If you have ever doubted the fact that Trumpism is a cult and Rush Limbaugh was its high priest of the right-wing airwaves, this should convince you. Within an hour of the announcement of Limbaugh’s demise, Donald Trump broke his media silence and called into Fox News, where else, and eulogized Limbaugh in rather fantastic terms, even for him. The Hill:
“He is a legend. He really is. There aren’t too many legends around. But he is a legend,” Trump said. “And those people who listen to him every day, it was like a religious experience for a lot of people.”
Trump said he had spoken to Limbaugh in recent days as the radio host’s condition worsened following a diagnosis of cancer. The former president praised Limbaugh as “street smart” and a “great gentleman.”
“He thought we were going to win,” Trump said of Limbaugh’s 2016 support. “I don’t think it was necessarily the reason he was so gracious so early. He just had an incredible instinct for politics and he had an incredible instinct for life.”
Limbaugh’s instinct for life was so great that he smoked like a chimney and abused pain killers. That’s why he’s dead and gone at an age where a lot of people still have many miles to go.
And of course Trump lost no opportunity to push his election fraud narrative, that goes without saying and Fox News couldn’t back pedal fast enough.
“I think it’s disgraceful, what happened,” he said. “We were like a third-world country on election night with the closing down of centers. … You don’t know how angry this country is, and people were furious.”
The Fox hosts made a point to avoid straying away from the topic of Limbaugh’s death…
“We probably have 100 questions for you, but so many of them are not appropriate for this venue so we’ll keep it on this topic,” host Bill Hemmer said.
And Mike Pence got all misty eyed.
Today America lost a Giant with the passing of Rush Limbaugh, and Karen and I send our most heartfelt sympathies to Kathryn, his brother David, and the millions of Americans who loved and cherished his incomparable voice. pic.twitter.com/tGlhCiY7g6
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) February 17, 2021
His voice was “incomparable” I’ll go along with that. He was a monster made possible by the abolition of the Fairness Doctrine and that’s the long and the short of it.