During the largest LGBT event ever held at the White House, a controversial flag display stirred up deep dissatisfaction among conservative circles. On Saturday, the White House hosted a picnic on the South Lawn. However, Biden’s decision to fly a “Progress Pride” flag, flanked by two American flags, triggered intense controversy online, as critics accuse the administration of violating the U.S. Flag Code.
Conservatives shared their disapproval on social media, arguing that this display violates the Flag Code and is disrespectful to American values and traditions. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton cited U.S. Flag Code §7(e), emphasizing, “The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.”
Flag code violation: pic.twitter.com/1eQk1rmObA
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 11, 2023
The White House has yet to respond to the claims that they violated the flag code, but the criticism runs deeper than flag protocol. Critics argue this event and its associated display mark a severe departure from the values and principles they hold dear. Blaze columnist and podcast host Auron MacIntyre warned, “If anything, the religious right greatly underestimated what would come next.”
During his address, Joe Biden proudly professed his support for LGBT rights, lauding the attendees for their “courage” and dubbing them “some of the bravest and most inspiring people” he’s ever known. Critics argue that his administration’s focus on such issues only deepens cultural divides and undermines traditional American principles.
Biden was also vocal about his stance against the recent bills introduced in Republican-led states that restrict discussions on gender identity and adult topics in schools and regulations on performances and surgeries related to the LGBT community. He described these laws as a direct attack on American values and freedoms, a claim that has been met with widespread opposition from conservative groups.
Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller was among those who voiced their disapproval, stating, “America has been humiliated, debauched and debased. A warning about how civilizations unravel from within.”
Amid the divisive event, the ultimate question is whether Biden’s actions unify or further polarize an already divided nation. As the flag flies and the picnic continues, the debate rages on, highlighting the growing cultural chasm in America today.