A Vietnam War veteran called for the Connecticut town official who knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance to resign from her post.
Calvin Bunnell appeared on “Fox & Friends” and said that standing for the pledge is held in the same regard as standing for the national anthem.
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Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag drew outrage on July 16 when she took a knee at a Board of Selectmans’ meeting in protest to President Trump.
Schlag posted a letter on Facebook explaining her actions, saying that she knelt due to “extreme sorrow” for the country under Trump.
In other words, another Democrat afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.
She knelt at another meeting on Monday, angering the residents and veterans attendance who had shown up to lodge their displeasure with her earlier disrespect of the flag.
Bunnell said at Monday’s meeting that Schlag turned her back on half of Haddam when she knelt for the pledge.
“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,” he had also said.
Bunnell told Ainsley Earhardt on Thursday that respecting the flag is one of the first things he learned as a child.
“When I first went into elementary school, that was the first thing they taught us, respect for the flag.”
Schlag had said in a Connecticut Public Radio interview that she has no intentions of resigning.
“When she does something like that, she is not representing the constituents of that town in the right way,” Bunnell said.
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
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 2, 2018
Haddam Selectwoman Melissa Schlag, who has caught major flak for taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings, is making headlines again.
And it was a short statement that is garnering plenty of response in that Connecticut River community.
What Schlag said was captured on a cell phone. The video was sent to FOX61 by an anonymous viewer.
On Monday night, while speaking to a friend, at the Board of Selectmen meeting, Schlag, was recorded saying “This town’s fascist and racist.”
That statement, she claimed while doing damage control, is a result of the nasty comments she’s received in person and on social media since deciding to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at Board of Selectmen meetings, in protest of President Trump.
Melissa Schlag, the Haddam Democratic selectwoman who showed her hatred of #America by taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, overheard on video saying “This town is fascist and racist.” Art Linares, the GOP state senator for the town, says she should resign. #ctpolitics pic.twitter.com/ISsfGvvx5W
— overpasses4America (@o4america) August 2, 2018
“It’s OK for first amendment right for her to be able to say what she needs to say but the opposing people, who opposed her, for what she’s done, but now all of a sudden we’re labeled as fascist racist,” said Lizz Milardo, Haddam First Selectman.
Some are insulted by Schlag’s fascist/racist label, which she says was not intended for the entire town.
“That’s not who we are in this town,” said Chip Frey, a 14 year resident of Haddam. “I haven’t witnessed any of it. I am very saddened by it. It’s a great town.”
In a prepared statement issued to FOX61, Schlag pointed at politicians saying,
“What Art Linares (State Senator) and Tim Herbst (gubernatorial candidate) are doing by demanding I resign and that citizens should say the pledge or face consequences is forced patriotism which is the beginning of fascism.”
“If she won’t give us her resignation, if she won’t step down, we will make sure that we solve this problem at the ballot box,” said Linares, who represents the 33rd district, which includes Haddam.
Frey, a member of the Haddam’s Planning and Zoning Commission, fears for potential business development and home sales in Haddam if the focus remains on Schlag.
“I am saddened by the fact that I think with her as a representative, it’s not gonna help.”
“Enough is enough,” Milardo said. “Now, Haddam is labeled with something else.”
Schlag repeated what she has said numerous times: she will not resign. She will be up for re-election, along with the rest of the Board of Selectmen, in 2019.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 2nd, 2018