Critics of the late bigoted speak radio host Rush Limbaugh are livid that Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is honoring the person with an order to fly state flags at half employees.
“What we do when there’s issues of this magnitude, as soon as the date of interment for Rush is introduced, we’re going to be reducing the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis stated at a political rally Friday in West Palm Seashore, reported the Tampa Bay Instances.
“Rush busted by way of a media panorama through which a handful of media shops served up pre-cooked, liberal narratives,” DeSantis stated earlier this week. He impressed a “loyal military of American patriots,” the governor added.
Limbaugh, who lived in Palm Seashore, died Wednesday of lung most cancers at 70. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump final yr.
“Rush Limbaugh weaponized his platform to unfold racism, xenophobia and homophobia throughout the nation,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) tweeted Friday in response to the governor’s resolution. “DeSantis’ resolution to honor him is a humiliation to Florida.”
Gary Farmer, the Democratic minority chief of the state Senate, slammed the governor for taking the motion as a “partisan political device” moderately than as a device of recognition for individuals who “have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation.”
He added: “Any transfer to decrease our flag in deference to a person who helped drive the hatred and inflame the prejudices towards marginalized teams, individuals of coloration, ladies, and anybody who didn’t appear like him or suppose like him is incorrect, and ought to be rescinded,” Farmer stated in a press release. “This isn’t who we’re. This isn’t who we wish to be.”
DeSantis’ order would seem to interrupt the state’s personal Flag Protocol. State flags are to be lowered solely on sure holidays honoring veterans; if a gift or former governor of Florida dies; if an energetic service member from Florida dies; if a outstanding state official dies or if a legislation enforcement officer is killed within the line of responsibility.
A constituent could formally request that flags be lowered for another purpose, nevertheless it wasn’t instantly clear if that occurred on this case.
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