Palm Beach County Defies DeSantis’ Order to Lower Flags For Rush Limbaugh

Disputing sides each accuse the other of playing politics.

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Palm Beach County refused to lower its courthouse flags Wednesday for the late conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, defying Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ Tuesday order to fly its flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

“The lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions, such as in remembrance of the young lives lost during the Parkland High School massacre or first responder line of duty deaths,” said Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. “Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions.”

DeSantis’ office slammed the decision in a statement provided late Wednesday.

“It is unfortunate that Palm Beach County would rather engage in petty politics than honor the death of one of their county’s and state’s most prominent residents and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient,” said the statement.

Notably, the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee both lowered their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in accordance with DeSantis’ order.

Limbaugh died from lung cancer at age 70 last week and he was a long-time resident of Palm Beach.



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