The conservative world will never be the same. Icon Rush Limbaugh has died of lung cancer at the age of 70. Babe Ruth saved baseball not by inventing the game but by making it larger than life. Rush Limbaugh did not invent talk radio, he shaped it in a way that people became faithful listeners for decades. He entertained over 20 million people every day for 33 years including a short-lived television show.
When people had questions to ask, Rush was who they went to for answers. He was a wellspring of knowledge. For over three decades liberals tried to find their own Rush Limbaugh including Air America. They all failed miserably. That’s because Rush was one of a kind and we will not see the likes of him for a very long time. The world has lost a prince and a gentleman today and conservatives have lost their greatest hero.
Naturally the left are rejoicing over his death. But they couldn’t defeat him in life and they sure as hell aren’t going to beat him in death. Over 600 stations carried the Rush Limbaugh Show with as many as 27 million people tuning in to hear what the King had to say. I know I have been listening to him for nearly 30 years myself and the feeling of loss I am feeling is overwhelming.
In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”
Limbaugh helped boost Trump’s influence prior to the 2016 election simply by taking him seriously as a candidate when other established conservatives didn’t want the former reality television star anywhere near the Republican Party. Many of Limbaugh’s listeners eventually became Trump supporters and the radio legend continued to defend Trump throughout his presidency despite occasional disagreements.
Rush Limbaugh, who became one the nation’s most popular conservative radio talk-show hosts and who was often criticized by many as being both a racist and misogynist, died today at 70. https://t.co/AQfg9408DM
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was the father of hate-filled, partisan, talk radio. He is responsible for setting off a chain reaction of disinformation, vitriol and division in main stream media.
— Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) February 17, 2021
Look, I know people are gonna spend the day pointing out what a piece of shit Rush Limbaugh was & how much damage he did to our country through his decades-long celebration of white supremacy & hate speech, and how his lies & conspiracy theories undercut trust in real journalism
— Matt Passet (@MPasset) February 17, 2021
Despite the hate, Americans know Rush Limbaugh was a patriot and a hero.
Rest in paradise, pal.