Trump supporters are shown abusing, defacing and desecrating the American flag, whether out of ignorance or they just do not care, or for both reasons. Flag desecration is usually offensive to those, who consider themselves to be patriots. Congress has outlawed flag desecration, but the Supreme Court ruled that it is protected free speech. Congress has also attempted to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the flag, but has not been able to pass it. Because abuse of the flag is currently legal and protected speech, however, does not mean that everyone has to like it when Trump supporters do it and put Trump above the flag.
Desecration of the flag is not just burning the flag in protest, but other uses of the flag, which are not respectful of the flag as a national symbol, such as putting the image of an idolized politician, defacing it with political slogans or flying it upside down. The flag should not be disrespected on either side of the political spectrum, but especially not by those, who would like to be seen as patriots. They should be putting America first, not Trump first. Request that readers remind Trump supporters not to abuse the flag.
Below, Trump supporters desecrate the American flag by mutilating it with Trump’s face and writing on it.
It doesn’t matter, if it was ever a real flag or not. What matters is that it appears to people to represent the flag. Below is at link to the U.S. Flag Code. It is about flag mutilation.
If is abusive when the Left desecrates the flag for political purposes, it is still abuse when the Right does it.
Here, a flag with Obama’s image on it. The national symbol should not be defaced and equated to a politician, whether it be Obama, Trump or someone else.
This is an flag that was desecrated at an Occupy LA encampment. If it is offensive when Occupy LA did it, it is also offensive when Trump idolaters do it.
A Trump supporter abusing the flag by cutting holes in it so she can wear it as clothing.
Not a pretty sight. Even if the woman is attractive, it does not make it right.
Muslims abusing the flag by wearing it as a Hijab. If it’s wrong to wear it as a hijab, it is also wrong to wear as clothing in support of Trump, Obama or for other such political reasons.
More Trump worshippers in Northern California desecrating the American flag by mutilation of it. They are either ignorant of flag etiquette or more likely just don’t care.
Some Trump supporters seemed to have valued Trump more than the flag and for that which it symbolizes. Of course, Ann Coulter has changed her opinion, as have some others, since this post was originally made. In this book Coulter replaced “God” with “Trump”, which is even more wrong and Obama-like than mutilating the American flag. Now, it blasphemous, putting Trump in God’s place.
Sometimes it seems like some Trump supporters borrowed the Obama worshipers’ playbook. I have no problem with supporting his policies that make sense. For me it is the deification of him that is the problem. They put Trump above the flag and other American symbols.
Of course, if Trump’s true believers will abuse the flag, it is not too surprising that they do not respect other American icons and institutions, either, such as Capitol Building and the constitutional, election-confirmation process. They put Trump above the constitutional process.
Certainly, not all, but some of them have a kind of reactionary, fascistoid, revolutionary mentality. The Nation, it’s symbols and institutions are not of much importance to them. The only thing that really matters is Trump and his movement. In my opinion, this is not “patriotism” at all, but the opposite, messiah worship. It is a personality cult, presenting itself as a patriotic movement.