Sunny Hostin: ‘I Feel Threatened’ and ‘Scared’ by Trump and American Flags
'The View' host claims flags send a white supremacist message
Sunny Hostin weighed on New York Times reporter Mara Gay's recent comments blasting American flags and Trump flags of “Americanness” and “whiteness.”
Hostin also said she felt “threatened” when confronted by displays of such patriotic flags.
“For many, the flag has been a symbol of freedom,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg began.
"Has it taken another meaning, Sunny?”
“Yes, it has,” Hostin responded.
“You have in many respects the former disgraced, twice impeached, one-term president to thank for politicizing the American flag,” Hostin continued in reference to the Capitol riot earlier this year, claiming protesters were trying to replace the American flag with Trump flags.
“I also remember very well recently, when I was with my children in North Carolina, in the Outer Banks, with people in pick-up trucks with Confederate flags flying alongside the U.S. flag,” Hostin said.
"And that scared me."
Sunny Hostin defends NYT writer Mara Gay's claim that seeing American flag is racist and triggering, saying "people need to listen and not, you know, repudiate it." Hostin went onto imply what Gay said was true and having a big American flag is a sign that someone is a Trumper. pic.twitter.com/bgz6dCkjnn— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 9, 2021
She added the flags sent a white supremacist message indicating that she did not belong.
Hostin said American flags took on the same meaning if it was not a traditional holiday where flags might be expected.
“When I drive into a neighborhood, and it’s not July 4th, and I’m not in a predominantly military household neighborhood, and there are flags, American flags, everywhere, alongside Trump flags, alongside flags with stars in a circle, I feel threatened,” Hostin said.
“Because the message is very clear. It’s a message of white supremacy," she claimed.
"It’s a message of racism, and it’s a message of their country, not my country.
"And I don’t understand why that would receive backlash.”
On Wednesday, 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.
"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."
NYT/MSNBC’s @MaraGay: In Long Island last weekend, I saw “dozens of American flags,” which was “just disturbing” pic.twitter.com/RhGdqqJope— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 8, 2021