Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order for flags to be flown at half-mast across the state following the recent death of conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.
In a statement, the governor announced: “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 th flags to half-staff.”
“His ability to connect with his listeners”
Fans and colleagues alike were left in mourning on Wednesday when Limbaugh’s death at the age of 70, following a roughly yearlong battle with lung cancer, was confirmed.
The veteran broadcaster had been a force in talk radio since taking a position with KFBK in Sacramento, California, nearly four decades ago. A subsequent repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, which limited the scope of opinionated content over the airwaves, paved the way for Limbaugh to launch a legendary nationwide career.
He quickly gained more listeners than any of his peers and his defense of conservative values gave the political ideology a popular edge it had previously lacked in American culture.
DeSantis heralded Limbaugh’s contributions to the nation’s political discourse in a statement regarding his death.
“His skills behind the Golden EIB microphone were matched only by his ability to connect with his listeners across the fruited plain — the hard-working, God-fearing and patriotic Americans who were and are the subject of derision and ridicule by the legacy media,” the governor said.
“Nobody will ever replace him”
DeSantis’ statement went on to refer to Limbaugh as the greatest of all time in the right-wing media sphere, asserting that he inspired “a loyal army of American patriots.”
Former President Donald Trump was also among Limbaugh’s high-profile admirers, opting to use his State of the Union address last year to honor the broadcaster with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“We don’t know who will succeed Rush as America’s anchorman, but we do know that nobody will ever replace him,” DeSantis declared.
The governor’s decision to lower flags across the state following Limbaugh’s death is hardly unprecedented. He previously announced similar declarations following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and in the wake of last month’s violent riot on Capitol Hill.
Despite the clear precedent, Limbaugh continues to be a source of outrage among his leftist detractors even in death, prompting some Floridians to protest DeSantis’ decision based on their insistence that the host was a divisive figure undeserving of recognition.