Rep. Stefanik: “NYT ‘Is in Full Meltdown Mode Because They Are ‘Disturbed’ by Seeing Americans Fly American Flags”

Craig Bannister | June 9, 2021 | 11:30am EDT
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Rep. Elise Stefanik

Americans, such as former President Donald Trump and his supporters, love the American flag, yet The New York Times is disturbed by the sight of it, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday.

Stefanik responded on Twitter after The Times tweeted a statement defending Mara Gay, a member of its editorial board, who drew criticism this week for saying she was “really disturbed” by the sight of pickup trucks displaying American flags.

“This is today’s biased media folks!” Rep. Stefanik, who represents New York’s 21st district, tweeted:

President Trump loves our flag

Trump supporters love our flag

#NY21 loves our flag

Americans love our flag

And yet the @nytimes is in full meltdown mode because they are “disturbed” by seeing Americans fly American flags. This is today’s biased media folks!

Tuesday evening, following Gay’s remarks earlier in the day, The Times issued a statement saying critics have misrepresented her comments. The statement claims that Gay was actually saying that Trump and his supporters have “politicized” the American flag:

“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay's comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith.”

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 seeing the U.S. flag, saying that it "really disturbed her" because the people with U.S. flags acted like this was their country:

"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.

"I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives (sic) against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags and, in some cases, just dozens of American flags.

"Which is also just disturbing because essentially the message was clear. It was: this is my country, this is not your country, I own this."

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