REPORT: Omar slams ‘bigoted’ Trump administration over flag decision
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D., Minn., has accused the Trump administration of being “bigoted” amid reports that U.S. embassies have had requests to fly the rainbow Pride flag denied.
June is Pride Month, promoting visibility for the LGBTQ community, and U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia made requests to the Trump administration to fly the flag on the official embassy flagpole in honor of Pride. According to NBC News, those requests were denied by the State Department.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This is another blatant example of this administration’s bigotry and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community,” Rep. Omar tweeted on Monday in response to the news.
Vice President Mike Pence defended the decision to keep the pride flag off the pole at US Embassies in an interview Monday.
“As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American,” Pence said. “We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly I think is the right decision.”
Responses to Omar’s tweet tended to be in support of the Trump administration’s decision.
“Don’t you think LGBTQ are Americans?” asked @Twin66.
“Why should a sexual orientation flag be flown over an embassy?” @Sosus328 tweeted.
“The Flag of USA is the only that should fly as Representative of our Nation and Liberties of ALL,” @JoseOlmos answered.
More examples follow.
This is another blatant example of this administration’s bigotry and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. https://t.co/K6Rt3O1LMg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2019
Don’t you think LGBTQ are Americans? They, and all others are represented by our stars and stripes. RT @IlhanMN: This is another blatant example of this administration’s bigotry and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. https://t.co/XsxA0v1oed
— Easter Worshiper (@Twin66) June 11, 2019
LGBTQ (and whatever the IA is at the end) is not a freaking country, a nation, or a people. Why should the president for this flag?
“This is another blatant example of this administration’s bigotry and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. ”
Things Satan would say 👆
— Rosi-man (@masta12d) June 11, 2019
Here’s the flag we fly at our embassies pic.twitter.com/KojevxmVgl
— M-Mac (@MikeMachol) June 11, 2019
Why should a sexual orientation flag be flown over an embassy?
— Sosus (@Sosus328) June 11, 2019
I am a Dem, #progressive, #ProChoice, #Resist, etc. Embassies can celebrate Pride, but the only flag that flies in US embassies should be the US. Some of the newly elected Dems just want to be in the news like celebrities. 🙄🤬
— Pari (@phirante) June 11, 2019
Doesn’t your religion advocate harsh punishment to these groups?
— Kelly Campagna (@warriorwoman91) June 11, 2019
The Flag of USA is the only that should fly as Representative of our Nation and Liberties of ALL.
— Jose Olmos (@JoseOlmos) June 11, 2019
The American flag represents all of us.
— Alex Lydic (@hooah351) June 11, 2019
No. It’s that we have one flag, which already represents liberty and justice FOR ALL.
— Jon Blumenthal (@JonBlumenthal) June 11, 2019
Is the pride flag the flag of our country ? No. It should not be flying under the flag of the United States. I’m not saying it should not be a thing I just think that’s taking away from our beautiful red white and blue
— Maddie🤷🏼♀️ (@mvddiemvrtin) June 11, 2019
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