Donald Trump Jr., whose father is the Republican presidential nominee, defended Mississippi's controversial state flag, which includes a Confederate flag image in the upper left corner, on July 26 during a stop at the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi (video below).
Trump was asked about "taking down" the Mississippi flag (because of the Confederate image) by WAPT, and he responded: "I believe in traditions. I don’t see a lot of the nonsense that is created with these things. So, those are issues and I understand how people feel about some of that, but leaving some of the traditions the way they are in this country, there’s nothing wrong with some tradition."
John M. Coski wrote in his 2005 book "The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem" about where that "tradition" came from:
The flag changes in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coincided with the passage of formal Jim Crow segregation laws throughout the South. Four years before Mississippi incorporated a Confederate battle flag into its state flag, its constitutional convention passed pioneering provisions to 'reform' politics by effectively disenfranchising most African Americans.
Trump began his comments to WAPT by stating his views on some Democrats not implementing a U.S. flag at their convention:
I saw a bunch of stuff on social media this morning where they didn’t even have the American flag up at the Democratic National Convention, and to me as an American that’s pretty disgraceful. Obviously, it made a big deal on social media. They probably ran out to a store and bought a few, but the fact they’re not even thinking about that as part of their platform, as part of that convention, says all you need to know about the Democrats.
Fact-checking website Snopes.com noted this week that this assertion about American flags not being on the DNC's stage appeared on right-wing websites that cherry-picked photos.
Snopes.com pointed out that American flags often appeared on the DNC's digital screens, just as American flags had at the Republican National Convention. Additionally, physical flags appeared on stage for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem at the DNC.
Sources: WAPT, The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem via Google Books, Snopes.com / Photo credit: WAPT/YouTube