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NC lifeguard’s rainbow flag met with tsunami of complaints: ‘They thought I would only rescue gay people’

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A North Carolina lifeguard said the backlash was immediate after he set up a rainbow flag to support LGBT rights on the Fourth of July.

Zach Hupp said he flew the flag Saturday from his lifeguard stand at Carolina Beach, and his employer issued him a warning after the complaints poured in, reported WECT-TV.

“Pretty much immediately someone complained (and) told one of the other lifeguards that they thought because I was flying that flag that I would only rescue gay people,” Hupp said.

One of those beachgoers posted a complaint on the town’s Facebook page.

“I was on the North End today, with about 35 friends, when it was pointed out that Lifeguard Tower #37 was not only flying a yellow flag, but also a gay and lesbian flag,” said Gina Benton. “As a long-time resident, I understand the importance of the caution flags, utilized by the lifeguards, but any other flag I thought was prohibited. Being the Fourth of July, an American Flag would have been more appropriate. I didn’t know how to explain this one to the tourists who asked us about it. Some knew exactly what type of flag it was, others wondered if it had anything to do with the ocean conditions. I hope that you can reply with a reasonable explanation.”

City officials said Hupp’s show of support violated ethical guidelines, and they made the guidelines more specific for displaying flags while on the job.

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“What we try and tell our staff is we don’t take stances while on duty for whatever cause it is, no matter how good it is or how bad it is,” said Fire Chief Alan Griffin. “We stay unbiased, and we cover our beach and we make sure our patrons are safe.”

The fire chief told the TV station the flag could also pose a safety concern for lifeguards, who communicate swimming conditions through flags.

Hupp said he was surprised by the reaction.

“It wasn’t anything I was trying to go against the town, (and) I’m honestly surprised it became as big of a deal as it has,” Hupp said.

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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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