White House flag returns to full-staff after McCain’s death, angering Twitter

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The internet wasn’t happy with it.

The American flag that flies above the White House was at full staff on Monday—shortly after it was lowered in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after his death.

As ABC News reports, the flag was lowered for less than two days. Raising it so quickly was a break in precedent with other notable deaths, and is being seen as a petty slight by the president in his feud with a deceased man.

The raising of the flag also comes as the Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump decided not to issue an official statement about McCain’s death despite calls to do so from several high-level administration officials.

However, Trump did tweet about McCain’s death on Saturday, saying that his “deepest sympathies and respect” went out to the senator’s family.

The sight of the flag being at full staff above the White House did not sit well with many people on Twitter, who made their thoughts known loud and clear. Some believe that as a tribute, flags should remain at half-staff until the deceased is interred.

However, others have noted that there is a code for flags flying at half-staff for the death of members of Congress.

Outpourings of emotion online in the wake of McCain’s death came almost immediately, with former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and others offering the condolences.

Update 3:14pm CT, Aug. 14: On Monday afternoon, the president released a statement where he said he has signed a proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff until McCain’s internment “despite our differences on policy and politics.”

The president also said several members of his administration will attend McCain’s services. The White House flag was re-lowered to half-staff this afternoon.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).