Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh often accuses Democrats, liberals and President Obama of trying to limit the freedoms of Americans, but would not allow a caller discuss his drug past on his show today.
The caller originally suggested that Limbaugh should receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom, but later brought up his drug history, reports MofoPolitics.com (audio below).
“You can correct me if I’m wrong,” said the caller, “You exchanged shoe boxes of cash for narcotics in Florida, something that most people go to jail for decades, for mandatory minimums. They gave you a statue. I mean, you imported drugs into America with the Viagra deal down in Florida.”
Limbaugh then cut the caller off and accused him of being “filled with the usual leftist, bigotry, hatred and gibberish" and added, "You don’t have the slightest idea what you are talking about.”
According to CNN, Limbaugh was linked to an illegal prescription drug investigation in South Florida in 2003. He later admitted on the air that he was addicted to painkillers and entered rehab, noted CBS News.
In 2006, Limbaugh was arrested for “doctor shopping” in South Florida for allegedly trying to get multiple doctors to write prescriptions for Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, reported The Washington Post. He pleaded not guilty, reached a settlement and avoided jail time, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Limbaugh was also detained at the Palm Beach International Airport after returning from the Dominican Republic with Viagra in his luggage, reported CBS News. The medication did not have his name on it, but he was released without charges.