If you ever needed to wonder about Rush Limbaugh’s impact on the conservative movement in America, his status as the Emperor of the Right was solidified on Monday after the radio legend admitted on his program that he was dealing with a diagnosis of “advanced lung cancer.” The 69-year-old talk show host said he’d had his diagnosis confirmed by “two medical institutions back on January 20” and that he would begin treatment in the days to come.
The announcement not only shocked Limbaugh’s millions of faithful listeners, it also sent waves of grief across the wider world of conservative media. Many of the industry’s most prominent hosts, talkers, politicians, and pundits wished El Rushbo the best, and gave him enormous credit for what he’d done for their life trajectory, their views, and their very careers.
“Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is. There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!” tweeted President Donald Trump.
“#Rush you are in our prayers,” tweeted Glenn Beck. “We live in a time of modern miracles. Millions are Praying you find one.”
“Talk radio wouldn’t be anything like it is without @rushlimbaugh. We are praying for you,” wrote fellow radio star and Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“We are praying the rosary this week for Rush Limbaugh. May he find treatment that brings healing. Prayer warriors coast-to-coast are hard at work,” tweeted Hannity’s Fox News colleague Laura Ingraham.
Rounding out the Fox News primetime lineup was Tucker Carlson, who said on his show: “It goes without saying that we are rooting for him and saying a prayer for him.”
“Like so many who believe in the conservative cause, wishing #RushLimbaugh all the best in his fight against cancer,” tweeted Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Vice President Mike Pence, who used to host a conservative radio show of his own, said Limbaugh was a “national treasure, who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years.”
And we would be remiss not to highlight these kind words from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the only prominent Democrat we could find who had the heart to offer her condolences.
“I and my family send our love and best wishes to you and your loved ones at this difficult moment in your life. May your hearts and minds be filled with and strengthened by God’s love,” Gabbard tweeted.
And just to join the pile-on, we want to extend our own gratitude and heart-wrenching compassion to Rush. We are hoping against hope and praying against all statistical logic that you make a full recovery. Neither the radio waves, nor the conservative movement, nor the country itself would be the same without you. Mega-f’n-dittos, you incomparable icon. GET. BETTER.