The North Carolina Republican Party published a tweet on Wednesday criticizing vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for wearing a “Honduras flag pin” during his Democratic convention speech, calling it “shameful” that he would wear another country’s flag without a pin representing America.
But there was one glaring problem with the North Carolina GOP’s attack: Kaine was actually wearing a pin bearing the symbol for Blue Star Families, a group for families with members who serve in the military. Kaine’s son Nathaniel Kaine serves in the Marines and was recently deployed to Eastern Europe.
Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT, was the first to point out the mistake.
— Ben Amey (@BenAmeyTV) July 28, 2016
The Honduras flag has two blue stripes and blue start, while the symbol for Blue Star Families is a white rectangle outlined in red with one star in the middle.
The North Carolina GOP did acknowledge their mistake.
@BenAmeyTV We appreciate you letting us know. Thanks for letting us correct our mistake.
— NCGOP (@NCGOP) July 28, 2016