth. With the founding of his and his spouse’s firm Two if by Tea, they pledged to donate no less than $100,000 to the MC–LEF starting in June 2011.
Tunnel to Towers Basis
In July 2019 Nike introduced a particular Fourth of July version of their Air Max 1 Fast Strike sneaker that featured the thirteen-star Betsy Ross flag. The corporate withdrew the sneaker after their spokesman Colin Kaepernick raised issues that the image represented an period of black enslavement. In response Limbaugh’s radio program launched a t-shirt imprinted “Get up for Betsy Ross” with sale proceeds to profit the Tunnel to Towers Basis. As of December 2019, the gross sales have earned over US$5 million for the inspiration.
In 1992, Limbaugh revealed his first guide, The Manner Issues Must Be, adopted by See, I Advised You So, the next yr. Each titles had been primary on the New York Occasions Finest Vendor checklist for 24 weeks. His first guide was dictated by himself, and transcribed and edited by Wall Road Journal Journal author John Fund.
In 2013, Limbaugh authored his first youngsters’s guide entitled, Rush Revere and the Courageous Pilgrims: Time-Journey with Distinctive People. He obtained the Writer of the Yr Award from the Kids’s Ebook Council for this work. Limbaugh’s second youngsters’s guide was launched the next yr, entitled, Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Journey with Distinctive People. This guide was nominated as an author-of-the yr finalist for the annual Kids’s and Teen Alternative Ebook Awards. Limbaugh’s third youngsters’s guide was launched later this identical yr, written together with his spouse, Kathryn, and entitled Rush Revere and the American Revolution. The Limbaugh’s devoted this to the U.S. navy and their households.
Limbaugh has married on 4 events, the primary three ending in divorce. He doesn’t have any youngsters. He was first married on the age of 26 to Roxy Maxine McNeely, a gross sales secretary at radio station WHB in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. The couple married on the Centenary United Methodist Church in Limbaugh’s hometown of Cape Girardeau on September 24, 1977. McNeely filed for divorce in March 1980, citing “incompatibility”. They had been formally divorced on July 10, 1980.
In 1983, Limbaugh married Michelle Sixta, a school pupil and usherette on the Kansas Metropolis Royals Stadium Membership. They divorced in 1990, and she or he remarried the next yr.
On Might 27, 1994, Limbaugh married Marta Fitzgerald, a 35-year-old aerobics teacher whom he met on the net service CompuServe in 1990. They married on the home of U.S. Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas, who officiated. The couple separated on June 11, 2004. Limbaugh introduced his divorce on the air. It was finalized in December 2004. In September 2004, Limbaugh turned romantically concerned with then-CNN information anchor Daryn Kagan; the connection resulted in February 2006.
Limbaugh has lived in Palm Seashore since 1996. A pal remembers that Limbaugh “fell in love with Palm Seashore … after visiting her over Memorial Day weekend in 1995.” Not like New York, Florida doesn’t tax revenue, the acknowledged cause Limbaugh moved his residence and established his “Southern Command”.
He dated Kathryn Rogers, a celebration planner from Florida, for 3 years; the couple married on June 5, 2010. In the course of the marriage ceremony reception after the ceremony, Elton John entertained the marriage visitors for a reported $1 million charge; nonetheless, Limbaugh himself denied that the $1 million determine was correct on his September 7, 2010, radio present.
By way of a holding firm, KARHL Holdings (KARHL which means “Kathryn and Rush Hudson Limbaugh”), Limbaugh launched a line of bottled iced tea drinks known as “Two if by Tea”, a play on the road from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Experience”, “one if by land, two if by sea”. As of 2018, Limbaugh has put manufacturing of the tea on maintain. His web site states, “On account of rising manufacturing and transport prices, we didn’t really feel it was proper to go this on to our clients.” KARHL Holdings encompasses a Rush Revere web site the place youngsters can ship notes to Liberty, the time-traveling, speaking horse.
Prescription drug dependancy
On October three, 2003, the Nationwide Enquirer reported that Limbaugh was being investigated for illegally acquiring the prescribed drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone. Different information retailers shortly confirmed the investigation. He admitted to listeners on his radio present on October 10, 2003, that he was hooked on prescription painkillers and acknowledged that he would enter inpatient therapy for 30 days, instantly after the published. Limbaugh acknowledged his dependancy to painkillers resulted from a number of years of extreme again ache heightened by a botched surgical procedure supposed to right these issues.
A subsequent investigation into whether or not Limbaugh had violated Florida’s physician procuring legal guidelines was launched by the Palm Seashore State Lawyer, which raised privateness points when investigators seized Limbaugh’s non-public medical information on the lookout for proof of crimes. Roy Black, certainly one of Limbaugh’s attorneys, acknowledged that “Rush Limbaugh was singled out for prosecution due to who he’s. We consider the state legal professional’s workplace is making use of a double commonplace.” On November 9, 2005, following two years of investigations, Assistant State Lawyer James L. Martz requested that the courtroom put aside Limbaugh’s physician–affected person confidentiality rights and permit the state to query his physicians. Limbaugh’s legal professional opposed the prosecutor’s efforts to interview his medical doctors on the idea of affected person privateness rights, and argued that the prosecutor had violated Limbaugh’s Fourth Modification rights by illegally seizing his medical information. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release in settlement and filed an amicus curiae transient in help of Limbaugh. On December 12, 2005, Choose David F. Crow delivered a ruling prohibiting the State of Florida from questioning Limbaugh’s physicians about “the medical situation of the affected person and any info disclosed to the well being care practitioner by the affected person in the middle of the care and therapy of the affected person.”
On April 28, 2006, a warrant was issued for his arrest on the cost of physician procuring. In response to Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the sheriff, throughout his arrest, Limbaugh was booked, photographed, and fingerprinted, however not handcuffed. He was then launched after about an hour on $three,000 bail. After his give up, he filed a “not responsible” plea to the cost. Prosecutors defined that the fees had been introduced after they found he obtained about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by 4 medical doctors in six months, at a pharmacy close to his Palm Seashore mansion. In 2009, after three years of extended dialogue relating to a settlement, prosecutors agreed to drop the cost if Limbaugh paid $30,000 to defray the price of the investigation, accomplished an 18-month remedy routine together with his doctor, submitted to random drug testing, and gave up his proper to personal a firearm for eighteen months. Limbaugh agreed to the settlement, although he continued to keep up his innocence of physician procuring and asserted that the state’s supply resulted from an absence of proof supporting the cost.
Earlier than his dependancy turned identified, Limbaugh had condemned unlawful drug use on his tv program, stating that “Drug use, some would possibly say, is destroying this nation … And so if persons are violating the regulation by doing medicine, they must be accused they usually must be convicted they usually must be despatched up.”
In June 2006, Limbaugh was detained by drug enforcement brokers at Palm Seashore Worldwide Airport. Customs officers confiscated Viagra from Limbaugh’s baggage as he was coming back from the Dominican Republic. The prescription was not in Limbaugh’s identify. After he was launched with no fees filed, Limbaugh joked concerning the incident on his radio present, claiming that he obtained the Viagra on the Clinton Library and was informed they had been blue M&M’s. He additionally acknowledged that “I had a good time within the Dominican Republic. Want I may inform you about it.”
Well being issues
Rush Limbaugh has described himself as being “100 p.c, completely deaf”. In 2001, Limbaugh introduced that he had misplaced most of his skill to listen to: “I can not hear tv. I can not hear music. I’m, for all sensible functions, deaf – and it is occurred in three months.” He stated that the situation was not genetic. On December 19, 2001, medical doctors on the Home Ear Clinic in Los Angeles had been capable of efficiently restore a measure of his listening to by way of cochlear implant surgical procedure. Limbaugh obtained a Clarion CII Bionic Ear.
When questioned whether or not Limbaugh’s sudden listening to loss was attributable to his dependancy to opioids, his cochlear implant physician, otolaryngologist Jennifer Derebery, stated that it was potential however that there isn’t any method to know for positive with out performing assessments that may destroy Limbaugh’s listening to fully. “We do not know why some individuals, however apparently not most, who take giant doses could lose their listening to”.
In 2005, Limbaugh was compelled to endure “tuning” as a consequence of an “eye twitch”, an obvious side-effect of cochlear implants.
On December 30, 2009, whereas vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Limbaugh was admitted to Queen’s Medical Heart with intense chest pains. His medical doctors attributed the ache to angina pectoris.
On April eight, 2014, on his radio program, Limbaugh introduced his choice to ‘go bilateral.’ “I will get an implant on the correct aspect”, he stated. After bilateral tuning, there was 100% enchancment. “Coming from whole deafness, it’s miraculous! How are you going to not consider in God?” Limbaugh stated in his nationwide every day broadcast.
Limbaugh was identified with superior lung most cancers on January 20, 2020, after first experiencing shortness of breath on January 12. He introduced the prognosis on air throughout his radio present on February three; conceding that he would miss airtime to endure therapy, he acknowledged that he deliberate to proceed this system “as usually and competently” as he may whereas present process therapy. On October 20, 2020, Limbaugh introduced that makes an attempt to deal with the most cancers had been not containing the most cancers, that his prognosis was terminal and that he had been given a time-frame on when he ought to anticipate to die (he didn’t make that prognosis public).
Affect and legacy
Limbaugh shortly after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on February four, 2020
Limbaugh has change into well known as one of many premiere voices of the conservative motion in america because the 1990s. In a 1992 letter, Ronald Reagan thanked him, “for all you are doing to advertise Republican and conservative rules … [and] you’ve change into the Quantity One voice for conservatism in our Nation.” In 1994, Republicans within the U.S. Home of Representatives made Limbaugh an honorary member.
In 1995, Limbaugh was profiled on the PBS collection Frontline in a one-hour documentary known as “Rush Limbaugh’s America”. Limbaugh refused to be interviewed, however his mom, brother and lots of Republican supporters took half, in addition to critics and opponents.
Because the 1990s, Limbaugh has change into identified for his love of cigars, saying, “I believe cigars are only a great addition to the enjoyment of life.” Throughout his syndicated tv program from 1992 to 1996, he additionally change into identified for carrying distinctive neckties. In response to viewer curiosity, Limbaugh launched a collection of ties designed primarily by his then-wife Marta. Limbaugh makes use of props, songs and photographs to introduce his monologues on numerous matters. On his radio present, information concerning the homeless has typically been preceded with the Clarence “Frogman” Henry music “Ain’t Acquired No Dwelling”. For a time, Dionne Warwick’s music, “I Know I am going to By no means Love This Manner Once more” preceded stories about individuals with HIV/AIDS. These later turned “condom updates” preceded by Fifth Dimension’s music, “Up, Up and Away”. For 2 weeks in 1989, on his Sacramento radio present, Limbaugh carried out “caller abortions” the place he would finish a name abruptly to the sounds of a vacuum cleaner and a scream. He would then deny that he had “hung up” on the caller, which he had promised to not do. Limbaugh claims that he used this gag as an example “the tragedy of abortion” in addition to to spotlight the query of whether or not abortion constitutes homicide. In the course of the Clinton administration, whereas taping his tv program, Limbaugh referred to media protection of Socks, the Clintons’ cat. He then acknowledged, “However do you know there may be additionally a White Home canine?” and an image of Chelsea Clinton was proven. When questioned about it, Limbaugh claimed that it was an accident and that with out his permission some technician had put up the image of Chelsea.
Limbaugh was awarded the Marconi Radio Award for Syndicated Radio Persona of the Yr by the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters 5 occasions – 1992, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2014 (given by the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters). He was inducted into the Nationwide Radio Corridor of Fame in 1993 and the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters Corridor of Fame in 1998. By 2001, he inked a $285 million contract for eight years, which was renewed in 2008 for one more eight years at $400 million. By 2017, Limbaugh was the second highest paid radio host in america, incomes an annual wage of $84 million – second solely to Howard Stern. Talkers Journal ranked him as the best ever radio speak present host in 2002, and in 2017, he was the most-listened-to radio host in america with 14 million listeners.
Limbaugh was awarded the inaugural William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence by the Media Analysis Heart, a conservative media evaluation group in 2007. Conservative journal Human Occasions additionally introduced Limbaugh as their 2007 Man of the Yr. Later that very same yr, Barbara Walters featured Limbaugh as one of the crucial fascinating individuals of the yr in a particular that aired on December four, 2008.
On February 28, 2009, following his self-described “first tackle to the nation” lasting 90 minutes, carried dwell on CNN and Fox Information and recorded for C-SPAN, Limbaugh obtained CPAC’s “Defender of the Structure Award”, a doc initially signed by Benjamin Franklin, given to somebody “who has stood up for the First Modification … Rush Limbaugh is for America, precisely what Benjamin Franklin did for the Founding Fathers … the one method we shall be profitable is that if we hearken to Rush Limbaugh.”
In his 2010 guide, Rush Limbaugh: An Military of One, Ze’ev Chafets cited Limbaugh as, “the brains and the spirit behind” the Republican Celebration’s resurgence within the 2010 midterm elections within the wake of the election of President Obama. Chafets pointed, amongst others, to Sen. Arlen Specter’s defeat, after being labeled by Limbaugh as a “Republican in Identify Solely”, and to Sarah Palin, whose “greatest present applause line – Republicans aren’t simply the occasion of no, however the occasion of hell no – got here courtesy of Mr. Limbaugh.” Limbaugh has argued the “party-of-no” conservative course for the Republicans vigorously, notably since six weeks after Obama’s inauguration, and has been basic to, and inspiring to, the extra prominently famous Tea Celebration motion.
Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Corridor of Well-known Missourians on Might 14, 2012, in a secret ceremony introduced solely 20 minutes earlier than it started with the intention to forestall unfavourable media consideration. A bronze bust of Limbaugh is on show on the Missouri State Capitol constructing in Jefferson Metropolis, together with 40 different awardees. Limbaugh’s bust features a safety digital camera to forestall vandalism.
On February four, 2020, the day after he introduced that he had superior lung most cancers, Limbaugh was a visitor of President Donald Trump on the 2020 State of the Union Deal with, the place he was offered with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.