MN State Senator Dan Hall (R) posted a tweet today asking the question, “Why is it you never see an American flag where you see a Vote No for the Mn Marriage Amendment sign?”
Accompanying the tweet is an image of one house with a flag flying in front with what appears to be houses on either side with orange Minnesotans United for all Families ‘Vote NO’ signs in front of them. It is unclear whether they have flags or not based on the image but according to the Senator, they do not.
The implication in the tweet is clear that those people who oppose the amendment are not as patriotic as those people who support it although we have no evidence to show that the house with the flag supports the amendment, Senator Hall seems comfortable putting out the comparison. We also don’t have any other evidence beyond this picture that amendment opponents are any less likely to fly a flag outside their home than those that support the amendment but it’s not clear that facts matter when you are trying to make your opponents out to be unpatriotic.
Local Republican and amendment opponent, Daniel Wolter, quickly chastised the Senator for the offensive tweet.
UPDATE: Apparently, it’s more than just opponents of the anti-marriage amendment who are not patriotic. Included in that list is anyone who isn’t a Republican. Just yesterday, Senator Hall tweeted a picture of a garage with the clever implication (although not so clever as to understand the difference between they’re and their) that only a patriotic Republican would think to paint their garage as a flag.
So, to break it down, ONLY Republicans who are voting YES on the anti-marriage amendment are patriotic and flying American flags outside their homes. Got it?