Fiery 'Why Do You Live in the USA?': UC Irvine Flag Ban Controversy Continues
There are new developments in the American flag-banning controversy at the University of California, Irvine.
The student government council is expected to meet again tonight to discuss a resolution that calls for the removal of all flags from a common area of the student government offices to make it a more "inclusive space."
The resolution declares that "flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalistic sentiments."
The council could override the student government's five-person executive cabinet's veto of the controversial ban.
Lawmakers are outraged and have proposed a constitutional amendment that would block any college from banning the American flag.
California State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Santa Ana) said, "The veterans that are with us here today and the thousands of servicemen and women fighting throughout the world deserve for us to make every effort to ensure that the American flag is proudly displayed at public universities and colleges throughout California."
On "Outnumbered" today, Tony Sayegh pointed out that these students get to do "idiotic things" like discussing an American flag ban because of the freedoms that the flag represents.
He asserted that we have empowered young people to second-guess their love of the U.S.
"I'm concerned about a generation of people not realizing what an exceptional country they live in," Sayegh said.
Ainsley Earhardt said this whole situation is "absolutely disgraceful."
"My grandfathers fought in World War II, we have men and women who are dying every day ... I think this is disgraceful," Earhardt said. "There are so many veterans out there that are in hospitals, that are having PTSD. And they did all of that, and they sacrificed all of that, left their families, so that these kids can have the freedom to say that."
"The flag is why they can say that. And if you don't want to put up any other flag, that's fine with me. But the American flag needs to go up. And if you don't want an American flag flying at your school, why do you live in the USA?"
Watch more in the clip above.
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