Pioneer of conservative talk radio Rush Limbaugh told his audience Monday that he had received a diagnosis of “advanced” lung cancer.
President Trump took to Twitter to wish Limbaugh speedy recovery after the emotional announcement.
Limbaugh is a beloved icon for many on the right, including President Trump, and the revelation of his condition sent shockwaves across the nation.
In a tweet on Monday the president said, “Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is. There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!”
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence who also tweeted, “Rush Limbaugh is a National Treasure who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years. Rush, Karen and I will be joining millions across this Country in praying for your swift recovery. God Bless You!”
Limbaugh has been a staunch supporter of the president, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. In December, Trump thanked Limbaugh for the work he had done on his behalf. “I want to thank Rush Limbaugh for the tremendous support he has given to the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN Movement and our KEEP AMERICA GREAT Agenda!”
Far from alone in his fight for conservative principles, Limbaugh’s time as a radio host has allowed him to build a dedicated following of millions, and the political impact he has had over the decades is unequaled.
The Washington Examiner reports that Limbaugh will “undergo further testing and will begin a treatment plan later this week.” The longtime radio host will also reportedly be absent from his show periodically as his condition requires.
Unfortunately, in this age of political division, there was no lack of nasty commentary in response to the tragic news. The Twitterati jumped on the announcement immediately.
Former CNN personality Reza Aslan in a tweet posed the question, “Ask yourself this simple question: is the world a better place or a worse place with Rush Limbaugh in it?”
Former Sports Illustrated writer Jon Tayler tweeted another particularly vile sentiment: “If this kills Rush, then give him a state funeral so that every willing American can have a chance to pay their respects by kicking his corpse as hard as they can.”
While the cruel remakrs of many shouldn’t overshadow those of the wellwishers, this is a stark and depressing reminder of the hyper-polarized, politically-charged age in which we live.