Rush Limbaugh Said … What?

The longtime conservative radio host has sparked many controversies with offensive and/or fact-averse statements.

7 Articles
  • Published 17 February 2020
7 Articles

Since 1988, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has broadcast his divisive opinions on politics, health, and society to millions of listeners. His influence has been credited with reinvigorating Republican politics in the U.S.; he’s also been called racist, bigoted, and homophobic.

In early 2020, he made headlines when U.S. President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, shortly after Limbaugh announced on his show he had been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.”

The renewed attention prompted something of a double take among Snopes readers, who wrote to ask us whether Limbaugh really said some of the things he’s quoted as saying. Here’s a collection of those fact checks:

Did Rush Limbaugh Accuse Michael J. Fox of Exaggerating His Parkinson’s Symptoms?

A 2006 controversy resurfaced in 2020 after the conservative radio host was diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Did Rush Limbaugh Refer to 12-Year-Old Chelsea Clinton as a Dog?

An old controversy was renewed in 2020 after the radio host was awarded the Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Did Rush Limbaugh Say Nicotine Was Not Proven To Be Addictive?

Some detractors hinted at a degree of irony in this quote after the conservative radio host announced his lung cancer diagnosis in early 2020.

Correct Attribution
Did Rush Limbaugh Call Troops ‘Welfare Queens,’ ‘Moochers’?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Did Rush Limbaugh Say Presidential Medal Was Tarnished by Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Did Rush Limbaugh Utter All These ‘Racist’ Statements?

A list purportedly documenting racially questionable statements made by the conservative radio talk show host is lacking in evidence.

Mixture
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Sending Lesbian Farmers to Invade Red States

Conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh railed against what he described as an Obama administration plot to pay lesbians to become farmers and invade conservative rural strongholds.

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