@rushlimbaugh / Twitter rush limbaugh...
@rushlimbaugh / Twitter

I was sincerely saddened to hear that the 69-year-old conservative radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, has advanced lung cancer. Being a cancer survivor, my heart goes out to him and his family, and the fear they must be experiencing. It’s a devastating disease.

I do not wish to see the end of Rush Limbaugh. I hope he fully recovers. I only wish to see the end of his wicked career that has spanned over a quarter of a century. During that time, Rush Limbaugh’s toxic words have polluted our airwaves with vile hatred, sexism, xenophobia, anti-gun sense, anti-LGBT rhetoric, racism, bigotry and extreme aporophobia.

Limbaugh has been generously cruel with the words he spews out to the public on a daily basis. He once attacked Michael J. Fox for faking/exaggerating Fox’s Parkinson’s Disease. He disparaged scientific evidence and minimized the negative effects of smoking on one’s health. He compared Chelsea Clinton to a dog when she was 12. He told an African American woman to call back when she took the “bone” out of her nose. Hundreds of malign Limbaugh quotes have been documented from his taped shows. Some include him calling children on government-assisted lunches “wanton little waifs and surfs,” or implying gay men are “pedophiles,” or calling women “semen receptacles,” and describing documented immigrants as “lazy,” “invasive species of mollusks” and “spermatozoa.” In 2012 Limbaugh called a then-unknown college student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” and “prostitute” on the air for three days, while she was sitting in front of Congress advocating for free mandated birth control, especially in cases when it’s medically necessary.

After the Fluke rant, large grassroots organizations formed like Stop Rush, Flush Rush and Boycott Rush. For three years, they protested, petitioned and rallied against Limbaugh, causing thousands of his sponsors, big and small, to pull ads and causing radio stations to drop him. The movement cost him and his parent company iHeart Music (formerly Clear Channel) and Cumulus, far into the millions. Though he was stifled quite a bit, he found a way to climb back up.

A smug Limbaugh says, “free speech, folks!” But his words do more than just shimmy up and down the First Amendment. They are odious. Rush Limbaugh spews, peddles and propagates hate speech which can be more than dangerous. Hate speech promotes bullying, abuse, hate crimes, violence, and murder.

I have prayed for Rush Limbaugh’s health. I will not pray for what he stands for or the vicious, digusting and heartless way he has treated people for decades. His belief system is different from mine—and I will not lay those differences down.

Liked it? Take a second to support Associate Editor on Patreon!

This is a Creative Commons article. The original version of this article appeared here.

7 COMMENTS

  1. An older lady told me this news at the grocery store & she acted like it was a bad thing. It took everything I had to pretend to be sympathetic, didn’t want to hurt her worse just to be an ass. The man is a hate monger spewing vile racist disgusting rhetoric. Called Sandra Fluke, a woman invited to testify in Congress a slut for wanting contraceptives covered by insurance. Horrible man. He poisons minds. Wish I was a better person but I’m not unfortunately.

  2. Limbaugh and Trump think they are God. He’s got news for them both. If they had any brains they would know to fear the real God. But it don’t make a difference, they both have one foot in hell already.

  3. Yes please pray for him since it will do absolutely nothing and could hasten his demise. Good riddance to an evil racist nazi – may they all go out like this.

    • Same here I’m ashamed to say. I’m a retired nurse. I’m just oozing with compassion for people. I loved knowing how to take care of & help people. In this case however, I cannot find one speck of compassion or concern for this man, even knowing what he faces. None. Sorry.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here