A year after awarding Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former President Donald Trump praised the late conservative radio host for being a “legend,” “irreplaceable” and helpful to his political career.
On Wednesday, Kathryn Limbaugh, Rush’s wife, announced that the conservative icon had died after a yearlong battle with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh was well known as one of the most influential conservative voices and a staunch supporter of the president since his 2016 campaign.
Asked if Limbaugh, who promoted the former president’s positions and policies, made a “difference” to him, Trump told Fox News‘ Outnumbered, “I think he did.”
Trump added, “I’ve heard as many as 39 million people [listen to his show]. He is a legend. There aren’t too many legends around, and to those people who listen to him every day, it was like a religious experience for a lot of people.”
Limbaugh had the largest audience of any conservative radio host, and in May, Limbaugh said model projections from the EIB network found 43 million people listened to the show over a three-hour stretch. Nielsen put his listeners at about 15.5 million.
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