RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans from North Carolina have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech.
The state GOP sent out a tweet Wednesday night saying it was “shameful” for Kaine to wear a Honduras flag during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Kaine spent a year in Honduras as a missionary. But Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT-TV in Albany, New York, pointed out on Twitter that Kaine’s pin was actually the symbol for families with a member serving in the military.
Kaine’s son, a Marine, is currently deployed.
Amey posted a screen grab of the party’s original tweet, which the GOP has since deleted. Also on Twitter, the party thanked Amey for “letting us correct our mistake.”
Executive Director of the N.C. GOP Dallas Woodhouse said in a statement to CBS North Carolina that “A staffer made an error and it was instantly corrected. We have taken corrective action. We sincerely apologize.”