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Republican Official Hangs Upside Down American Flag In Protest Of Obama’s Inauguration

2:24 pm - 01/22/2013
Republican Official Hangs Upside Down American Flag In Protest Of Obama’s Inauguration

The head of the Mon Valley Republican Committee in Pennsylvania is facing backlash from his local community after displaying an American flag upside down — a statement usually meant as a distress signal by soldiers in times of war — during President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony. The flag was placed outside the Mon Valley Republican Party’s meeting spot on the main road in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Brent Kovac, the head of the local Republican chapter, spoke to local TV news station WPXI:

Channel 11′s Julie Fine talked to the man behind the flag. He said that he doesn’t “regret it at all” because “our nation is in a horrible place.”

“I think some people that didn’t know why the flag was flying upside down might find out, and some people that didn’t agree with it might’ve talked to some people who agreed with it,” Brent Kovac said.

The news station says it spoke with many people who saw the flag, and a lot of them said they didn’t believe the statement was appropriate.

Since Obama was reelected in November, upside down flags have become a favorite of far-right tea party types. Others have engaged in a more direct expression of their displeasure with Obama, hanging empty chairs — as popularized by Clint Eastwood’s memorable Republican National Convention speech — in effigy.

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alexvdl 22nd-Jan-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
You don't even have to go that far from the inauguration ceremony to find an instance of that.

Picture 55 in this set on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/21/opinion/opinion-inauguration-roundup/index.html?hpt=op_t1
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shipperx 22nd-Jan-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Totally agree
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intrikate88 22nd-Jan-2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
There's a difference between respecting the office of the president and liking or agreeing with the person in it. Why don't people get that?
tabaqui 22nd-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, fuck this guy. I am so incredibly sick of miserable, racist assholes disrespecting the President.
tigerdreams 22nd-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I can't help thinking that if a Democrat had pulled this shit in 2005, Republicans would have been screaming to have him arrested -- and they might've succeeded.
ceruleanst 22nd-Jan-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Close, 2007.
dumpweeds 22nd-Jan-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
at the post office today there were protesters with posters of obama with the hitler mustache

if I wasn't on the way to a dr's appointment/wouldn't get arrested, I would have ran those motherfuckers over with my car TBH
zeonchar 22nd-Jan-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Stay classy Republicans.

Edited at 2013-01-22 10:40 pm (UTC)
d00ditsemily 23rd-Jan-2013 01:14 am (UTC)
fucking north carolina... any follow up of what happened to them or the police officer that attacked them?
soleiltropiques 22nd-Jan-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
"Others have engaged in a more direct expression of their displeasure with Obama, hanging empty chairs — as popularized by Clint Eastwood’s memorable Republican National Convention speech — in effigy."

Wow.

But yeah, you don't hate black people at all. And you aren't a racist asshole at all. And don't forget your pointy white hats. Go fuck yourself with that chair while you're at it.

kitanabychoice 22nd-Jan-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Republicans, forever butthurt. smdh.
redstar826 22nd-Jan-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I knew a couple of folks during the dubya administration who had a thing for wearing upside down flags pinned to their backpacks (college classmates of mine). I personally think it's silly but I can't say it really bothers me much.
sandstorm 22nd-Jan-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
He said that he doesn’t “regret it at all” because “our nation is in a horrible place.”

Because of people like yourself.
amber_protocol 23rd-Jan-2013 12:29 am (UTC)
For some reason the phrase "Love it or leave it" is coming to mind. Can't think of why.
layweed 22nd-Jan-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
nope
purplerains 23rd-Jan-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
I see you, Republican... desecrating the flag. Isn't that a cardinal sin in the conservative handbook?
hey_mayonegg 23rd-Jan-2013 06:40 am (UTC)
but black president
keestone 23rd-Jan-2013 12:56 am (UTC)
ultra_obscene84 23rd-Jan-2013 01:44 am (UTC)
Haha...the shade!
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