Conservative arsonist Rush Limbaugh, whose kind of talk radio fueled much of the current political moment by enforcing conspiracy theories and demonizing Democratic Party members, died of lung cancer.
Limbaugh was the presenter of his radio show The Rush Limbaugh Showwho was in national syndication on AM and FM radio stations. His death was announced on his program today by his wife, Kathryn.
Limbaugh's career was one that sparked considerable controversy because of his often inflammatory comments on topics such as immigration and climate change. Limbaugh was also a well-known science denier who claimed for years that the 2010 BP oil spill didn't really harm the environment. He went so far as to blame extremist environmental activists for the disaster, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Limbaugh often pushed for conspiracy theories that the Covid-19 pandemic was exaggerated and downplayed the extent of the devastation across the country, although the United States continues to lead the world in the total number of deaths from the coronavirus.
Last spring he did asserts Orders that stay at home are at the expense of the destruction of the economy in a monologue on his show.
"Are we just going to watch $ 22 trillion – that's the value, that's the sum total of GDP, that's the US economy – are we just going to sit and watch it evaporate?" he said on his program at the time. "Because we're doing this to avoid losing unnecessary lives – that is, we want to try to save as many lives as possible."
Limbaugh also suggested previously with no evidence that the media exaggerated hospital rates.
"One of the things that interests me is the hospital numbers," Limbaugh said. “If you look at Drudge, if you look at the drive-by media, you'd think there wasn't a single hospital bed in this country, would you? They have been led to believe that every hospital is overcrowded. Those bodies are in body bags and refrigerated trucks that are parked in landfills or whatever. "
Limbaugh, a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, regularly attacked Democrats for opposing his controversial presidency, characterizing Trump's first impeachment trial as partisan fraud. Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Trump's 2020 State of the Union Address.
Limbaugh was one of Trump's most loyal defenders, even though Trump continued to claim, without evidence, that the 2020 election was fraudulent. These actions culminated in the Capitol Rebellion on January 6 and its second impeachment and senate trial.
In November he has decreased Remarks He previously declared Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race.
“The guy who won didn't have massive professional support. He was just the ship, he was just the recipient of any anti-Trump sentiment, "Limbaugh replied to statements from sports columnist Jason Whitlock, who had expressed the hope that President Donald Trump would eventually oust Biden.
"I just got this message from Bret Baier of Fox News that I had given the choice. He wants to know if that's true." Did you give the choice? "Said Limbaugh later, after returning from a brief hiatus . "I did not say that. I am faced with a few hypotheses, but I have never conceded the choice. I never said this was over. I never said that. "
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.