Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk radio host has made a suggestion to President Trump after The New York Times ran a story on April 15 with the headline, “Trump Wanted a Radio Show, but He Didn’t Want to Compete With Limbaugh.”
On his national broadcast on Wednesday, Limbaugh made the announcement, “If the president wants to do this—if he wants to come on and have a show—we’ll let him do it.” reports BPR.
The New York Times mentioned that when the president had a meeting in early March with the coronavirus team in the situation room, he put the idea to them of a regular talk radio segment broadcast from the White House.
The president explained it would allow him to talk directly with people concerned about the pandemic sweeping the country—but he had one reservation. He didn’t want such a show to compete with Rush Limbaugh’s regular talkback segment.
The president is a great admirer of Limbaugh, to whom he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February during his State of the Union Address, where he referred to Limbaugh as, “the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.”
“Talk radio is still a powerhouse when it comes to Republican voters,” said Jason Miller, co-host of the ‘War Room’ podcast and a former Trump communications adviser. And the president, Mr. Miller said, ‘realizes how big a powerhouse Rush is,’” reported the Times.
Limbaugh, who is battling stage 4 lung cancer and undergoing treatment, is all in favor of the idea and looking for ways to accommodate the president on his show.
“I’m here making it known—and I will call later, too—but I’m doing it here, making it known that this program is available to the president if he wants to audition, if he wants to use it for a town hall, if he wants to have direct connect with you, that we got it handled,” Limbaugh said.
“We could do it noon to 3 for as long as he wants. He could have direct connect with you in the audience. You know, not a bunch of bureaucrat experts up on the stage, and certainly no journalists choosing the questions or any of that. We’ll do it in a different way than anybody’s ever done town halls or any of that stuff,” Limbaugh, 69, said.
Through such a show, President Trump would have the opportunity to stay in touch with millions of his supporters, it could become a powerful tool leading up to the next election.
Whether the president takes up the offer of a radio broadcast remains to be seen, as it would be a huge commitment to add to an already busy schedule.