Rush Limbaugh, the controversial Conservative radio host, set the stage for politicians like Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis long before they ever took office. The now-deceased broadcaster helped to make racist and misogynistic talking points mainstream in Republican politics.
In 1988, he remarked, "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society."
In 2013, Limbaugh argued, "If any race of people should not have guilt about slavery, it's Caucasians. The white race has probably had fewer slaves and for a briefer period of time than any other in the history of the world."
Still, DeSantis and Trump have felt the need to celebrate the man. In February of 2020, Trump gave Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Following Limbaugh's death in February 2021, DeSantis ordered that flags at Florida State Buildings be hung at half-staff.
Now a road will be named for Limbaugh in West Palm Beach, Florida where he resided. A vote was taken and passed by the majority Republican House. Ron DeSantis signed the bill to make the name change official.
Angie Nixon, a Jacksonville Democrat serving in the House said earlier this month, "I can’t believe that we are honoring a racist. That’s ridiculous in and of itself."