The New York Times has defended editor Mara Gay, claiming that recent comments she made were taken out of context.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Gay appeared to say she was “disturbed” to see American flags fluttering on pickup trucks on a recent trip to Long Island.
Gay, who also comments on MSNBC, said the flags were flown on trucks belonging to Trump supporters, and the vehicles also carried expletives against President Joe Biden.
“New York Times editor Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been taken irresponsibly out of context,” the Gray Lady tweeted.
Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are misinformed and based on bad faith.’
New York Times editor Mara Gay said the flags were flown on trucks belonging to Trump supporters, and the vehicles also carried expletives against President Joe Biden
The New York Times has since defended editor Mara Gay, claiming that recent comments she made were taken out of context.
Gay said the flag-carrying trucks sent a message that ‘this is my country’. This is not your country. I own this.’ Pictured is Trump supporters cruising the streets of Portland, Oregon in August 2020 in their pickup truck
Gay sparked strong reactions on social media on Tuesday, as she said the screenings were symptomatic of a broad coalition of Americans who feel threatened as citizens.
“The reality here is that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are threatened by simple virtue of sharing democracy with others.” share,” Gay told MSNBC.
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a very dear friend, and I was really insane. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explanations (sic) against Joe Biden on the back, Trump flags and in some cases just dozens of US flags, which is also just disturbing because essentially the message was clear. It was this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’
She added that a solution, “to get every American a seat at the table,” had to be to separate “whiteness” from “American.”
Gay responded to a call from host Mika Brzezinski for an investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot.
Her comments received a scathing response on social media, after which she continued to tweet, “I see I’m being trolled with the American flag this morning. Trolling a black journalist with the American flag is not what some people think it is.”
The commentator was criticized for what many believed to be a dig at expressions of patriotism.
New York Times editor Mara Gay was criticized on social media on Tuesday for comments she made earlier in the day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying she was “disturbed” when she saw dozens of American flags flying from pickup trucks on a recent trip to Long Island
‘As the son of a WWII [veteran]”I am proud to display the American flag in front of my house,” Harry McNeir tweeted.
“American flags are now considered hateful what the hell is going on with our country,” wrote @DankRhythm.
“Wow dozens of American flags the horror of it lol,” Blake Katuin noted.
“Wait now is a pick up trick with an American flag now racist?? What’s the next step to salute the American flag?’ tweeted @swell472.
“Why is skin color even being brought into this discussion?” tweeted Matt Haubrich. “This story is disgusting and they keep peddling it, and Joe’s panel says nothing. I find people who pigeonhole everyone very disturbing.’
Many said Gay’s comments were a dig at displays of American patriotism
“Mara gay is just a glimpse of what the future will look like for the US, a self-loathing, socialist-hate country, without borders.” said @kendrickNQB.
“So… who’s the threat? This is disturbing!’ wrote Chris Barnett. ‘American flags refer to whiteness? The American flag represents any color or creed [a] person who lives here legally!’
Mark Ashworth said it’s likely the people Gay was referring to would be the first to help if she was in trouble.
“The people she growls at are the ones who stop and put her on spare when she has a flat tire,” he tweeted.