Rep. Tom Cole: Confederate flag wavers disrespectful, embarrassing
by Chris Casteel

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, released this statement on Thursday in regard to the people who waved Confederate flags at President Barack Obama in Durant and Oklahoma City during the president’s visit to those cities.

“I was shocked and disappointed by those who showed up to wave Confederate flags soon after President Obama arrived in Oklahoma.

“Their actions were not only disappointing but incredibly disrespectful, insensitive and embarrassing to the entire state. The unacceptable behavior displayed by these individuals certainly does not reflect the values and views of the vast majority of Oklahomans. No president should ever be confronted by such behavior, especially when the purpose of the visit was meant to celebrate and recognize some of our state’s greatest achievements.

“The office of President of the United States is deserving of the respect of all Americans, regardless of how deeply we may disagree on issues or policies. Political differences are never a justification to insult the president, and I believe that such action shows disrespect for the office itself.

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