NY Times Defends Editorial Board Member “Disturbed” by Sight of American Flags

NY Times Defends Editorial Board Member “Disturbed” by Sight of American Flags
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The American flag is apparently next on the cancel culture chopping block for the inmates running the asylum.

Yesterday on MSNBC, the New York Times Editorial Board’s Mara Gay made an appearance to bizarrely rant about the “need to separate Americanness and whiteness” before she recalled recently being “disturbed” by the horror of seeing the American flag.

“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed,” Gay said “I saw, you know, 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, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear. ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’”

Long Island isn’t exactly a Republican stronghold, though it is more conservative than the liberal city it borders (Biden beat Trump in Long Island 51.6%/47%). Gay likely saw just as many cringe-inducing “Hate Has No Home Here” signs as anti-Biden messages in whatever neighborhood she was in. The reason for the discrepancy in the number of flags she saw associated with political messages is simply because conservatives are more patriotic. Polling from YouGov found that 72% of conservatives define themselves as “very patriotic” (and 25% “somewhat patriotic”) compared to less than a third of liberals.

Gay’s comments were predictably met with ridicule online, and surprisingly, it was enough heat for the Times to weigh in and defend her, falsely claiming that her comments we all heard with our own two years were taken out of context.

In the event that you forgot – Gay is the woman who claimed that Michael  Bloomberg spent so much on his campaign that he could’ve given everyone in the U.S. $1 million instead. She came to this conclusion by dividing 500 million by 330 million and getting one million as the answer in a particularly hilarious on-air math error on MSNBC last year.

She later claimed that racism explained the backlash to her authoritatively spoken math error.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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