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Did Mike Pence Say 'America Lost a Giant' About Rush Limbaugh?

The former vice president reportedly commemorated Limbaugh on Twitter.

Published Feb 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Radio personality Rush Limbaugh  sits in the First Lady's box ahead of the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC.  President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
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Claim:
Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said "America lost a Giant" in reference to radio host Rush Limbaugh's passing.

Conservative commentator and radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away on Feb. 17, 2021, after a battle with lung cancer. Limbaugh's passing prompted former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to post a tweet commemorating him by saying, "America lost a Giant."

Pence, an evangelical Christian, told Fox News that Limbaugh was "the anchor of conservatism" and said that Limbaugh served as his inspiration to go into talk radio before Pence got into politics.

Throughout his long tenure as a commentator and broadcaster, Limbaugh has been criticized for espousing viewpoints that have been harmful, sexist, homophobic, and racist.

For example, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he downplayed the public health threat posed by the virus, claiming it was "being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump." He called former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who was 12 years old at the time, a dog, compared NFL players to gang members, and conducted a segment on his radio show in which he mocked people dying from the AIDS virus. Limbaugh later stated he regretted the latter.

Limbaugh was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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