Reporter Mara Gay, a member of the New York Times Editorial Board and a contributor to MSNBC, complained that while visiting a friend on Long Island she saw "dozens and dozens of pickup trucks" with Trump flags and "American flags," claiming that this "really disturbed her" because the people with U.S. flags acted like this was their country.
During a June 8 interview with MSNBC's left-wing Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe, Mara Gay argued that America needs to be separated from whiteness, and then she complained about the U.S. flag.
"‘We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy," said Gay, who holds a political science degree from the University of Michigan.
"But how to separate American-ness, America from whiteness. Until we can confront that and talk about that, this is really going to continue," she added.
"I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed," said Gay. "I saw 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."
This "is also just disturbing because essentially the message was clear," she said. "It was, this is my country, this is not your country, I own this."
Yes, freedom of speech can be disturbing. But as the First Amendment to the Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." (Emphasis added.)