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.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 4, 2019
Other Twitter users quickly reacted, and the tweet was widely criticized and mocked.
This is coming from the VERIFIED White House account?
— WA Warrior Woman (@standingup4ever) March 4, 2019
Sir, this is the police! Step away from the flag!
— Wow. Just…wow. The horror… (@scottevanjenk) March 4, 2019
How disappointing. There is just no bottom to this circus.
— SomeoneDoSomething! (@TheBtwn) March 4, 2019
Holy fuck this is the real White House and not the rogue White House. God you all are embarrassing.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 4, 2019
Omg, I was sure this was a parody account
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 4, 2019
That right there is flag molestation. Bizarre behavior.
— Cindy Ray (@raycin313) March 4, 2019
— corneu (@cornelianeuschi) March 4, 2019
This is too ridiculous to parody
— Joshua Hawley (@jawley12) March 4, 2019
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) March 4, 2019
Is this The Onion? pic.twitter.com/zfdQCbJK1m
— Elizabeth Judd (@Emannjudd) March 4, 2019