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On Wednesday’s episode of ABC talk show “The View,” co-host Sunny Hostin supported New York Times columnist Mara Gay, who said that seeing American flags alongside Trump flags was a threatening message of “white supremacy.”
Gay went wide after she said on the MSNBC talk show Morning Joe on Tuesday, “I was on Long Island visiting a dear friend. I was disturbed. “
“I’ve seen dozens and dozens of pickups with, you know, Joe Biden swear words on the back, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which you know, is just too worrying. In essence, the message was clear, ”she continued. “This is my country. It is not your country. It belongs to me.”
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The women from “The View” discussed this on Wednesday morning with co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who asked: “So for many, the flag was a symbol of freedom. Does it mean anything else, Sunny? “
“Yes, it did,” replied the hostess, wasting no time helping Gay. “I’m actually so surprised that she gets this kind of backlash. As Meghan mentioned in the last section, when a woman of color, a black woman, tells you her feelings, people have to listen, not, you know, refuse. Don’t say, well, that can’t be true. Because in many ways you owe the disgraced, twice accused, year-old President for politicizing the American flag. “
Host went on to bring things back to the Capitol Riots, a popular topic of conversation in the mainstream media.
“Remember, on January 6th, a few months ago, the Capitol rioters tore down the flag and replaced it with the Trump flag. They hit the cops with the American flag, ”she said. “That was just January 6th. It is their country, not our country. I remember very well that a Confederate flag was flown in the United States Capitol. “
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“I also remember very well the recent time I was in North Carolina with my kids in the Outer Banks, with people in pick-up trucks with Confederate flags next to the US flag,” added Hostin. “That scared me. There was the same message. You don’t belong here. We belong here. I was afraid of that. “
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“So, yes, if I drive into a neighborhood and it’s not July 4th and I’m not in a predominantly military budget neighborhood and flags everywhere, American flags, next to Trump flags, next to flags with stars in circles, feel threatened.” “, she said.
“The message is very clear. It is a message of white supremacy, ”concluded the hostess. “It’s a message of racism and it’s a message from their country, not my country. I don’t understand why that would get any backlash. People have to listen when I say I feel this way. That is my experience in this country. “
This piece was written by James Samson on June 9th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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