- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood on Sunday.
- Flynn began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for the crowd but stopped after starting the wrong word.
- Flynn plead guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about contact with Russia, but was pardoned by Trump.
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It appears former national security adviser Michael Flynn doesn’t know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.
On Sunday, Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney, held at the Honkeytonk Saloon in Ladson, South Carolina, The Post and Courier reported. Hundreds of supporters attended the rally, including the Bikers for Trump group.
In a video of the event shared on Twitter, Flynn appeared on stage and announced he was going to say the pledge of allegiance and that the audience was going to say it along with him.
“I want you to hear, not just listen, I want you to hear every single word of the Pledge of Allegiance,” Flynn said. “That is our pledge to each other, that is our pledge to this country.”
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” Flynn began. He then started to say what sounds like “indiv-” before cutting himself off as the crowd continued.
After a moment, he picked back up with the crowd to finish it off: “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The full Pledge of Allegiance is: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Flynn served as national security adviser for President Donald Trump from January 2017 to February 2017 before resigning over reports he had lied about contact with a Russian official. In December 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US at the time.
He later accused the Justice Department of entrapment and moved to withdraw his guilty plea. In November of 2020, he was pardoned by Trump. Flynn has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, Insider’s Rachel E. Greenspan reported, deepening his ties with conspiracy promoters like Wood and Sidney Powell.
The event Sunday was in support of Wood’s campaign for South Carolina GOP chairman.