The world learned Wednesday that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died from stage 4 lung cancer. Fans of the often controversial figure flooded Twitter with tributes to the 70-year-old, including Donald Trump Jr. Of course, people will recall that Trump’s father awarded Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom during his State of the Union address in February of 2020, just a day after he announced his illness on his popular radio show.
“R.I.P Rush. A true American legend,” the 43-year-old tweeted just moments after news broke that Limbaugh had died. Not surprisingly, commenters both applauded the former president’s son’s glowing sentiment, and strongly objected to his point of view. Responses ranged from tweets like, “American democracy is a little safer today,” to this tweet: “RIP Rush, you are loved and you will be missed!”
Meanwhile, Trump’s father, the nation’s 45th president, talked to Fox News about Limbaugh’s legacy in his first interview since leaving office.
Another Trump has words of praise for Rush Limbaugh
In a new interview, Donald Trump called Rush Limbaugh “very brave,” adding about his cancer, “he in theory could’ve been gone four months ago, he was fighting until the very end” (via The Sun). The controversial president said of the polarizing radio host, “He was truly a man of the future, he loved this country so much, he loved the people of this country so much. Rush was just somebody who loved talking about the country.” Trump also noted, “I got to know him because he was so gracious, he was so good to me.”
At time of writing, no other Trump family member had paid tribute to Limbaugh via social media as of yet, or in an interview. But former advisors and cabinet members of the recently-vacated administration shared their early thoughts about the 30 year radio veteran’s passing, including former press secretaries Kayleigh McEnany, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and his top advisor and campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.
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