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Rush Limbaugh’s cancer diagnosis brings out the best in society … and the very worst

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As the news swept the nation on Monday that talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, an important voice on the right, announced he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, there was an outpouring of prayers and support for the man who pioneered talk radio.

There was also a wave of pure unadulterated hatred from many on the left.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said on air, as he talked about the “incredible bond” he has with his listeners.

“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” he said. “It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”

President Donald Trump was among those sending positive words of encouragement to Limbaugh.

“Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is. There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!” the president tweeted.

Vice President Mike Pence also commented online, calling Limbaugh a “national treasure.”

“Rush Limbaugh is a National Treasure who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years. Rush, Karen and I will be joining millions across this Country in praying for your swift recovery. God Bless You!” he tweeted.

Even 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbarb, the congresswoman from Hawaii, weighed in to wish Limbaugh well.

But the haters were also out in force, perhaps none more despicable that comedian Nick Jack Pappas.

“I’m so sorry for lung cancer, no one deserves Rush Limbaugh,” the NBC ‘Late Night Writers Workshop’ member tweeted. “I wish him the best medical care he’s worked on denying to others.”

And make no mistake, Pappas wasn’t alone in that thought, as his tweet was “liked” by more than 13,000 people.

Even an alleged pastor got in on the hate-fest, as seen in a response to Pence’s tweet from Bishop Talbert Swan, president of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP and the head of Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ.

There were some, like “media personality” Tariq Nasheed, who actually celebrated the news, even calling Limbaugh a racist, which he’s absolutely, unequivocally not.

“Rush Limbaugh has spend decades spewing dangerous anti-Black racism. Now he has cancer… I know we shouldn’t celebrate one’s misfortunes…. but #PartyOverHere,” the tweet read.

Pure evil… with plenty of company from people like Jon Tayler, a former Sports Illustrated writer who tweeted that “it’s only fitting that this cancer upon the world should be stricken by it.”

Here are a few other examples of the worst society has to offer:

On the flip side, there was plenty of people willing to call out those who use a deadly disease to lash out at Limbaugh:

Tom Tillison

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