Don Jr. Tried to Shame Democratic Congresswomen for Not Wearing Flag Pins to the State of the Union, and It Backfired in the Most Trumpian Way
President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald "Don" Jr. seems to despise Democrats almost as much as his father.
This was especially evident after Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, when Trump Jr. took to Twitter to criticize female Democratic Congresswomen for not wearing flag pins.
The American flag lapel pin came into national popularity with Richard Nixon as a statement against anti-Vietnam war protestors. Since then, it's warped into a flawed test for candidates and lawmakers to prove their patriotism. During the 2008 election, eventual President Barack Obama ended up on the receiving end of Republican outrage for not wearing the item. "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest," he defended. "Instead I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe... and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism." Bill O'Reilly made a similar statement after 9/11: "I'm just a regular guy. Watch me and you'll know what I think without wearing a pin."
Yet Trump Jr. seems to think flag pins are the deciding factor of dedication to this country, which is interesting, because he wasn't wearing one himself, nor were any Trump family members.
People didn't hesitate to point this out.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Where were your flag pins, dork? https://t.co/D82txDV1GY— OFFICIAL🏀KNICKS🏴ANTIFA (@OFFICIAL🏀KNICKS🏴ANTIFA) 1549482861.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Not one American flag pin in sight. https://t.co/rDPhqZzCrj— Cole (@Cole) 1549480965.0
@tommypvideo @DonaldJTrumpJr How about that one? See any flag pins? Hypocrisy https://t.co/bKNKfh4M16— Patrick Gallagher (@Patrick Gallagher) 1549510922.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Wow! Look at those shiny flag pins on all you Republicans! Oh wait... I'm not at all surprised.… https://t.co/kWBKbEnp6I— Linda ☮️ 🌻❤️ (@Linda ☮️ 🌻❤️) 1549512072.0
Nor is this new.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Only trash people fail to wear flag pins. https://t.co/EXx60PToay— Patrick O'Shea (@Patrick O'Shea) 1549511421.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Ya know, one of these guys isn't wearing an American flag lapel pin. I'm not saying he's a USA hati… https://t.co/sG7ntJf3h3— ScotOfTheSouth (@ScotOfTheSouth) 1549493169.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Not one flag pin among them. https://t.co/inmrYh1auQ— Adam Couchman ✝️ (@Adam Couchman ✝️) 1549489175.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Dude. Police yourself and your family first. Not one flag pin among you. Your daddy didn’t even wea… https://t.co/I0qGuXF6Ka— Becky Brunton (@Becky Brunton) 1549548111.0
They still weren't done eviscerating Trump Jr.
Many pointed out that flag pins are hardly a good indicator of patriotism or character.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Another flag pin American hero: https://t.co/OFSQqz24RU— Molly Hodgdon (@Molly Hodgdon) 1549491860.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Oh look, another republican, Greg Gianforte, wearing his little flag pin for his mugshot (after bei… https://t.co/tn3zC0b2Em— Molly Hodgdon (@Molly Hodgdon) 1549492170.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr I can't find a US flag pin on this man's outfit. By your logic, he must not be very patriotic. https://t.co/SD5DlDKLaq— "Read the Transcript" Political Wonk (@"Read the Transcript" Political Wonk) 1549508643.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yes, have to have a flag pin to be a true American patriot. https://t.co/fbSI96ta4R— John Conway (@John Conway) 1549498925.0
And of course, the Russia Investigation—and Don Jr.'s meetings with Russian allies to get dirt on Hillary Clinton—inevitably arose.
@DonaldJTrumpJr There’s not a flag pin in this picture with #Butina but thought I’d share that #PaulErickson was in… https://t.co/ZASxvDJPGx— ✌🏼Peacemomma 🍑 (@✌🏼Peacemomma 🍑) 1549504228.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yeah, you guys all wears American flag pins . . . but you're really working for Russia. American fl… https://t.co/ejqNU7MmYc— Harry J. Lew (@Harry J. Lew) 1549547647.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Flag pins anyone? https://t.co/braaxvizu7— Kevin Dunbar (@Kevin Dunbar) 1549528568.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Well, pin or not, we know which country they represent. What flag pin did you and your dad’s «team»… https://t.co/925Q7ZvZpI— Kim Karlsen (@Kim Karlsen) 1549545429.0