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Trump colored the American flag wrong, and the internet is in hysterics

Was he actually trying to color ... the Russian flag?


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Aug 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 7:55 am CDT

Once again, President Donald Trump messed up a piece of basic American knowledge that even elementary school students know.

The president—who forgot the lyrics to the national anthem earlier this year—joined a group of children at a Columbus, Ohio hospital this past week as part of a program to raise awareness of the effects of opioid abuse on infants. As part of the photo op, Trump sat down at a children’s table with young patients and spent some time coloring the U.S. flag and talking with the kids. In what can only be described as either a Freudian slip or just ignorance, the President seems to have colored the stripes blue.

The initial photos came courtesy of Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who joined the president and first lady Melania Trump at the event.

It was another Twitter user by the name of Talia (@2020Fight) that publicized an additional picture of the event, a closer look at the president’s coloring sheet. Both photos from Azar and Talia show the president has colored in at least one stripe on the American flag blue.

The internet was swift to react to the images, some noting Trump’s hypocrisy of criticizing protesting NFL players for “disrespecting” the flag when he can’t even color it correctly. Some have even pointed out the funny possibility that he was subconsciously trying to draw the Russian flag.

It’s yet another gaffe from a president who we assume should know better.

H/T Slate

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*First Published: Aug 26, 2018, 11:07 am CDT