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Trump, Tulsi, Top Conservatives Offer Prayers, Well-Wishes For Rush Limbaugh Following Cancer Announcement
US radio talk show host and conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh looks on before introducing US President Donald Trump to deliver remarks at a Make America Great Again rally in Cape Girardeau, MO, on November 5, 2018. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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After Rush Limbaugh announced on his talk radio show Monday that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, prayers and well-wishes poured in for the legendary conservative talk show host.

“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” Mr. Limbaugh told his viewers on Monday, closing out his show. “I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th.”

“Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is,” President Donald Trump posted Monday. “There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend!”

Vice President Mike Pence, on the evening of the announcement, promised prayers to Limbaugh, whom he called a “National Treasure.”

“Rush Limbaugh is a National Treasure who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years. Rush, Karen and I will be joining millions across this Country in praying for your swift recovery. God Bless You!” the VP posted via Twitter.

David Limbaugh, conservative columnist and brother to Rush Limbaugh, gratefully responded: “I love you, Mr. Vice President Mike Pence!!!!”

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro called the announcement “terrible news” and underscored Limbaugh’s influence on our nation.

“Pray for Rush and his family. Rush’s impact on the conservative movement can’t be overstated — nearly every conservative of my generation grew up listening to him — and that impact will be felt for decades to come,” Shapiro wrote.

“Just heard the news about Rush Limbaugh, a man who loves this country and his listeners dearly, and is a tireless warrior for things he holds dear,” former Fox News host Megyn Kelly said. “Wishing him strength and tenacity as he takes on this new battle w/advanced lung cancer.”

“Do what you do so well, Rush – FIGHT,” she added.

“Rush Limbaugh is a giant. America would be a different and worse place without him,” wrote American Greatness’ Chris Buskirk. “Let’s pray for his health but let’s also offer prayer of thanksgiving for his life.”

Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, joined the chorus of conservatives praying for Limbaugh.

“To Rush Limbaugh: I and my family send our love and best wishes to you and your loved ones at this difficult moment in your life. May your hearts and minds be filled with and strengthened by God’s love,” she posted.

“The news that Rush Limbaugh has lung cancer is horrible, but he’s got millions of people behind him. He’s a legend and a fighter. If you are the praying kind, do it,” said Town Hall columnist Kurt Schlichter.

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise posted, “Rush Limbaugh is a fighter. Praying for him and his family as he battles advanced lung cancer. God bless you, Rush. You’re an American icon and your listeners are behind you!”

Bo Snerdley, Limbaugh’s right-hand man during his three-hour long program, asked listeners to pray, adding “Love you so much Rush.”

“Those of you who are listening to the Rush Limbaugh show now. Pray with us. Thank you. God Bless you Rush Limbaugh. Love you so much Rush,” Snerdley tweeted.

Limbaugh reassured his listeners on Monday that he has a close relationship with God, a relationship he has been “working.”

“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do,” he said. “And I have been working that relationship tremendously. I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms.”