President Donald Trump on Tuesday hugged the American flag after a speech bashing illegal immigration, and the irony of the gesture is entirely exhausting.
Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/JsSnVQrsqo— Colin Jones (@colinjones) June 19, 2018
People on Twitter bashed Trump’s flag hug as hypocritical and embarrassing.
Trump disrespecting our flag after disrespecting our country. pic.twitter.com/NzEgthZOyQ— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) June 19, 2018
Trump hugging the flag doesn’t mean he loves America. It shows he has no boundaries nor any respect for the office he holds.— MommaT (@tweetmommybop) June 19, 2018
Don’t confuse love with an abusive attitude
This wasn’t the first—and unfortunately, likely isn’t the last—time the president has physically embraced the country’s most sacred symbol.
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.”
Trump had a rally in Tampa and he gave the flag a big old hug https://t.co/XJvcx8Ssxh pic.twitter.com/beTBfSHsoP— Kristin Salaky (@KristinSalaky) June 11, 2016
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