‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ Nixed in Missouri
He may have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but it looks like that’s where the accolades might begin and end for the late Rush Limbaugh. Right-wing activists in Limbaugh’s home state of Missouri had been advocated for his birthday, January 12th, to be named in the controversial talk radio host’s honor, but the idea has now been scrapped thanks to Limbaugh’s extensive history of hate speech.
The push to create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ died quietly on the last day of the recent legislative session when lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that now leaves out mention of the late conservative radio host. Democrats, frequent targets of Limbaugh’s commentary, strongly opposed honoring the Cape Girardeau native, citing what they said was his long record of racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments.
House Republicans approved “Rush Limbaugh Day” this month immediately after rejecting “Walter Cronkite Day,” for the St. Joseph-born journalist who hosted the “CBS Evening News.”
For many years, Limbaugh often bragged that he had “formerly nicotine-stained fingers”, and downplayed and denied the dangers of cigarette smoking, vigorously defending the tobacco industry while ranting against smoking bans in public places. The former heavy cigarette smoker who continued to smoke cigars was only 70 when he died of lung cancer in February.
— Rep Rasheen Aldridge. Jr (@RepSheenBean) May 18, 2021
Instead of honoring Limbaugh, the state legislature recognized other Missouri natives, designating March 26 as “Pioneering Black Women’s Day” to honor former state Sen. Gwen Giles, the first Black woman state senator in Missouri. Other state designations include making April “Limb Loss Awareness Month,” the first Friday in May “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,” Aug. 31 “Random Acts of Kindness Day,” and Nov. 30 “Mark Twain Day.”
Good news for me
Missouri will not have a Rush Limbaugh day
Yes. It was being considered.
Gives you an idea of what life in Missouri is like for those of us that are blue #BuildBackBetter
— Ken Exline "Disable McConnell-Kill the Filibuster" (@exline_ken) May 19, 2021
As a Missouri resident, it gives me a large amount of joy that lawmakers “quietly removed” Rush Limbaugh day from the proposals for the year. Finishing @IwriteOK’s @bastardspod on Rush yesterday makes it that much sweeter.
— Cancel Couture 🌹 (@tafiym) May 19, 2021