Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh went on the airwaves on Monday and urged his “dittoheads” to go to the polls and vote for President Donald Trump, which will probably be the last election Limbaugh will see.
Limbaugh has served the Conservatives as a rallying force since the 1980s, and his show is heard by an estimated 27 million people every week. Limbaugh told his listeners last month that he was surprised to have survived the summer after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer earlier this year, and that he had spent the last few days mobilizing the president’s base.
Limbaugh’s show on Monday served both as a crescendo to celebrate Trump and his supporters and as a warning against what Limbaugh described as media efforts outside his own Excellence in Broadcasting Network to “suppress voter turnout on election day.
“Ladies and gentlemen, if ever there was a day when all media could be turned off except the EIB network, it is today, because we have reached the height of disinformation,” Limbaugh said.
In addition to warnings to the media, Limbaugh’s last show before election day was marked by compliments about Trump’s energy levels and hectic rally schedule, a brief discussion with Eric Trump when the President’s son was on his way to a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and repeated calls to voters to go to the polls.
“This is absolutely the way we win, the turnout on election day, unless you have already voted,” Limbaugh said. “But despite everything you’ve heard about early voting and absenteeism, the number of people who have not yet voted is phenomenally high. So just make sure that on election day, if you haven’t voted early, you get out and get out, because that’s how this election will be won.
Limbaugh began his career as a disc jockey in the late 1960s. He took a break from radio for a few years before re-entering the radio as a talk show host in the 1980s. The Rush Limbaugh Show was syndicated nationwide in 1988 and broadcast on more than 600 stations.
The national coverage of the Rush Limbaugh Show began the year after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cracked down on the Fairness Doctrine, a 1949 policy that required broadcasters to present both sides of a controversial issue as fairly or evenly as possible. The FCC’s decision in 1987 to abolish this policy created a way for personalities like Limbaugh to move forward with shows that openly reported on their political orientations and featured comments from guest speakers that further supported these positions.
Over the last three decades, Limbaugh has attracted controversy on countless occasions, making racist, sexist and homophobic comments. Against some of the criticisms that have been levelled against him over the years, he has argued that he uses humor when he talks to his audience, an approach he believes they understand, but the media do not.
While Trump’s candidacy for the 2016 office has become increasingly fierce, Limbaugh has often praised Trump and has continued to do so on most issues over the past four years. Trump even selected Limbaugh for the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this year, an award that Trump announced when Limbaugh attended Trump’s third State of the Union address in February.
As Trump recovered from his COVID 19 diagnosis last month, he called Limbaugh at the Rush show for a “virtual rally,” and Limbaugh posted a photo of a large “Trump 2020” banner in front of his home on Twitter last week. As he watched last week as the Senate voted to admit Amy Coney Barrett as the youngest Supreme Court justice, Limbaugh told his audience that this moment was an important reminder to them all.
“We have no choice in this election,” he said. “It has to be Donald Trump.”
He went on to say he believed that the modern Democratic Party wanted to “erase” and rewrite the Constitution. “It is serious and frightening, and we have no choice,” he said. “You have to go out there and vote trump.”
Limbaugh repeated his call to voters to go to the polls in a video that he posted on Twitter on Sunday. In the video, Limbaugh can be seen standing in front of a series of “Trump 2020” signs in South Florida.
“We are all-in for President Trump because he is all-in for us,” Limbaugh said. “Vote. It’s important. Be a part of it. Make a