Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated with a response from the New York Times.
Mara Gay, a member of the New York Times editorial board, said it was disturbing to see “dozens of American flags” flown by Trump supporters during a recent visit to Long Island.
Gay, during a panel segment on MSNBC, claimed Trump supporters display the American flags as a means to show others: “This is my country.”
“The reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population … who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others,” she claimed, discussing the Capitol protest in January.
The Times board member went on to accuse Trump supporters of equating “Americanness” with “whiteness” and suggested that until the two are separated, violence will continue.
Mara Gay went on to lament seeing Trump supporters on Long Island with cars sporting expletive-laced stickers denouncing President Biden along with their pro-Trump messages.
She also mentioned that some of these fans of the former President had “dozens of American flags” which, to her, “is also just disturbing.”
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed,” complained Gay.
“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,” she continued.
“Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.”
You can hear Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” saying “Yes,” in agreement with Gay’s absurd commentary in the clip above.
In response to criticism about Gay’s remarks, the New York Times put out a statement on Twitter claiming that Gay didn’t find American flags disturbing, but rather that she believes “Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag.”
Many commenters aren’t buying the Times’ explanation, for example journalist Megyn Kelly:
Aside from not knowing the difference between the words ‘explicative’ and ‘expletive,’ the New York Times’ Mara Gay has a long history of bombastic rhetoric and irresponsible behavior.
Around the time of President Biden’s inauguration, Gay said racism and white supremacy gave Trump “free rein to terrorize the American people for four years.”
And while she has the dramatics necessary to make it with the New York Times, her journalism efforts are often suspect as well.
In March of 2020, in trying to explain how much money former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg had spent on his failed campaign, she used a mathematical analogy from another tweet that ever-so-slightly missed the mark.
“Somebody tweeted recently that with the money he spent he could’ve given every American $1 million,” Gay said before Williams buoyed her statement with a screenshot of the tweet in question.
As with Brzezinski, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams simply agreed with Gay and failed to do the math on what she was saying before admitting to the major flub.
Not long after, Gay promoted a deceptively edited quote by President Trump to state governors regarding the coronavirus pandemic, falsely alleging that he had told them “they are on their own.”
Gay in this most recent segment chastised Democrats who “haven’t just gone ahead” and held their own partisan investigation into the events involving the Capitol in January.
“The Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority,” she warned.
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