Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ workplace is accusing Palm Seashore County management of being “petty” this week after officers there defied his order to decrease flags at half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.
The county’s courthouse flags remained at full-staff Wednesday, ignoring a request DeSantis made on Tuesday directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half staff. He additionally ordered the city of Palm Seashore and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from dawn to sundown on Wednesday — and people flags have been lowered.
“The reducing of flags must be a unifying gesture throughout solemn events, corresponding to in remembrance of the younger lives misplaced in the course of the Parkland Excessive College bloodbath or first responder line of obligation deaths,” Palm Seashore County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay had tweeted. “Though Rush Limbaugh was a big public determine, he was additionally an extremely divisive one who damage many individuals together with his phrases and actions.”
The county instructed The Related Press on Wednesday that it was following “regular protocols.”
However the governor’s press workplace issued an announcement in response, saying “it’s unlucky that Palm Seashore County would relatively interact in petty politics than honor the dying of certainly one of their county’s and state’s most distinguished residents and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.”
A 12 months in the past, then-President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, throughout his ultimate State of the Union handle. The day earlier than, Limbaugh — who for many years championed conservatism — had introduced that he was battling superior lung most cancers.
Officers within the city of Palm Seashore, the rich island enclave the place Limbaugh lived for 20 years, issued an announcement saying its coverage is to adjust to the governor’s orders to decrease the flags.
Flags are usually lowered to honor distinguished authorities officers in addition to legislation enforcement officers and members of the army killed within the line of obligation. DeSantis has mentioned Limbaugh’s stature justified the distinction.
Limbaugh, 70, died of lung cancer on Feb. 17. DeSantis known as Limbaugh a legend throughout a information convention two days later and indicated he would direct flags to be flown at half-staff to honor him.
Nevertheless, Democrats elsewhere within the state – although they weren’t ordered to decrease flags at their buildings — objected to the gesture.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman posted on Twitter that his metropolis wouldn’t “honor hatred, racism, bigotry, homophobia, or the rest [Limbaugh] has spewed over time.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.