Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Limbaugh is a staunch supporter of Trump, even though he formally endorsed Cruz in the 2016 election. The radio host is also currently battling advanced lung cancer.

In a shocking and unprecedented moment, the conservative radio host received an award meant to represent the highest civilian award of the United States. The Medal of Freedom past recipients include Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. 

Yes, media personalities and actors like Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey and even Bill Cosby — before his rape allegations — have received the award as well. But, what makes Limbaugh's selection more questionable are the things he has said on the airwaves that would contradict the purpose of the award itself.

Limbaugh has a repeated history of expressing racist views and dog whispering racism upon his listeners.

"The days of them [minorities] not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution," Limbaugh said on June 4, 2009, months after Obama's inauguration, regarding how influential "angry" minorities are becoming.

"Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it," Limbaugh said.

In addition to racism, Limbaugh engages in sexism and misogyny.

"Did you know there's a White House dog?" Limbaugh said, accompanied by a picture of a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton.

Limbaugh asked if Herman Cain accusers were joining together because "they want to synchronize their menstrual periods," according to Media Matters.

For a two-for-one combo, Limbaugh poked fun at first lady Michelle Obama during her nationwide anti-obesity campaign.

"It doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said.

He also made sexual observations about Mrs. Obama's "large posterior," calling her "Michelle, my butt."