Inside Joe Biden And Rush Limbaugh's Tumultuous Relationship

Considering President Joe Biden and the late Rush Limbaugh were at opposite ends of the political spectrum, it's no surprise their relationship was contentious. Prior to Limbaugh's death in February 2021, just one year after he revealed his cancer diagnosis, he used his last bit of airtime to perpetuate the false rhetoric that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

Following Biden's inauguration, Limbaugh told his listeners that Democrats "know that this is something that's been arranged rather than legitimately sought and won," per The Hill. "They have not legitimately won it," he added.

However, Limbaugh's remarks about the 2020 election are just one of the several controversial statements he's made throughout his career, as he's been accused of being "racist, homophobic, misogynistic," as per Deadline. Despite the controversies around his rhetoric, Limbaugh was awarded the Medal of Freedom by former President Donald Trump right after he revealed his cancer diagnosis. Of course, it was highly debated whether he was deserving of such an award, especially from President Biden. Keep scrolling to see what Biden thinks of the late radio host.

Joe Biden wasn't a fan of Rush Limbaugh

President Joe Biden has yet to send his condolences to the Limbaugh family as of this writing, but before Rush Limbaugh's death, he had a lot to say about the radio host's controversial remarks and his Medal of Freedom.

"Rush Limbaugh spent his entire time on the air dividing people, belittling people, talking about Blacks in ways that... anyways," Biden said after making the sign of the cross on his chest while speaking with Anderson Cooper at a town hall in February 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In fact, the event took place just hours after Limbaugh revealed his diagnosis and was award the Medal of Freedom.

"I mean, if you read some of the things that Rush has said, about people, their backgrounds, their ethnicity, how he speaks to them... I don't think he understands the American code of decency and honor," Biden, who also won the Medal of Freedom in 2017, continued, as per CNN. However, Biden can relate to his hardship after his son Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015. "I do feel badly, and I mean this sincerely, that he's suffering from a terminal illness," Biden said. "He has my empathy and sympathy no matter what his background is."