Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) on Friday, Feb. 19, called on President Joe Biden to order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of recently deceased radio legend Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh died on Feb. 17, one year after announcing that he was battling stage-4 lung cancer. He pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and was the highest-rated talk-show host in talk radio history.
“I’m calling on Joe Biden to order flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh,” Boebert wrote in a tweet.
In a statement announcing his death on Wednesday, his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh said, “Rush’s love for our country, and for all of you, will live on eternally.”
Celebrities, media pundits, and politicians alike have paid tribute to Limbaugh. Former President Donald Trump told Fox News he had spoken with Limbaugh three or four days earlier. “He was fighting to the very end,” Trump said, calling Limbaugh a “legend.”
“Rush is irreplaceable, unique. He had an audience that was massive,” Trump said. “He was a fantastic man, a fantastic talent. People, whether they loved him or not, they respected him. They really did.”
Another former president, George W.Bush, also lamented the radio host’s death. “While he was brash, at times controversial, and always opinionated, he spoke his mind as a voice for millions of Americans and approached each day with gusto,” Bush said in a statement. “Rush Limbaugh was an indomitable spirit with a big heart, and he will be missed.”
Biden did not publicly comment on Limbaugh’s death. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden’s “condolences go out to the family and friends.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has announced plans to honor Limbaugh by lowering the state’s flags to half-staff once the burial date is announced.
“He obviously was a legend in his field, really incomparable,” DeSantis said on Thursday on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” “He had me on when I was running for governor, and I was getting the tar kicked out of me every day … I was honored to appear on his show a couple times. We are going to miss him dearly.”
Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a surprise announcement during the State of the Union speech in early 2020, saying, “Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
Biden reacted at a CNN town hall about Limbaugh receiving the award, criticizing the radio personality’s record.
“I mean this sincerely, that he’s suffering from a terminal illness. So he has my empathy and sympathy no matter what his background is. But the idea that he [at] a State of the Union receives a medal that is of the highest honor that can be given to a civilian I find, quite frankly, driven more by trying to maintain your right-wing political credentials than it is anything else,” Biden said.
“I mean, if you read some of the things that Rush has said about people, their backgrounds, their ethnicity, how he speaks to them … I don’t think he understands the American code of decency and honor,” he added.