Democrats Replace POW/MIA Flags for Transgender Flag This Last Week
This last week, some of the Democrats removed the POW/MIA flag by their offices and replaced it with a transgender flag to “protest” Trump’s transgender ban on military service. Though reportedly temporary, it was an act of disrespect. Some simply added the transgender flag, which was a better idea. They are calling this week, which happened to contain Vietnam Veterans Day, “TransVisbilityWeek.” Bad timing.
So what’s wrong with standing for something? Democrats have a nasty habit of standing “FOR” something at the expense of standing AGAINST something else- in this case, removing the POW/MIA flags in an extremely poorly timed “protest.” The flags were delivered to members of Congress by the “National Center for Transgender Equality.”
There are still 1,589 Americans listed as MIA – missing in action. Of the 2,500 Americans officially listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action, only 1,200 of them were ultimately found to be killed with no body recovered. The flag is a symbol of the missing in Vietnam. Yesterday, Vietnam Veterans Day, replacing those flags was an affront to the memories of those lost in the Vietnam War.
“On March 9,1989, a POW/MIA Flag, which flew over the White House on the 1988 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, was installed in the United States Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th session of Congress. The leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony in a demonstration of bipartisan congressional support. This POW/MIA Flag, the only flag displayed in the United States Capitol Rotunda, stands as a powerful symbol of our national commitment to our POW/MIAs until the fullest possible accounting for Americans still missing in Southeast Asia has been achieved.” USflag.org
Here are some of the legislators who either replaced or added the flag to the ones on display at their offices.
Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our communities. pic.twitter.com/W6Esa16vzP— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 26, 2019
During #TransVisibilityWeek I join in solidarity with transgender constituents in WA09 and transgender people across the country. In the halls of Congress, we should always remember our commitment to safety and equality for everyone. My office is welcome and open to all. pic.twitter.com/6jUMWc64qz— Rep. Adam Smith (@RepAdamSmith) March 26, 2019
In these divisive times, we must remember our duty to treat everyone with respect. This #TransVisibilityWeek I am proud to show my support for the transgender community. #WontBeErased pic.twitter.com/Dv4wasc3Ro— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 29, 2019
Was proud to hang the transgender pride flag outside my office this #TransVisibilityWeek.— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) March 29, 2019
Transgender people deserve dignity and our respect as our loved ones, our colleagues, and our fellow Americans. pic.twitter.com/UiMyiJe1FU
The trans community deserves full rights, protections, & acceptance. That’s why I voted to undo Trump’s #TransMilitaryBan, cosponsor the #EqualityAct, & support #VAWA’s new #LGBTQ protections. Proud to be an ally & display the Transgender Pride Flag. #TransVisibilityWeek pic.twitter.com/aDDhRGVFYC— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) March 29, 2019
Politicizing the troops?
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday condemning Trump’s transgender ban. Rep Joe Kennedy called it “targeted discrimination,” according to Fox. It passed 238-185 along mostly party lines. It was a non-binding resolution. Five Republicans voted for the Democrat resolution: Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana, Will Hurd of Texas, John Katko of New York and Tom Reed of New York.
Next time Democrats want to stand for something, how about they stand for our military? They seem to be having confusion on that idea.Why did the National Center for Transgender Equality pick this week?
Featured photo: screenshot via Kim Schrier, (D-WA), a member of the LGBTEq caucus. Her display without the POW/MIA flag was “temporary,” as she had the POW/MIA flag inside her office. “As a proud member of the @LGBTEqCaucus, I will do everything I can to make sure transgender people #WontBeErased by violence, fear or prejudice. I am committed to safety and equality for all. #TransVisibilityWeek”