Palm Beach County, home to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, defied an order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to lower flags to half-staff in honor of right-wing radio Rush Limbaugh, who recently passed away after a bout with lung cancer, 11Alive reports.
This Tuesday, DeSantis ordered U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday -- both of which complied.
Palm Beach County announced that it would follow "normal flag protocols," but according to a statement from Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, 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."
"Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions," she added.
McKinlay's statement comes on the heels of Florida's agricultural commissioner saying that she would ignore DeSantis' 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," Nikki Fried said. "It is not a partisan political tool."