FACTS

    Conservative icon and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh died at the age of 70 after a year-long battle with lung cancer, his wife announced on Wednesday. For 32 years, he hosted “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which became the most-watched and highly-rated talk-radio show in the U.S. and made Limbaugh one of the biggest voices of the conservative movement.

    “His effect as an enforcer, keeping Republican politicians in line, was greater than that of a president or the party’s national organization…He was the Elvis of broadcast radio. He knew politics very well, and he was extremely successful as a businessman, but the thing he’ll be remembered for is he was a genius at broadcasting, at performing on the radio.”

    Ze’ev Chafets, Author of “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One” biography

    RIGHT

    The Right mourns his loss and notes the Left’s callousness regarding his death. In reference to many liberals’ celebratory responses, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted, “So much for unity.” The Wall Street Journal praised his legacy, writing, “Millions of Americans had never heard a coherent argument against the welfare state or Roe v. Wade until they tuned in to Limbaugh’s show. He played an enormous role in popularizing conservative ideas.”

    “Limbaugh collectively influenced generations of people, through the purest blend of information and entertainment, to love conservatism and country. Without him, we would not have the conservative activism we have today…”

    Nicole Russell, Award-winning Journalist

    Former President Donald Trump called him “a defender of Liberty,” political commentator Ben Shapiro said he was “an indispensable and iconic conservative voice,” and The Federalist Co-founder Sean Davis called him “a giant, irreplaceable, a legend who made this country immeasurably better.” Former President Ronald Reagan once wrote Limbaugh a letter, reading, “I know the liberals call you ‘the most dangerous man in America,’ but don’t worry about it, they used to say the same thing about me. Keep up the good work.”

    LEFT

    Many on the Left celebrate his death. Phrases such as “Rest in Piss,” “Good Riddance,” and “Rot in Hell” trended on Twitter following the announcement of his passing. “If I had to say something positive I guess I’m glad Rush Limbaugh lived long enough to get cancer and die,” stated comedian Paul F. Tompkins. A Huffington Post article stated, “Limbaugh’s lies and exaggerations; his racism and his misogyny; his homophobia and his Islamophobia; and his sheer cruelty could fill books.”

    “Rush Limbaugh helped create today’s polarized America by normalizing racism, bigotry, misogyny and mockery. He was a demagogue who got rich off of hate speech, division, lies and toxicity. That is his legacy.”

    Shannon Watts, founder of gun control nonprofit Moms Demand Action

    Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Tim Dickinson wrote that Limbaugh “gleefully stoked division in America, helped polarize our national politics, and made a career trafficking in bigotry and cruelty.” Political writer Bob Moser argued that no one else – including Donald Trump, Q (as in QAnon), or Mitch McConnell – “has contributed more than Limbaugh to the mass derangement of white America.”

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