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West is being accused of violating the U.S. Code by putting the flag in water. | AP Photo

Florida’s popular congressional representative (R-FL 22) went scuba diving with a group of disabled vets, and caught some flak from — well, guess who? Someone on the left, no doubt.

West’s response to the criticism?

“Congressman West participated in an event to bring attention to scuba diving off the coast of his Congressional District,” West’s communications director, Angela Sachitano, said in an email to POLITICO.

“He went diving with several disabled veterans who fought to defend the American Flag and this nation. Congressman West displayed the American Flag on an underwater wreck as a sign of respect for the flag and the accomplishment for these veterans who each and every day work to overcome their disability. In addition, Congressman West would like to wish everyone a Happy Flag Day.”

At the Sunday event in Deerfield Beach, West, an Army veteran, told the Miami Herald that “it’s important wherever we are, that the flag flies.” The paper said that half a dozen veterans and several dozen civilian divers were on hand as West planted the flag underwater as fish swam by.

Who else has been accused of violating the Flag code?


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