Florida county where Rush Limbaugh lived won’t follow order to lower flags in his honor


FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Palm Beach County, Florida, commissioner says flags won’t be lowered to half-staff to honor Rush Limbaugh despite an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Melissa McKinlay tweeted late Tuesday that the “lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions.”

She noted that while Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also “incredibly divisive.”

Limbaugh died of lung cancer last week at age 70.

He was a longtime resident of Palm Beach County. DeSantis’ order set off protests from other public officials who also didn’t deem him worthy of the honor.

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