Rush Limbaugh left us with a finite number of television appearances, but those appearances become more relevant every year.
In a newly viral clip from 1993, Limbaugh lambasted “virtue signaling,” decades before the popularization of that term.
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The conservative commentator performed a bit about wearing ribbons to show support for a cause.
“Hi. Because I’m wearing these ribbons I care more than any of you about anything. And these ribbons say so. I want you people sitting at home and you people in the audience, look down at your lapel right now,” Limbaugh said.
“When you look down, what do you see? You don’t see anything because you’re not wearing any ribbons.”
Limbaugh went on to address his ribbonless audience.
“It means you’re a bigot; it means you’re a racist; it means you’re a sexist; it means you’re a homophobe. It probably means you’re a white guy; it probably means you’re a European, and you and you alone are responsible for all the ills of America. But I’m not because I wear these ribbons. I care more than you,” the talk radio host said.
Take a look —
Rush Limbaugh nails woke virtue-signaling all the way back in 1993: pic.twitter.com/psURXWUIH7
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) November 6, 2022
Limbaugh hosted a talk radio show in the 1970s, becoming an early practitioner of the form. He achieved national recognition for it in the 1990s, eventually landing a TV program.
The conservative radio icon died last year after battling cancer, but his legacy still lives.
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His widow, Kathryn, has speculated about how Rush would have commented on the present day.
“We were going to be facing harder days,” she said in February. “He predicted and knew that.”
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