Florida Official Tells Staff Not To Honor Rush Limbaugh

Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried disregarded Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order for flags to be flown at half-staff to honor talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, with Fried saying the state shouldn’t “celebrate hate speech.”

Limbaugh died Feb. 17 from complications from lung cancer. He was 70.

Fried’s refusal to honor Limbaugh means that the state offices she oversees will not lower flags to half-staff. The Florida Department of Agricultural consists of dozens of office buildings and inspection stations.

“It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said. “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.”

DeSantis, a Republican, drew criticism from Florida Democrats for his decision to pay homage to Limbaugh, who was clearly despised by most Democrats.

“What we do 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 said at a rally last week.

The state protocol in Florida says flags should be flown at half-staff on certain holidays, if state officials die, or if Florida members of the Armed Forces, police officers or firefighters from die while on active duty.

Florida State. Senator Gary Farmer, another Democrat, was the first to offer a whiny response to DeSantis’ decision to honor Limbaugh.

“Lowering the flag of the United States is a high honor reserved for those who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation,” Farmer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Gov. DeSantis has now transformed this distinction into a partisan political tool to salute a man who served no other interests than his own and did his best to deeply divide a country along political fault lines.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. Everything she said is flat out hypocritical and a complete overreach of her “power’. She’s just showing her hand and every Leftist politicians hand in how they want control of our every move, every word. She’s pathetic.

  2. I am definitely not a democrat, probably more Libertarian. However, I actually agree with her on this issue. Not because of Rush, but because it sets a standard that flags can be lowered for any private citizen. Lowering of flags should be reserved for very rare and unique circumstances.

  3. Fried is the epitome of left hate and hypocrisy . “We will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division” is a joke. They (the left) view “America First” as hate speech, display vile bigotry toward conservatives, and work endlessly to create division. Class act by DeSantis.

    • Yea, I’m with you here. I admit to rarely listening to Rush – schedule and I’m a Medved/Prager guy. She’s right, but for the wrong reason/public explanation. Just state policy, don’t spread Rush hate/opinion.

  4. we grow people like this in Florida.

    just a couple blocks from home is an elementary school. right next door to the school and facing the school some loser put up a ‘Trump is a Loser’ sign and a Nativity Scene with baby Jesus.

    this was up in her yard from late October until recently.

    the message is that stupid sticks to idiots like pollin.
    the message of hope and forgiveness has no chance against stupi!!!

    • Yeah but that’s not the reason why she’s not doing it…if that was her reason…then there’s some merit. When she went into ‘hate speech’ territory that was her reasoning.

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