On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced he would order the flags in Florida be flown at half-staff to honor Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh died on Wednesday, after a year-long battle with Stage 4 lung cancer. The flags will be flown at half-staff when Limbaugh’s body is laid to rest. As of this writing, no funeral plans have been set.
Ron DeSantis: Florida will lower flags to half-mast to honor Rush Limbaugh https://t.co/KPmHQtFnUQ
— DeadState.org (@deadstatedotorg) February 19, 2021
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
In September, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the flags at public buildings to be flown half-staff to honor the recently departed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In January, he did the same for the police victims of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
Appearing with James Golden, longtime producer to the leading “shock jock”, the governor told reporters: “When there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half staff.”
Golden called him “a second-generation founding father”.
“The seeds that he planted,” he said, “are going to sprout in America and continue to grow for generations and generations to come, and America will be great again, not just because of Rush, [but] because of men like – and women – but men like this governor.”
DeSantis called Rush Limbaugh his friend and wrote a moving statement to Limbaugh upon news of his death.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 17, 2021
DeSantis appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about Florida’s Coronavirus response, and the hosts also asked him about Limbaugh’s legacy.
“He obviously was a legend in his field, really incomparable,” DeSantis said. “He had me on when he [sic] 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 times. We are going to miss him dearly.”