Rush Limbaugh dying reactions: Host is reviled and revered

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The dying of talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh was destined to supply radically polarized reactions on social media. And that’s precisely what occurred Wednesday.

Conservatives reacted solemnly to Limbaugh’s dying after the longtime voice of the precise succumbed to lung most cancers at age 70. In the meantime, lots of those that have been appalled by the radio host’s lengthy historical past of inflammatory rhetoric have been unabashed of their hatred of the veteran broadcaster.

“He was really a person of the longer term,” former President Trump stated on Fox Information. “He liked this nation a lot. He liked the individuals of this nation a lot. … He was simply one thing particular.”

Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Limbaugh final yr, which former California Congresswoman Katie Hill famous in her response to the radio host’s dying.

“So is Rush Limbaugh going to go down in historical past because the worst individual to ever obtain the presidential medal of freedom or is there another person?” Hill tweeted.

Trump’s sentiments, nevertheless, have been echoed by Republican politicians, operatives and commentators on Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas known as Limbaugh a “tireless voice for freedom and the conservative motion” and stated he was praying for Limbaugh’s household. Kellyanne Conway stated he was “an architect of the center-right motion” who “gave voice to hundreds of thousands of pro-freedom People.”

“For greater than 30 years nobody did extra to teach, inform, encourage, and simply plain entertain People in regards to the problems with the day than Rush Limbaugh,” former Vice President Mike Pence stated in a Twitter thread.

Amongst Limbaugh’s critics, Bishop Talbert W. Swan II, president of a Massachusetts department of the NAACP, shared his ideas in a reply to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tweet eulogizing Limbaugh.

“Rush Limbaugh was a despicable racist. He was a vile, repugnant, white supremacist who denigrated Black individuals, mocked these dying of AIDS and different illnesses, and stoked the flames of bigotry and hatred,” Swan stated. “Our nation has misplaced one in all its most depraved voices. Reward God.”

Others revisited a few of Limbaugh’s extensively denounced earlier remarks, together with his suggestion that actor Michael J. Fox was “faking” his Parkinson’s illness — for which the radio host later apologized, as advertisers fled — and his insults about Chelsea Clinton’s look when she was a younger teen within the White Home.

The progressive Younger Turks podcaster Cenk Uygur added his two cents, tweeting, “Rush Limbaugh was a horrible individual whereas he was alive. He made a residing by attacking the powerless. His dying doesn’t in anyway change or redeem that.”

Learn on for extra divided reactions to Limbaugh’s dying.

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