“Mega-dittos” ultra conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70. His death was announced Wednesday on his radio show by his wife Kathryn.
Limbaugh was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 13 months ago. Shortly thereafter he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump at the State of the Union address.
His radio show began in 1988 and for decades Limbaugh inspired passion and hatred on both sides of the political aisle by spouting outrageous views and insults from behind his golden EIB – self-proclaimed Excellence in Broadcasting – microphone.
In December, Limbaugh opened up his final broadcast of 2020 by thanking his listeners and supporters for supporting him throughout his career and his health struggle. “My point in all of this today is gratitude,” he said. “My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.”
Among his most memorable – and despicable – musings include his parody song “Barack the Magic Negro,” his homophobic observation that “when a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation” and saying that “feminism was established as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”
He will not be missed those who considered him a racist, xenophobic misogynist. Reaction on Twitter was immediate. A sampling:
“A racist talkshow host who called a woman a slut for wanting to access to birth control and a teenage Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog.” “May he get the afterlife he earned.” “Rush Limbaugh: gone too late.” “Rush Limbaugh is dead. Whatever – I’m getting cheese fries.”
A racist talkshow host who called a woman a slut for wanting access to birth control and a teenage Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog” and was given the highest civilian award in the country by a racist reality show host who bragged about sexually assaulting women died lol bye!
— The Volatile Mermaid (Resting Witch Face) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 17, 2021
karma will not allow me to say anything about Rush Limbaugh’s death other than this: may he get the afterlife he earned
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh: gone too late.
— Julia Claire (@ohJuliatweets) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh is dead 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/DAMtKbgGON
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) February 17, 2021