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Oops, Democrats Forgot to Be Outraged at the Betsy Ross Flag When Obama Used It

Oops, Democrats Forgot to Be Outraged at the Betsy Ross Flag When Obama Used It
Historical American flags in Washington: the Betsy Ross flag hangs on both ends and the classic Old Glory is to each side of the current 50-state version. (Photo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

On Wednesday, 2020 Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed that the 1776 Betsy Ross flag was a symbol of white nationalism when he announced his support for Nike for pulling a sneaker with the flag design on it because Colin Kaepernick got his panties in a twist over the sneaker that was to be released on July 4th.

Not to be out-triggered, fellow 2020 candidate Julián Castro also weighed in on the controversy, comparing the 1776 Betsy Ross flag to “painful” Confederate symbols.

It seems as though 2020 Democrats are getting their instructions on what to be outraged over by Colin Kaepernick, because getting triggered by the 1776 Betsy Ross flag wasn’t really a thing until the protesting football player decided it was offensive. Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for the Trump reelection campaign, noted on Wednesday that the apparently offensive flag was prominently featured during the second inauguration of Barack Obama.

Did Obama not get the memo that the flag was offensive, or is the outrage over the flag completely manufactured by a football player trying to remain relevant? It must be the latter because Beto O’Rourke attended Obama’s second inauguration and managed to not be triggered by the flags on display.

Democrats are racing to be the most outraged and most triggered candidate of the lot because outrage gets you votes, apparently. At least the right kind of outrage. Outrage about America’s history and founding seem to be the most fashionable on the left, and that makes you wonder what the motivations of these Democrats running for president truly are. They don’t believe in American exceptionalism or even patriotism and see America as a great mistake, not a beacon of freedom and liberty. If anyone had ever told me 25 years ago that any American would be outraged or triggered by the 1776 Betsy Ross flag I would have laughed and said they were crazy. Now, crazy is a prerequisite for Democrats running for president. Democrats have adopted outrage culture as a political strategy to keep their base feeling victimized and thus motivated to vote.


Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis