Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren's flag costume sparked controversy after some deemed the Halloween outfit disrespectful and hypocritical.
"Oh LA get ready to find your safe spaces!" wrote Lahren in the caption of an Instagram photo of the costume. "What am I? Well if you’re a conservative, I’m American AF. If you’re a lib, I’m 'offensive.' Let’s go. #TeamTom i#halloween #MAGA #Merica#makeHalloweenGreatAgain."
In response, many accused the Fox News contributor of hypocrisy.
Lahren has long criticized former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others for kneeling during the national anthem and unfurling of the flag.
Not standing for the flag is a violation of the standards set by the U.S. Flag Code. But in a twist of irony, so is wearing it.
"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery," the code reads. "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform."
Lahren defended her costume. She said because her outfit wasn't made from the actual flag, she was not violating the code, CBS News reports.
Some shot back that wasn't the case, referring to another part of the flag code: "It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard."
As a result, many criticized Lahren.
"Oh how people scream and cry about how kneeling disrespects the flag and then this clown goes and disrespects it," commented one person on Lahren's Instagram post. "Hypocrisy at its finest."
"As a veteran, I’m well versed in the flag code especially the section that addresses this," added another on The Root's comments section. "It irks me every time I see it. Country music stars/fans violate it often. I guess it is only a rule when you choose to follow it."
Michael Harriot, a writer for The Root, argued the hypocrisy simply reflects racism in America.
"If we arbitrarily applied rules to black athletes but excused vapid white windbags, wouldn’t that be the definition of inequality and prejudice?" he asked rhetorically. "Whiteness is a trump card that exempts them from the same scrutiny."
"They can point out the death toll in Chicago during the weekend but remain silent about the parade of mass shooters who make the Windy City’s 'top gang thugs' look like amateurs. They talk about welfare while blithely ignoring the fact that white people make up 40 percent of food stamp recipients. They don’t mention that white women are the biggest beneficiaries of quotas when they rail against affirmative action."