The White House celebrated Flag Day by tweeting out a photo of President Donald Trump pawing an American flag — and social media users were disturbed and disgusted.
The holiday, which marks the adoption of the flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress, falls each year on Trump’s birthday.
The official government account tweeted out a photo of the president hugging a flag on the ad-festooned stage at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where Trump delivered a lengthy and profane rant against his political enemies.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 14, 2019
Twitter users were aghast at the image.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 14, 2019
I seriously thought it was @TheDailyShow
— TSA🏳️🌈USA🏳️🌈KID (@TSAUSAKID) June 14, 2019
Shameful and disturbing
— Dee Zeliff (@ZeliffDee) June 14, 2019
Wait, what? This is not a satire account?
— jes (@jwolfe73) June 14, 2019
::checks:: "Yup, that's the official WH twitter."
Of all photos. This. 😐
— Rich McCoy (@_RichMcCoy) June 14, 2019
That flag just used the hashtag #MeToo
— Val at Trippy Food (@TrippyFood) June 14, 2019
Now they’re just laughing at everyone. They’re feeling invincible right now.
— FTW4EVER (@jjs1951) June 14, 2019
— Aaron Sarka (@SarkaAaron) June 14, 2019
['sexual healing' playing quietly in background] https://t.co/plhGpTYupd
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 14, 2019
This is real real weird.
— Chris Howie (@MrChrisHowie) June 14, 2019
That photo doesn't come across the way you think it does, White House intern
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) June 14, 2019
Celebrating the desecration of the flag on an official government account? This administration really has no shame. Sad!
— Chip Hourihan (@aaaacme) June 14, 2019
He's molesting that flag like he does to beauty pageant contestants.
— Mike Trozzo 👓 (@MikeTrozzo) June 14, 2019
STOP. MOLESTING.. THE. FLAG.
— JayVee (@Ulfhirtha) June 14, 2019
I should be better than this but I laugh every time I see the photos of Trump hugging the flag and making his happy face. Planting a couple fast hideous kisses right there on the flag, holding it tight and rocking side to side, trying to find some way to grab the flag's ass.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 14, 2019