At one time, honors like presidential medals of freedom and having flags lowered to half-staff upon a death were reserved for those who had earned them, people who had served their country in some significant way, such as Civil Rights leader and longtime civil servant Rep. John Lewis or war hero and longtime civil servant Sen. John McCain. Enter Donald Trump, who handed out medals like he did presidential pardons, and often to those who were more known for controversy than any significant contribution, like the late right-wing radio talk show host and provocateur Rush Limbaugh.
Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor for fallen heroes — not a partisan political tool.
Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard @GovRonDeSantis' forthcoming order to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh.
— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) February 22, 2021
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that flags at federal buildings in the state would be lowered to half-mast to honor the recently deceased Limbaugh, but Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took a stand and said she wouldn’t be doing so.
In a statement, Fried said:
‘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.’
Limbaugh is only an honorable man to the likes of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. To everyone else, he’s the man who called a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog,” the man who resigned from ESPN after saying that quarterback Donovan McNabb was only praised because the media wanted a black quarterback to “do well,” the man who taunted Michael J. Fox and said he was faking his symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and the man who said that AIDS was a hoax made up by poor countries for money.
There’s nothing honorable in that.
Twitter was glad to hear the news from Commissioner Fried. Read some of their comments below: