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Video shows Trump hugging the American flag—again

The irony is exhausting.

 

Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Published Jun 19, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 1:06 pm CDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday hugged the American flag after a speech bashing illegal immigration, and the irony of the gesture is entirely exhausting.

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People on Twitter bashed Trump’s flag hug as hypocritical and embarrassing.

This wasn’t the first—and unfortunately, likely isn’t the last—time the president has physically embraced the country’s most sacred symbol.

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He also hugged flags on the campaign trail in 2016. At a rally in Florida, the flag-hugging came after supports began to chant “build the wall.”

In his speech to the National Federation of Independent Business on Tuesday, Trump referenced the thousands of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border due to his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

“We’re doing well as a country,” he concluded before ambushing the flag.

H/T the Cut

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*First Published: Jun 19, 2018, 7:25 pm CDT