NYT defends reporter who said she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” while on MSNBC

MSNBC Guest and NY Times reporter Mara Gay is facing controversy after she said she was “disturbed to see “dozens of American flags” on Long Island Tuesday.

“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed,” Gay explained “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.’”

NY Times Communication defended Gay by writing “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.”

Gay’s comments brought swift backlash from Conservatives.

Progressive Democrat Charlotte Clymer defended Gay, writing “As a military veteran, I completely agree with Mara Gay. It is disturbing. Large American flags on trucks are performative nonsense that are absolutely intended to communicate that America is a conservative, white country. It’s an intentional signal. She’s right.”

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