WaPo: Trump Flag Insult Enrages Vets


President Trump joked about a bugle call he heard on Harrisburg Air National Guard Base on Oct. 11. The call is part of the military’s flag raising and lowering ceremonies. (Patrick Martin/The Washington Post)

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces’ time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.

The bugle call occurred during Trump’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar used by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Harrisburg and before the president’s address on tax revision.

“What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump said before turning to the audience. “They’re playing that in honor of his ratings,” he added, referencing the popularity of Hannity’s news program.

Trump went back to speaking about economic growth as several audience members behind him stood up. The bugle call was “Retreat,” which signifies the lowering of the American flag on a military installation. Although Trump attended a military high school, the commander in chief appeared unaware of the music’s meaning.

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  1. Trump is dangerously worse than clueless — and should be removed by Congress &/or his own Cabinet.

  2. He is best qualified for handing out paper towels at disaster sites. Go ahead and let him get the endorsement deal. Make sure in the commercial, the bile green pattern is used.

  3. For perspective on how to do it right see if you can find video clip of Robin Williams doing a USO tour in the middle east. Right in the middle of his performance comes the bugle call. The whole crowd turns about face and stands at attention. Robin shuts up immediately and stands (on stage) with the rest. After retreat he jokes about it (he was good at making up jokes on the fly), but it was always respectful. Few know that Mr. Williams went over there many times. I saw a video of him performing on a carrier hanger deck. The last person the public would think that was respectful of the military, was actually the most supportive of our men and women in uniform. BRAVO ZULU ROBIN R.I.P.

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