Fueled by deep-seated paranoia and an unwavering thirst for outrage, a number of conservative blogs expressed dismay this weekend after spotting a Mexican flag hanging beneath the stage prior to a Democratic forum in Clear Lake, Iowa.
“Democrats Now Displaying Mexican And LBGTQ Flags at Their Campaign Events in Iowa,” read one headline from Gateway Pundit. “Democratic Presidential Forum in Iowa Proudly Displays Mexican and LGBT Flags,” reported Young Conservatives.
The anger is palpable!
The only problem? The photo in question, published innocuously to Twitter by NPR correspondent Don Gonyea on Friday, shows Iowa’s flag, not Mexico’s.
— Don Gonyea NPR (@DonGonyea) August 14, 2015
In the bloggers’ defense, both flags have…birds on them.
Readers were quick to point out that this was not, in fact, Mexico’s flag (because can you imagine how scary that would be?), but that didn’t stop the conversation from dovetailing into anti-gay rhetoric as the very colorful (and very real) LGBT flag hanging nearby became the next-best source of consternation.