Trump just sat down to color with schoolchildren and made a complete fool of himself


The president has made a huge issue out of “respecting” the superficial symbols of patriotism, like the national anthem and the flag, as a means of putting a hood on his smear campaign against black NFL players their protests against police brutality and institutional racism.

Which makes it infuriatingly hypocritical to see that when visiting a group of schoolchildren, the president — sigh — failed to properly color in the American flag.

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Proof it’s not a Photoshop, from Trump’s own Secretary of Health and Human Services:

While many online quickly leapt to the conclusion that he was drawing the Russian flag, the red white and blue pattern he drew actually matches that of the Netherlands.


Either way, it’s not what the American flag looks like, which shouldn’t matter one way or another if not for the President’s constant harping on about the “disrespect” that NFL players are showing the flag and the anthem when they take a knee during the military-sponsored playing of the national anthem.

How can he make such a huge fuss over the respectful kneeling while he doesn’t even bother to color the flag in properly?

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The worst part is that this isn’t even the first instance of patriotic hypocrisy from Trump, who famously forgot the words to not only the anthem while attending the college football championship but also the words to “God Bless America”


While this incident is very, very far down on the list of Trump’s hypocrisies and offenses, it just goes to show that his rah-rah faux-patriotism is nothing more than cynical nationalism exploited for his own selfish gains. He couldn’t care less about this country or the people who live in it.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.