On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters at a pre-State of the Union ceremony that he would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who on Monday revealed to listeners that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Trump's decision sparked immediate controversy on social media, with some commenters acknowledging the seriousness of Limbaugh's condition but criticizing Trump's rationale for awarding the high distinction on him:
"An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cu… https://t.co/0XOfYzIKWY— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1580857175.0
I wish a full recovery for Rush Limbaugh but the idea he deserves a medal of freedom is offensive. He's built a ra… https://t.co/SIbNHaDC9I— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1580857506.0
Trump is giving Rush Limbaugh, a racist/sexist/birther/conspiracy theorist, the Medal of Freedom. A flat-out emb… https://t.co/aWlSA5AVcU— Brian O'Sullivan (@Brian O'Sullivan)1580857791.0
“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” — Rush Limbaugh https://t.co/L8q0E5biKG— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants)1580857216.0
I wish Rush Limbaugh a speedy recovery. Fuck Cancer. That doesn’t mean he should get a Medal of Freedom. Limbaugh h… https://t.co/5pMg3RqCId— dylan (@dylan)1580864171.0
#medaloffreedom is tainted when all that is required is being a friend of the @potus. There are many who have riske… https://t.co/p1ukJ22QWD— blinkvet (@blinkvet)1580861983.0