In a move that angered homosexual activists and Democrats, the Pentagon has announced it will maintain a policy of the Trump administration that prohibited unofficial flags from being hoisted up flag poles.
“After some careful consideration,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced June 4, “the department will maintain the existing policy from July of 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags.”
That announcement came as so-called “Pride Month” began June 1 which meant the public was inundated with corporations, social media, and politicians lining up to recognize it. Within the federal government, the State Department is hoisting “Pride” flags on embassies around the world.
Then-candidate Joe Biden also said he would allow “Pride” flags to fly, and called them a "symbol of diversity and inclusion," which only adds to the pressure for him to make good on a campaign promise.
Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the issue that concerned the Pentagon in 2020 was flying Confederate flags at U.S. military bases which the Trump administration stopped.
That won’t be the case with “Pride” flags, he predicts.
“[Defense Secretary] Lloyd Austin hasn't shown real backbone in pushing back against the leftist agenda at the Pentagon,” Maginnis says. “So I suspect that he and his fellow appointees will eventual cave if the Left continues to push on this issue as well."