This past Thursday, the Republican-led House of Representatives of Missouri voted in approval of legislation that would honor the late Rush Limbaugh. This bill plans to show recognition of the syndicated conservative radio host every year on his birthday.
Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Limbaugh passed away of complications from lung cancer this past February at the age of 70.
As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the idea would designate Limbaugh’s birthday, January 12th, as “Rush Limbaugh Day” in Missouri stating “the measure must receive approval from the Senate before the end of the legislative session next Friday,” which is also controlled by the GOP. The outlet went on to report that the vote went after a failed “Democratic-led effort to designate Jan. 13 as ‘Walter Cronkite Day,’ after the Missouri native and broadcast journalist who anchored the CBS Evening News.”
“Rush Limbaugh’s contributions to broadcasting and the conservative movement cannot be overstated. He was, simply put, a legend who cannot be replaced,” a Republican from Poplar Bluff who sponsored the measure, Rep. Hardy Billington, stated previously. “This is one way we can recognize the outstanding impact Rush Limbaugh has had on our state and country.”
Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, from Kansas City, along with other Democrats spoke out in opposition of memorializing Limbaugh with an official state designation. The opposing Democrats issued a statement accusing the late radio personality of “constant attacks on Black people and other people of color.” They stated that Billington had tagged on the proposal to an underlying bill addressing a group of other official designations, like honoring famous black Missourians and establishing a day to celebrate random acts of kindness.
The post-Dispatch reported that these Democrats “cited decades of racist, misogynistic and homophobic statements by Limbaugh as reasons he should not be honored.”
“Have you ever heard him say any negative things on the radio about any race or another?” Democrat from Raytown, Rep. Jerome Barnes, rep[ortedly asked Billington.
“To me, he had been an outstanding deal; he had done so many great things,” Billington stated, reported The Post-Dispatch. “Now I think I told you before he probably had not been perfect by no means of the imagination but he had done an outstanding job.”
The Daily Wire reported:
“Limbaugh’s ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ first aired in 1988 and spent 33 years on the air, growing from being nationally syndicated with 56 radio stations to more than 600 stations with up to nearly 27 million weekly listeners.
President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the 2020 State of the Union following Limbaugh revealing to the world that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
Back in December, Limbaugh opened up about his cancer diagnosis, saying that people should take time to be thankful for life because everyone has ‘an expiration date.'”