Rush Limbaugh passed away at the age of 70.
Millions of Americans mourned his death.
And then Donald Trump used one word to describe Rush Limbaugh that will leave you speechless.
In the interview with hosts Bill Hemmer and Harris Faulkner, Trump used one word to praise Rush — “irreplaceable.”
“Rush is irreplaceable,” Trump told Hemmer and Faulkner. “Unique. He had an audience that was massive.”
Trump praised Rush’s ability to host a three hour show with no guests and few phone calls where the vast majority of the broadcast was just Limbaugh offering up his “cutting-edge analysis” on the news and events of the day.
“He would get up and just talk,” Trump added. “He wouldn’t take phone calls — where people would call in every two minutes, and that’s sort of easy to do. He would just talk for two hours, and three hours. That’s not an easy thing to do.”
Rush would not run his show from a script or notes.
Instead, Limbaugh would utilize the famous “stack of stuff”—a collection of articles he would print out—to provide a jumping off point for what he wanted to discuss on the broadcast.
Donald Trump got to know Rush Limbaugh over the last several years and Trump declared Limbaugh “was a fantastic man, a fantastic man, a fantastic talent.”
Trump added that “People, whether they loved him or not, they respected him.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Limbaugh often served as Trump’s ambassador to the conservative grassroots.
Early on in the contest, many of the most conservative voters backed Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
But from day one, Limbaugh stood up for Trump and repeatedly told his audiences that even though Trump had no history in elected office Trump’s instincts would lead him in a conservative direction.
Trump proved Limbaugh correct by governing as the most conservative President many Americans had ever seen.
In many respects Rush Limbaugh played a major role in electing Donald Trump as President of the United States.
But Rush Limbaugh’s influence went far beyond one election cycle.
For years Rush Limbaugh’s program played the same role on the right as The New York Times did on the left.
The lead headlines in the Times dictated what the main broadcast networks and papers would cover.
The opening monologue of Rush Limbaugh’s program signaled to the rest of the conservative media ecosystem—which Rush singlehandedly created—as well as Republican politicians what their audiences would care most about on any given day.
It will be impossible for any one host to replace Rush Limbaugh and no one will even try.
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