A Florida official refused to lower her department’s flags to half mast in honor of long-time Sunshine State resident Rush Limbaugh, despite an order from the governor.
The statement: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried issued a statement Monday announcing offices under her purview would disregard Republican governor Ron DeSantis’ directive honoring the conservative radio host.
- “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots,” said Fried, a Democrat who is an independently elected member of the governor’s cabinet. “It is not a partisan political tool.”
- “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” she added.
- “Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.”
Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services oversees a variety of government facilities, including licensing offices, state forests, and agricultural inspection stations.
We’ll Do It Live has reached out to DeSantis’ office for comment.
Death of a giant: While Limbaugh’s passing last week prompted an outpouring of grief from conservatives, including DeSantis, many progressives have sought to downplay the iconic radio host’s legacy and some have celebrated his death.