Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered flags to be hoisted at half-staff in the sun state in honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer at the age of 70 this week.
“We had one of us, Rush Limbaugh, passed away a few days ago. What we’re doing for something of this magnitude when they announce the internment dates for Rush, we’re going to lower the flags to half the staff, ”he told fans on Friday. “There’s not much to say, the guy was an absolute legend.”
The move was immediately denounced by state democrats, who attacked the governor for paying tribute to such a polarizing figure.
“Lowering the flag of the United States is a great honor for those who have served our state and nation with honor and courage,” Senator Gary Farmer, the Chamber’s chief Democrat, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Governor DeSantis has now turned that distinction into a partisan instrument to greet a man who served no interests other than his own and did his best to divide a country deeply along political fault lines.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the decision an “embarrassment” for the state.
Widely regarded as the father of conservative talk radio, Limbaugh reached his personal climax during the Trump era when he spoke regularly to the former president. Limbaugh stayed aloft until a few weeks before his death. In February Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
DeSantis wasn’t the only GOP pole willing to honor Rush by lowering flags. Over in Washington, newly minted Congressman Lauren Boebert urged the federal government to follow suit.
However, this would be a call to President Biden, which makes such a move significantly less likely.