Rush Limbaugh, 70, who was broadcasting the highest-rated talk-show in the history of talk radio from Palm Beach, passed away this week after battling stage-4 lung cancer for almost one year. Limbaugh was unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting, and larger than life.
On Friday, DeSantis said flags in Florida would come down in honor of Rush Limbaugh, a legendary radio personality who died earlier this week. For decades, the radio host and Palm Beach resident railed against the American left, giving an unfiltered conservative viewpoint to millions of devoted listeners.
“Rush busted through a media landscape in which a handful of media outlets served up pre-cooked, liberal narratives,” DeSantis said in a statement earlier this week. “Rush is the (greatest of all time) — of radio, of conservative media and of inspiring a loyal army of American patriots.”
“What we do when there are things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said in West Palm Beach.
Governor Ron DeSantis also told Fox News Channel that Limbaugh was a legend in his field and he is incomparable. “He had me on when I was running for governor and I was getting the tar kicked out of me every day … I was honored to appear on his show a couple of times. We are going to miss him dearly”, Governor DeSantis said.
Limbaugh’s death has been widely mourned by conservatives, although critics have highlighted past comments by him that they suppose were one-sided and are evidently racist. He is known to often vocalize the Republican platform better and more entertainingly than any party leader, becoming a GOP kingmaker.
However, Democrats, including a potential 2022 opponent, were not happy to hear the news about the flag-lowering.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz took it to Twitter and said, “Rush Limbaugh weaponized his platform to spread racism, xenophobia, and homophobia across the nation. His constant hateful rhetoric caused untold damage to our political landscape.” She went ahead further to say that “DeSantis’ decision to honor him is an embarrassment to Florida.”
Democrats, including a potential 2022 opponent, were not happy to hear the news about the flag-lowering.
“DeSantis is lowering Florida’s flags to half–staff for Rush Limbaugh. But he had no words for Congressman John Lewis. Priorities,” tweeted Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Friday.
Governor Ron DeSantis has previously ordered flags to be at half-staff to honor the deaths of law enforcement officers killed on duty, members of the Navy killed in a mass shooting in Pensacola, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, among others.