Vietnam War veteran Calvin Bunnell called out the Connecticut town official who knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting, asking her to resign from her post, Fox News reported Thursday.
Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag, who knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance last month and who called the town of Haddam “racist and fascist,” was booed by Bunnell and several others when she kneeled again on Monday.
“When you kneeled and turned your back on that flag, you turned it on half of this town,” Bunnell said.
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Schlag wrote an open letter declaring her reasons for kneeling on July 16, in which she complained that “as long as Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States, I will kneel.”
The Vietnam veteran told Fox he called out Schlag because “she has her freedom of speech, she has her freedom of religion because of that flag and what that flag stood for.”
“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.