Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday in the state Capitol.
The Associated Press described the induction as a “secretive ceremony.” The event was closed to the public and only certain guests, including more than 100 Republican lawmakers, were allowed to attend. Police stood guard outdoors to prevent uninvited guests from entering.
During his induction, Limbaugh repeatedly talked about his family. He described how his father had tried to pressure him into attending college. But Limbaugh had refused his advice and instead sought a career in radio.
“[My father] felt like a totally failure, he didn’t understand radio,” he said. Despite ignoring his father’s wishes, Limbaugh said his family had always been supportive of him.
At the end of his speech, Limbaugh praised Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley (R), who had selected him for the Hall of Famous Missourians.
“The Speaker’s office and the people in his office have been under assault for wanting to do this,” Limbaugh said. “He hung in, he was tough, he did not give them any quarter, laughed at them when they called his office — which is what you have to do, because they are deranged. They literally are deranged. Our so-called friends on the other side of the aisle are deranged.”
Limbaugh’s bust will be displayed at the Capitol alongside other members of the Hall of Famous Missourians, including President Harry Truman and author Mark Twain.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Missouri Progress, below: