Florida Lawmaker Refuses to Lower Flag to Honor Rush Limbaugh
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says she will defy Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to lower Florida flags at half-staff in honor of beloved talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
America’s anchorman, a resident of the Sunshine State, died last week after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
“Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said in a statement.
“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.”
Clearly, the only partisan political tool is Commissioner Fried.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman also announced that his city would defy the governor.
“Not lowering flags for Rush,” the mayor wrote on Twitter. “In St. Pete we don’t honor hatred, racism, bigotry, homophobia, or anything else he has spewed over the years.”
Not only is Mayor Kriseman a partisan political tool, he is also a liar.