On Tuesday night, with her husband about to enter the presidential campaign, Florida first lady Casey DeSantis tweeted a campaign-style video of Gov. Ron DeSantis walking toward a flag in America and captioned it with the words “America is worth the fight.. .Every. Single. Time.”
The video served as a teaser for Mr DeSantis’ campaign announcement. But its flag placement sparked an online discussion about flag etiquette and American vexillological history that left an aide to Mr DeSantis open to mocking the gaps in his knowledge.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr DeSantis filed papers declaring his candidacy.
After Ms DeSantis tweeted the campaign-style video, Donald Trump adviser and veteran Chris LaCivita tweeted “He is. In the future maybe if you use [the flag] as a backdrop…put it in the right position.”
Mr LaCivita appeared to take issue with the fact that the stars on the flag in the video were in the top right corner instead of the top left corner and included an image of the flag with 15 stars said to have inspired the Star – Spangled Banner.
The criticism of Mr. This was not lost on Christina Pushaw, a campaign aide to Mr DeSantis.
“The flag is actually positioned correctly, considering he is standing backstage in this shot,” Ms Pushaw wrote in response to Mr LaCivita. “Now I’m interested in the meaning of this 15 stars and 15 stripes flag. I had never seen it before. Does Liberia now have 14 colonies?
Ms Pushaw’s apparent lack of familiarity with the flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner was pointed out by many Twitter users.
Liberia’s flag, on the other hand, is modeled on the US flag but has only one star representing its status as the first independent republic on the African continent instead of multiple stars representing the various US states. Liberia declared its independence in the mid-nineteenth century by a collection of people including formerly enslaved people from the US and the Carribbean.
The Independent Mr DeSantis’ campaign has been reached for comment.