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Vet Rips Into Councilwoman Who Took a Knee Against Trump for Pledge: ‘Do That On Your Own Time!’

The heat against Democratic Connecticut councilwoman, Melissa Schlag, continued as residents, including veterans, have heavily criticized her for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Schlag said she will continue to kneel during the Pledge until President Donald Trump is no longer in office.

“I will kneel for all the people, regardless of party affiliation, and continue to fight for their rights,” Schlag said. “This is not the America I grew up in or the country we should be, but I will work every day to get us back to that place.”

During subsequent public meetings, residents have let Schlag know just how they feel about her actions. An African-American veteran told her to protest on her own time since she is elected to represent the town’s residents:

A Vietnam veteran, Calvin Bunnell, told Schlag that if she was that unhappy with the United States, then he will help pack her bags.

“As it says on my shirt, if you don’t like the flag, I’ll help you pack your bags and get the heck out of here,” Bunnell said.

Not all veterans feel the same way. During the same public hearing, another Vietnam veteran spoke up in defense of Schlag:

“I have the utmost respect for our service members, and I have also served my country in many ways; I believe serving your country and being a patriot does not automatically mean carrying a gun overseas,” Schlag wrote in a Facebook post. “Patriotism comes in many forms.”

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