Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) sent out a Memorial Day message on Twitter ― but it was undermined by a very visible mistake.
Greene’s message contained a version of the U.S. flag with just 18 stars.
PatriotTakes, which monitors right-wing media, and several other critics spotted the error of the conspiracy theorist lawmaker, who has called for a “national divorce” and spoke last year at a white nationalist event:
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) May 30, 2023
That’s NOT the AMERICAN FLAG 🇺🇸. It’s a CHEAP IMPOSTER https://t.co/HtMdIpCPRT
— CO Independent 💛🌻💙🌻🇺🇸🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@COIndependent1) May 30, 2023
Why only 18 stars? 🤔
— Nick Collins (@Nick___Collins) May 30, 2023
Only 18 stars on the American flag. Marge needs to be canceled like Kap. https://t.co/GGsxhnqAzk
— David (Razor) Harris (@House_Razor) May 30, 2023
No official U.S. flag had 18 stars.
It had 15 stars and 15 stripes at the end of the 18th and start of the 19th centuries. The addition of five states between 1797 and 1817 led to a flag with 20 stars and 13 stripes in 1818, which was quickly replaced by a succession of new flags as more states were admitted.
Antique American flag dealer Jeff Bridgman notes that “a tiny handful of 18 star flags exist,” which were created later to commemorate Louisiana’s statehood, given that it was the 18th state to join the union.
Others, however, offered criticisms of Greene beyond the flag ― such as her vote against legislation to expand federal aid for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, as well as other actions and comments she’s made over the years:
Stop using my military service to shill your hate, you spork-footed white supremacist. https://t.co/KBgSmlj2JB
— Machine Pun Kelly Redux (@backell) May 30, 2023
You mean the people Trump calls “suckers and losers”? https://t.co/n7Z6Yyb23V
— Philip Booth (@PBoothMedia) May 29, 2023
Says the woman who voted for cutting 22% of veterans benefits money in an already underfunded medical system.
— dragonmom (@TanaSWilliams3) May 29, 2023
Actually, they weren't defending "values." They were defending rights. The same ones you are trying to take away.
— Jen (@JenTusch) May 29, 2023
This disgraceful woman is staining the memory of our veterans. https://t.co/jKS54QBQ1M
— Henry (@HenrysDeals) May 29, 2023
Platitudes! Hypocrisy! Your sad attempt to honor our military is worthless as you vote to reduce benefits for our veterans who have sacrificed a hellava lot. https://t.co/6MJKZVJi2l
— Ed Barrett (@EdBarre14991212) May 29, 2023