Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show earlier this week that President Donald Trump told him never to apologize for his remarks about Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.
Limbaugh had said earlier this month that Democrats would eventually conclude that “despite all the great wokeness and despite all the great ground that's been covered, that America's still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage.”
The remarks were made a week after Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s top civilian honor, during the State of the Union address.
Limbaugh said Trump called him just as he was about to go to a medical procedure and said, “Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don't ever.”
Limbaugh remarked that when the president called, he was not even aware that his comments about Buttigieg had created controversy.
Limbaugh insisted that “I didn’t say anything anti-gay. I didn’t even offer an opinion of my own.”
He explained that he “was asking people to analyze - asking people to imagine how the Democrat power base was looking at their options… at no point was there a lecture of Mayor Pete on family values or anything else. At no point was there a condemnation of Mayor Pete.”
Limbaugh said that the media made a big deal about his comments, because “I think they think that there’s a lot of people that don’t know he’s gay and that I sort of dropped the dime on it and let people who otherwise didn’t know that Mayor Pete is gay.”
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