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Protestors Burn American Flag During Fourth of July Demonstration

On a day meant to celebrate American freedoms and values, protestors took to the streets of NYC to burn our cherished flag.

On the Fourth of July, a day meant to celebrate the freedoms and values upon which America was founded, Washington Square Park became the stage for a despicable display of hatred and disrespect. Around 100 anti-Israel protesters, under the guise of a “Flood Manhattan for July 4th” demonstration, took to burning American flags and chanting “Burn it down!” This wasn’t just a protest against foreign policy disagreements; it was a brazen assault on the very symbols of our national identity.

The scene was chaotic as the crowd shouted “F–k Israel! F–k America!” This wasn’t about legitimate political protest; it was about reveling in the destruction of American and democratic values. The protesters didn’t just stop at inflammatory chants; they escalated their theatrics by setting the American flag ablaze—a flag that millions respect and countless veterans have defended.

The backdrop to this mayhem was a poster featuring Trump and Biden as monarchical figures with the phrase “DEATH TO ALL KINGS,” a misguided nod to the recent Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity. The demonstrators, adorned in keffiyehs, weren’t just there to protest; they were there to propagate a narrative of chaos and overthrow, as evidenced by their continuous incitements to “burn it down.”

What’s particularly troubling is the casual nature of the desecration. One protester nonchalantly trampled over the Stars and Stripes, a sight that should horrify any patriotic American. This isn’t just an isolated incident; it’s a symptom of a growing trend where radical ideologies take precedence over reasoned debate and where disrespect for national symbols is mistaken for a political statement.

This incident in New York City is a stark reminder of the dangers of allowing extremist views to go unchecked. It’s not enough to dismiss these actions as mere expressions of free speech. As a nation, we must confront and condemn these acts that not only undermine our societal norms but also threaten the cohesion of our national fabric. If left unaddressed, this radicalism will only deepen divisions and erode the foundational principles that define us as a country. As we reflect on the meaning of independence and liberty, let us reaffirm our commitment to uphold and protect the values that truly make America great.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.