For those in Rio Linda, America lost an icon yesterday. A paragon of broadcasting excellence that inspired more than one generation, one three hour radio show at a time, the passing of Rush Limbaugh at 70 leaves a void that can only be filled by his enduring legacy, on conservatism, on media, and on America.
Former President Donald J. Trump has an early fan in Rush, and befriended him over rounds of golf during his presidency. Trump released the following statement in the wake of the news on Wednesday:
The great Rush Limbaugh has passed away to a better place, free from physical pain and hostility. His honor, courage, strength, and loyalty will never be replaced. Rush was a patriot, a defender of Liberty, and someone who believed in all of the greatness our Country stands for. Rush was a friend to myself and millions of Americans—a guiding light with the ability to see the truth and paint vivid pictures over the airwaves. Melania and I express our deepest condolences to his wonderful wife, Kathryn, his family, and all of his dedicated fans. He will be missed greatly.
Yes; he will be missed greatly. An understatement, if their ever was one, from Donald Trump. It’s just that, when speaking of Rush, it’s impossible to overstate just hot much of a giant he was in American culture. More than that, a veritable friend to millions; many of which who’ve never known a world with out America’s Anchorman.
Trump honored this incredible legacy in choosing to award Rush with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address in 2020. It was a fitting and well deserved honor, from a gracious, touched, and terminal El Rushbo. Rest in Peace.