State calls Trump flag hoisted on Hatteras ferry ‘inappropriate’

By on July 27, 2018

A Trump 2020 flag hoisted above a state ferry boat caused a Twitter commotion Friday and a promise from the Ferry Division that the incident would be investigated.

“Clearly, this is an inappropriate use of a state-owned vessel that we are taking very seriously. We are working with NCDOT’s Office of Employee Relations to investigate the matter and will then take appropriate disciplinary action,” said a post on the Ferry Division’s Twitter feed.

The M/V Frisco was on a run between Hatteras and Ocracoke about twilight when the flag was spotted and photographed by a passenger, according to The Virginian-Pilot. It was hoisted on a mast that included the North Carolina state flag and the American flag.

“(N)o matter one’s political affiliation, putting any sort of campaign material on a state-owned vessel is not appropriate,” NCDOT spokesperson Andrew Barksdale told WRAL-TV.

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