A small scuffle ensued when a pro-Communist group lit an American flag on fire in front of the White House and a veteran Trump supporter confronted them over it.
The altercation happened just minutes before the Fourth of July celebration that President Donald Trump declared at the nation's capital.
Video of the altercation was posted on social media [caution, some strong language]:
Footage of White House flag burning ahead of Trump's #SaluteToAmerica A man who identified himself as a veteran g… https://t.co/410mjxAdsR— Steven Nelson (@Steven Nelson)1562276596.0
The man grabbed the American flag away from the communists and put out the flames. He wore a red shirt with the Trump 2016 campaign motto, "Make America Great Again."
In the video, he identified himself as a military veteran.
The pro-communist New York City Revolution Club took credit for the demonstration on social media and accused the Trump supporter of starting the confrontation.
"Today, the Revcoms burnt that rag for the people of the world today!" they quoted from a protester.
Police threw a veteran & member of the Revolution club on the ground after expressing his constitutional right to b… https://t.co/hAESscnvrc— NYC Revolution Club (@NYC Revolution Club)1562277749.0
The communist account also indicated that one of their members was arrested by Capitol police over the altercation.
Here's another video of the scuffle:
Fight breaks out in front of the White House after the protest group burns the American flag https://t.co/NMbBdBAylX— Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas)1562274079.0