Good Riddance: Rush Limbaugh, the infamous conservative radio host known for his message of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and bigotry, is dead. He was 70 years old.
Fox News reports:
Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.
The Washington Post reports:
Rush Limbaugh, who deployed comic bombast and relentless bashing of liberals, feminists and environmentalists to become the nation’s most popular radio talk-show host and lead the Republican Party into a politics of anger and obstruction, died Feb. 17 at 70.
Limbaugh was a pig. The popular conservative radio talk-show host used his platform to promote racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, conspiracy theories and other forms of malignant bigotry. He thrilled and delighted his ignorant and mean-spirited audience with his outrageous and provocative statements meant to demean and demonize minorities. The following is but a small sample of some of Limbaugh’s most offensive comments:
“The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” (Source)
“I think it’s time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association. Call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association, and stop calling them teams. Call ’em gangs.” (Source)
“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” (Source)
“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.” (Source)
Responding to a caller who said black people should have a greater voice on issues: “They are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?” (Source)
“If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians. The white race has probably had fewer slaves and for a briefer period of time than any other in the history of the world … And yet white guilt is still one of the dominating factors in American politics. It’s exploited, it’s played upon, it is promoted, used, and it’s unnecessary.” (Source)
“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.” (Source)
“Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud.” (Source)
“Women still live longer than men because their lives are easier.” (Source)
“I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose, and feminism has led women astray. I love women. I don’t know where all this got started. I love the women’s movement, especially when walking behind it.” (Source)
“When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.” (Source)
The following is a sample of reactions via social media to Limbaugh’s death:
I like to only speak good of the dead.
Rush Limbaugh is dead.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh used to have a radio segment called “AIDS Update” where he would celebrate gay people dying from AIDS.
Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about making jokes today. pic.twitter.com/0DboUS0oJO
— Coping MAGA (@CopingMAGA) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was a racist and a misogynist who was delighted to mock, denigrate, and smear those who advocated for human rights. It made him famous in life and there’s no reason he shouldn’t stay famous for it after death.
— feminist next door (@emrazz) February 17, 2021
Death is such a personal thing. When I think of Limbaugh I instantly remember how he made fun of gay people dying of AIDS, making a cruel and hopeless time even worse, but that’s just me. You have to find your own way of being happy that he’s dead. �
— Stephen Guy-Bray (@SGUYBRAY) February 17, 2021
the most i’ll say about rush limbaugh is that he used his talents to make the world a worse place
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh has died.
He is survived by an ecosystem born of his playbook of baiting audiences with a frenzy of hate and lies for massive profits.
Podcasters like Ben Shapiro, grifters like Mike Cernovich and Alex Jones and networks like Fox owe him a debt of gratitude.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 17, 2021
Bottom line: Rush Limbaugh, the infamous conservative radio host known for his message of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and bigotry, is dead. He was 70 years old.