President Trump gave legendary conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh quite a surprise during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Limbaugh was seated as a guest of honor for the President’s speech.
Yesterday, Limbaugh, who is 69, announced on his radio show that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
Trump began his surprise by saying “Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, beloved by millions of Americans, who just received a stage-4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news. But what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country. And Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Melania Trump, who was seated next to the legendary host, presented the medal to a visibly shocked and emotional Limbaugh as the hall rang with applause.
Limbaugh made the stark announcement Monday, telling his audience “I wish I didn’t have to tell you this and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing ‘cause I don’t like making things about me.”
Limbaugh was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. He has been regarded as the voice of conservative America for over 30 years.