Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has confirmed that he will order that flags be hoisted on half of the public buildings in honor of conservative arsonist Rush Limbaugh. The often controversial radio personality died of lung cancer earlier this week.
“What we’re going to do, if there are things of this magnitude, once the internment date for Rush is announced, we’ll lower the flags to half the staff,” DeSantis told the crowd during a political rally in West Palm Beach.
In a statement released earlier this week, DeSantis, Limbaugh saidblasted by a media landscape in which a handful of media served pre-cooked, liberal narratives. “
Limbaugh hosted The Rush Limbaugh Showwho was in national syndication on AM and FM radio stations.
He promoted his often inflammatory comments on issues such as immigration and climate change. Limbaugh was also a well-known science denier who claimed for years that the 2010 BP oil spill didn’t really harm the environment. He went so far as to blame extremist environmental activists for the disaster, despite all evidence to the contrary. He also mocked AIDS victims on his show at the height of the epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, stating that homosexual men – who were often used as scapegoats for the disease – deserved death.
More recently, Limbaugh has frequently advanced conspiracy theories that the Covid-19 pandemic is exaggerated and downplayed the extent of the devastation across the country, even though the United States continues to lead the world in total deaths from the coronavirus. And as one of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal defenders, he spat out Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, statements that would contribute to the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol when groups of Trump’s supporters tried to break the results to reject an election was won by President Joe Biden decisively.
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.