GOP Attacks Clinton VP Pick For Marine Pin Honoring His Son

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., Thursday, July 14, 2016. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton's possible vice president choices.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., Thursday, July 14, 2016. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton’s possible vice president choices.

When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it quickly spotted something wrong.

“[Tim Kaine] wears a Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag,” the state party tweeted as he was speaking. “Shameful.”

There was one problem: Kaine’s pin, which had a single blue star on a white background bordered with red, wasn’t the flag of Honduras, where he spent a year as a missionary decades ago. It was the symbol for Blue Star Families, or those with members serving in the military.

Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT, caught their mistake:

Kaine’s son, 1st Lt. Nathaniel Kaine, is an infantry officer serving with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, who deployed to Eastern Europe shortly after his father was named Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

The Blue Star pin features a blue star on a field of white with a red border, as seen on Kaine’s lapel.

The Blue Star pin features a blue star on a field of white with a red border, as seen on Kaine’s lapel.

In his first public speech after being named her vice presidential candidate, Kaine had referenced his pride for his son and the impending deployment.

“He is a proud Marine, and in just a few days he’s deploying to Europe to uphold America’s commitment to our NATO allies,” Kaine said in the speech. “For me, this drives home the stakes in this election.”

The person behind the Twitter account thanked Amey for alerting them to the mistake in a reply after deleting the tweet, but did not apologize to Kaine for the error.

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