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DeSantis Orders Flags Fly At Half-Staff To Honor Rush Limbaugh

Governor Ron DeSantis stands wearing a mask, looking to the right.
Daylina Miller
WUSF Public Media

They will fly at half-staff once the date of internment is announced.

Florida will lower flags to half-staff after funeral plans are set for conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh, a Palm Beach resident who died Wednesday after a battle with cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

“When there's things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we're going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said during a campaign-style press event at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach.

In a statement Wednesday, DeSantis praised Limbaugh for having an 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.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat who is widely rumored to be considering a run against DeSantis next year, contrasted the governor’s response to Limbaugh’s death with the passing in July of John Lewis, a civil rights icon and member of Congress from Georgia.

DeSantis sent out a tweet offering condolences a day after Lewis died. The tweet came hours after DeSantis, while in St. Augustine, declined to respond to a reporter’s question about Lewis and a local controversy regarding a Confederate memorial.