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President Donald Trump on Tuesday hugged the American flag after a speech bashing illegal immigration, and the irony of the gesture is entirely exhausting.
— 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
Today, Trump has said illegal immigrants 'infest our country'. He tries to justify ripping children from their families & throwing them in cages. Then he hugs an American flag while walking off stage at an event. I can't think of a more unAmerican asshole ever.
— ✊USAF✊ #VetsResistSquadron (@Goss30Goss) 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.
Don’t confuse love with an abusive attitude
— MommaT (@tweetmommybop) June 19, 2018
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.”
— 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
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.