A Democratic representative in Florida is calling on the state's mayors to not fly flags half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh, a move that would be in direct defiance of orders from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Conservative radio legend Limbaugh died last week at age 70 after a battle with lung cancer.
"Rush Limbaugh spent his career normalizing and popularizing hatred and bigotry against people of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. He built a brand around disgusting insults, bolstering rape culture, spewing lies about the AIDS crisis, and nonstop bullying," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote in a letter to local mayors.
Wasserman Schultz said that the "targets of his attacks often received death threats from his sycophantic fan base."
"To the end, he stoked the environment that led to an insurrectionist attack on our Capitol, and dismissed calls to end such violence. American political discourse is in a dangerous state," she said. "Our country is the most divided it has been since the Civil War. As we work to heal the nation, we cannot elevate a person credited for fostering our divisions and emboldening the worst tendencies of human nature."
DeSantis said on Friday that the state will fly its flags at half-staff when Limbaugh's body is buried. Funerals plans for the radio legend have not yet been made public.
Wasserman Schultz is not the only Florida Democrat against lowering flags in honor of the radio host.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, also a Democrat, said Monday that she will ask sate offices under direction to not follow DeSantis's order.
"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," Fried said in a statement obtained by WFLA. "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."