Politicians, Celebrities and More Remember Rush Limbaugh
By Bill Galluccio
February 17, 2021
His wife, Kathryn, made the announcement during his radio show.
“For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show. It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” she said.
The tributes poured in for Limbaugh, who was the most-listened-to national radio host in America. Former President Donald Trump told Fox News that Limbaugh was a "legend".
"There aren’t too many legends around, but he is a legend," Trump said. "He had tremendous insight. He got it, he really got it."
Former President George Bush called Limbaugh "an indomitable spirit with a big heart."
“While he was brash, at times controversial, and always opinionated, he spoke his mind as a voice for millions of Americans and approached each day with gusto,” Bush said in a statement. “Rush Limbaugh was an indomitable spirit with a big heart, and he will be missed.”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany credited Limbaugh for her decision to embark on a career in politics and media.
"America has lost the giant of conservatism, a man who inspired tens of thousands of Rush Babies like me to enter politics and media," McEnany said. "I can say without hesitation I would not have entered this field if it were not for those rides in my dad’s pickup truck listening to Rush."
Other politicians and media personalities shared their condolences on Twitter.
No words ... I just got news the Rush Limbaugh has passed away.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 17, 2021
thanks Rush for all you taught, gave and were. A hero to many. An icon. A patriot. A revolutionary that saved radio.
Heavens gain, our loss.
Rush Limbaugh was an icon, patriot, and American hero.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 17, 2021
No one fought harder for freedom and liberty.
The greatest radio host of all-time will be missed by millions. God bless his family.
RIP to a legend and a patriot, Rush Limbaugh. Not many people can say they revolutionized and stayed at the top of an industry the way he did. My condolences to his family.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 17, 2021
Saddened to hear of the passing of Rush Limbaugh. He was the heart of the conservative movement, an icon who helped light the path for so many of us. God Bless!!— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) February 17, 2021
For years Rush Limbaugh gave a voice to so many who felt forgotten by their government. We’ve lost a legend in talk radio, a faithful warrior for the conservative cause, and most importantly a great American. God bless his family.— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh made conservatism popular with the entire nation and revolutionized conservative media. He will be missed by all of his “ditto heads,” this one included. Our country has lost one of its most important voices. Sending prayers to the Limbaugh family.— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh often said “I have talent on loan from God.” He understood that our gifts on this earth are not our own — they’re a blessing. He shared his gifts with all of us. And we’ll miss him dearly.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) February 17, 2021
RIP Rush Limbaugh, the creator of talk radio and by extension the alternative media, an indispensable and iconic conservative voice.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was a titan. What a devastating loss for our country. Rest in peace and thank you.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 17, 2021
Broadcast Legend Rush Limbaugh has died. His legions of fans will miss him, and his powerful and bright contribution to our national dialogue is a treasure that will endure for decades to come. Rush Limbaugh, a great American, dead at 70. God bless you Rush.— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) February 17, 2021
I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh. Were it not for Rush, I wouldn't have the amazing career I have now. He was a pioneer for a movement, and I'm devastated to hear of his loss. This is an end of an era. Mega dittos to you, El Rushbo. You will be missed.— Courtney Kirchoff (@Courtneyscoffs) February 17, 2021
When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St Jude Children's Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous. I never said a word until now. He will be missed. #RIPRushLimbaugh— John Rich (@johnrich) February 17, 2021
God bless Rush Limbaugh and his family. He has been one of the strongest conservative voices for decades. He has inspired so many Americans, including myself. May he FOREVER Rest In Peace.— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) February 17, 2021
RIP. More than any single person, Rush Limbaugh helped break the left’s monopoly in the media. The left is still dominant, but not to the extent it was before he came along. He waged a brave struggle against deafness and later, the cancer that killed him. He was a giant. https://t.co/en5VQ9yCnW— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 17, 2021
Sorry to hear of the passing of Rush Limbaugh. A man who I once disagreed with on almost everything, who, over time, I began to agree with on most everything. But politics aside, a true pioneer in communication and media.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 17, 2021
The conservative cause has lost an icon today.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was a true patriot who made immeasurable contributions to our national politics, inspiring millions of conservatives to join our movement.
Please keep his wife Kathryn and his family in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/f2nhWBxb18
If you know a conservative under the age of 35, Limbaugh influenced them. Whatever you think of his career trajectory, and I have my frustrations in the Trump era, he was a profoundly important check on Democratic narratives in the press. A true legend. Rest in peace.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) February 17, 2021
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