Don Hilton: Sheriff Gets Warning For Flying Trump Flag

Don Hilton, a sheriff in Oswego County, New York, received a warning from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for violating the federal Hatch Act when he flew a Trump flag on an on-duty patrol boat in August 2020.

Hilton Flew Trump Flag As Part Of Trump Flotilla On Oneida Lake. “The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol unit flew an altered American flag emblazoned with former President Trump’s face and campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” during what was described as a Trump flotilla event on Oneida Lake on Aug. 2. County officials on Thursday released a statement noting the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which investigated the complaint, issued a warning to Hilton, but chose not to pursue any disciplinary action in the matter.” [Oswego County News Now]

Residents Slammed Hilton For Flying Flag. “NewsChannel 9 received numerous emails and calls from viewers questioning the appropriateness for an official law enforcement boat, with on-duty uniformed personnel on board to fly a partisan political flag and participate in such a rally.” [LocalSyr]

Hilton Receives Warning From Office of Special Counsel. “Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton received the warning from the the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in response to a complaint alleging he violated the Hatch Act, which forbids the use of taxpayer time and money going towards advocacy for a political candidate, on an on-duty patrol boat during an Oneida Lake pro-Trump flotilla on Aug. 2, Syracuse.com reported.” [MSN]

OSC Letter To Hilton: Flying Trump Flag Was “Knowing Violation of the Law. ““Please be advised that if you engage in any future prohibited political activity while employed in a Hatch Act-covered position, OSC would consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law that could result in disciplinary action,” Erica Hamrick, deputy chief of the Hatch Act Unit, wrote in the letter.” [Syracuse]

Hilton Refused To Apologize When He Was First Caught. “After the event, Oswego County Chairman Weatherup reminded me that County policy prohibits the display of altered US Flags on County property. I understand that policy. Today I met with all members of the Oswego County Legislature and assured them it will not happen again. I have received many letters of both support and criticism. While I stand by my personal beliefs, I do regret that some people, veterans in particular, were uncomfortable with the display of an altered American flag. There was no disrespect intended.” [Syracuse]

Don Hilton Trump Flag Video

Video report on Hilton’s Trump flag

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