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Minority Office — Press Release


February 19, 2021

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Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer Sharply Criticizes Governor’s Lauding of Divisive Right Wing Provocateur

Tallahassee —

Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer (D-Lighthouse Point) issued the following remarks Friday regarding news reports that Governor Ron DeSantis would be lowering flags to honor divisive right wing provocateur Rush Limbaugh:

“Lowering the flag of the United States is a high honor reserved for those who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation. Unfortunately, Governor DeSantis has now transformed this distinction into a partisan political tool to salute a man who served no other interests than his own and did his best to deeply divide a country along political fault lines.

“I condemn the governor’s decision in no uncertain terms. Any move to lower our flag in deference to a man who helped drive the hatred and inflame the prejudices against marginalized groups, people of color, women, and anyone who did not look like him or think like him is wrong, and should be rescinded. This is not who we are. This is not who we want to be.”