How Did Right-Winger Rush Limbaugh & Mother Teresa Get the Same Award?
Trump paused his SOTU to award the controversial political commentator the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Rush Limbaugh, a right-wing radio host known for having sexist and racist views, has joined the ranks of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa with President Trump’s awarding of the Medal of Freedom.
During Trump’s third State of the Union address, he paused to recognize Limbaugh and award him one of the highest honors.
Limbaugh, who recently announced he’s battling lung cancer, is best known as the host of his long running conservative radio show “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
He’s been unapologetic for his racist and sexist views — he once called former President Barack Obama "the magic negro," coined the term "femi-Nazi" to describe feminists, and called a college student a "slut" and "prostitute" for discussing contraception.
“Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country. And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity,” Trump said.
The medal is awarded by the President to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant endeavors.
The often-profane host joins the ranks of past recipients such as Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., the list goes on, and it includes: Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics; Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; and labor leader Cesar Chavez.
American politician and retired four-star general Colin Powell has received the medal twice.