Clearly, President Trump didn't give conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh advance warning that he would be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the middle of last night's State of the Union. Because the stunned look on Limbaugh's face when the cameras panned back to him was something that simply can't be faked.
"Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire...I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving...the Presidential Medal of Freedom." -@realDonaldTrump— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 5, 2020
Congratulations Rush! #SOTU #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/wIYdghSSHT
Of course, the minute Melania Trump pinned the medal on the conservative talk radio host, who recently revealed his Stage 4 Lung Cancer diagnosis, we assumed liberals across the country would be incensed into an apoplectic rage, infuriated that a "racist", "partisan" "divider" like Limbaugh had been awarded one of the highest honors in the US, which has been reserved for such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks.
Maureen Dowd was one of the first liberals to be openly triggered, reminding the world of that time Limbaugh called a Georgetown student a "slut", as if anybody had forgotten about that.
Remember that time Rush Limabugh called a Georgetown student a slut? Yeah, that guy was just festooned with a medal of freedom by the nation’s chief anti-bullying advocate. https://t.co/A37C4dRPD7— Maureen Dowd (@maureendowd) February 5, 2020
During an appearance in MSNBC (which we imagine will devote a liberal amount of airtime to lambasting Trump's decision to honor Limbaugh), Newsweek editor Jon Meacham slammed the president for awarding the medal (remember, Bruce Springsteen has one) to a partisan culture warrior: "You have the Medal of Freedom, an emblem of the new frontier, being given to the central architect of a reflexively partisan culture in the midst of a State of the Union that had nothing to do with union."
.@jmeacham on Rush Limbaugh receiving the Medal of Freedom: "You have the Medal of Freedom, an emblem of the new frontier, being given to the central architect of a reflexively partisan culture in the midst of a State of the Union that had nothing to do with union." #SOTU pic.twitter.com/kb4yTRh9aM— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 5, 2020
Even Joe Biden slammed Trump's decision to honor Limbaugh, claiming Trump abused his duty to inform lawmakers about the state of the nation and instead turned the SOTU into a "reality show". Biden also slammed Limbaugh for "dividing America" (whatever that means) and claimed Trump should have given the Medal to the Tuskegee Airman in the audience last night (who was also honored).
In a statement issued after Pres. Trump delivered his State of the Union address, Joe Biden criticized the president's decision to award Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. https://t.co/i9NqFsACLE #SOTU pic.twitter.com/xTVbkxmuW5— ABC News (@ABC) February 5, 2020
Of course, somebody had to play the race card, and last night, it was CNN, which claimed that Limbaugh has a long history of racially insulting African Americans, stoking some controversy on the right.
It's time for CNN to either provide the list or apologize on air for another piece of FAKE NEWS. I believe @BoSnerdley knows Rush better than anyone at CNN. Will CNN have the integrity to put up or shut up? Waiting and watching. https://t.co/4ldB6sgTg6— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 5, 2020
One of Hollywood's most successful directors of the last 30 years also couldn't contain his disdain of Limbaugh.
What did Rush Limbaugh ever do to you? https://t.co/Ojf3s3LkQ1— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) February 5, 2020
I formally challenge @CNN and @Acosta to provide a list of statements Rush Limbaugh has made to "disparage African Americans" as @Acosta stated. I have listened to Rush for 30 years. NOT TRUE. It is RACIST for @Acosta to use black people as political fodder.— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 5, 2020
AOC also mocked Limbaugh and his cancer in a post and claimed his reaction - which we thought was extremely genuine - was "disingenuous". Clearly, we process reality in a very different way than the Congresswoman.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez viciously *mocks* Rush Limbaugh, who has stage 4 lung cancer, calls his reaction to being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom "disingenuous"— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 5, 2020
Says that he, while having cancer, was a "joke," needed an "Opera moment," and was "nauseating" pic.twitter.com/VrsIj1Cmlj
Billy Baldwin (brother of Alec) compared Limbaugh to Jeffrey Epstein.
Giving Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the most disgusting this I’ve ever heard.— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) February 5, 2020
Who’s next... Jeffrey Epstein for his humanitarian work with runaway teens?
Remember, they're not as smart as they think they are.
Rush Limbaugh gets a medal of freedom? Give me a break. Does all the Trumpian morons get medals? What an American disgrace. I won't miss this idiot. pic.twitter.com/GADQk0p1rQ— Howard H (@Howard230) February 5, 2020
Across twitter, dozens and dozens are scathing comments from enraged liberals called Limbaugh every name and insult uner the sun, with many mocking his cancer and praying for his death. We're sure they'll be promptly suspended for violating Twitter's community policies, right Jack?