DeSantis Orders FL Flags At Half-Staff For Racist Shock Jock Radio Host Limbaugh

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 08: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is seen during a press conference on June 8, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) at a press conference giving hurricane season updates at the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center on June 8, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)
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February 19, 2021 1:50 p.m.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday ordered flags to be lowered at half-staff in honor of notoriously racist radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died from lung cancer at age 70 this week.

Praising Limbaugh as an “absolute legend,” DeSantis announced during a press briefing that he would be issuing the order once the date of the deceased commentator’s interment is announced.

“He was a friend of mine and just a great person,” the Florida governor said, per local news outlet WFLA.

Limbaugh’s legacy as a famous shock jockey largely consisted of racist drivel, like playing “Barack, the Magic Negro” in reference to President Barack Obama, proposing that the NBA change its name to “the Thug Basketball Association,” arguing that white people “not have guilt about slavery,” and calling the Black Lives Matter organization a “terrorist group.”

He also hosted an entire segment dedicated to mocking LGBTQ people who died from AIDS and smeared a young law student who was advocating for birth control to be included in health care coverage as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

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