The protocol for Washington and across the nation is lowering the flag to half-staff upon the death of a seated U.S. Senator. The White House is taking some heat for raising the flag earlier today, in what most see as a passive-aggressive action taken by President Trump. But is there an infraction?

With the passing of Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018, the flag atop the White House was raised in the morning of August 27, well before the 48 hours had passed. The protocol is not 48 hours though.

I do think it's petty if he did otherwise but. the written flag protocol was kept.

What is the protocol for the flags on Federal buildings regarding the death of a seated U.S. Senator? It isn't "48 hours" or "until burial", that is hogwash and baseless opinion.

So, protocol was met! He died on Saturday, August 25. The flag was lowered then. It was also lowered for the entire following day of August 26. The media is going nuts over what, a lack of any extension?

Flag At White House At Full Staff
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I realize that Senator McCain never missed an opportunity to slander or try to embarrass President Trump, but the president must not make any personal feelings known through our nation's traditions, if this was the case, but it isn't.

I have to say, though, I'm so impressed with the liberals' new love for the American flag. After burning them on a weekly basis, stepping all over it at numerous protests, taking a knee and refusing to stand for it during the national anthem, this is a sign of virtue by the left.

For many months now, liberals have been calling people "racist" if they insist that the flag is to be honored during sporting events' pregame renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Today, thanks to the flag on the White House, we are seeing patriotic liberals across the United States of America falling back in love with the same flag, now demanding respect for the flag of this nation, and to follow protocols and traditions of our country that is apparently great after all.

And you said President Donald J.Trump wasn't a healer?

Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @RadioKenPittman. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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