Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will soon order flags in the state to be lowered at half-staff in honor of radio host Rush Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday after battling lung cancer.
“I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements but what we do when there’s 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 at a political rally in West Palm Beach, where Limbaugh once lived.
“There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend. He was a friend of mine and just a great person,” DeSantis said, according to local NBC affiliate WFLA.
Limbaugh died Wednesday, just over a year after announcing his stage-4 lung cancer diagnosis. He was 70.
President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom at his State of the Union Address last February, just days after Limbaugh announced the news.
“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, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Rush is the (greatest of all time) — of radio, of conservative media and of inspiring a loyal army of American patriots.”
State Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini sent a letter to DeSantis after Limbaugh’s death asking the governor to lower flags in honor of the iconic host.
Today I sent a letter to Governor DeSantis requesting the lowering of Florida’s flags to half-staff in honor of the passing of a great Floridian—Rush Limbaugh.
Rush was a relentless champion of America and of civic engagement. May his memory live on forever. pic.twitter.com/5vXHbo9mDz
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) February 17, 2021
Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and the state’s only elected Democrat, criticized DeSantis’ decision, saying the governor “had no words for Congressman John Lewis.”
.@GovRonDeSantis is lowering Florida’s flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh.
But he had no words for Congressman John Lewis.
— Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) February 19, 2021
More recently, DeSantis lowered flags in the state for former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Sept. 18, and did the same for police victims during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
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