Politicians, news pundits and celebrities took to social media to give their thought and prayers to Rush Limbaugh after his passing from lung cancer on Wednesday. But one of the most powerful tributes came from Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
McEnany responded to Limbaugh’s passing, saying America “lost a giant” and the United States is “better because of him.”
She wrote on Twitter: “Rush Limbaugh had unrelenting boldness to proclaim the truth. Watching his wit, passion, and willingness to hold the media accountable informed my entire career.”
“Growing up in Plant City, Florida, my dad would always play the Rush Limbaugh program in his pick-up truck.
“My fellow classmates from my all-girls Catholic school knew if they road in my car, we would be listening to Rush Limbaugh.
“I am the definition of a “Rush Baby,” and it’s not just me. There are tens of thousands of us all across the conservative movement.
“He has built a legacy that will endure for many generations to come and will continue to inform our country.
“Thank you, Rush, for all you have done for this nation. The United States of America is better because of you.”
In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis.
“I have very much that I want to say to all of you today, and I’m feeling very pressured — not pressured. I’m feeling stage fright kind of thing. There’s so much I want to say, and I want to say it correctly,” Limbaugh said. “I want to convey my feelings, and I want to do it right. I want to do it to the best of my ability.”
Limbaugh detailed how his diagnosis of stage 4 terminal cancer in January shocked him.
“Well, back in late January when I received this diagnosis — and I was shocked,” he said. “I was stunned, and I was in denial for about a week. I mean, I’m Rush Limbaugh. I’m Mister Big of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I mean, I’m indestructible. I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ but it was.”
“What I didn’t know at the time that I learned later in the course of the year was that I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October and then to November and then to December — and yet here I am. Today I’ve got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. God’s with me today. God knows how important this program is to me today, and I’m feeling natural in terms of energy, normal in terms of energy, and I’m feeling entirely capable of doing it today.”