A Democratic city official in Connecticut took a knee during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to protest President Donald Trump during a public community meeting on Monday, sparking swift backlash from citizens.
Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag was the only one kneeling in the room. She previously claimed Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin moved her to protest. She also cited “gender and racial injustice” as reasons behind her kneeling stunt.
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Following the Pledge of Allegiance, many citizens in the crowd let Schlag know exactly how they feel about her protest.
Several people booed, while others shouted more direct messages. Even more citizens spoke out during the meeting.
“Stand or leave!” one man can be heard yelling.
"Most of the people who spoke at tonight’s meeting spoke out against Schlag taking the knee. And before that Board of Selectmen meeting, two rallies took place. One not condoning or condemning the Democrat’s actions, but supporting the first amendment," NBC Connecticut reported. "The other rally was a stand for the flag rally, where many felt that the selectman’s kneeling was offensive and disrespectful."
One citizen defended Schlag's right to protest, but told the official she should do it on her own time, not during the Pledge of Allegiance out of respect for America, according to the report.
"You told at least half this town I don't care if I offend you, and I'm going to act my whim. You took an oath. You took an oath," the individual said during public comments.
As for Schlag, she will continue her controversial anti-Trump protest.
"I appreciate everyone coming out because this is truly town government at its best," Schlag reportedly said to demonstrators. "We need to continue the conversation or hate will continue to fester.
However, Schlag is heard in another video calling her town "fascist and racist."
Judging from the community response, it likely won't end well for her when it's time for her re-election.