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A Florida official has instructed her staff to ignore instructions from Gov. Ron DeSantis to fly state flags at half-staff to honor the recently-deceased conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, because doing so would “celebrate hate speech.”

“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 Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic representative, in a statement Monday.

“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 said.

Fried’s instructions mean that state offices under her purview will not lower flags to half-staff. The Florida Department of Agriculture oversees dozens of buildings, including regional offices, forests, and agricultural inspection stations.

I will not lower the flags at my Department’s state offices for Rush Limbaugh. Lowering our flag should reflect unity, not division — and raising our standards, not lowering them.

— Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) February 22, 2021

Democrats had criticized Gov. DeSantis, a Republican, after he announced Friday that flags in …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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