“Rest In Piss” and “Rot In Hell” became trending topics on Twitter following the death of conservative talk show how Rush Limbaugh. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh’s wife Kathryn made the announcement on his radio show Wednesday.
“As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” she said. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
Limbaugh announced in February 2020 that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh continued to host his show while undergoing treatment, and he told listeners that he remained hopeful he would defeat the disease.
A pioneer of AM talk-radio, Limbaugh for 32 years hosted “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” a nationally-syndicated program he used to spout hateful commentary on gender, race and the LGBTQ community to his millions of loyal listeners.
During the course of his career, Limbaugh started a number of fires with his commentary. As CNN notes: “Limbaugh offered a conditional apology after he accused actor Michael J. Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson’s disease and apologized when he a insulted law school student Sandra Fluke. He relentlessly attacked President Barack Obama, going as far as to fan the flames of birtherism, the discredited idea that Obama was born outside the United States and therefore not eligible to be President. And, in the last few years, he peddled “deep state” conspiracy theories, providing cover for former president Donald Trump, who he counted as a friend.”
In February 2020, Limbaugh delivered a homophobic rant just a week after Melania Trump hung a Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck. Limbaugh mused about the discomfort some voters would experience watching then-Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg kiss his husband on the debate stage, especially if he’s standing next to, as he put it, “Mr. Man, Donald Trump.”
Buttigieg responded to Limbaugh’s homophobic remarks, saying he doesn’t take “lectures on family values” from the conservative radio host and Medal of Freedom recipient.
“Well, I love my husband. I’m faithful to my husband. On stage we usually just go for a hug. But I love him very much, and I’m not going take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh,” Buttigieg, who is gay, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
Following Limbaugh’s remarks, several of Buttigieg’s 2020 rivals came to his defense, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who called the comments “hateful and offensive.”
“These homophobic attacks against @PeteButtigieg are hateful and offensive. We will not tolerate this in the Democratic presidential race, and we will fight together against the hate and bigotry that Donald Trump promotes and rewards,” Warren wrote in a tweet.
Joe Biden also responded to the homophobic remarks at the time, saying the comments are “part of the depravity of this administration.”
“I mean the idea that, you know, Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell,” Biden said.
rest in piss is trending lmao pic.twitter.com/r96DfoQwu9
— kluges (@segulkluges) February 17, 2021
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— Polyamorous Tantric Sex Guru (@BethLynch2020) February 17, 2021
love it when I get to read good news. rest in piss
— silvio dante’s golf hat (@rachelmillman) February 17, 2021
Rest in piss Mr Limbaugh, I know if your grave is public many of us will help you do so
— Lady Oversteegen Czar of Anti-Va(ush)🔻🐬 (@SalamandersuitE) February 17, 2021
Wow, looks like the inspiration for Birchibald T. Barlow has finally checked out. Rest in Piss, you racist sack of shit. pic.twitter.com/BI9EejwZWc
— Andrew (@jupin) February 17, 2021
well, they got "rest in piss" off of trending, but the internet is still working pic.twitter.com/RvbBuzZ4th
— Nick Seaver (@npseaver) February 17, 2021