Rush Limbaugh Says Trump Urged Him Not to Apologize for Homophobic Remarks About Buttigieg

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President Donald Trump awarded far-Right radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom at his State of the Union address earlier this month.

Days later, Limbaugh made even more headlines when he scoffed at the idea that gay South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 presidential contender Pete Buttigieg would kiss his husband on a debate stage next to "Mr. Man" Donald Trump.

Despite massive outcry against the homophobic remarks, Limbaugh has yet to apologize.

Now, we know why.


In a moment shared by Media Matters, Limbaugh said Trump himself called to urge him not to apologize for his comments about Buttigieg.

Limbaugh said he wasn't aware of the backlash caused by his comments, before adding:

"Hell, the president even called me about this. The president checks in every now and then to see how I'm doing. He's such a nice guy. And he called...he said 'Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don't ever—' and I said, 'For what?' Well, I had no idea this thing had even bubbled up, you know? I'm doing the medical thing that I have to do here. And I wasn't even aware of this."

Trump was giving Limbaugh a piece of advice Trump has followed his whole life. Despite his numerous missteps and scandals, Trump has almost never apologized.

In a 2015 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Trump said:

"I think apologizing's a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I'm ever wrong."

People weren't exactly surprised to hear of Trump's advice to Limbaugh.







Trump's supporters like to claim that he's the most pro-LGBTQ President in history, though his administration's record doesn't support this. At all.



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Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

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If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.