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Here Are A Bunch Of Ways Americans Disrespect Our Flag Daily--And No One Complains About It

At a campaign rally in Alabama on Friday, Donald Trump accused U.S. athletes who take a knee during the national anthem of disrespecting the American flag. Over the weekend, Trump doubled down, tweeting:

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED."

But what about the ways Americans disrespect the flag every day. Where is Trump's outrage then?

Twitter user @Koopa_Kinte went through the federal code put in place on June 14, 1923 dictating how the flag should be treated and posted a thread featuring many of the everyday ways in which people mistreat the flag:

Here are just a few:

1. “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.”

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Hmmm.  Interesting.

2. “The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.”

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3. “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”

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That one's a porn.  So...

4. “It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.”

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Yup, every July 4th everything I eat off of and drink out of is American Flag themed. How about you?

5. “The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.”

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6. “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.”

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Yeah, I got nothin'.

To read the full code, click here.  This list is only just the tip of the iceberg.

H/T: HuffPost, US