TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In life, the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was a divisive determine, who proudly waved the flag of conservatism and wallowed within the controversies he helped ignite. In dying, these controversies comply with him as partisans in his dwelling state of Florida debate over whether or not to lower the state flag in his honor.
Gov. Ron DeSantis known as Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a present of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of most cancers.
But Democrats, who’ve lengthy been on the receiving finish of Limbaugh’s harangues, objected.
Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the one statewide Democratic officeholder and who’s contemplating a bid for governor, mentioned Monday that she wouldn’t abide by the Republican governor’s orders.
“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 mentioned in a press release, by which she mentioned she would notify all state officer under her purview to disregard the governor’s order.
Fried oversees about two dozen agricultural legislation enforcement inspection stations, 38 state forests and 9 regional licensing offices.
“We will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” she mentioned. “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.”
DeSantis mentioned Limbaugh’s stature justified the dignity.
“When there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis mentioned at a Friday information convention in Palm Beach County.
A year in the past, President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, throughout his last State of the Union deal with.
The day earlier than, Limbaugh had introduced that he was battling superior lung most cancers.
Limbaugh had for a long time championed conservativism — typically stridently on the expense of liberals and Democrats.
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