FACT CHECK: Did None Of The Democratic Candidates Wear Flag Pins At The First Debate?
An image shared on Facebook claims that none of the 2020 candidates wore an American flag pin during night one of the first Democratic presidential debate.
“So as you can see Democrats hate Americans and America,” the caption reads. “Remember this.”
Four of the 10 candidates wore American flag pins onstage Wednesday.
As one of the simplest ways to signal patriotism, the American flag lapel pin has become a staple for both elected and aspiring politicians. During former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, he got flack for often not wearing one during his public appearances.
This line of criticism appeared on social media Thursday, with the image alleging that none of the candidates wore an American flag pin during night one of the first Democratic primary debate. That was not the case, however, since four out of the 10 candidates wore them onstage. (RELATED: Was Trump The Only World Leader To Not Wear A G20 Lapel Pin?)
Ten candidates from a 24-candidate field took the stage Wednesday for the first of two nights of debate hosted by NBC. Notable contenders included Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
The four Democrats who wore flag pins on their lapels were New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney.
In this photo, the pins on De Blasio and Ryan are clearly visible as they talk to Warren:
Gabbard, who became the most searched for candidate on Google by the end of the debate, had an American flag pin on her red blazer.
Delaney also wore the pin, as evidenced by this picture:
The lineup for night two brought about a matchup between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who stood next to each other onstage. Other notable debate contenders were South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Rep. Eric Swalwell.
Only two candidates – Biden and entrepreneur Andrew Yang – wore American flag pins during Thursday’s debate. Sanders wore a pin but not an American flag.
The post on Facebook also lamented that there did not appear to be any physical American flags onstage during the broadcast. However, graphics behind the candidates boasted stars and red and white stripes throughout the debate.
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