Probably the most senior Democrat in public workplace in Florida has stated she is not going to adjust to Governor Ron DeSantis’s want that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh, the hard-right discuss radio “shock jock” who died final week from most cancers.
“We is not going to have fun hate speech, bigotry, and division,” the state agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried, stated in a press release on Monday.
On Tuesday, she additionally stated she was shut to declaring a run for governor subsequent yr.
Limbaugh died final Wednesday, aged 70. Two days later, DeSantis stated he would order flags lowered.
Fried said: “Reducing to half-staff the flag of the US of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots.
“It’s not a partisan political device. Due to this fact, I’ll notify all state workplaces underneath my path to disregard the governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr Limbaugh – as a result of we is not going to have fun hate speech, bigotry, and division.”
Limbaugh, who lived in Florida, rose to fame as one of the harshest voices on the American proper, his invective geared toward girls, African Individuals, LGBTQ Individuals and extra. Final yr, Donald Trump gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On Friday, Fried tweeted: “Governor DeSantis is reducing Florida’s flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh. However he had no phrases for Congressman John Lewis. Priorities.”
Lewis, from Georgia, was a number one determine in the civil rights motion of the Nineteen Sixties who served with distinction in Congress. He died final yr and was mourned extensively.
On Tuesday, Fried spoke to CNN.
“The American flag shouldn’t be used and can’t be used as a political prop by Governor DeSantis,” she stated. “He’s bending over backwards to honor a radio host who spent his whole profession speaking hate speech and speaking bigotry and division and conspiracy theories.”
Fried stated there have been no penalties for not complying with an order to lower flags, including: “We don’t need to penalise anyone for his or her beliefs.”
She was additionally requested if she was planning to run in opposition to DeSantis in 2022.
“Each single day,” she stated, “it’s changing into increasingly clear that we’ve got to get rid of Governor De Santis. And because the solely statewide elected Democrat in the state of Florida, there are quite a bit of people who find themselves arising to me and telling me that I’m one of our greatest photographs.
“So we’re definitely wanting into it. However once more is changing into clearer each single day that we want to … finish this hatred in our state. So it’s shut to a sure.”