Trump Loves the Flag. Dead Journalists, Not So Much

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No words. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley says the sick man in the White House has declined his request to lower American flags in the city and across the country to half-staff to honor the five Capital Gazette journalists murdered last week. Buckley was informed Monday afternoon of the decision, even though Gov. Larry Hogan (R) had ordered Maryland state flags lowered from Friday through Monday and Trump had previously ordered flags lowered for other victims of mass shootings. “Obviously, I’m disappointed," said Buckley. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy? This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”

Last week's cold-blooded murder of journalists, said Phoenix Geimer, the son of victim Wendi Winters, is also "as anti-American and anti-good as it is possible to be" - which, we suggest, could also be a cogent description of the monster who made the decision. Geimer took to Facebook to urge friends not for thoughts and prayers but action on gun control; to announce his mom's July 7th memorial service; and - because she was evidently a lovely human being - to ask that in lieu of flowers mourners make donations to the Girl Scouts, Red Cross, ACLU or Planned Parenthood. At a moving memorial for all the victims, fellow journalists likewise urged supporters to continue working to "find our better angels," and asserted a vital truth: "We are not the enemy - we are you."

Update: Shaming, even of a dick with virtually no moral compass, evidently works. Trump flipped and proclaimed flags will be lowered.

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The daughters of victim Rob Hiassen at his memorial ceremony. Photo by Baltimore Sun.

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