Outraged Vietnam War veteran Calvin Bunnell appeared on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, after scolding a Connecticut town official for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It says on my shirt, ‘If you don’t like the flag, I will help you pack your bag and get the heck out of here,'” Bunnell told Haddam Democratic Selectwoman Melissa Schlag. “When you kneeled and turned your back on that flag, you turned it on half of this town.” (RELATED: Marine Raises $13,000 For Veteran He Just Met, To Help Him With Medical Bills)
Schlag knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance at a town meeting on July 16 and then did it again on Monday. Bunnell was present at the Monday meeting to call her out for the second attempt.
“To me, the flag is supposed to represent the United States. And when somebody kneels down and does not respect it, it goes along with the national anthem. You’re supposed to stand up and present yourself to that situation as well as the flag,” Bunnell said on “Fox & Friends.”
Bunnell said there should be a sacred respect for the flag because it represents all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives, so other Americans could live free.
“It just doesn’t stand for the freedom but it also stands for all the gentlemen, ladies in the service that have been killed in the line of duty,” he continued. “And when somebody kneels down in front of it for me, it’s a very disrespectful thing because you should stand up and praise these people as well as that flag of the United States.”
Schlag was caught on tape disparaging her town of Haddam, calling it racist and fascist, according to Fox News, but Bunnell said it’s her right to say those things because soldiers fought and died to protect her freedom of speech.
“She said it. She had her freedom of speech,” Bunnell concluded. “She has her freedom of religion because of that flag and what that flag stood for with the veterans fighting for her natural rights and the Constitution.”
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