Popular conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh shared a tragic update on his battle with lung cancer with his listeners on Monday. Among those listeners was President Donald Trump, who spoke about the sad news on Fox & Friends the following morning.
Fox and Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt played a clip of Limbaugh’s announcement about the progression of his cancer and asked the president who he believes will be the next big voice for conservatism once Limbaugh is gone.
Trump, for his part, praised Limbaugh as an “incredible man” who is irreplaceable, and said that although the terminal prognosis isn’t good, he is optimistic that Limbaugh is a fighter who will never give up, Fox News reported.
“Before we even talk about the next voice, there’s never going to be another voice like Rush,” Trump said.
“Never going to be another voice like Rush”
The president explained that although he didn’t know Limbaugh well prior to entering the political ring in 2015, he has received great support from the radio host and his legion of listeners, and they quickly became friends.
“From the day I came down the escalator, he was supportive of me. I didn’t have to talk to him, I didn’t have to meet with him and wine him and dine him. He was just with us because he liked what I was saying,” Trump said, according to Fox. “And I became friendly with him.”
The president continued: “Rush is an incredible man, and his wife Kathryn, incredible people, and he is putting up a fight like, you know, this has been going on for a long time. He didn’t have exactly a great prognosis when he heard about it, and this is now taking it to the next level, what he said yesterday.
“But he is an incredible man,” Trump said, “and that’s very sad to hear that. However, he will continue to fight. That’s the one thing I know about him. He’s incredible.”
“It’s tough to realize”
Limbaugh told his listeners on his show on Monday that despite some initial success in combating the disease, his cancer has progressed.
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said. “We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”
The award-winning talk radio host, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, expressed his immense gratitude for the prayers and support of his listeners, which he credited for helping him keep up the fight. Limbaugh also admitted that his fight has lasted much longer than he had predicted, as his doctors had only given him a few months to live when he was first diagnosed in January.
As the president astutely noted, Limbaugh is an incredible man, and while others will follow in his steps on conservative talk radio, it’s unlikely there will ever be another voice of the same caliber and impact as his.