The American flag used to be a symbol that united the nation.
Now it’s an object of protest and scorn in some sectors of the American left.
And what this Democrat just said about the American flag will leave you speechless.
Even in 2021,The New York Times sets the agenda for the Democrat Party.
What the paper covers quickly becomes the issues liberals adopt as the “narrative” surrounding politics and life in the United States.
And what the editorial page publishes every morning rockets around the rest of the media, Hollywood, and Washington and congeals into conventional wisdom among self-identified Democrats.
Editorial page writer Mara Gay is one of the voices at the Times who helps shape the issue framing, talking points, and political terrain the left would like to fight on.
Gay recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where she attacked Republicans for refusing to go along with what many on the right saw as a politically motivated attempt to create an independent commission to investigate the events of January 6.
Republicans argued Democrats just wanted to use their votes to create an investigative body that would produce a report bashing Donald Trump and that Democrats would use it in attack ads in next year’s election.
Gay falsely claimed that millions of Trump voters are insurrectionists that equate being an American with whiteness and who will incite violence to prevent losing power in an increasingly diverse country.
As far over the line as that was, Gay crossed the point of no return in the eyes of many when describing a recent visit to Long Island and claiming that she saw too many American flags which she equated to an expression of racism.
“I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with [expletives] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear, it was: ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,’” Gay stated.
Ever since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling for the national anthem, some on the left began viewing the flag with suspicion and scorn.
After the Black Lives Matter riots following George Floyd’s death, the idea that America was a systemically racist nation whose symbols and institutions were founded on bigotry and white supremacy took root in large swaths of the left.
Gay spoke to this growing consensus by slamming the Stars and Stripes as emblematic of oppression.
The Times predictably defended their employee.
Since Gay is a member of the social justice left in good standing, she would not be cast out like former science reporter Don McNeil or former editorial page editor James Bennet.
McNeil and Bennet made the mistake of offending the increasingly identity politics-focused newsroom at the Times and were swiftly jettisoned.
Instead, the Times’ official social media account tried to gaslight Americans into thinking that a plain reading of Gay’s comments were attacks in “bad faith.”
“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith,” the Times wrote on social media.
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