Vice President Mike Pence praised Rush Limbaugh as a godly man, and complained that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had disrespected the conservative broadcaster.
Limbaugh, who announced this week that he has advanced lung cancer, was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump during the State of the Union address, and Pence — a former conservative radio host himself — sang his praises on “Fox & Friends.”
“Rush Limbaugh plowed the way for conservative men and women on the airways of America, not just radio but television,” Pence said. “His contributions to this country, the memorable — and I know for a fact he did not expect the metal last night. I reached him shortly after he and (wife) Catherine left the Capitol, and he was very moved and he told me he was going to spend the rest of his life trying to earn it, and I said, ‘Rush, you have already earned it.'”
Pence said he and his wife offered their prayers to Limbaugh, whose wife assured the couple that “God was working in all this,” and then the Fox News hosts steered the conversation to Pelosi — who the vice president sharply criticized.
“Here is someone with Stage IV cancer,” Pence said. “It strikes me as one of those moments that was very revealing, whether the ripping up of the pages or her talking throughout the speech or looking down, I think it was an attitude of disrespect that I don’t think reflected how the American people were responding to the speech.”
On Fox & Friends, the Vice President of the United States pleads for civility for a radio host who built his career out of degrading women and people of color for decades, for the express goal of electing people exactly like the Vice President. pic.twitter.com/Gg5357jOBQ
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2020
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On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.
"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."
"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."
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On Thursday, writing for The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg laid into President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who appeared at the day's coronavirus press conference to blame states for the federal government's slow response.
"Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror," wrote Goldberg. "According to Sherman, when New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state would need 30,000 ventilators at the apex of the coronavirus outbreak, Kushner decided that Cuomo was being alarmist. 'I have all this data about I.C.U. capacity,' Kushner reportedly said. 'I'm doing my own projections, and I've gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.'"