On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would be ordering flags to fly at half-staff to honor Conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh. He died earlier this week after a battle with lung cancer at the age of 70.
.@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are saddened to learn of the passing of fellow Floridian and our friend, Rush Limbaugh. My statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/L4GuZZNhfy
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 17, 2021
“I know they’re still figuring out 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 during an event to name election reforms that he will support.
“There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend,” he said. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.”
DeSantis said he would order the lowering of flags to half-staff when funeral arrangements for Rush Limbaugh are made.
— Hannah Morse 🌅 (@mannahhorse) February 19, 2021
In a statement shortly after Limbaugh’s death, DeSantis praised him as the greatest of all time "of radio, of conservative media and of inspiring a loyal army of American patriots.”
Earlier this week, Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) sent a letter asking for DeSantis to bestow the honor to “a great Floridian.”
“Mr. Limbaugh was a champion of the constitution, civic engagement, and a true American patriot,” Sabatini wrote.
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
DeSantis most recently ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the police victims of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to The Miami Herald.
Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only statewide elected Democratic official, criticized DeSantis’s “priorities.”
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