Conservative websites are falsely reporting that American flags have been banned from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia this week. They cherrypicked pictures of the DNC that did not feature flags and compared them to pictures of last week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) that do feature flags. This totally misleading image is going viral:
According to the notoriously unreliable Daily Caller,
The Daily Caller is at the Democratic National Convention and it doesn’t look like there are any American flags.
The stage is bland and grey, with no red, white or blue present. A thorough look at the crowd present also turns up no American flags.
Both the DNC and the RNC use digital backdrops, so even when it looks like the RNC had a dozen flags behind Trump, there were no actual flags. You can see the change in this gif:
This is an image of the RNC background at one point during the convention. There are no flags present.
Of course the DNC’s digital background frequently features American flags. Do the Democrats need more flags on their backdrop than they do in the image below?
Just in case, the DNC also has real flags.
And DNC-goers are wearing flags to show their patriotism.
Conservative ‘news’ outlets spread lies that you can’t support liberal, progressive ideals while still being a patriot. Democrats are as patriotic as they come, and they express their patriotism by supporting policies that help all Americans. Flags are so ubiquitous at the DNC that it is not possible that conservative websites made a ‘mistake.’ They created a lie using a minority of DNC images, and they deserve to be held accountable.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.