Veterans groups hand out USS John McCain shirts on National Mall during Trump speech
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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 DuckworthAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Woman accusing Trump military nominee of sexual assault says she's willing to testify MORE (D-Ill.) and Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China Ted Lieu: Trump a 'racist ass' 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.