U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy posted to Twitter on Monday a photograph showing five American flags hung between the pillars of the U.S. Capitol building for the Fourth of July.
McCarthy captioned the photograph, "God bless America!" with five U.S. flag emojis. Take a look:
God bless America! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/8ooNNwKk5D
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) July 3, 2023
Some have contrasted McCarthy's photograph of the American-flag-clad U.S. Capitol building with the photograph of the White House that the Biden administration posted in June, during the so-called pride month.
The reader may recall that the White House hosted a pride month event, and, for that event, the White House hung a pride flag between two American flags in between the columns of the White House's south portico.
Happy Pride from the White House! pic.twitter.com/fkL3VOf97d
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 11, 2023
The move, at the time, drew much criticism from some, who argued that the hanging of the pride flag between two American flags violated the U.S. Code on the Flag.
At the time, Peter Keim, a National Flag Foundation (NFF) board member, told Reuters:
The Flag Code speaks loud and clear that the American Flag belongs "front and center", the position of superior prominence, when displayed with other flags. No flag should be higher, larger, or forward of the American Flag.
The White House, perhaps looking to avoid further controversy, chose not to repeat this action on the Fourth of July. Photographs of the Independence Day event that the White House held on Tuesday show the south portico with two American flags. The central position that was occupied by the pride flag was left empty.
Fourth of July at the White House. pic.twitter.com/U0aWb17HW7
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 5, 2023
McCarthy followed his patriotic July 3 Twitter post up with another one that he posted on the Fourth of July.
"Freedom isn’t free," McCarthy wrote. "Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces who defend our liberty. Happy 4th of July!"
McCarthy also included a video message, saying:
As we remember our Independence Day, let us also reflect on the men and women of our Armed Forces who defend our liberty. Their service and sacrifice make us proud and are the very reason that America remains a shining city on the hill. To you and your families, Happy Fourth of July.
Freedom isn’t free. Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces who defend our liberty.
Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ecucnHH47G
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) July 4, 2023