"Mr. Partin acknowledged that he said that in "the heat of the moment" and that he would still support Mr. Trump.
"It kind of upsets me a little bit," he said, adding that he didn’t think Mr. Trump himself would have asked him to remove the flag.
"But because of the dishonest media, which he talks about, because of that, it forces them and ties their hands to do certain things," Mr. Partin said, "so that the media doesn’t take something and spin it and turns it into something that it’s not."
Minutes after the flag had been removed, an American flag was hung in its place.
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