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Florida to lower flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh

The conservative talk radio host and Palm Beach resident died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer.
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

TAMPA, Fla — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida will be lowering its flags to half-staff in honor of late radio host Rush Limbaugh.

The conservative talk radio host and Palm Beach resident died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was known for his controversial and outspoken views that galvanized listeners for more than 30 years on the air.

He ripped into liberals, foretold the rise of Donald Trump and laid waste to political correctness with a merry brand of malice that made him one of the most powerful voices on the American right.

The Florida governor announced proposed legislation aimed at strengthening election integrity, but began the event in West Palm Beach with a few words on Limbaugh.

"There's not much that needs to be said. The guy was an absolute legend, he was a friend of mine, and just a great person," DeSantis said before welcoming James Golden, better known as Limbaugh's producer "Bo Snerdley," up to speak.

Golden reflected on memories of his late friend and praised the governor for his leadership.

"They're still figuring out the arrangements but 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 the flags to half-staff," DeSantis said.

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini requested the lowering of the flags on Wednesday, calling Limbaugh a "relentless champion of America and of civic engagement."

However the decision was met with criticism by many including Florida's agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried.

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