Palm Beach, FL – Rush Limbaugh died on February 17 following a yearlong diagnosis of lung cancer. He was best known for “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which premiered on August 1, 1988, and focused heavily on politics, with a strong conservative voice. The show reeled in 27 million daily viewers and he regularly said demeaning things about women, bigoted comments on race, and homophobic diatribes.
Limbaugh said that, “feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” In 1988, he called Amy Carter “the most unattractive presidential daughter in the history of the country.” In the early 1990s, he referred to Chelsea Clinton as the “White House dog,” and in 2009 he went on to attack her mother, First Lady Hillary Clinton, by saying she was unable to become a United States Marine because “they didn’t have uniforms or boots big enough to fit that butt and those ankles.” In 2012, when Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke went before Congress to demand that contraception be covered under the Affordable Care Act, Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Regarding race Limbaugh said, “If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians,” a preposterous statement in itself. Starting in 2008, Limbaugh attacked the Obama family on a regular basis.
Of course, LGBTQ people we included. “When a Gay person turns his back on you, it’s anything but an insult; it’s an invitation.” He routinely argued that LGBTQ+ rights are anti-American because, he believed, they go against America’s traditional values, and he blamed the Gay community for wanting to destroy traditions. he blamed Democrats for embracing and normalizing LGBTQ+ rights. When Pete Buttigieg ran as a Democratic presidential candidate, Limbaugh said that “America’s still not ready to elect a gay-guy-kissing-his-husband-on-the-debate-stage president.” Furthermore, Limbaugh continually referred to marriage equality as “perverted.” Limbaugh hosted a recurring segment that ran for a few weeks in the 1990s called “AIDS Update.” During this segment, he cracked jokes about the AIDS epidemic and how it killed over 100,000 Americans in the 1980s. He often played songs such as “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,” “Kiss Him Goodbye,” “I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Back in the Saddle Again.” Editor’s Note: To paraphrase early 20th century attorney Clarence Darrow, we have never killed anyone but we read the obituary of this loud-mouthed hate-monger with great satisfaction and hope that the political atmosphere is a little cleaner. (Seattle Gay News – Hannah Saunders at http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews49_09/page2.cfm)
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