When the news broke that Rush Limbaugh died Tuesday at age 70, in an unusual occurrence, other celebrity names began trending in connection with him: The people he had cruelly mocked.
Chelsea Clinton, for example, spiked as a trending topic. “Everyone, the Clintons have a cat. Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?” Limbaugh said once, setting up a joke. (Following his death from cancer, the controversial radio broadcaster’s biggest fans were quick to remember his purported sense of humor.) The punchline is that Limbaugh then showed a photo of Chelsea Clinton. She was 13 at the time.
Michael J. Fox also began trending in the wake of Limbaugh’s death. In fact—and, admittedly, perhaps as a testament to my own echo chamber that I’ve built online—I’ve seen more people tweeting about Fox than I have about Limbaugh himself. That’s because a clip has gone viral in which Limbaugh makes fun of the actor and accuses him of exaggerating the effects of his Parkinson’s disease in a 2006 political ad he appeared in.