A left-wing city council member from Connecticut who disrespectfully took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at a city meeting got an earful from citizens after her outrageous action.
Councilwoman Melissa Schlag of Haddam, Connecticut, has developed a new practice of falling to the floor to reveal her hate for the U.S.A. when the pledge is recited at the beginning of each city council meeting.
According to the Washington Post:
In Haddam, where 51 percent voted for Trump and 43 percent for Hillary Clinton, the issue seemed just as polarizing, as evidenced by events of the past two weeks.
Many saw Schlag’s protest as disrespecting U.S. soldiers, and they showed their disapproval by laying 1,000 little American flags near a veterans’ memorial. Connecticut state Sen. Art Linares, a Republican, called for Schlag’s resignation and demanded that she apologize. Schlag’s supporters, meanwhile, also rallied, holding signs defending freedom of speech. And the Hartford Courant published an editorial calling Schlag’s silent protest an act of bravery.
But at a town meeting Monday, after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Schlag received an earful, one Haddam resident to another.
“I wholeheartedly respect your right to protest, to take a knee, to lay down, to burn the flag, to do whatever it is . . . but if that’s what you would like to do, do that on your own time,” Haddam resident Pablo Arroyo said, looking and gesturing at Schlag as he held a small American flag.
The crowd cheered for several seconds as a stone-faced Schlag sat next to her fellow town officials at a table in front.
Several videos have made their way around the country showing citizens who are upset with Schlag.
One video shows an African American man, who is a U.S. military veteran, slamming Schlag for her disrespect.
Black veteran slams Democrat councilwoman Melissa Schlag after she was filmed kneeling during national anthem. pic.twitter.com/0hDkAJcsRh
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) August 3, 2018
Another veteran was reported by Daily Wire:
One elderly Vietnam veteran in Connecticut, outraged that a nearby town official preferred kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance, traveled to a meeting to confront the official as she knelt, snapping, “As it says on my shirt, ‘If you don’t like this flag, I’ll help you pack your bags and get the heck out of here.’”
Calvin Bunnell, who lives in nearby Meriden, traveled to Haddam, Connecticut to confront Haddam town official Melissa Schlag, who had previously knelt for the pledge and who had been taped saying the town of Haddam was “fascist” and “racist.” She later apologized on a radio interview, but insisted, “Strong veins of fascism and racism run deep in Haddam.”
Bunnell said he was part of a group of roughly 75 people at the meeting who were disgusted by Schlag’s actions. Once there, Bunnell yelled at Schlag, “As it says on my shirt, ‘If you don’t like this flag, I’ll help you pack your bags and get the heck out of here.’ When you kneeled and turned your back on this flag, you turned your back on half of this town.”
The Democrat says she has no intentions of resigning and is proud of her disgust for the United States.
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