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.
The President has colored his flag wrong.
That is all. pic.twitter.com/wWXBgR9I6V
— Talia (@2020fight) August 25, 2018
Proof it’s not a Photoshop, from Trump’s own Secretary of Health and Human Services:
The opioid crisis is one of our top priorities at HHS, with a drumbeat of action on the full range of efforts where we can assist local communities. Today, I joined @POTUS & @FLOTUS in Ohio to learn how states and communities are responding to the challenge of opioid addiction. pic.twitter.com/NwxSoeNznA
— Alex Azar (@SecAzar) August 25, 2018
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?
At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem, showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country. No leadership in NFL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
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.