It has been a year since polarizing conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died from lung cancer. His widow Kathryn Limbaugh shared some of what he thinks about the country now.
Kathryn recalled with Fox News how she delivered the news on-air to listeners shortly after her husband died on February 17, 2021.
“I knew this audience would remember where they were when they lost their hero,” Kathryn said, explaining her decision to personally inform the world only hours after Rush died at 70.
“Rush always said that this audience meant everything to him.”
When asked by Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt how her late husband would feel about the state of the nation in the year since his death.
“He would be rather furious,” Kathryn said.
“He would be upset with the United States not being as strong as it has been and should be.”
Rush famously used to remark he had “talent on loan from God”, which Kathryn said was first bestowed upon him when he was hired at WABC in New York City to host “The Rush Limbaugh Show” after a stint in Sacramento radio.
“He would like to say [it was] when he was eight and he was broadcasting from his bedroom down to his mother and brother. But the big break probably was New York.”
Describing her husband outside of the broadcasting world, Kathryn said he was a man of faith who was “always mentally engaged, whether it was watching a television program or reading his iPad. He always said that life is show prep and I think it was very much, in his case.”
Still, she said her late husband would likely be angry at the current state of affairs in the country, given his conservative background.
“I think he would be rather furious,” she said in the interview, a full version of which was posted on Fox Nation. “He would be upset with the United States not being as strong as it has been and should be. I know he would say it’s not time to panic.”
She also said that in the wake of Rush’s death, her hope is that his listeners will “make sure that we continue our American values, that we continue to have pride for our symbols.
“I call him America’s Winston Churchill,” Kathryn said with a smile. “This was the nation’s loss.”
In Oct. 2020, as Limbaugh shared with his audience the news that cancer was going to win its fight, Limbaugh spoke of his faith and fears.
“I try to remain committed to the idea what’s supposed to happen, will happen when it’s meant to,” he said. “I mentioned at the outset of this — the first day I told you — that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is of immense value, strength, confidence, and that’s why I’m able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen will happen when it’s meant to.”
“There’s some comfort in knowing that some things are not in our hands. There’s a lot of fear associated with that, too, but there is some comfort. It’s helpful … God, is it helpful. It’s helpful to be able to trust and to believe in a higher plan,”he said then.
Kathryn Limbaugh said one thing that kept Rush Limbaugh going was his commitment to his audience.
“Rush always said that this audience meant everything to him, and we want that to carry on and make sure that we continue our American values, that we continue to have pride for our symbols,” she said.