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GOP Rep. On Mandela: U.S. Should Only Lower Flags For Americans

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"Lowering the flag should be for mourning Americans and not for foreign leaders," the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said at the Venice Club in Brookfield on Friday, the day after Mandela's death was announced.

Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.

Rick Clark, the sheriff of Pickens County, S.C., also vowed last week to defy President Obama's order that to fly flags at half staff in honor of the deceased leader.