Veterans groups hand out USS John McCain shirts on National Mall during Trump speech
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Progressive groups VoteVets and Rags of Honor followed through on their promise to hand out "USS John McCainJohn Sidney McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE" t-shirts to people during President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE’s July Fourth address..

VoteVets shared photos online showing a number of people sporting the shirts during the "Salute to America" event on the National Mall on Thursday.

Some lawmakers, including Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDemocrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall Lawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump's Scotland property Oversight panel investigating Air Force crew's stop at Trump property in Scotland MORE (D-Calif.) also shared photos while wearing the shirts.

The shirts depict the USS John S. McCain with its nickname, “Big Bad John.”

The groups decided to hand out the shirts following reports earlier this year that the White House asked the Navy to "minimize visibility" of the Navy destroyer during Trump’s visit to Japan earlier this year, given the president's feud with the late GOP senator and Vietnam War veteran John McCain (Ariz.)

“We had a lot of policy battles with Sen. McCain, and fights on issues of war, but we always respected his service, and his sacrifice,” Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and Chair of VoteVets, told The Hill of its decision to distribute the shirts on the Mall.

“July 4 is about coming together as a country, to celebrate what has bound us together since 1776 – the belief in something bigger than yourself. While VoteVets and John McCain never much saw eye-to-eye on policy,” he continued in a statement, “and probably still would not if he was around today, his family’s service to America spoke to that sense of realizing this nation is bigger than just one man.” 

“Honoring that kind legacy – especially of a political opponent’s – seemed fitting for July 4,” Soltz added.

Trump spoke for 45 minutes Thursday evening at the Lincoln Memorial, focusing much of his Independence Day address on celebrating U.S. armed forces.