Conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh signed off this morning for the afterlife after a hard-fought, valiant battle with terminal lung cancer.
His memory will not soon be forgotten, as he was the voice of conservative politics for several generations, reaching tens of millions of viewers each month for multiple decades.
The tributes to Limbaugh from celebrities, politicians and everyday folks began pouring in on Wednesday afternoon when the announcement of his death hit the airwaves.
As Newsmax reported, former Vice President Mike Pence recounted his early days in the radio business, saying that Limbaugh is the one who inspired him to be better and credited the radio legend with his inspiration for getting into politics.
“Many people don’t know that I spent about a decade in talk radio,” said Pence. “I was inspired to go into conservative talk radio in the 1990s because of Rush Limbaugh. I scarcely believe I would’ve had the opportunity to serve the Congress, serve the people of Indiana’s governor, or serve as your vice president without the life, the example, the encouragement, and ultimately, the friendship of Rush Limbaugh.”
Fox News primetime star Sean Hannity had nothing but great things to say about Limbaugh and like others, praised him as the “radio legend” that he truly was.
“There is no talk radio as we know it without Rush Limbaugh. I’d even make the argument, there’s no Fox News or these other opinionated networks,” Hannity said, according to Newsmax.
Newsmax also reported that former President George W. Bush had nothing but nice things to say about Limbaugh and revealed that he was a friend to him during his administration.
“As he battled hearing loss and cancer late in life, he was sustained by the support of friends and family, his love of sports and rock and roll, and his belief in God and country. Rush Limbaugh was an indomitable spirit with a big heart, and he will be missed,” President Bush said on Wednesday.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany weighed in on Limbaugh’s passing, saying that she was the “definition of a Rush baby.”
She recounted her childhood, saying that her friends “knew if they rode in my car, we would be listening to Rush Limbaugh. I am the definition of a ‘Rush Baby,’ and it’s not just me. There are tens of thousands of us all across the conservative movement.”
Dozens, if not hundreds, of conservatives and others in the business and in Republican politics all heaped praise on the Limbaugh on Wednesday, and he deserves every single ounce of praise, as there will literally be nobody who could ever come close to matching his imprint on America and the legacy he left.
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