According to The Washington Post, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said on Monday that her department will not lower its flags in honor of the late Rush Limbaugh, after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said last week he would order flags flown at half-staff on the day of the conservative radio host’s funeral.
“I will not lower the flags at my Department’s state offices for Rush Limbaugh,” Fried said Monday in a tweet. “Lowering our flag should reflect unity, not division — and raising our standards, not lowering them.”
At a news conference Friday, DeSantis hailed Limbaugh, who was a Florida resident, as a friend, a “great person” and “an absolute legend.”
But Fried, a Democrat, pointed Monday to Limbaugh’s long history of sexist and bigoted statements and said that her department “will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” according to Tampa-based WFLA.
“Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots,” she said. “It is not a partisan political tool.”
When DeSantis made the announcement last week, Fried tweeted: “[Gov. Desantis] is lowering Florida’s flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh. But he had no words for Congressman John Lewis. Priorities.”
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