Trump Illuminating White House Tonight, But Very Different Shade Than Obama’s
The White House struck a tone during the Obama administration that did not jive well with many Americans: It turned all the colors of the rainbow.
According to the Washington Post, the presidential mansion was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
At the time, Obama told CNN that seeing the White House lit up like that “made it a really good week. To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night, and to feel whole, and to feel accepted, and to feel that they had a right to love, that was pretty cool."
A year later, when five Dallas police officers were killed and nine were injured in an attack that was part of a trend of similar assaults on law enforcement officers, Obama refused a request by Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association president Jod Adler to light the White House blue.
According to Independent Journal Review, the White House said the president had chosen other ways to commemorate the Dallas officers instead.
But now with a new Commander-in-chief at the helm, President Trump is honoring that request by lighting the White House blue Monday evening to honor all officers.
"In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15," Trump announced.
His statement preceded a National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service speech from the Capitol Steps, according to The Hill.
"Our police have been subject to unfair defamation and vilification and — really, you see what’s going on — even worse, hostility and violence," Trump declared. "You are entitled to leadership at the highest level that will draw a bright line in the sand, not a red line in the sand that isn’t gone over, but a bright line in the sand, and we will protect you.”
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