The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill containing a provision that would create “Rush Limbaugh Day” in honor of the late radio icon.
The legislation would designate January 12th – the day that Rush was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri – as a day to honor Limbaugh each year.
The provision was successfully added to a bill that designates the first full week in September of each year as “Fox Trotter Week” and labels “The Gateway Arch” in St. Louis as the official state monument.
Republican Rep. Sara Walsh celebrated the bill.
“Rush demonstrated courage to speak boldly and encouraged his listeners and viewers to reach for their dreams and to push onward beyond the naysayers and discouragers that we all encounter in life,” she told the Associated Press.
As you might imagine, not everybody was pleased with the notion of a Rush Limbaugh Day.
State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove (D) alleged that Limbaugh being honored is a travesty because of his “constant attacks on Black people and other people of color.”
Rep. Hardy Billington (R), who sponsored the provision, acknowledged Limbaugh may not have been perfect but a majority of his work was outstanding.
“He had done so many great things,” Billington said when asked if he had ever heard Limbaugh make negative comments. “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 bill will now head to the Senate for approval which, according to the New York Post, will need to occur prior to the end of the legislative session next Friday.
Republicans have control of the Missouri Senate by a 24-10 margin.
Honored to speak on the House Floor today in support of Representative @Hardy4Rep152’s amendment designating January 12 as “Rush Limbaugh Day.” The bill (SB 72) now heads back to the Senate. 🙌🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/4c1xcbM4H6
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) said, “Rush Limbaugh weaponized his platform to spread racism, xenophobia, and homophobia across the nation,” and suggested honoring him was “an embarrassment to Florida.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The day is going to come folks when I’m not going to be able to do this. I don’t know when that is.” pic.twitter.com/3OaNkHYxIN