During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump presented political radio host Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Democrats yelled “no” when the President announced it.
Limbaugh, 69, announced yesterday that he is beginning treatment for lung cancer. He is a Republican party icon and a close ally of President Trump’s.
“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, someone 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,” Trump said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.
He then asked first Lady Melania Trump to present him with the honor.
People close to Trump say he personally enjoys granting his friends the nation’s highest civilian honor. He bestowed the award upon seven recipients in 2019, and several more the year prior.