Former President Donald Trump issued a set of pardons, among his final acts in office, that included former political Steve Bannon on charges of allegedly defrauding donors for the private construction of a border wall; as well as former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman Elliot Broidy, who had pled guilty to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian business interests.
In addition, Limbaugh spent much of 2020 denying the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming early on that “this virus is the common cold” and then spreading a variety of conspiracy theories about it. He had alleged that hospitals were inflating case numbers and had staged the overrunning of hospitals. On the actual gravity of lives lost and illness spreading throughout society, Limbaugh said that Americans should “adapt” according to the example of American pioneers who “had to turn to cannibalism.”
Limbaugh had also ridiculed then-candidate Joe Biden for wearing a mask in public, before eventually defending Trump for having not worn a mask in the wake of Trump's own COVID-19 diagnosis. In the days after the election, he denounced President-elect Biden for calling upon all Americans to wear a mask.