Rush Limbaugh Most Controversial Quotes

Rush Limbaugh, the man whom President Ronald Reagan once called "the number one voice for conservatism in our country," made his impact on radio for upwards of three decades before he died early Wednesday morning. He was 70.

"For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show," Limbaugh's wife Kathryn announced, during his eponymous radio show. "It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer."

The controversial radio host of The Rush Limbaugh Show became an on-air sensation after going national in 1988, and has since had a major influence in shaping conservative ideals.

Most recently, he falsely and repeatedly said on his show the day after the 2021 inauguration that President Joe Biden did not win the election — this after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead weeks prior. Democrats, Limbaugh falsely said, "know that this is something that's been arranged rather than legitimately sought and won." 

As his loyal fans, who call themselves "Dittoheads," mourn the death of the radio giant, read on to revisit some of Limbaugh's most controversial quotes. 

  • He began airing “Barack, the Magic Negro,” a racist parody song about then-Sen. Barack Obama’s popularity with many white voters, in 2007.
  • In John K. Wilson's book, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason, the host was quoted as saying this homophobic statement: "When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it's an invitation." 
  • In his "Undeniable Truths," written as part of an article for the Sacramento Union in 1988, Limbaugh wrote, "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society."
    • In a later updated version, he wrote:
      • "The Earth's eco-system is not fragile."
      • "Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud."
      • "The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters."

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