Marvel star Chris Pratt took heat online from far-left critics outrageously claiming a pro-American t-shirt he was photographed in was associated with “white supremacists” following a Twitter post on Monday of writer Hunter Harris, as reported by The Daily Wire on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, a Yahoo Movies UK article – which was later amended after being strongly criticized – was titled “Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt,” according to FoxNews.

The shirt Pratt was photographed in with text under it reading, “Don’t Tread On Me,” is basically a version of the Revolution-era Gadsden flag, according to The Daily Wire. New Yorker Magazine, reporting on the history of the Gadsden flag in 2016, acknowledged that it has no historical link to race. So it makes it more puzzling as to why Pratt was attacked in the first place.

The shirt is apparel from the “Brain Treatment Foundation,” a nonprofit organization that, according to their website, helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other issues. 

Pratt has publicly supported the organization since 2016 with countless photos of the apparel uploaded to his social media accounts.

We are honored to work with the silent warriors who sacrifice greatly so that others may live free, who defend our freedom, who live with honor and by the word of God. These warriors hunt evil to protect our peace, while those who disparage their sacrifices and our nation from behind a computer screen, pretend it doesn’t exist. We are proud of the American flag and all symbols that represent the freedom brave men and women have shed blood for since the inception of our great country. #donttreadonme #SupportChrisPratt

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According to the Daily Wire, on Facebook, Brain Treatment Foundation posted a photo of Pratt in the T-shirt and said that they were “honored” by the support.

“We are honored to work with the silent warriors who sacrifice greatly so that others may live free, who defend our freedom, who live with honor and by the word of God. These warriors hunt evil to protect our peace, while those who disparage their sacrifices and our nation from behind a computer screen, pretend it doesn’t exist,” the organization said.

“We are proud of the American flag and all symbols that represent the freedom brave men and women have shed blood for since the inception of our great country,” they concluded their statement.

Thank you @prattprattpratt for sporting your @braintreatmentfoundation 🧢 . We love your new @chevrolet & hope the move went well!! 📦 📦📦 Thank you for all of your continued support. We so lucky to have you in the #BTF family!!! #veteran #health #sports #brainhealth #chrispratt #family #chevytrucks #moving

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One of the organization’s board members, Nicole Fisher, also came to the Pratt’s defense.

“We are honored to work with the silent warriors who sacrifice greatly so that others may live. [Brain Treatment Foundation] is there for any #veteran suffering the consequences of war. And we’re honored Chris supports [Brain Treatment Foundation]. #SupportChrisPratt.”

In another tweet, Fisher implied her organization was receiving hate mail over the controversy the following day. It would help if people would actually do some research before starting to attack the people and organizations that support veterans.

Responding on “Fox & Friends,” retired U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Joey Jones, who lost his legs in a 2010 bombing in Afghanistan, said “ignorant white supremacists” should never be allowed to usurp the flag’s meaning.

“The KKK doesn’t own the color white. The Nazis didn’t own the colors red and black. There are symbols and colors and small things in our lives that are used for different things. If a group of ignorant white supremacists want to take a flag and fly it, I fully, wholeheartedly condemn them, but they’re not gonna get my flag,” he said. “The Gadsden flag means something to me. It doesn’t mean anything about hate, it means liberty.”

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