Rush Limbaugh was a radio and cultural icon — a man who could take on the left with half his brain tied behind his back just to make it fair. He belongs to the ages now; Limbaugh died at the age of 70 on Ash Wednesday from Stage IV lung cancer.
Now, the state of Florida is honoring him by flying its flags at half-staff to commemorate the funeral of the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
“I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements but what we do 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,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said at a news briefing, according to WKMG-TV.
While Limbaugh was long associated with New York City, he moved his operation to Florida 10 years ago, according to American Greatness. There, he broadcast from what he called his “Southern Command” in Palm Beach.
In a statement released shortly after Limbaugh’s passing, DeSantis said, “Rush busted through a media landscape in which a handful of media outlets served up pre-cooked, liberal narratives. By providing a fresh, conservative perspective, Rush attracted millions of listeners and paved the way for the proliferation of conservative media. Rush was no flash in the pan — he was the dominant force in radio for decades.
“Rush is the GOAT — of radio, of conservative media and of inspiring a loyal army of American patriots.”
Also speaking at the news briefing was James Golden — better known to Rush listeners as Bo Snerdley, Limbaugh’s producer.
“Rush is like a second-generation founding father,” Golden said at the media briefing, American Greatness reported. “The seeds that he planted are going to sprout in America and continue to grow for generations, and generations to come.”
Limbaugh, he said, “was one of the most incredible human beings I ever met.
“It goes beyond what he did for the media—he transformed it — it goes beyond what he did for the country — in so many ways he helped transform that too — it goes to the greatness of his soul,” Golden continued. “What a wonderful, decent human being he was … who genuinely loved the people of this country, and wanted to see the people of this country prosper — as is our birthright.”
Lowering the flags was a move originally suggested on Twitter by Republican Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini.
“Rush was a relentless champion of America and of civic engagement. May his memory live on forever,” Sabatini wrote in a Twitter post.
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.
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