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The late Rush Limbaugh, a legendary conservative radio host who pioneered a format that’s become a staple in conservatism, was more than just the voice of American conservatism — he was also a “gentle giant” with a heart of gold.
His critics in the Democrat Party and the Democrat-aligned media would disagree, of course, but they never knew actually knew the man. They only knew the “evil” caricature of him that they’d invented in their creative minds.
Those who actually knew Limbaugh, on the other hand, have had nothing but positive stories to share about how he’d treated them and others.
Take country music singer-songwriter John Rich:
When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous. I never said a word until now. He will be missed. #RIPRushLimbaugh
— John Rich (@johnrich) February 17, 2021
“When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous. I never said a word until now. He will be missed,” the singer tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
He’s not the only one who’s spoken of Limbaugh’s incredible generosity.
One aspect of Rush’s personal character often overshadowed by the character he played was his incredible generosity – not just of money, but generosity of spirit. He invested in so many of us in his way, with his time, his voice, and his attention. A kind soul. https://t.co/T3navRGyaI
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was famous for tipping generously. We’re not talking 20% or 100%. He would often leave $5,000 to $10,000 tips for a single dinner.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 17, 2021
I wasn’t a Rush Limbaugh fan, nothing on him, I just didn’t listen to talk radio. I did watch a bit of his TV show with my dad two decades ago.
What I know is that Rush tipped $5,000 to $10,000 for a dinner.
People virtue signal cheaply.
Do you open your wallet up?
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 17, 2021
A) McCarthy on Limbaugh: Rush achieved towering success as a political commentator. Yet those that loved him knew his mission in life was bigger than politics. His extensive charity work for over thirty years revealed the true character of this American patriot.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 17, 2021
Ignore the ghouls. They are poor in spirit. Rush was wealthy in heart. Rush did more for charities and individuals who were struggling than all of those feckless monsters put together.
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) February 17, 2021
They weren’t lying.
In a profile of Limbaugh written way back in 2008, The New York Times revealed that he was the biggest tipper in New York City, which is where he lived at the time.
“He likes to throw down the most massive tips I’ve ever seen. The last few times his tips have been $5,000,” a waiter at one of the restaurants he used to visit told the Times.
During a heart-wrenching radio broadcast Wednesday in which she announced her husband’s death, Limbaugh’s widow, Kathryn Adams, also testified about his generosity.
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant — brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous, and the hardest working person I know. Despite being one of the most recognized, powerful people in the world, Rush never let the success change his core or beliefs,” she said.
“He was polite and respectful to everyone he met. Even most recently when he was not feeling well in the hospital, he was so appreciative to every single doctor and nurse and custodian and first responder. He never wanted to put anyone out, and always thanked them profusely for their help.”
Believe it not, but some have even said he was somewhat shy in person.
Writing for National Review, journalist John Fund noted that Limbaugh’s “bombastic,” irreverent on-air personality wasn’t the real him.
“Rush was, in truth, a shy man, and he became more so after he suffered near-total deafness in 2003. He was eventually able to harness the latest technology and use a cochlear implant to seamlessly continue his radio show,” Fund explained.
Georgetown University law professor and author Randy Barnett reported the same:
The one time I met Rush Limbaugh was at the home of a mutual friend. I was struck by how shy and introverted he was in person. Sometime later he interviewed me on the phone about the ACA challenge for the Limbaugh Letter. I got lots of email whenever he quoted me on the air. RIP
— Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) February 17, 2021
This just goes to show why you should never judge a book either by its cover or by its virtue-signaling. After all, many of the same leftists who virtue-signal publicly about peace, love and compassion tend to be the nastiest people behind the scenes.
Conversely, some of the people who may appear to be the roughest in public sometimes tend to be the most gentle of giants behind closed doors.
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