“I Will Not Celebrate Bigotry” Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Refuses to Fly Flags at Half Staff For Rush Limbaugh
When Conservative radio host and noted bigot Rush Limbaugh died last week, a number of Republicans were quick to pay tribute to him. Mike Pence, who had been quiet since the impeachment trial, called into a radio station. Donald Trump did a media blitz, appearing on OAN, Newsmax and CNN.
And Ron DeSantis decided to pay tribute by ordering flags in the state of Florida to be flown at half-mast. Nikki Fried, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, has decided to defy the order.
BREAKING: Nikki Fried, Florida Agriculture Commissioner announces her offices will ignore Gov. Ron Desantis order to lower flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh.
How do you feel about Nikki right now?
— Chip Franklin InsideTheBeltway.com (@chipfranklin) February 22, 2021
Fried said in a statement:
“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. 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. 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.”
While many applauded Fried’s move, one Florida Republican wants her stripped of her power. State Rep. Anthony Sabatini tweeted, “I believe the Florida Legislature should immediately convene in an emergency session and pass a law creating a uniform Flag policy and rid Commissioner Nikki Fried of this authority—which is a gross abuse of power.”
I believe the Florida Legislature should immediately convene in an emergency session and pass a law creating a uniform Flag policy and rid Commissioner @nikkifried of this authority—which is a gross abuse of powerhttps://t.co/mhnr2RUegf
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) February 22, 2021