At least one Republican is bothered by the rainbow-happy Biden administration. Rep. Mike Ezell, a Mississippi Republican, ushered in Pride Month on Friday by sending a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough asking that a Pride flag be removed from a VA facility in Biloxi.
“It has come to my attention that the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Harrison County, Mississippi (Biloxi VAMC), which is home to the Biloxi National Cemetery, is flying the rainbow pride flag at its front entrance. While I believe everyone should be treated with respect, I take serious issue with any flag flying at a VA facility that promotes social policy positions or political statements,” Ezell wrote to McDonough.
He also sent the letter to Stephanie Repasky, interim director of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.
“I am especially concerned that the flag in question is flying on a flagpole usually reserved for an American flag — the flag for which veterans receiving care at the Biloxi VAMC served and the flag for which many of those interred at the Biloxi National Cemetery gave their lives.”
“Our VA facilities should be focused on serving and providing quality care to our veterans, who deserve our utmost respect and admiration,” Ezell continued.
“These facilities should not be used as tools to promote any social or political agenda, and only government and military flags, such as POW/MIA flag and flags of the U.S. Armed Forces, should be flown or displayed alongside the American flag on VA property.”
“I am writing to request that this flag, and any other flags promoting social policy positions or political statements, be removed,” the congressman continued.
It seems doubtful Congressman Ezell will get anyone at the VA — or anyone else in the Biden administration — to listen.
In the past few days the administration has cheerfully declared its loyalty to the LGBTQ cause with announcements that the Pride flag will fly above the headquarters of the departments of Health and Human Services and Commerce, as well as FEMA.
McDonough last year had done likewise, raising the flag above the VA headquarters in Washington and allowing all VA facilities to do so as well.
“Proud to fly the Pride flag over VA, and proud to serve you each and every day,” he tweeted in June 2022.
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