Top Florida Official Defies Order From DeSantis to Lower Flags For Rush Limbaugh: I ‘Will Not Celebrate Hate Speech, Bigotry, and Division’

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is refusing to follow an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to lower flags at state buildings to half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, saying that lowering the flags should “reflect unity, not division.”

Limbaugh, a long time resident of Palm Beach, Fl., passed away last Wednesday at the age of 70 due to complications from lung cancer. Last Friday, DeSantis announced that he would order flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff as soon as the date was set for Limbaugh’s memorial service.

Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, issued a statement on Monday that she
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