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The Huge impact of American Flag Pins

March 10, 2021 By Martin Lapel Pins 0

If you’ve ever watched a US Presidential Election Debate, you’ve probably noticed them wearing a nice American Flag pin on their attire. They do this out of tradition and to display their patriotic commitment to the country they plan to serve.

However not all individuals were them at the debates.

Senator Kamala Harris – 2020

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Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator for California Kamala Harris speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Seen here is then Democratic senator Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary debate of 2020. She is noticeably not wear a US Flag Lapel Pin.

But this does not display a lack of tradition, as seen in this next photo she is wearing a rectangle American flag pin. She later went on to become the first female Vice President, alongside President Joe Biden.

Kamala Harris wearing the American Flag Pin

Andrew Yang – 2020

One surprising individual who shook up tradition was the candidate Andrew Yang in 2020 who wore a custom lapel pin with MATH written on it. It was an acronym for “Make America Think Harder“. He designed and promoted the lapel pin in almost all his interviews, events, and rallies.

It was a very strategic and noticed by the media approach for his campaign.

Even Business Insider said in their article

2020 presidential candidate and entrepreneur¬†Andrew Yang¬†traded the traditional American flag lapel pin for another one that said “math” instead during the Democratic debates in Ohio.

Business Insider РLauren Frias 
Oct 15, 2019, 9:02 PM
Yang MATH pin
Photo Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Former President Donald Trump – 2016

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Former President Donald Trump highly promoted the tradition of wearing an American Flag pin almost every single time you saw him. It was helpful in his campaign to promote his now-famous “America First“.

Given, it was a common tradition before his campaign for candidates to wear the US flag upon their attire. However, if you were to see him not wearing the flag pin it would cause media and attention drawn to him regarding why he isn’t wearing one.

Former President George W. Bush – 2003

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030114-O-0000D-001 President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

“Lapels tell the story”

There was a claim back in 2019 that not a single democratic presidential candidate wore the traditional American Flag lapel pin during the first round of debates.

But AP news reported that Six of the candidates wore the pin. The candidates that wore them are as follows; according to AP News.

  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang