Tuesday, January 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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