President Trump Will Award Rush Limbaugh the ‘Medal of Freedom’ Following Cancer Diagnosis

A day after conservative icon Rush Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis live on his afternoon talk radio show, President Donald Trump announced that he would honor him with the Medal of Freedom.

Trump reportedly made the announcement during a private lunch meeting with network anchors. Limbaugh has become a close supporter of President Trump as he has risen to the top of Republican politics.

“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not trying to tell anybody, I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don’t like making things about me,” Limbaugh said on Monday. But “there are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment, or I’m reacting to treatment.”

Limbaugh’s full address to his fans can be heard here:

The White House bestows the Medal of Freedom to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

The Trump administration considers Limbaugh worthy of this honor for his decades raising the banner of conservatism. Limbaugh has often been credited as one of the men who did the groundwork in the fight against the political establishment and the fake news media that led to Trump becoming the President.

Limbaugh made a rare appearance on the campaign trail for President Trump in 2018, appearing at the final Trump rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri before the mid-term elections that year.

“We are a great nation at risk in a dangerous world,” Limbaugh said. “And much of the risk we face is internal.”

“We are hanging by a thread,” Limbaugh continued. “Do you realize, folks, there is nobody ― there’s some on the Republican side ― but for the most part there’s nobody who would do what Donald Trump has done, nobody who would buck the system? Who among anybody in politics, who could you have lobbed onto that would have this kind of chance to make America great again?”

“They say we’re divisive, but we’re not divisive,” Limbaugh added. “We’re defending an America that has strayed from our founding. Nothing to do with race. Nothing to do with gender. Nothing to do with any of these identity-political labels. It has to do with culture. It has to do with defending the Constitution.”

Limbaugh is in the prayers of millions of conservatives as he begins the battle of his life against stage-four lung cancer.