NYT Reporter 'Disturbed' by Trump Flags on Trucks: They Act like 'It's Their Country'
it was ' just disturbing because essentially the message was clear,'
New York Times reporter, Mara Gay, complained when she witnessed "dozens and dozens of pickup trucks" with Trump flags and "American flags" while visiting a friend on Long Island.
Gay said seeing such flags "really disturbed her" because the people with U.S. flags acted like "it was their country."
During an interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe, Gay said America needs to be separated from whiteness.
She then complained about the American flag.
Gay, who holds a political science degree, said:
"‘We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy."
"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."
Gays' ignorant comments received backlash on social media.
"As a son of a WWII [veteran], I proudly display the American flag on the front of my house," tweeted Harry McNeir.
"American flags is now considered hateful what the hell is going on with our country," posted @DankRhythm.
"Wow dozens of American flags the horror of of it lol," Blake Katuin commented.
"Wait now a pick up truck with an American flag is now racist?? What's next saluting the American flag?" tweeted @swell472.
"Why is skin color even being brought into this discussion?" tweeted Matt Haubrich.
"This narrative is disgusting and they keep peddling it, and Joe's panel says nothing. I find people who group everyone in boxes very disturbing."
"Mara gay is but a glimpse of what the future will be like for the US, a self-loathing, socialistic hateful country, with no borders," said @kendrickNQB.
"So... who's the threat? This is disturbing!" wrote Chris Barnett.
"American flags relate to whiteness?
"The American flag represents any color or creed of [a] person who legally lives here!"