Prominent liberals began celebrating Wednesday just minutes after conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh’s wife announced that he had died from complications of lung cancer.
In a now-deleted Tweet, Meghan McCain called on people to “show grace when famous people they disagree with die.”
“Everyone has a family and people who loved them,” McCain said.
“Rush Limbaugh was one of the most harmful and poisonous people in the modern United States of America,” said Jared Yates Sexton, a political commentator and associate professor at Georgia Southern University. “His pursuit of wealth and power hurt untold numbers of people and wrought incalculable damage to politics as a public good, society as a whole, and the planet itself.” (RELATED: ‘I Wasn’t Expected To Be Alive Today’: Rush Limbaugh Delivers Final 2020 Message Of Gratitude)
Rush Limbaugh was one of the most harmful and poisonous people in the modern United States of America.
His pursuit of wealth and power hurt untold numbers of people and wrought incalculable damage to politics as a public good, society as a whole, and the planet itself.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) February 17, 2021
“Rush Limbaugh was a terrible human being in life, and I refuse to abide by the convention that his death absolves him from criticism for his legacy of bigotry,” pediatrician and writer Daniel Summers said.
Rush Limbaugh was a terrible human being in life, and I refuse to abide by the convention that his death absolves him from criticism for his legacy of bigotry.
— Daniel Summers, MD (@WFKARS) February 17, 2021
Crooked Media cohost Louis Virtel stated he stopped talking to his aunt after finding out she listened to Limbaugh’s radio show.
Once I learned my aunt listened to Rush Limbaugh, I knew never to speak to that aunt again. Thanks, Rush!
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) February 17, 2021
Scores of Twitter users jumped in to criticize Limbaugh after hearing about his death. “Rest in piss” began trending on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
#RushLimbaugh has gone to his reward. Bet it’s hot.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh helped create today’s polarized America by normalizing racism, bigotry, misogyny and mockery. He was a demagogue who got rich off of hate speech, division, lies and toxicity. That is his legacy.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 17, 2021
Cancel culture strikes again.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 17, 2021
rush limbaugh got hit by a train and exploded. he crapped himself right before the train hit him also. and the train was filled with dog poop.
— cat pics & links to podcast/stream (@boring_as_heck) February 17, 2021
karma will not allow me to say anything about Rush Limbaugh’s death other than this: may he get the afterlife he earned
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 17, 2021
RIP Rush Limbaugh, he got sucked down a toilet while shouting racial slurs
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) February 17, 2021
lmao rush limbaugh died before he could get a full week of coverage about how windmills are actually the reason why texas is freezing cus they’re just like fans in a room.
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) February 17, 2021
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) February 17, 2021
The Huffington Post called Limbaugh the “bigoted king of talk radio” in the headline of his obituary.
Rush Limbaugh was a bigot and a misogynist who saturated America’s airwaves with cruel lies and conspiracy theories for decades, transforming the GOP in the process.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) February 17, 2021
Rolling Stone titled their obituary “Rush Limbaugh Did His Best To Ruin America.”
How Rush Limbaugh did his best to ruin America. https://t.co/lpextBe9zI
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 17, 2021
Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at age 70 after a long battle with cancer, his wife Kathryn announced on his radio show.