Some Republicans began to use the data to insinuate that Democrats are less loyal to America.
Political analyst Brit Hume of Fox News said outright that Democrats don’t even love the country in a now-deleted tweet.
Brit Hume later deleted his Democrats "sure don't love" America tweet. But here's a screenshot: pic.twitter.com/39ZWIJezYs
— David Beard (@dabeard) July 5, 2018
He later acknowledged the error:
I deleted an earlier tweet that said Democrats don’t love America. It was based on a Gallup poll that found only a minority of Dems now very proud of this country. A number of people said they think that’s not a fair conclusion from the poll. I agree and thus the deletion.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 5, 2018
Posts like Hume’s led to conversations about the difference between loving one’s country and being proud of it. Many attributed their lack of pride to the current administration.
Saying you’re not proud of this country, and you don’t love this country are two different things. I love this country very much, but right now I am not very proud of what she stands for.
— Amy (@amyla51) July 5, 2018
WHOA Bret – you’re comparing apples & oranges. I’m a Democrat & I love this country, BUT I am NOT proud of this country right now. Maybe once the damage Trump is doing is being undone, I’ll be proud of America again — not before.
— Anne Coburn (@tucsonrose1) July 5, 2018
I am a Democrat. I love this country, but I do NOT like the direction this administration is leading it. I am NOT proud of how we are currently treating immigrants.
— Anita Feller (@arfeller) July 5, 2018
The United States has never been a perfect country, but morale, for many, is lower than ever. The trend has existed since before Trump’s campaign yet has accelerated since his inauguration. It will take a complete reversal for many to restore their pride, but most opinions indicate that their love for this country–and their willingness to improve it–is unwavering.