MSNBC contributor Mara Gay stated Tuesday that she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” flown by Donald Trump supporters throughout a weekend journey to Long Island, New York.
The left-wing editorial board member for The New York Times was additionally distressed by what she referred to as expletives on the trucks towards President Biden, describing the flag-flying Trump supporters as sending a transparent message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”
“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 stated in response to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski calling for an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“I think that as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with Whiteness, this is going to continue,” Gay stated, turning to race and including that “Americanness” and “Whiteness” wanted 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 [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 … Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,” Gay stated.
She claimed Americans would proceed to see issues like that till the nation was prepared to have the dialog about “Whiteness,” including her concern that “a large percentage of Americans” don’t perceive the menace that it’s.
“That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape,” she stated.
Gay acquired no pushback from the MSNBC hosts or her fellow panelists after making the feedback. The Times and MSNBC didn’t reply to requests for remark.