In a panel discussion on Tuesday, MSNBC contributor and New York Time’s editorial board member, Mara Gay said that she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” flown by individuals she described as Trump supporters over the weekend in Long Island, New York.
The MSNBC analyst, who is notable from her “math fiasco” in an interview Brian Willams, went on to voice her distress over some of these flags that carried what she called expletives on the trucks against President Biden stating that flying these flags brings along with them a clear message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”
The left-wing contributor also went on to castigate millions of Americans as being dismayed by the fact they need to share democracy with others.
“The reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others,” Gay said in her discussion with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski about their belief that there needs to be a further investigation into the January 6th “Capitol Riot.”
“I think that as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with Whiteness, this is going to continue,” Gay said, turning to race and adding that “Americanness” and “Whiteness” needed to be separated.
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,” Gay said.
To all of this, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski can be heard agreeing with an idea on the mainstream left opinion that American patriotism is just another form of racism or white supremacy. She stated her belief that until Americans can have the conversation about separating “Whiteness” from “Americanness” we would continue to see these kinds of displays.
These comments come on the back of the imagery seen during the Trump presidency of a bloodied, severed head of then-President Donald Trump and stories of fantasies about “blowing up the White House” from prominent celebrities on the left which could be seen as an obvious double standard to most on the right. After this discussion, Gay took to Twitter to address the apparent American flag spamming she received, “Trolling a Black journalist with the American flag is not the own some people think it is.”
These comments faced swift criticism from right-wing media analysts as well as prominent black voices on the right ranging from the hosts of Fox News’ “Outnumbered” to Leo Terrell and Deroy Murdock.
Fox News contributor Leo Terrell slammed Gay for “playing the race card” but didn’t expect anything different considering her places of employment.
“That’s what liberals and progressives do,” Terell said. “People are responding in outrage, including myself, regarding her attack on the America flag … she doesn’t get a pass because she is Black.”
Terrell, a civil rights attorney for 30 years, went on to defend the flag stating what it stands for has afforded her the ability to enjoy and express her First Amendment rights.
“However, that right of expression works both ways and she should not hide behind her race,” Terrell said. “When liberals and progressive have no argument they resort to the race card in an effort to turn down the heat.”
Deroy Murdock voiced his opinion on the matter as well, going so far as to say the New York Times board member should leave the country if she doesn’t appreciate it and the flag that represents it.
“Mara Gay is old enough to know the difference between the American flag and the Confederate flag. Tens of thousands of Black patriots have died in battle to defend the Stars and Stripes. What a shame that she does not appreciate this,” Murdock said. “If the American flag makes her so sick, she should move to another country, where she won’t have to see it,” Murdock continued. “Should she make that decision, I hereby pledge to buy her a one-way plane ticket to whatever nation will make her happier than the United States of America.”