Outrage sparked from townspeople to those all over as a Connecticut town official took a knee for the Pledge of Allegiance — and a Vietnam veteran is having none of it.
Haddam Selectwoman Melissa Schlag protested President Donald Trump’s administration when she first took a knee on July 16.
“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.”
Residents and veterans showed up Monday to show their anger over her earlier disrespect for the flag, and Schlag kneeled once again.
Now, veteran Calvin Bunnell is calling for her to resign.
“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 during his appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.
Vietnam War veteran Calvin Bunnell slams the Democratic lawmaker in Connecticut who is under fire after she took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance. https://t.co/FiBQNguDd2 pic.twitter.com/Lo2jfW8ah3
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Bunnell said standing for the Pledge of Allegiance holds the same respect as standing for the National Anthem.
This also follows controversy over NFL players kneeling in protest during the anthem.
Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott: I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so pic.twitter.com/2xbb2NnhIJ
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“When I first went into elementary school, that was the first thing they taught us, respect for the flag,” Bunnell said.