President Donald Trump finally ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor the victims of last week’s shooting on the Capital Gazette that left five newspaper employees dead.
The order comes after it appeared Trump denied the request made by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, a move that appeared to fit with the president’s record of repeatedly calling journalists the “enemy of the people.”
“We waited all of Saturday, all of Sunday,” Buckley told the Washington Post. “We understood maybe there was some communications problems. We waited all day Monday and didn’t hear anything.”
But the proclamation came out today, ordering all U.S. Flags on federal buildings to be flown at half-staff throughout today.
Gov. Bill Walker has also ordered that all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff today, too, in conjunction with Trump’s order for U.S. flags. Walker tweeted a personal message signalling his support for the media and response to the shooting.
“I was heartbroken to see the news of the
#MarylandShooting. As a kid growing up in rural Alaska, my family published a weekly newspaper. I’ve always been a strong believer in the press and the hard work journalists put in every day to inform readers,” he wrote.
A press release from his office also had this to say:
“A free press is the foundation of a healthy democracy. While no American should have to fear for their lives at work or at home, targeting the lives of America’s hardworking journalists undermines the values on which our nation prides itself. The very first Amendment to our Constitution protects a free press.”