Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host and former GOP presidential candidate, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in November despite a court order to leave his radio show.
Speaking to a rally of supporters outside his Washington, DC, home, Limbaugh said: “I am just going to say it, I am not running for re-impeachment and I will not run for re…
I am going into retirement now, I’m going into the Senate,” he said, adding, “It’s a big decision.”
He added: “This is a very big deal.
I am the biggest winner in the world right now.
I have a lot of people to thank for this victory, the president, everybody.
But I’m also going to take some credit for it.”
The Republican congressman from Texas is scheduled to give a speech at a news conference on Tuesday at which he said he has never been to a court in the United States where the constitution is at issue.
He did not address his legal woes, but a ruling from a Washington state judge could be the beginning of a legal battle.
Last week, a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked the government from taking action against Limbaugh for violating his right to free speech.
Rush Limbaugh: US judge has blocked my re-run of ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ source Alias: aljazeera english title Rush, US judge block Limbaugh’s re-runs of ‘Rush Limbaugh Show’, calling it ‘dangerous’ article The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ruled that Limbaugh’s show “will not be revived” under a ruling by a federal court in Washington.
In a ruling that was expected to be appealed, Judge Jeffrey White found that Limbaugh violated the First Amendment by “violating the rights of his listeners to express opinions without fear of retribution”.
In the past, Limbaugh has spoken out against President Donald Trump and Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee.
He has been criticized for his incendiary comments against President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and for saying women who have abortions should face criminal charges.
Limbaugh has said he believes abortion should be legal only in cases of rape or incest.LIMBAUGH: ‘It is a dangerous precedent’ source ABC News article Limbaugh has said it is “dangerous” for the US to impose restrictions on his broadcast.
“I don’t want to take a position on this,” Limbaugh said on his radio program.
“I will be very candid with you and I think you’ll see the truth in what I have to say.”
The former talk show star said he had no regrets and hoped the decision will not affect the ratings for the show.
“As a person who is so proud of the work that we do and proud of what we stand for, this is a bad precedent for all of us,” he added.
“It is dangerous precedent.
It is not what the First Circuit Court of Appeals had in mind when it said it should not be enforced.”
Rush Limbaugh speaks at a rally in Washington, D.C., on November 15, 2018, as Republican senators begin to weigh their own re-elections.
The Rush limbaugh show has been canceled.
Sources: Al Jazeera