Revoke Rush Limbaugh's Presidential Medal of Freedom NOW

Revoke Rush Limbaugh's Presidential Medal of Freedom NOW

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Freda Dias started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

On February 5, 2020, during the State of the Union Address, long-time ultra-conservative radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh was mistakenly awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. For over 30 years, Limbaugh has blasted his racist, misogynistic, vitriolic hate-speech across the airways, misleading listeners and contributing to greater division among the people of the United States.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president of the United States "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". If anything, Limbaugh has been and remains a toxic threat in all three of these areas. As recently as December 2019, he attacked young climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, stating she is "not well" because she is on the autism spectrum, which is demeaning and dehumanizing to anyone on the autism spectrum.

The news and the internet are rife with a long history of such vile behavior from Limbaugh; behavior which is the opposite of the criteria a President is to use in selecting recipients of the Medal of Freedom. If the President will not rescind Limbaugh's award, the U.S. Congress should pass legislation to do so. Otherwise, all of the other, very deserving recipients may as well return their Medals, which will no longer have as much value if the likes of Rush Limbaugh is allowed to have one.

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