Presidential Flag Foibles

7F30F6C5-753F-415C-8826-AE9A7A0F53DFThis morning, breaking with the tradition of flying the flag at the White House at half-staff upon the death of a sitting U.S. Senator through the senator’s burial, Donald Trump ordered that the flag flying over the White House be raised to full staff.

This did not go over well, particularly with veterans. American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan wrote a letter to Trump earlier today in which she said, “The American Legion urges the White House to follow long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials.”

Rohan’s letter continued, “On the behalf of The American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his internment.”

A few hours later, Donald Trump released a statement saying, “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

Hmm. The wording of Trump’s statement is eerily similar to that of Denise Rohan’s letter, isn’t it.

It took significant pressure from a group representing U.S. veterans and even members of his own party in Congress to get Trump to do the right and decent thing. And yet some recent polls have shown Trump to have 90% approval rating among Republicans.

Seriously, Republicans?

12 thoughts on “Presidential Flag Foibles

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith August 27, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    No one has been able to find that poll. Even the most Republican leaning polls have him at 52%. Basically, he asked 10 people to come into his office and asked if they liked him…9 said yes and one said no…so obviously, 90% like him…lol. Even a lot of Republicans are getting tired of his schtick.

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    • Fandango August 27, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      In most polls of Republican voters, Trump’s approval rating is between 85-90%.


  2. Paula Light August 27, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    They only watch Fox, which says he’s doing great and if any Democrat gets elected anywhere the world will immediately end.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Sight11 August 28, 2018 / 2:21 am

    I think nope I believe this is the last that we will see of him..

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 28, 2018 / 7:30 am

      I trust the Gallop poll more than the Rasmussen poll. So per Gallop, Trump now stands at 85% approval among Republicans, with a range of 81 to 90% approval so far in 2018. That’s incredible, given that he’s behaving like a mob boss.


  4. pgraysurvival August 28, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Having upset the Veterans of America with his disrespect towards McCain, I’m thinking about his chances of a second term.

    Veterans don’t forgive disrespect towards valor!
    I also reckon Russia will do an almighty hatchet job on him for doing the dirty on them.

    So could Mr. ‘5 deferments’ or ‘a volunteer not’ end up as a one term mistake?
    Hopefully, and then have to stand trial for all his wrongdoings.
    Plus he’s got his impending divorce to think about.
    Only leave him his pants Melania, the thought of the other is too terrible a vision.

    Why get personal? Simple, I’m a vet and respect valor.
    He on the other hand disrespected a Silver Star, and our Queen.

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  5. Laura August 30, 2018 / 5:16 am

    A commentator on CNN made a good point the other night: Trump’s shown us repeatedly who he is so why do people keep expecting him to behave (presidential? presidentially? I’m trapped by my sentence structure.)

    I admit I’m struggling with this. I spend much of my time in wtf mode and cannot FOR THE LIFE OF ME understand that sort of approval rating. Even within your own party.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 30, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Anyone who is not a gullible fool, a tool, or a lemming would struggle trying to understand his 80-90% approval rating among Republicans.


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