Donald Trump's supporters hung a custom Confederate flag over the railing
at the Republican nominee's rally in Kissimmee's Silver Spurs Arena that was later pulled down.
Trump's dog-whistle racial politics have been heard
before by people who argue the Civil War was not about slavery, and Thursday night was no exception. The New York Times
reports the owner of the Brandon Partin, grew irritated when a campaign staff member and police asked him to take down the flag he just purchased outside the building.
The 27-year-old tells the Times
after the incident he might not even vote for Trump, though he later recanted, telling the paper:
"Mr. Partin acknowledged that he said that in "the heat of the moment" and that he would still support Mr. Trump.
"It kind of upsets me a little bit," he said, adding that he didn’t think Mr. Trump himself would have asked him to remove the flag.
"But because of the dishonest media, which he talks about, because of that, it forces them and ties their hands to do certain things," Mr. Partin said, "so that the media doesn’t take something and spin it and turns it into something that it’s not."
Minutes after the flag had been removed, an American flag was hung in its place.