Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated that flags be flown at half-staff in the sunshine state in honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died this week from Lung Most cancers on the age of 70.
“We had one of our personal, Rush Limbaugh, move away just a few days in the past. What we do for one thing of this magnitude, once they announce the dates of internment for Rush, we’re going to be decreasing the flags to half workers,” he instructed followers on Friday. “There’s not a lot that wants to be mentioned, the man was an absolute legend.”
The transfer was immediately denounced by state Democrats, who attacked the governor for providing the honor to such a polarizing determine.
“Decreasing the flag of the US is a excessive honor reserved for individuals who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation,” State Sen. Gary Farmer, the highest Democratic in the chamber in a press release. “Sadly, Gov. DeSantis has now reworked this distinction right into a partisan political software to salute a person who served no different pursuits than his personal and did his greatest to deeply divide a rustic alongside political fault strains.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz referred to as the choice an “embarrassment” to the state.
Limbaugh, broadly thought to be the daddy of conservative speak radio, reached his private excessive level throughout the Trump period the place he spoke recurrently with the previous president. Limbaugh stayed on the air till simply weeks earlier than his demise. In February, Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
DeSantis wasn’t the one GOP pol trying to honor Rush by decreasing flags. Over in Washington, freshman congresswoman Lauren Boebert referred to as on the federal authorities to observe go well with.
That, nonetheless, can be a name for President Biden — making such a transfer significantly much less seemingly.