Memo to Vice President Mike Pence: everything that flutters and is blue is not the Israeli flag.
Pence, who has emerged in recent days as a somewhat unlikely emmisary from President Trump to the Jews, twice tweeted an emoji of the Nicaraguan flag before appearing at a Republican Jewish Council event.
The veep apparently mistook the Central American nation’s flag, which has two horizontal blue stripes and a triangle in teh middle, for that of Israel.
After social media flagged the mistake, Pence promptly deleted the tweets.
The mild-mannered vice president is a Christian conservative and enjoyed a less-than-chummy relationship with the small Jewish community in his home state of Indiana.
But Pence was outspoken in denouncing anti=Semitism even as Trump was reluctant to openly discuss a wave of threats against Jewish institutions.
He picked up a rake to help clean up a St. Louis cemetery that was vandalized by anti-Semites last weekend. And he was dispatched to address GOP Jews in Las Vegas in an effort to mend fences after Trump’s rocky first several weeks in office.
Dave Goldiner is the Forward’s director of digital media. Dave is a veteran journalist who has spent two decades working at newspapers in the United States and Africa. A native New Yorker, Goldiner wrote for the New York Daily News, where he covered some of the biggest stories of our time, including the attacks of September 11, along with thousands of stories of hope and heartbreak. He also studied and worked in Southern Africa and has written for publications in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds masters degrees in journalism and public administration from Columbia University. Dave can be reached at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @davegoldiner
Mike Pence, Trump’s Unlikely Envoy To The Jews, Gets Israel’s Flag Wrong In Tweet