President Trump declined a request to lower the American flag in memory of the five victims who died in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis last week, according to the publication.
Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley asked that the flags be lowered at federal government buildings, but his request was denied. Trump has ordered flags be lowered after other mass shootings.
Trump, who has referred to the press as the “enemy of the people” multiple times in the past, said on Friday that journalists “should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”
But that doesn’t mean journalists will receive his respect.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed, you know? … Is there a cutoff for tragedy?” Buckley told the Gazette. “This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”
It should be noted, that Buckely has not lowered his own city’s flags. According to the Gazette, his wife talked him out of it.
“At this point in time, it would start to polarize people and I don’t want to make people angry,” he said.
Way to blame your wife, Buckley. Also, who in the world would get angry for memorializing the victims of a shooting?
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had the state’s flags lowered on Friday through sunset on Monday. He did not blame his wife.
Trump has previously ordered the flag be lowered to half-staff following the death of Barbara Bush, the shooting at a Sante Fe High School, the Parkland high school shooting, and the Las Vegas shooting.