The White House tweeted out a photo of President Donald Trump hugging a flag -- and other social media users cringed in embarrassment.
The president manhandled the U.S. flag Saturday before his rambling, two-hour-plus speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which raised eyebrows and prompted jokes all weekend, and the White House official account later celebrated Trump's bizarre gesture on Twitter.
America! https://t.co/QdVoaLAVOY— The White House (@The White House)1551719227.0
Other Twitter users quickly reacted, and the tweet was widely criticized and mocked.
@WhiteHouse This is coming from the VERIFIED White House account?— WA Warrior Woman (@WA Warrior Woman)1551719502.0
@WhiteHouse Sir, this is the police! Step away from the flag!— Wow. Just...wow. The horror... (@Wow. Just...wow. The horror...)1551719840.0
@WhiteHouse Holy fuck this is the real White House and not the rogue White House. God you all are embarrassing.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1551719773.0
@WhiteHouse @mickbk Omg, I was sure this was a parody account— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1551719305.0
@WhiteHouse That right there is flag molestation. Bizarre behavior.— Cindy Ray (@Cindy Ray)1551720371.0
@WhiteHouse Cringeworthy.— corneu (@corneu)1551719818.0
@WhiteHouse This is too ridiculous to parody— The other Josh Hawley (@The other Josh Hawley)1551719393.0
@WhiteHouse My guess is "The Onion" can close up shop and call it a day, because reality is way, way weirder than any parody account. 🙄— The Mitchman (@The Mitchman)1551719825.0