North Carolina’s ferry system suspended a boat captain and a crew member for one week after they hoisted a flag supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump.
It happened after a passenger on the MV Frisco Ferry took a photo of a "Trump 2020" flag flying on the mast below the U.S. flag and even with the North Carolina flag, the Associated Press reported.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation launched an investigation after the flag photo was posted on Twitter on July 27.
According to reports, the passenger tweeted: “Is this appropriate? I don’t think so!” The man later deleted the tweet, saying he made his point.
Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass told news media that placing campaign materials on a state-owned vessel is inappropriate. The names of the employees suspended for a week were not released.
How long was the flag displayed?
Hass told media the Trump flag was displayed for just one run on the Outer Banks ferry.
Andrew Barksdale, a spokesperson for the NCDOT, said the agency worked with the department’s Office of Employee Relations to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.
“Clearly, no matter one’s political affiliation, putting any sort of campaign material on a state-owned vessel is not appropriate,” Barksdale said.
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@rascalmat Absolutely not. We are working with NCDOT's Office of Employee Relations to investigate the incident, an… https://t.co/Csq5AZVyIY— NCDOT Ferry Division (@NCDOT Ferry Division)1532695967.0