Donald Trump Says He Thought About His Own Mortality After Rush Limbaugh's Death

Former President Donald Trump has said that the death of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has made him think about his own mortality.

Trump made the remarks during Wednesday night phone interview on conservative network Newsmax. Host Greg Kelly asked Trump, who is 74 years old, whether the death of Limbaugh at the "young" age of 70 had made him consider his "own mortality for just a minute."

"Well, you do think about it," Trump replied. "But I also have friends that are in their 80s and their 90s. You look at Bernie Marcus, [co-founder of] Home Depot, he's 93, he's 100 percent. It was incredible, I watched him the other night on television, he was 100 percent. So, you know, I think that depending on life and genes and lots of other things, I guess it depends."

"Rush was young, relatively speaking he was young," continued Trump. "He just got a bad deal with what he had. It was not something that was going to be beaten and he understood that."

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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and President Donald Trump shake hands during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty

Limbaugh died Wednesday after battling advanced lung cancer for a little more than a year. Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his 2020 State of the Union address, which took place on the day after Limbaugh publicly announced his cancer diagnosis.

Trump said that although Limbaugh knew that his condition was terminal, he had specifically hoped to survive past the 2020 presidential election. The former president said that Limbaugh agreed with him that the outcome of the election was "disgraceful," with Trump unambiguously losing to President Joe Biden, while falsely claiming that he had really "won" the election instead.

"He wanted to get past the election and he made it easily," said Trump. "And he thought we won the election. We did win the election, as far as I'm concerned. It was disgraceful what happened, totally disgraceful. But Rush wanted to get by the election and he did it and he was proud of that. But he thought the result was a disgrace."

Limbaugh claimed there was "no way" Biden legitimately won the election shortly after the race was called by most media outlets, but he did not appear to be entirely on board with every aspect of the Trump campaign's activities after the election. In late November, Limbaugh lamented that "blockbuster" evidence had not been produced by lawyers promoting conspiracy theories involving widespread voter fraud.

Limbaugh was also not an initial supporter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, even admitting that he believed Trump was "not a conservative" after he began supporting him months before the election. However, he did eventually become one of the former president's staunchest defenders over the course of his presidency.

Limbaugh campaigned with Trump during his failed reelection bid. Some of Limbaugh's final broadcasts featured him defending the former president against allegations that he incited the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which led to Trump becoming the first and only president to be impeached twice.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's office for additional comment.