Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Friday that he would order flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of recently-deceased conservative talk radio veteran Rush Limbaugh.
As we have previously reported, Limbaugh passed away this week at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.
“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 unrelated event in Limbaugh’s home Palm Beach County, according to The Hill.
"There's not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend."@GovRonDeSantis announced this morning he will lower flags in the state in honor of Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host who died earlier this week.https://t.co/RCQKnFMomd pic.twitter.com/LQtewzlFqr
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) February 19, 2021
DeSantis’ announced the move during an event to announce election reforms he would support, prefacing the event with a tribute to Limbaugh.
“There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend,” DeSantis said. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.”
In a statement shortly after Limbaugh’s death, DeSantis praised him as the “GOAT,” meaning “greatest of all time,” “of radio, of conservative media and of inspiring a loyal army of American patriots.”
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 17, 2021
DeSantis’ move came after Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) asked the governor to honor the “great Floridian” by lowering the flags.
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
“Mr. Limbaugh was a champion of the constitution, civic engagement, and a true American patriot,” Sabatini wrote.
“I have listened to this legend most days of the week for over 20 years,” our own Elizabeth Johnston said of the tragic news. “My children have memories of waking up from their naps as toddlers hearing Rush’s famous intro music while mommy was in the kitchen.”
“His gift to us all was to help us laugh at the lies of the dishonest media and never give up fighting for the principles of our Founding Fathers,” she also wrote. “I never got the privilege of meeting him, but it feels like a friend has died. We will miss you, Rush. Praying for his family and close friends to be comforted by our Lord.”
Elizabeth Johnston also noted a statement made by Rush in one of his final episodes in which he said, “I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is of immense value, strength, confidence and that’s why I’m able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen will happen when it’s meant to.”
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