This actually happened. Sickening.
United States flags are normally lowered to half staff when one of the country’s leaders dies, but a Venezuela-based company lowered it when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died.
Both U.S. and state flags at Citgo headquarters in Houston, Corpus Christi and Lake Charles, Louisiana, were lowered to honor Chavez, who died on Tuesday.
A statement from the company read “We at Citgo Petroleum Corporation are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of Venezuela in this time of grief.”
Chavez was not a friend to the United States.
Uh, no kidding.
Naturally this didn’t go over well with decent people.
James Post, an assistant project manager at an engineering and construction firm, told Fox News that it was ‘jarring’ and ‘deeply disappointing’.
Post said that his mind ‘immediately jumped to the last time we did this in the Houston-area and it was for Neil Armstrong.’
Terry Backhaus, a financial adviser in Louisiana, said that the flags at the Citgo refinery in Lake Charles had been raised back by noon.
‘I think I used a profanity when I saw it this morning, I was disgusted,’ Bakhaus said.
‘I didn’t believe it to be right, not for somebody who wasn’t a true American ally.’
At one point Mr Chavez even blamed the U.S. government for his cancer.
Chavez suggested in 2011 that the U.S. might have ‘invented technology to spread cancer’, and warned other left-wing heads of state that they could be targeted next.