University of California faculty members were delighted upon hearing the news that conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh hours had died on Wednesday, calling him a “one-man hate industry” in an email pitching themselves as “Rush Limbaugh experts” for media interviews.
Three professors from the University of California, Riverside appeared to celebrate Limbaugh’s death after he lost his battle with lung cancer at age 70, claiming that “America is objectively a better place without Rush in it.”
“For decades, Rush Limbaugh made millions trafficking in racism, sexism, and xenophobia,” creative writing professor and former CNN employee Reza Aslan said in the email distributed by the university’s PR department which read “Rush Limbaugh experts available to media.”
“He was a one-man hate industry. And while the hatred and fear he sowed throughout his destructive career will continue long after his death, America is objectively a better place without Rush in it,” he continued.
Aslan made similar incendiary remarks after Limbaugh announced his diagnosis last year, calling him “evil” and a “curse upon this nation” in a tweet.
1. I am not “celebrating” anyone’s diagnosis. I’m posing an important philosophical question
2. Rush is not “my adversary” – he is a curse upon this nation, a purveyor of hatred and racism who’s at the very least indirectly responsible for the mass suffering of countless people. https://t.co/buUdG0V3IF
— Dr. Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) February 3, 2020
When Breitbart News covered his comments, an unapologetic Aslan shared a link to the article and wrote: “Actually ‘curse upon this nation’ is just about the nicest thing I can think of to say about Rush Limbaugh dead or alive.”
Actually “curse upon this nation” is just about the nicest thing I can think of to say about Rush Limbaugh dead or alive. https://t.co/7QsTyhDENs
— Dr. Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) February 5, 2020
The University of California Staff Take Delight In Rush’s Passing
His colleague, media and cultural studies professor Dylan Rodriguez said Limbaugh will be remembered as:
“an unapologetic purveyor of right-wing conspiracy narratives, racist mythologies, Islamophobic hate, and smug claims of white ‘American’ victimhood.
In life, there were few public figures who contributed more to the normalization of everyday white supremacist, anti-black, homophobic, and transphobic, misogynist worldviews than Rush Limbaugh.
It was entirely fitting that Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of freedom, given Limbaugh’s primary, decades-long role in establishing the white nationalist populism that swept Trump into the White House.”
UCR political science professor Shaun Bowler offered the most nuanced take on Limbaugh’s towering influence in the radio industry, describing him as:
“a leading figure in helping shape the modern GOPs electoral outreach and campaigning style.
Limbaugh’s questionable accuracy, his love of conspiracy theories and fondness for insulting people was a successful ratings mix in the 1930s and it was again in the 1990s.”